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Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books

 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues

 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorses Present the bluesMartin Scorsese Presents: The Best Of The Blues
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues was a PBS seven part video documentary that aired on PBS. The final projected yielded in addition to the video, audio soundtracks of the DVD's, a book, CD samplers (a single disc and box set), and even a series of artist profiles. This page breaks it down for you.  Martin Scorses Present the blues

Sources for this page came from the PBS website, album liner notes, Amazon, and personal commentary.

Audio Compilations (Box-set and single disc)
Video (Box-set and seven individual)
Book
Artist Profiles (Twelve profiles)
Additional Background

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Audio

There are two audio overviews of Martin Scorsese blues, a single disc and box set spanning discs. Both are excellent.

Martin Scorsese: Presents: The Best of the Blues
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [BOX SET]

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorsese: Presents: The Best of the Blues  
Original Release Date: 2003

Perhaps the best single disc Blues overviews.

1. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson 
2. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) - Bessie Smith 
3. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James 
4. Evil (Is Going On) - Howlin' Ron Wolf 
5. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters 
6. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker 
7. Death Letter Blues - Son House 
8. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) - Ray Charles 
9. I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James 
10. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King 
11. All Your Love - Eric Clapton 
12. One Good Man - Janis Joplin 
13. Red House - Jimi Hendrix Experience 
14. One Way Out (Live) - The Allman Brothers Band 
15. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan 
16. Am I Wrong - Keb' Mo' 
17. Just Won't Burn - Susan Tedeschi 
18. Voodoo Music - Los Lobos 
19. Vietnam Blues - Cassandra Wilson 
20. Round And Round - Bonnie Raitt 
21. I Pity The Fool - Shemekia Copeland 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [BOX SET]  Scorsese box set
5 discs
Jazz Guitar box set
4 discs
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - A Musical Journey. Five-CD deluxe boxed set includes a comprehensive collection of the music from the seven films airing on PBS. A definitive overview of blues, from its earliest recordings over 80 years ago, to contemporary artists and new recordings made specifically for The Blues. Music from the PBS Series The Blues, executive produced by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese. 116 tracks on 5 CDs, plus 60-page collector's booklet with stunning photos and illuminating essays. Features introductory essay by Martin Scorsese. Gatefold digibox. Hip-O Records. 2003.
Disc: 1 
1. Othar Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band - Shortnin' / Henduck 
2. Lightning & Group - Long John 
3. Mamie Smith - Crazy Blues 
4. W.C. Handy - St. Louis Blues 
5. Bessie Smith - Muddy Water 
6. Blind Lemon Jefferson - Match Box Blues 
7. Furry Lewis - Billy Lyons & Stack-O-Lee 
8. "Ma" Rainey - "Ma" Rainey's Black Bottom 
9. Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground 
10. Louis Armstrong - Savoy Blues 
11. Frank Stokes - Downtown Blues 
12. Mississippi John Hurt - Frankie 
13. Henry Thomas - Fishing Blues 
14. Leroy Carr - How Long How Long Blues 
15. Tommy Johnson - Canned Heat Blues 
16. Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues 
17. Tampa Red & Georgia Tom - It's Tight Like That 
18. Pine Top Smith - Pine Top's Boogie Woogie 
19. Lonnie Johnson - Guitar Blues 
20. Charley Patton - Pony Blues 
21. Blind Blake - Diddie Wah Diddie 
22. Memphis Jug Band - K.C. Moan 
23. Jimmie Rodgers - Standin' On The Corner (Blue Yodel # 9) 
24. Mississippi Sheiks - Sittin' On Top Of The World 
25. Son House - Preachin' The Blues 
Disc: 2 
1. Skip James - Devil Got My Woman 
2. Lead Belly - C.C. Rider 
3. Big Joe Williams - Baby Please Don't Go 
4. Roosevelt Sykes - Dirty Mother For You (Don't You Know) 
5. Billie Holiday - Billie's Blues 
6. Robert Johnson - Cross Road Blues 
7. Sonny Boy Williamson - I Good Mornin' Little School Girl 
8. Bukka White - Shake 'Em On Down 
9. Joe Turner & Pete Johnson - Roll 'Em Pete 
10. Robert Petway - Catfish Blues 
11. Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing - Going To Chicago Blues 
12. Big Bill Broonzy - Key To The Highway 
13. Memphis Minnie - Me And My Chauffeur Blues 
