A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.
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Ike Turner ...
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Ivy Cassel ...
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Shayne Tingle ...
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 Peaches (1 episode, 2003)
Joy Brashears ...
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Susan McWilliams ...
 Love Grace (1 episode, 2003)
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Goodman. Wille ...
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Colleen White ...
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Vasti Jackson ...
 Guitar Player (1 episode, 2003)
Nathaniel Lee Sr. ...
 W.C. Handy (1 episode, 2003)
Ted Davis ...
 Walter (1 episode, 2003)
Ilona W. Wilkes ...
 Bar Owner (1 episode, 2003)
Jay R. Unger ...
 Reverend Taylor (1 episode, 2003)
Ahmir ...
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Marcia Ball ...
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Chris Barber ...
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David Barnes ...
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Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor ...
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Sam Carr ...
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Marshall Chess ...
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Phil Chess ...
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Toumani Diabaté ...
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Jim Dickinson ...
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Lonnie Donegan ...
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Georgie Fame ...
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Rosco Gordon ...
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Davy Graham ...
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Henry Gray ...
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Corey Harris ...
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Bert Jansch ...
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Garland Jeffreys ...
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Ian Jennings ...
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Morris Jennings ...
 Himself, Electric Mud drummer (1 episode, 2003)
Pete Johnson
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Pete Jolly ...
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Salif Keita ...
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Don Kern ...
 Himself (WDIA Production Manager) (1 episode, 2003)
Pete King ...
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Willie King ...
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Bob Koester ...
 Himself, owner, Delmark Records (1 episode, 2003)
Habib Koité ...
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Sam Lay ...
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Albert Lee ...
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 Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
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A documentary series about the origin and history of The Blues.

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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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What do you want for nothing: rubber Bisquits?
5 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

Not all the documentaries are on the same depth level, but generally speaking is one of the best series on any subject, in the whole... Some are excellent movies, and above all I place the piece by Wim Wenders: I quite believe the man is really a better documentarist than a 'movie' director; I mean, watching his film on blues, using actors and cinematography at the highest level, you forget about documentary, and just feel like you're watching ages lost films (just to contradict my first statement about this director: but I'm also thinking about the excellent Tokyo Ga from the same man!). Besides he is the one who is most successful, in my opinion, in communicating the great love he feels for this music and for the 'heroes' involved: well, he is also the most experienced director on this kind of subject, after his other great 'film' Buena Vista Social Club. In general the other documentaries are quite informative and well made too, but I also sense a kind of 'lack of a styling signature' from such otherwise GREAT directors (Eastwood and Scorsese above all); given that, surely it's worth seeing and hearing this whole piece of work.


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