A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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Series cast summary:
B.B. King ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Pinetop Perkins Pinetop Perkins ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Ike Turner Ike Turner ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
Dick Waterman Dick Waterman ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2003
Tommy Redmond Hicks Tommy Redmond Hicks ...  Uncle Buddy 1 episode, 2003
Chris Thomas King ...  Blind Willie Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Keith B. Brown Keith B. Brown ...  Skip James 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Jr. ...  Jr. 1 episode, 2003
James Hughes James Hughes ...  H.C. Speirs 1 episode, 2003
Carl Lumbly ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Ivy Cassel Ivy Cassel ...  Walking man 1 episode, 2003
David F. Hughes David F. Hughes ...  Art Laibely 1 episode, 2003
Shayne Tingle Shayne Tingle ...  Sound engineer 1 episode, 2003
Frances Horton White Frances Horton White ...  Peaches 1 episode, 2003
Joy Brashears Joy Brashears ...  Secretary 1 episode, 2003
Susan McWilliams Susan McWilliams ...  Love Grace 1 episode, 2003
Tommie Tc Carter Tommie Tc Carter ...  Honeyboy 1 episode, 2003
Goodman. Wille Goodman. Wille ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Colleen White Colleen White ...  Bobbie Grace 1 episode, 2003
Vasti Jackson Vasti Jackson ...  Guitar Player 1 episode, 2003
Nathaniel Lee Sr. Nathaniel Lee Sr. ...  W.C. Handy 1 episode, 2003
Ted Davis Ted Davis ...  Walter 1 episode, 2003
Ilona W. Wilkes Ilona W. Wilkes ...  Bar Owner 1 episode, 2003
Jay R. Unger Jay R. Unger ...  Reverend Taylor 1 episode, 2003
Ahmir Ahmir ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Marcia Ball Marcia Ball ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Barber Chris Barber ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
David Barnes David Barnes ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Beck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jeff Beck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
James Blood Ulmer James Blood Ulmer ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dave Brubeck ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eric Burdon ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
T Bone Burnett ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Carr Sam Carr ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Nick Cave ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ray Charles ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eagle Eye Cherry ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jamar Chess Jamar Chess ...  Himself, Marshall Chess's son 1 episode, 2003
Marshall Chess Marshall Chess ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Phil Chess Phil Chess ...  Himself, co-founder of Chess Records 1 episode, 2003
Chuck D ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Eric Clapton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jon Cleary Jon Cleary ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Common ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Shemekia Copeland ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Elvis Costello ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Toumani Diabaté Toumani Diabaté ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jim Dickinson Jim Dickinson ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Dr. John ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Clint Eastwood ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Jack Elliott ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Georgie Fame Georgie Fame ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Chris Farlowe Chris Farlowe ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Laurence Fishburne ...  Himself - Narrator 1 episode, 2003
Mick Fleetwood ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Rosco Gordon Rosco Gordon ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Davy Graham Davy Graham ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Henry Gray Henry Gray ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Peter Green ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Corey Harris Corey Harris ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bert Jansch ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Garland Jeffreys Garland Jeffreys ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Ian Jennings Ian Jennings ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Morris Jennings Morris Jennings ...  Himself, Electric Mud drummer 1 episode, 2003
Pete Johnson Pete Johnson 1 episode, 2003
Pete Jolly ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2003
Tom Jones ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Salif Keita Salif Keita ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Don Kern Don Kern ...  Himself (WDIA Production Manager) 1 episode, 2003
Pete King Pete King ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Willie King Willie King ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Bob Koester Bob Koester ...  Himself, owner, Delmark Records 1 episode, 2003
Habib Koité Habib Koité ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Sam Lay Sam Lay ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Albert Lee Albert Lee ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Los Lobos ...  Themselves 1 episode, 2003
Lulu ...  Herself 1 episode, 2003
Humphrey Lyttelton Humphrey Lyttelton ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
Taj Mahal ...  Himself 1 episode, 2003
John Mayall ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2003
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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A blues See more »

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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 runamokprodsSee 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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