14. Big Maceo Merriweather - Worried Life Blues 
15. Tommy McClennon - Cross Cut Saw Blues 
16. Lionel Hampton Sextet with Dinah Washington - Evil Gal Blues 
17. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Strange Things Happening Everyday 
18. Joe Liggins - Honeydripper Pt.I 
19. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers featuring Charles Brown - Drifting Blues 
20. Louis Jordan - Let The Good Times Roll 
21. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - That's All Right Mama 
22. T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday 
23. Wynonie Harris - Good Rockin' Tonight 
24. Jimmy Witherspoon - Ain't Nobody's Business, Part One 
25. The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & The Robins - Double Crossing Blues 
Disc: 3 
1. Memphis Slim - Mother Earth 
2. Percy Mayfield - Please Send Me Someone To Love 
3. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88 
4. Elmore James - Dust My Broom 
5. Rosco Gordon - No More Doggin' 
6. Little Walter - Juke 
7. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog 
8. Lowell Fulson - Reconsider Baby 
9. Guitar Slim - The Things That I Used To Do 
10. Professor Longhair - In The Night 
11. Muddy Waters - (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man 
12. J.B. Lenoir - Eisenhower Blues 
13. Fats Domino - Blue Monday 
14. Ray Charles - Hard Times 
15. Smiley Lewis - I Hear You Knockin' 
16. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train 
17. Sonny Boy Williamson II - Don't Start Me To Talkin' 
18. Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin' 
19. Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love 
20. Slim Harpo - I'm A King Bee 
21. Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode 
22. Bobby "Blue" Bland - Farther Up The Road 
23. Otis Rush - So Many Roads, So Many Trains 
24. Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues 
Disc: 4 
1. Freddie King - Hide Away 
2. Junior Parker - Drivin' Wheel 
3. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom 
4. Albert Collins - Frosty 
5. Muddy Waters - You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had 
6. Howlin' Wolf - Killing Floor 
7. Son House - Death Letter Blues 
8. Mississippi Fred McDowell - You Gotta Move 
9. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited 
10. Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues 
11. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle 
12. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton - All Your Love 
13. Paul Butterfield Blues Band - I've Got A Mind To Give Up Livin' 
14. Jimi Hendrix - Red House 
15. Albert King - Born Under The Bad Sign 
16. Magic Sam - Mama Talk To Your Daughter 
17. Etta James - Tell Mama 
18. The Jeff Beck - Group Ain't Superstitious 
19. Taj Mahal - She Caught The Katy (And Left Me A Mule To Ride) 
20. Fleetwood Mac - Black Magic Woman 
21. Janis Joplin - One Good Man 
Disc: 5 
1. B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone 
2. Johnny Winter - Dallas 
3. Derek & The Dominos - Have You Ever Loved A Woman 
4. Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers - Give Me Back My Wig 
5. The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out 
6. Z.Z. Hill - Down Home Blues 
7. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy 
8. Robert Cray - Smoking Gun 
9. Fabulous Thunderbirds - Tuff Enuff 
10. John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt - I'm In The Mood 
11. Ali Farka Toure - Timbarma 
12. Keb' Mo' - Am I Wrong? 
13. Luther Allison - Cherry Red Wine 
14. Peggy Scott-Adams - Bill 
15. Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn 
16. Los Lobos - Voodoo Music 
17. Bonnie Raitt - Round And Round 
18. Cassandra Wilson - Vietnam Blues 
19. Robert Cray & Shemekia Copeland - I Pity The Fool (Live) 
20. Keb' Mo' & Corey Harris - Sweet Home Chicago 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Video's

The seven part DVD series is available as a box-set. Also, the individual shows are available separately with both DVD and audio soundtracks.

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - A Musical Journey
Feel Like Going Home 
The Soul Of A Man 
The Road to Memphis
Warming By The Devil's Fire 
Godfathers & Sons 
Red, White and Blues
Piano Blues 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues - A Musical Journey  
Original Release Date: 2003
DVD Run Time: 780 minutes

7 videodiscs (ca. 13 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in + 1 guide ([12] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.) 
Note Each disc contains bonus material not shown in the original broadcast, including director commentaries, on-camera interviews with the directors, and live performances. 

Series originally produced for PBS and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting ; presented by WGBH Boston to PBS. 

