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Documentary How Britain Got The Blues

Documentary How Britain Got The Blues

Britain played a huge part in the revival of the blues in the sixties. Bands like the Rolling Stones,The Animals, John Mayall and Cream all inspired by blues discovered this great genre back in the fifties. Where was this music comming from? What does all that slang lyrics mean? and what is a Howlin’ Wolf or a Muddy Water. All these question are answered in the fantastic documentary  by How Britain Got The Blues by BBC 4.

“Was it the drabness of post-war austerity or the influx of blues records coming across by boat? Whatever, this is a film that any blues lover should watch. Featuring the likes of Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Chris Barber and Paul Jones, this tells the story of how Britain got the Blues and shipped it back to the States.”

Watch the Documentary here:

Second part of this brilliant film, showing how young Brits fell for the blues and changed the face of popular music forever.

Third Part of this brilliant documentary about the British blues boom of the 1960s. Featuring the Yardbirds,the Animals,Manfred Mann and the Pretty Things.

Part four of this excellent film deals with the period when American blues artists started to tour Britain. Some great stories from Paul Jones, Val Wilmer, Micke Fleetwood and others about their meetings with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jesse Fuller and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Part 5 shows hoe the second wave of blues purists, lead by Eric Clapton, rebelled against the bands with their eyes on the main chance. Featuring Jimmy Reed, Fleetwood Mac,The Yardbirds,The Pretty Things, The Bluesbreakers,Cream,Eric Clapton and others.

The final part shows groups like Cream and Led Zeppelin turned up their amps and moved from clubs to large stadiums overnight.

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