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Man in the Sand (1999)

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Credited cast:
Peter Jenner ... Himself
Billy Bragg ... Himself
Nora Guthrie Nora Guthrie ... Herself
Wilco ... Themselves
Natalie Merchant ... Herself
Corey Harris Corey Harris ... Himself
Arlo Guthrie ... Himself
Thelma Bray Thelma Bray ... Herself
Allison Kelly Allison Kelly ... Herself - Okemah Bank Manager
Sarah Vowell ... Herself
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Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Tweedy ... Himself
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USA

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English

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28 October 2005 (Spain) See more »

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Mermaid Avenue is the street Woody Guthrie lived on when he lived in New York. See more »

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Missed Jewel...
29 June 2006 | by bruce_files_3See all my reviews

Missed even by those who you would think should have seen this one, this documentary is a "makin' of" the "Mermaid Avenue" albums, a project by Billy Bragg, that expands further more, outside the four walls of a recording studio.

Billy Bragg himself and Wilco on stage, on camera sharing thoughts about Woody Gurthie and in the studio, with the first also sharing some time with Woody's daughter, visiting places related to the "man", talking with locals,...even spending time with his 5 own years old son.

There's a little surprise tho, for those who haven't heard the songs in the "Mermaid Av." albums: The songs (and how Woody is presented here) ain't all political (if you share the thought that everything you say and do is political anyway)! Lyrics made out of love (?) for his wife(s) (or women in general), songs of personal despair and other personal issues is what troubled Gurthie in those lines, making this documentary, not only a "close-up", but a look from a different angle!

Myself, not much aware of Gurthie's music,I found this film very easy to watch, very interesting, and yes it has some good music and lyrics there in the mix! Finally, needless to say, this is a must-see for any Gurthie-Bragg-Wilco fan.....if not anyone interested in music in general.


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