Contents [1] Feel like going home : a film / by Martin Scorsese -- [2] The Soul of a man : a film / by Wim Wenders -- [3] The Road to Memphis : a film / by Richard Pearce and Robert Kenner -- [4] Warming by the devil's fire : a film / by Charles Burnett -- [5] Godfathers and sons : a film / by Marc Levin -- [6] Red, white & blues : a film / by Mike Figgis -- [7] Piano blues : a film / by Clint Eastwood. 
Summary 

A seven-part television series of personal and impressionistic films, viewed through the lens of seven world-famous directors, capturing the essence of blues music and delving into its global influence, from its roots in Africa to its inspirational role in today's music. 

System details DVD, 5.1 surround sound. 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Feel Like Going Home Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Feel Like Going Home by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues 

Product Description
This soundtrack is one in a series (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues) featuring original recordings and blues classics hand picked by the director Martin Scorsese. 20 tracks from the likes of Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Ali Farka Toure & Lead Belly. Sony. 2003. 

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Traveling Riverside Blues - Robert Johnson 
2. Dynaflow Blues - Johnny Shines 
3. Hellhound On My Trail - Robert Johnson 
4. Country Blues - Muddy Waters 
5. Celebrated Walkin' Blues - Taj Mahal 
6. Rosalie - Muddy Waters With The Son Simms Four 
7. My Black Mama Pt. II - Son House 
8. Government Fleet Blues - Son House 
9. Gypsy Woman - Muddy Waters 
10. High Water Everywhere Pt. 1 - Charley Patton 
11. C.C. Rider - Lead Belly 
12. Terrorized - Willie King & The Liberators 
13. Oh Baby - Napolean Strickland & The Como Drum Band 
14. Lay My Burden Down - Otha Turner & Corey Harris 
15. Mali Dje - Ali Farka Toure 
16. Tupelo Blues - John Lee Hooker 
17. Amandrai - Ali Farka Toure 
18. Down Child - John Lee Hooker 
19. Ananamin (It's Been So Long) - Salif Keita 
20. My Babe - Otha Turner & The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band 

DVD

Directed by Martin Scorsese
Written by Peter Guralnick
 
Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner, and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker).

Says Scorsese: "I've always felt an affinity for blues music — the culture of storytelling through music is incredibly fascinating and appealing to me. The blues have great emotional resonance and are the foundation for American popular music."

Performances in Feel Like Going Home
Corey Harris
John Lee Hooker *
Son House *
Salif Keita
Habib Koité
Taj Mahal
Ali Farka Toure
Otha Turner
Muddy Waters *
Keb' Mo'
Willie King
Lead Belly *

*indicates archival performance

Interviews in Feel Like Going Home
Corey Harris
Sam Carr
Toumani Diabate
Willie King
Dick Waterman
Taj Mahal
Johnny Shines *
Otha Turner
Ali Farka Toure
Habib Koité
Salif Keita
Keb' Mo'

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
The Soul Of A Man Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Soul Of A Man by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
This soundtrack is one in a series (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues) featuring original recordings and blues classics hand picked by the director Wim Wenders. 20 tracks from the likes of Cassandra Wilson, James Blood Ulmer, Marc Ribot, Lou Reed & Los Lobos. Sony. 2003. 

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Cassandra Wilson - Vietnam 
2. Eagle Eye Cherry /Vernon Reid /James "Blood" Ulmer - Down In Mississippi 
3. Lucinda Williams - Hard Times Killing Floor Blues 
4. Lou Reed - Look Down The Road 
5. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - I Feel So Good 
6. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Devil Got My Woman [New Recording] 
7. Cassandra Wilson - Slow Down Woman 
8. T-Bone Burnett - Don't Dog Your Woman 
9. Los Lobos - Voodoo Music 
10. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - The Death Of J.B. Lenoir 
11. J.B. Lenoir - Alabama 
12. Shemekia Copeland - God's Word 
13. Alvin Youngblood Hart - Illinois Blues 
14. Beck - I'm So Glad 
15. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Special Rider Blues 
16. Marc Ribot - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground 
17. Bonnie Raitt - Devil Got My Woman 
18. Skip James - Crow Jane 
19. Garland Jeffreys - Washington D.C. Hospital Center Blues 
20. Blind Willie Johnson- Soul of A Man 
21. Lou Reed - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 

DVD

Written and directed by Wim Wenders
 
Director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club; Wings of Desire; Paris, Texas ) explores the lives of his favorite blues artists — Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and J. B. Lenoir — in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Garland Jeffreys, Los Lobos, and others.

