A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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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)
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 Honeyboy (1 episode, 2003)
Goodman. Wille ...
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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 ...
 Walter (1 episode, 2003)
Ilona W. Wilkes ...
 Bar Owner (1 episode, 2003)
Jay R. Unger ...
 Reverend Taylor (1 episode, 2003)
Marcia Ball ...
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Chris Barber ...
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David Barnes ...
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Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...
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Jon Cleary ...
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Shemekia Copeland ...
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Jim Dickinson ...
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Georgie Fame ...
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Rosco Gordon ...
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Davy Graham ...
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Henry Gray ...
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Peter Green ...
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Corey Harris ...
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Bert Jansch ...
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Ian Jennings ...
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Pete Johnson
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Pete Jolly ...
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Salif Keita ...
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Don Kern ...
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Pete King ...
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Willie King ...
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Albert Lee ...
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John Mayall ...
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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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A mixed bag, but certainly worth seeing
13 October 2012 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Seven 90 minute documentaries on various aspects of the blues by noted film makers, ranging from the disappointing "Godfathers and Sons", "Piano Blues" to the sublime; Wim Wenders "The Soul of a Man" and Martin Scorsese's "Feel Like Going Home". The other three films fall somewhere in he middle.

As a series the overall impact was less than I hoped for, but still very worth seeing. I was surprised by the amount of overlap; not only are a number of songs, and even specific recordings repeated in several of the films, but so are chunks of the vintage footage used.

To my personal taste, I found the series most potent and alive when it examined the roots of the blues on not just a musical, but also a political and historic level. When it just presented little pieces of songs by various artists (especially modern ones) without the benefit of probing context, it could feel predictably shallow. Still, an excellent overview of blues in the 20th century for those who already have a love for the form, and for the newly curious.


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