featuring Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Rev. Gary Davis, Henry Townsend, Robert Pete Williams, Josh White & Brownie McGhee
Blues music was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century by rural black musicians. They shaped it with brilliant inspiration from disparate elements of black song. By the early 1920s recorded urban performers solidified the standard three-verse, 12 bar meter structure that has identified most blues.
The blues revival of the early 1960s brought many of these survivors to the forefront of traditional music. The rare footage presented in this video is a treasure beyond imagining, drawn from a myriad of sources, depicting some of the greatest blues musicians who ever lived.
Titles include: MANCE LIPSCOMB Silver City, Angel Child MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT Spike Driver, You're Going To Walk That Lonesome Valley Blues BIG BILL BROONZY Worried Man Blues, How You Want It Done, John Henry, Blues in E BROWNIE McGEE Don't Kid Me SON HOUSE Death Letter Blues , I Had A Woman in Hughes REV. GARY DAVIS Children of Zion, Death Don't Have No Mercy ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS Mamie HENRY TOWNSEND Cairo Blues JOSHWHITE Jelly Jelly
Running Time: 60 minutes