Says Wenders: "These songs meant the world to me. I felt there was more truth in them than in any book I had read about America, or in any movie I had ever seen. I've tried to describe, more like a poem than in a 'documentary,' what moved me so much in their songs and voices."

Performances in The Soul of a Man
T-Bone Burnett
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Eagle-Eye Cherry
Shemekia Copeland
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Skip James *
Garland Jeffreys
Chris Thomas King
J.B. Lenoir *
Los Lobos
John Mayall *
Bonnie Raitt
Lou Reed
Vernon Reid
Marc Ribot
James "Blood" Ulmer
Lucinda Williams
Cassandra Wilson

*indicates archival performance

Cast:
Skip James: Keith B. Brown
Blind Willie Johnson: Chris Thomas King

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
The Road to Memphis Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: The Road to Memphis by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
Soundtrack from director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap Of Faith) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King, featuring original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner. Hip-O Records. 2003. 

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Beale Street Ain't Beale Street No More (Live Street Recording) - Rev. Gatemouth Moore 
2. Dust My Broom - Elmore James 
3. Three O'Clock Blues - B.B. King 
4. How Many More Years - Howlin' Wolf 
5. Moanin' At Midnight - Howlin' Wolf 
6. Rosco's Boogie - Rosco Gordon 
7. Mystery Train - Little Junior's Blue Flames 
8. Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston 
9. Precious Lord - B.B. King 
10. Hoochie Man (Live) - Bobby Rush 
11. Done Got Old (Live) - Robert Belfour 
12. Hen Pecked - Bobby Rush 
13. Medley: Stand Still, Stay Right Here / Dance For The Devil (Live) - Rev. Charles E. Polk & The St. Luther Choir 
14. I Pity The Fool - Bobby Bland 
15. Bring It On Home - Sonny Boy Williamson 
16. Killing Floor (Live) - Hubert Sumlin & David Johansen 
17. Now You're Gone - Rosco Gordon

DVD
 

Directed by Richard Pearce
Written by Robert Gordon
 
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf and Rufus Thomas.

Says Pearce: "The Blues is a chance to celebrate one of the last truly indigenous American art forms, before it all but disappears, swallowed whole by the rock and roll generation it spawned. Hopefully we'll get there before it's too late."

Performances in The Road to Memphis
Fats Domino *
Rosco Gordon *
B.B. King
Little Milton
Little Richard *
Bobby Rush
Ike Turner
Howlin' Wolf *
The Coasters *

*indicates archival performance

Interviews in The Road to Memphis
Bobby Rush
B.B. King
Rosco Gordon
Rufus Thomas
Calvin Newborn
Hubert Sumlin
Chris Spindel (WDIA program officer)
Don Kern (WDIA Production Manager)
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor
Cato Walker III
Little Milton Campbell
Sam Phillips
Ike Turner
Jim Dickinson

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Warming By The Devil's Fire Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Warming By The Devil's Fire by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
This soundtrack is one in a series (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues) featuring original recordings and blues classics hand picked by director Charles Burnett. 18 tracks from the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Ma Rainey, Robert Johnson & John Lee Hooker. Sony. 2003.

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Jelly Roll Morton - Turtle Twist 
2. Ma Rainey - See See Rider 
3. Son House - Death Letter 
4. Billie Holiday - I'm A Fool Too Want You 
5. Mississippi John Hurt - Big Leg Blues 
6. Memphis Jug Band - K.C. Moan 
7. Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago 
8. Tommy McClennan - Deep Blue Sea Blues 
9. Bessie Smith - Muddy Water 
10. Sonny Boy Williamson - Cross My Heart 
11. Elmore James - Dust My Broom 
12. Muddy Waters - You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had 
13. W.C. Handy - Beale Street Blues 
14. Charley Patton - Hang It On The Wall 
15. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air) 
16. Stephen James Taylor - Give Me Freedom 
17. Mildred Jones - Mr. Thrill 
18. John Lee Hooker - I'll Never Get Out of these Blues Alive

DVD

Written and directed by Charles Burnett
 
Director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in the 1950s, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues.

Says Burnett: "The sound of the blues was a part of my environment that I took for granted. However, as years passed, the blues slowly emerged as an essential source of imagery, humor, irony, and insight that allows one to reflect on the human condition. I always wanted to do a story on the blues that not only reflected its nature and its content, but also alludes to the form itself. In short, a story that gives you the impression of the blues."

