A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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Ike Turner ...
Dick Waterman ...
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Tommy Redmond Hicks ...
 Uncle Buddy 1 episode, 2003
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 Blind Willie Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Keith B. Brown ...
 Skip James 1 episode, 2003
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James Hughes ...
 H.C. Speirs 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Ivy Cassel ...
 Walking man 1 episode, 2003
David F. Hughes ...
 Art Laibely 1 episode, 2003
Shayne Tingle ...
 Sound engineer 1 episode, 2003
Frances Horton White ...
 Peaches 1 episode, 2003
Joy Brashears ...
 Secretary 1 episode, 2003
Susan McWilliams ...
 Love Grace 1 episode, 2003
Tommie Tc Carter ...
 Honeyboy 1 episode, 2003
Goodman. Wille ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Colleen White ...
 Bobbie Grace 1 episode, 2003
Vasti Jackson ...
 Guitar Player 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Sr. ...
 W.C. Handy 1 episode, 2003
Ted Davis ...
Ilona W. Wilkes ...
 Bar Owner 1 episode, 2003
Jay R. Unger ...
 Reverend Taylor 1 episode, 2003
Ahmir ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Marcia Ball ...
 Herself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Barber ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
David Barnes ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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James Blood Ulmer ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Carr ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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Jamar Chess ...
 Himself, Marshall Chess's son 1 episode, 2003
Marshall Chess ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Phil Chess ...
 Himself, co-founder of Chess Records 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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Jon Cleary ...
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Toumani Diabaté ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jim Dickinson ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Lonnie Donegan ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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Georgie Fame ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Farlowe ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rosco Gordon ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Davy Graham ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Henry Gray ...
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Corey Harris ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bert Jansch ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Garland Jeffreys ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ian Jennings ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Morris Jennings ...
 Himself, Electric Mud drummer 1 episode, 2003
Pete Johnson
Pete Jolly ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ...
 Themselves 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Salif Keita ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Don Kern ...
 Himself (WDIA Production Manager) 1 episode, 2003
Pete King ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Willie King ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bob Koester ...
 Himself, owner, Delmark Records 1 episode, 2003
Habib Koité ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Lay ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
Albert Lee ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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 Themselves 1 episode, 2003
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Humphrey Lyttelton ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2003
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

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The ghost that Jr. saw of W.C. Handy was played by his own father, Nathaniel Lee Sr. See more »

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Feel Like Going Home
10 August 2004 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

In this Scorsese-directed segment we follow musician Corey Harris as he explores the origins of the blues, tracing back from the birth of the Delta-blues to the slave-experience and finally to Africa, meeting with musicians from Mississippi to Mali, culminating in a magical moment where the American Harris and the Malian Ali Farka Toure improvise on a theme, each in their own style and sound perfectly harmonious.

If a movie about the origin of the blues sounds didactic, rest assured it isn't: there is very little voice-over commentary, the soundtrack consists of almost wall-to-wall music, and it feels as if that music tells its own story. And what music it is: the early Alan Lomax recordings of Robert Johnson and Leadbelly, the fife and drums of Otha Turner (no, I had never heard from him either) or the African folk-music from Salif Keita or Ali Farka Toure, it is all so excellent that the documentary often frustrates by only giving excerpts. When Keita took my breath away with a soulfull rendition of a griot-song, I wish Scorsese didn't interrupt for an interview with the man.

For anyone who is even remotely interested in blues, this is a must-see documentary, with a must-have soundtrack record.


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