A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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 H.C. Speirs 1 episode, 2003
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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
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Ilona W. Wilkes ...
 Bar Owner 1 episode, 2003
Jay R. Unger ...
 Reverend Taylor 1 episode, 2003
Ahmir ...
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Marcia Ball ...
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Chris Barber ...
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David Barnes ...
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James Blood Ulmer ...
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Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...
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Sam Carr ...
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 Himself, Marshall Chess's son 1 episode, 2003
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 Himself, co-founder of Chess Records 1 episode, 2003
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Toumani Diabaté ...
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Jim Dickinson ...
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Georgie Fame ...
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Chris Farlowe ...
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Rosco Gordon ...
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Davy Graham ...
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Henry Gray ...
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Corey Harris ...
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Bert Jansch ...
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Garland Jeffreys ...
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Ian Jennings ...
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Morris Jennings ...
 Himself, Electric Mud drummer 1 episode, 2003
Pete Johnson
Pete Jolly ...
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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ...
 Themselves 1 episode, 2003
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Salif Keita ...
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Don Kern ...
 Himself (WDIA Production Manager) 1 episode, 2003
Pete King ...
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Willie King ...
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Bob Koester ...
 Himself, owner, Delmark Records 1 episode, 2003
Habib Koité ...
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Sam Lay ...
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Albert Lee ...
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

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A mixed bag, but certainly worth seeing
13 October 2012 | by 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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