Performances in The Warming by the Devil's Fire
Big Bill Broonzy *
Elizabeth Cotten *
Reverend Gary Davis *
Ida Cox *
Willie Dixon *
Lightnin' Hopkins *
Son House *
Mississippi John Hurt *
Vasti Jackson
Bessie Smith *
Mamie Smith *
Victoria Spivey *
Sister Rosetta Tharpe *
Dinah Washington *
Muddy Waters *
Sonny Boy Williamson *

*indicates archival performance

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Godfathers & Sons Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Godfathers & Sons by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
This soundtrack is one in a series (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues) featuring original recordings and blues classics hand picked by the director by Marcia Ball. Sony. 2003. 

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle 
2. Muddy Waters - Mannish Boy 
3. Paul Butterfield - Born in Chicago 
4. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind 
5. Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful 
6. Paul Butterfield - Shake Your Money Maker 
7. immy Reed - Bright Lights, Big City 
8. Little Walter - Key To The Highway 
9. Howlin' Wolf - Evil 
10. Muddy Waters - (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man 
11. Jimmy Rogers - Chicago Bound 
12. Buddy Guy - I Cry And Sing The Blues Rolling Stones - I Just Want To Make Love To You 
13. Otis Rush - Walking The Backstreets And Crying [Live] [New Recording] 
14. Lonnie Brooks - Feel Good Doin' Bad [Live] [New Recording] 
15. Bo Diddley - We're Gonna Get Married 
16. Magic Slim - Talk To Me Baby [Live] [New Recording] 
17. Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm [Live] 
18. Jimi Hendrix - Rollin' Stone (a/k/a Catfish Blues) 
19. Public Enemy - Show 'Em Whatcha Got [New Recording] 
20. Common - Dooinit [New Recording] 
21. Electric Mudcats - Mannish Boy

DVD

Directed by Marc Levin
 
Director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce an album that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip hop musicians. Along with never-before-seen archival footage of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, are original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner, and Sam Lay.

Says Levin: "When we were shooting Sam Lay and his band at the Chicago Blues Festival, they were playing Muddy Waters' classic, 'I Got My Mojo Workin.' I closed my eyes and was transported back to when I was a 15-year-old hanging in my buddy's basement listening to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for the first time. My life was changed that day, and 35 years later the music's still shakin' my soul. The feel of that day in the basement is what I have set out to capture in this film."

Performances in Godfathers and Sons
Lonnie Brooks
Paul Butterfield *
Common
Chuck D and Public Enemy *
Bo Diddley *
Sam Lay
Ike Turner
Pinetop Perkins
Otis Rush
Magic Slim
Smokey Smothers
Koko Taylor
Sonny Terry * & Brownie McGhee *
"Electric Mud Band":
  Pete Cosey, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, Morris Jennings
Kyle Rahzel and Ahmir (a.k.a. ?uestlove) of The Roots
Muddy Waters *
Sonny Boy Williamson *
Howlin' Wolf *
Willie Dixon *
Blind Arvella Gray *
Carrie Robinson *

*indicates archival performance

Interviews in Godfathers and Sons
Marshall Chess
Chuck D
Jamar Chess
Phil Chess
Koko Taylor
Magic Slim
Common
Sam Lay

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Red, White and Blues Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Red, White and Blues by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones performing and talking about the music of the early 60s British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America. Hip-O Records. 2003. 
Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Tom Jones & Jeff Beck - Going Down Slow 
2. Louis Armstrong & His All Stars - Back O' Town Blues (live) 
3. Dixie Four - St. Louis Man 
4. Big Bill Broonzy - Black, Brown, and White Blues 
5. Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Marie Knight - Up Above My Head I hear Music In Te Air 
6. The Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group - Rock Island Line 
7. Lulu with Jeff Beck - Cry me A River 
8. Miles Davis - Generique 
9. Tom Jones with Jeff Beck - Love Letters 
10. Humphrey Lyttelton - Bad Penny Blues 
11. Little Joe Cook (aka Chris Farlowe) - Stormy Monday Blues, parts 1 & 2 
12. Tom Jones & Jeff Beck - Hard Times 
13. Ray Charles - Tell The Truth (live) 
14. Spencer Davis Group - Hey Darling 
15. Fleetwood Mac - Shake Your Money Maker 
16. John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton - Have You Heard 
17. Cream - Crossroads 
18. Jeff Beck - Rollin & Tumblin 
19. Tom Jones - Lawdy Miss Clawdy 
20. Lulu with Jeff Beck - Drown In My Own Tears

DVD

Directed by Mike Figgis
 
Director Mike Figgis (Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, Time Code) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Tom Jones, performing and talking about the music of the early sixties British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America.

