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A late-1960s British National Theatre stage production of Marlowe’s Dr Faustus

How to Sell Your Soul to the Devil

The origin of a popular myth…and pact

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Irish artist Harry Clarke’s 1925 depiction of Goethe’s Faust with Master

If you want to learn how to make songs yourself, you take your guitar and you go to where the road crosses that way, where a crossroads is. Get there, be sure to get there just a little ‘fore 12 that night so you know you’ll be there. You have your guitar and be playing a piece there by yourself…A big black man will walk up there and take your guitar and he’ll tune it. And then he’ll play a piece and hand it back to you. That’s the way I learned to play anything I want.

Say it ain’t so, Bob.
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