Roots Music on Film

I’m sure it’s just coincidence, since it’s just three movies, but I feel like I’m being inundated with roots music documentaries:

Bo Diddly

Electrified is a new documentary about the rise of urban blues out of Maxwell Street and its influence on rock music. The film will premiere at Sundance on Friday, January 25. A companion film, Cheat You Fair, focused on the Maxwell Street Market itself and was shown at the Chicago International Documentary Festival last year. Clips from both movies can be seen on YouTube.

Cannon's Jug Stompers

Chasing Gus’ Ghost is also a new documentary film, about the influence of 1920’s jug band music on the folk music explosion of the 60s and hence on modern rock music. The titular Gus is Gus Cannon, but there’s a whole raft of jug band musicians discussed in the film and plenty of great jug band music. The film will be shown at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Sunday, January 27 as part of a tribute to (and fund-raiser for a grave marker for) jug band musician Will Shade. If you get so excited about jug band music at the showing that you want to try playing some yourself, one of the bands that will be playing at the tribute, the Hump Night Thumpers, is actually a class at Old Town and is open to new members every eight weeks.

1 Comment so far

  1. Maxwell Street Doc (unregistered) on January 21st, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

    Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street – will be shown at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

    Feb 2nd @ 8PM

    Check out their website for tickets or cheatyoufairthemovie.com for more info on the doc!



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