During the 1960s, the UK was the location for a vibrant social revolution. London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle all had their own music scenes. Musicians from Belfast and Glasgow moved to London to be part of the club scene there.

The post-war traditional jazz and folk revival movements produced the fertile ground for a new kind of blues music — entirely influenced by the authentic black blues of the USA, and, for the most part, entirely ignored by the good citizens of the US. It was new in the sense that certain key musicians took the blues and molded it in an entirely personal way to fit the new awareness of the UK in the sixties. Importantly, for the most part they continued to pay homage to the originators of the music and to make a huge global audience aware of the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, etc.

Mike Figgis' film examines the circumstances of this vibrant period. Figgis himself participated, albeit in a minor way, in this period of history, playing in a blues band with Bryan Ferry, a band that was the nucleus for the first Roxy Music.

A series of musical interviews with the key players of the blues movement is augmented with a live session at the famous Abbey Road recording studios. Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, and Lulu all improvise around some classic blues standards, accompanied by a superb band made up of younger and not-so-younger-musicians. The results are electrifying.

Says Figgis: "I'm interested in why there was such excitement about this black music among Europeans. To that end, I've put together a group of these musicians, augmenting the line-up with some younger talent as well. Hopefully the resulting recording session of some blues standards, and the discussions that follow, shine some light on why at a particular moment the blues was reinterpreted abroad and reintroduced in a new form that was universally embraced."

Performances in Red, White & Blues
Jeff Beck
Big Bill Broonzy *
Cream *
Lonnie Donnegan
Georgie Fame
Chris Farlowe
Tom Jones
B.B. King
Peter King
Alexis Korner *
Albert Lee
Lulu
Humphrey Lyttelton
Sonny Terry * & Brownie McGhee *
Van Morrison
Rolling Stones *
Sister Rosetta Tharpe *
Muddy Waters *
Lead Belly *
Jon Cleary

*indicates archival performance

Interviews in Red, White & Blues
Tom Jones
Jeff Beck
Van Morrison
John Porter
Humphrey Lyttelton
George Melly
Lonnie Donnegan
Chris Barber
Eric Clapton
John Mayall
B.B. King
Albert Lee
Chris Farlowe
Bert Jansch
Eric Burdon
Stevie Winwood
Davey Graham
Georgie Fame
Mick Fleetwood
Peter Green

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Piano Blues Audio
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Piano Blues by Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues (Series)

Product Description
This soundtrack is one in a series (Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues) featuring original recordings and blues classics hand picked by the director Clint Eastwood. 20 tracks from the likes of Pine Top Smith, Leroy Carr, Dr. John, Art Tatum, Professor Longhair. Sony. 2003.

Available in both CD and DVD format.

1. Jimmy Yancey - How Long Blues 
2. The Boogie Woogie Boys Boogie - Boogie Woogie Prayer, Pt.1 
3. Count Basie And His Orchestra - How Long Blues 
4. Johnny Moore's Three Blazers - Driftin' Blues 
5. Fats Domino - The Fat Man 
6. Art Tatum - Tatum Pole Boogie 
7. Professor Longhair - Tipitina 
8. Ray Charles - What'd I Say, Parts 1 & 2 
9. Otis Span - Good Morning Mr. Blues 
10. Duke Ellington, Charles Mongus & Max Roach - Backward Country Boy Blues 
11. Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk 
12. Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann & Dave Brubeck - Mission Ranch Blues 
13. Joe Turner - The Ladder 
14. Dr. John - Honey Dripper 
15. Henry Townsend - World Full of People 
16. Dr. John - Big Chief 
17. Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins & Marcia Ball - Carmel Blues 
18. Dr. John, Pete Jolly & Henry Gray - How Long Blues

DVD

Directed by Clint Eastwood
 
Director — and piano player — Clint Eastwood (Play Misty for Me, Bird, Unforgiven) explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical footage in addition to interviews and performances by such living legends as Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann, as well as Dave Brubeck and Marcia Ball.

