A Vision Shared A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly (1988)
*** (out of 4)
Robbie Robertson narrates this documentary/tribute that talks about the life and careers of both Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. I will admit that I'm not sure why these two great artists had to share a documentary but it's good for the viewer because we get some nice stories told about both but we also get some famous musicians here to pay tribute as well as cover some of their best songs. Some of those involved include Bruce Springsteen (Vigilante Man, I Ain't Got No Home), Pete Seeger (Alabama Bound), Little Richard (Rock Island Line), Arlo Guthrie & Emmylou Harris (Deportee), Harris solo (Bobo's Lyllaby), Willie Nelson (Goodnight Irene), Taj Mahal (Bourgeois Blues, Midnight Special), John Mellencamp (Do Re Mi), U2 (Jesus Christ) and the entire cast does a version of This Land is Your Land. Fans of both Guthrie and Leadbelly should enjoy this tribute. Die-hard fans probably aren't going to learn anything they don't already know but those knew to the legends will find both of their stories entertaining and the documentary at least gives those a great idea of who these men were. I was pleasantly surprised to see how excellent the tributes were. Often times there's a weak artist or two that don't do anything good with the material but that's not the case here as everyone really nails their parts. This is especially true of Nelson on Goodnight Irene and Taj Mahal on Midnight Special. Music fans should certainly check this out for the music as well as the stories.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?