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Desperate Man Blues (2003)

A documentary of the life of record collector Joe Bussard.


Edward Gillan
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Cast overview:
Joe Bussard Joe Bussard
Susannah Anderson Susannah Anderson
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown
John Cooper John Cooper
Helen Crouse Helen Crouse
Eddie Dean Eddie Dean
Paul Geremia Paul Geremia
George Scott George Scott
Elizabeth Siwinski Elizabeth Siwinski
Edward Gillan Edward Gillan


Record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pure and undiluted form in the 20s and 30s. Bussard has rescued priceless shellac artefacts from attics and basements across the US for more than 50 years. He has amassed a vast collection of more than 25,000 rare discs. At 65 Bussard has the enthusiasm and energy of a 16-year-old and will happily spin 75-year-old records all day for anyone who will listen. All the while he gives a running commentary on the music and performer, reliving the day it was made and relating some crazy tale of how he came to rescue the record! Written by gillan@cubemedia.com.au

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roots | son | patton | johnson | jazz | See All (9) »


Discovering The Roots Of American Music


Documentary | Music



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Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

7 August 2003 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Frederick, Maryland, USA

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There goes a happy man
7 September 2005 | by deancapetanelisSee all my reviews

Every one has a place in this world, their reason d'etre. Some folks take years to find theirs and some never do. The happiest folks are the ones who've found their place early on and have arrived at a time where they can look back and appreciate what they've done. This short documentary is about a man who found his slice of life and is able to share and enjoy with all who will listen. That makes for an uplifting tale that's all sweetness and empty calories. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the snack but long for a more complete meal. The film portrays one side of a very simple man and yet I walked away from this film caring more about the music then I did about the man who collected it.

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