Says Eastwood: "The blues has always been part of my musical life and the piano has a special place, beginning when my mother brought home all of Fats Waller's records. Also, the music has always played a part in my movies. A piano blues documentary gives me a chance to make a film that is more directly connected to the subject of the music than the features that I have been doing throughout my career."

Performances in Piano Blues
Marcia Ball
Dave Brubeck
Ray Charles Jay McShann
Pinetop Perkins
and many more!

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Book
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey Hard Cover
Original Release Date: 2003

Available in both hardcover and paperback.

A companion book to the PBS documentary series Martin Scorsese presents the blues: a musical journey

From Amazon
Amazon.com
Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey is an idiosyncratic, well-produced, and relatively cheap introduction to a quintessentially American musical invention. With much of the material consisting of excerpts from other sources, and the lack of an index, the tome seems more like a fluffed-up set of liner notes for the accompanying DVD set and CD series than a book--and that's probably the best way to approach it. The book is loosely constructed around the seven films, and there are great writers involved, including Stanley Booth, Hilton Als, Robert Palmer, Richard Hell, Luc Sante, and Robert Gordon. These selections are for the most part inspired, though one wonders why there's not even one page from Alan Greenberg’s brilliant Love in Vain screenplay, or anything from LeRoi Jones' classic Blues People. Unlike similar collections, the book gives real props to gospel-blues pioneer Bind Willie Johnson and rightfully places fife and drum patriarch Othar Turner at the top of the blues pantheon. But very little print is given to political, racial, gender and social issues surrounding the music. Not that one wishes it were some heavy academic tome. But, like the celebrated PBS series itself, an aura of missed opportunity hangs over the entire endeavor. Overall, this book makes a fine gift for casual fans of the music and is recommended for those who really enjoyed the series. --Mike McGonigal

Paperback
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Artist profiles

There were 12 artist profiles in the Martin Scorsese Presents series.

Allman Brothers Band

Eric Clapton

Jimi Hendrix

Robert Johnson

B.B. King

Keb' Mo'

J.B. Lenoir

Taj Mahal

Son House

Bessie Smith

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Muddy Waters

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Allman Brothers Band  
Features 11 tracks, 7 live and four studio. 2003

The Allman Brothers Band
1. Trouble No More 

Fillmore East
2. Done Somebody Wrong (Live) 
3. Stormy Monday (Live) 

Win Lose or Draw
4. Can't Lose What You Never Had
Fillmore East 
5. Statesboro Blues (Live) 

Eat a Peach and Fillmore East (expanded)
6. One Way Out (Live) 
Idlewood South
7. Hoochie Coochie Man 

Ludlow's Garage and Dreams 
8. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (Live) 
9. Dimples (Live) (Also on Duane Allman Anthology Vol. 1)

Enlightened Rouges
10. Need Your Love So Bad 
Fillmore East
11. You Don't Love Me (Live) 

Liner notes by Scott Schinder

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Eric Clapton  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this release features tracks from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Howlin' Wolf, Derek & The Dominos and Eric Clapton with Duane Allman. Polydor. 2003. 

1. All Your Love - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 
2. Steppin' Out - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers 
3. Rollin' And Tumblin' - Cream 
4. I'm So Glad - Cream 
5. Spoonful (Live) - Cream 
6. Sleeping In The Ground - Blind Faith 
7. Rockin' Daddy - Howlin' Wolf 
8. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Derek And The Dominos 
9. Mean Old World - Eric Clapton 
10. Crossroads (Live) - Derek And The Dominos 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Jimi Hendrix  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this release features 10 tracks including 2 previously unreleased tracks, 'Georgia Blues' & 'Blue Window'. MCA. 2003. 

