Black Bull Blues Blog | Documentaries about the Blues.
The blues has a long history of music culture, some of the stories were filmed. This page shows you some great blues documentaries or live performances of blues musicians. On the blues blog page you might find these documentaries too.
Junior Wells Teaches the Blues
This documentary shows Junior Wells explaining life, the blues. Junior Wells started playing harmonica in Muddy Waters Band in 1952. Later in his career he made a whole lot of great recordings with another Chicago legend Buddy Guy. I really liked the way the old blues godfather speaks about music.
The Story of the Blues
Defining the blues is a simple task: a basic I-IV-V chord progression laid over a 12-bar framework, however the blues have evolved from African-American field hollers through rough-hewn rural heavyweights such as Blind Lemon Jefferson to the immaculate guitar excursions of B.B. King. The Story Of The Blues traces the four principal traditions of blues music: Blues Form – Country Blues – Urban Blues – Electric Blues and it’s significant contribution to the development of jazz, rock music, and country and western music.
America’s music Legacy – The Blues
Recorded 1983-85 and features performances by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Pee Wee Crayton, Jimmy Rushing, Ernie Andrews, and many more. Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century.
ROBERT JOHNSON – Crossroads Blues
Robert Johnson the most Mythical figure of the blues. The man who signed the deal with the devil. A beautiful documentary about Blues History.
The Blues: Feel Like Going Home (2003) – Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese presented a fantastic box of blues documentaries, about Memphis, Piano Blues and about the originals like Feel Like Going Home. I can recommend the full Blues Collection by Martin Scorsese. It contains six DVD’s.
Rhythm & Blues Revue (1955)
Rhythm and Blues Revue (1955) by Joseph Kohn, Ben Frye, and Studio Films Inc. (public domain).
Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City, featuring a cast of popular African-American performers: Willie Bryant, Freddie Robinson, Lionel Hampton, Faye Adams, Bill Bailey, Herb Jeffries, Freddy & Flo, Amos Milburn, The Larks, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Joe Turner, Delta Rhythm Boys, Martha Davis, Little Buck, Nat King Cole, Mantan Moreland & Nipsy Russell, Cab Calloway, Ruth Brown, Paul Williams Band.
Buddy Guy – Teachin’ The Blues (Guitarist Clinic)
Advanced Guitar Lesson Blues Buddy Guy Guitar Style Fender Stratocaster.
Masters Of The Country Blues – Mance Lipscomb And Lightnin’ Hopkins
From Texas blues to Mississippi Blues countryguitarist watch this documentary. Introduction by Taj Mahal.
Chicago Blues Documantary
Nothing but the Blues: Eric Clapton
Schultze Gets The Blues
Anyone who enjoys cinematic fare that’s off the beaten path will happily follow a zydeco-loving salt miner on a rejuvenating musical odyssey from Germany to Louisiana. Film festival award-winner Horst Krause stars as the taciturn, barrel-shaped Schultze, who is settling uneasily into retirement. He spends his drabby days in his small town polishing his garden gnomes, drinking with friends, visiting his mother in a nursing home, and playing traditional polkas on his accordion. At the 30-minute mark, Schultze, and the film, come to life when he hears zydeco on the radio and becomes enthralled in the music and the culture, going so far as to introduce his friends to such delicacies as jambalaya. .He performs zydeco at a music festival, scandalizing some of the locals. But his music club selects him to represent them in Texas at a sister city celebration, and Schultze’s life takes unexpected detours. Fans of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismaki may find director Michael Schorr a kindred minimalist spirit with his long takes and deadpan sensibility. But Schultze Gets the Blues dances to its own quirky rhythms. While Schultze’s journey comes to a downbeat conclusion, the film manages to end on a lovely grace note. –Donald Liebenson — (www.Amazon.com)