Documentaries About The Blues
Here are some of the documentaries about the blues which we recommend to our readers.
Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey
Blues Britannia – Can Blues Men Sing The Whites
Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgimage To The Crossroads (1991)
also see Deep Blues by Robert Palmer in our Recommended Books
Blues America, Part 1 of 2, Woke Up This Morning
Blues America, Part 2 of 2, Bright Lights Big City
Sweet Home Chicago
Alan Lomax – The Land Where The Blues Began
Fresh Live Cream (1993)
Roll Over Beethoven – Chess Records Story (2010)
Led Zeppelin Story, which emphasizes the influence of the blues on British music
Here’s a 1993 BBC video about Big Bill Broonzy visiting Britain in the 1950’s.
Here’s a very good video of major blues artists performing in Britain between 1963 and 1966. Performers include Sonny Boy Williamson (4:49), Muddy Waters (5:00-8:35), Lonnie Johnson (8:35-13:40), Big Joe Williams (13:52-16:48), Sonny Boy Williamson (16:55-25:24) Lightnin’ Hopkins (25:41-33:44), Howlin’ Wolf (40:00-49:30), Big Joe Turner (49:34-53:20), Junior Wells (53:42-58:00)
This is another video of some major blues musicians performing in the U.K., 1962-1966. Much of this video appears in the video above.
Here’s a video about Blind Willie McTell
Rhythm Club Fire in Natchez, Mississippi in April 1940. The Mississippi Department of Archives & History has placed a marker at the Rhythm Club Fire site. This documentary was made in 2013.
Here’s a three part documentary series called A History of the Blues, made in 1999:
Part 2 of A History of the Blues, made in 1999:
Part 3 of A History of the Blues, made in 1999:
You See Me Laughin’: the Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen – (2002)
Here is a documentary about Eric Burdon & The Animals, who introduced several blues songs to a wider audience in the 1960’s:
Fender vs. Gibson
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