1. Red House 
2. Voodoo Chile 
3. Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) 
4. Georgia Blues 
5. Country Blues 
6. Hear My Train A Comin' 
7. It's Too Bad 
8. My Friend 
9. Blue Window 
10. Midnight Lightning 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Robert Johnson  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this collection features 14 Robert Johnson classics, plus 2 emotional versions of Johnson's songs 'Hot Tamales (They're Red Hot)' & 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' by Cassandra Wilson & Keb' Mo' respectively. Sony. 2003. 
1. Walkin' Blues 
2. Come On In My Kitchen 
3. I Believe I'll Dust My Broom 
4. Stop Breakin' Down Blues 
5. Traveling Riverside Blues 
6. Cross Road Blues 
7. From Four Until Late 
8. Sweet Home Chicago 
9. Hellhound On My Trail 
10. Kind Hearted Woman Blues 
11. Malted Milk 
12. Ramblin' On My Mind 
13. 32-20 Blues 
14. Love In Vain 
15. Cassandra Wilson - Hot Tamales (They're Red Hot) 
16. Keb' Mo' - Last Fair Deal Gone Down 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
B.B. King  
1. Three O'Clock Blues 
2. Everyday I Have The Blues 
3. Sneakin' Around 
4. How Blue Can You Get? 
5. Don't Answer The Door 
6. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss 
7. The Thrill Is Gone 
8. Ain't Nobody Home 
9. Don't You Lie To Me 
10. Inflation Blues 
11. Playin' With My friends 
12. I'll Survive
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
J.B. Lenoir  
1. Natural Man 
2. Mama, What About Your Daughter 
3. Don't Touch My Head 
4. Eisenhower Blues 
5. If You Love Me 
6. Give Me One More Shot 
7. When I Am Drinking 
8. Low Down Dirty Shame 
9. Mama Talk To Your Daughter 
10. Sitting Down Thinking 
11. Good Looking Woman 
12. Voodoo Boogie 
13. Don't Dog Your Woman 
14. Five Years 
15. Korea Blues 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Taj Mahal  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this collection features 15 tracks including 'Dust My Broom', 'Statesboro Blues' & 'Queen Bee'. Sony. 2003. 
1. Leaving Trunk 
2. Dust My Broom 
3. Corrina 
4. Chevrolet 
5. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue 
6. Statesboro Blues 
7. She Caught The Katy And Left Me A Mule To Ride 
8. Checkin' Up On My Baby 
9. Bound To Love Me Some 
10. Queen Bee 
11. You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond 
12. Fishin' Blues 
13. Six Days On The Road 
14. Freight Train 
15. Ain't That A Lot of Love 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Keb' Mo'  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this release features 16 tracks including a brand new song released here for the first time 'Peace Of Mind'. Sony. 2003. 

1. Soon As I Get Paid 
2. Come On In My Kitchen 
3. Perpetual Blues Machine 
4. Don't Try To Explain 
5. Iim On Your Side 
6. Henry 
7. Am I Wrong 
8. A Letter To Tracy 
9. Love In Vain 
10. Dirty Low Down And Bad 
11. Every Morning 
12. Dangerous Mood 
13. It Hurts Me Too 
14. Crapped Out Again 
15. Love Blues 
16. Peace of Mind 

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Son House  
Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this collection features 14 tracks including 'Preachin' Blues' & 'John The Revelator'. Sony. 2003. 
1. My Black Mama, Pt. 1 
2. Preachin' Blues, Pt. 1 
3. Dry Spell Blues, Pt. 1 
4. Levee Camp Blues 
5. Walking Blues 
6. Special Rider Blues 
7. Pony Blues 
8. Death Letter 
9. Pearline 
10. John The Revelator 
11. Preachin' Blues 
12. Empire State Express 
13. Levee Camp Moan 
14. Grinnin' In Your Face 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Bessie Smith  
1. A Good Man Is Hard To Find 
2. I Ain't Goin' To Play No Second Fiddle 
3. Me And My Gin 
4. Muddy Water (A Mississippi Moan) 
5. The St. Louis Blues 
6. 'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do 
7. Careless Love 
8. The Yellow Dog Blues 
9. Need A Little Sugar In My Bowl 
10. Down Hearted Blues 
11. Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out 
12. On Revival Day (A Rhythmic Spiritual) 
13. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair 
14. Gimme A Pigfoot And A Bottle Of Beer 
15. Back Water Blues 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Stevie Ray Vaughan  
In The Beginning
4/1/80 
Austin, TX

1. Side Thing (Live) 
2. All Your Love I Miss Loving (live) 

Texas Flood

3. Pride and Joy 
4. Dirty Pool 
5. Texas Flood 

SRV Boxset
7/11/83 
El Mocambo, Toronto, Canada

6. Hug You, Squeeze You (Live) 

Couldn't Stand the Weather
7. The Things (That) I Used To Do 
8. Honey Bee 
9. Give Me Mack My Wig 

SRV Boxset 
10. The Sky Is Crying (Live) 

Soul to Soul
11. Look At Little Sister 
12. Empty Arms 
13. Come On (Part III) 

Live At Montreaux 1982 & 1985
7/15/85

14. Ain't Gone 'N' