Martin Scorcese did something really great. He hired 7 directors (Scorcese himself, Wim Wenders, Clint Eastwood...). Every director loves the Blues and made a special documentary movie about this music. Every DVD has a special theme, exclusive footage and songs and videos only for this DVD.
This DVD Set is really a MUST for every Blues fan!
DVD 1: FEEL LIKE GOING HOME
Scorcese goes with a young blues guitar player Corey Harris on a search to the roots of the Blues. The journey goes from the Mississippi Delta to Mali in Africa. With this journey you´ll really see that the roots of the Blues are still alive and that the Blues is not just a music style. It´s an expression of feelings. With Corey Harris, Willie King, Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Otha Turner, Habib Koité, Salif Keita und Ali Farka Toure.
DVD 2: THE SOUL OF A MAN
German director Wim Wenders shows us his view on the Blues. He mixes old original tapes with new ones to show us the life of Bluesartists Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir. It´s a mixture of old tapes, fictional new scenes and cover version of the old songs by musicians like Garland Jeffreys, Cassandra Wilson, Nick Cave, Los Lobos, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lou Reed, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Lucinda Williams and others.
DVD 3: THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS
Direcotr Richar Pearce is going on to the roots of Blues Legend B.B. King, to Memphis, Tenessee. From this town at the Mississipi came Elvis too. But Tenessee has more to offer. We´re gonna see legendary Beale Street, performances from B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rev. Gatemouth Moore, Rosco Gordon, Little Milton und Ike Turner and historic footage fro Howlin´ Wolf and Rufus Thomas.
DVD 4: WARMING BY THE DEVIL'S FIRE
Charles Burnett is traveling to his own past. From Los Angeles back to Mississippi. He shows the historic tention between religios Gospel music and the "devil´s music", the Blues. He mixes old vintage footage and new scenes. He tells the story of great Blues legends and the story of a little boy and his first contact with the Blues music.
DVD 5: GODFATHERS AND SONS
Director Marc Levin shows us Hip-Hop Icon Chuck D (Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess, the son of the founder of famous Chess records on a journey to the past. We´re gonna see Chuck D´s journey to the roots of black music, the famous story of Chess Records in Chicago. For this project joung Hip-Hop artists and old Blues veterans are comming together to make a new Blues record. We´re gonna see rare footage from Howlin´ Wolf, Otis Rush and Ike Turner
DVD 6: RED, WHITE & BLUES
In the 60s, Britain was the heart of a young music revolution. Jazz and a Folk revieal opens the way for a new kind of Blues, influenced by the black Blues music from the USA. This youg british artists followed the music from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin´ Wolf or Freddie King. Direcotr Mike Figgis has interviews with key figures of the British Blues scene and shows us an Blues All-Star-Session with Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Lulu and others.
DVD 7: PIANO BLUES
Clint Eastwood, director and piano player has a special passion for the piano Blues. We´re gonna see rare footage, Interviews and shows with Blues legends like Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Dr. John. This Blues documentary gives us the chance to get real close to this music. Piano Blues is a great mixture of old vintage films and new interpretations of Blues classic songs. With live footage by Ray Charles, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Jay McShann and rare old footage by Otis Spann, Art Tatum, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, Big Joe Turner, Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, Martha Davis, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Charles Brown, Duke Ellington and others
Martin Scorcese presents the Blues at amazon.com
Martin Scorcese presents the Blues at amazon.co.uk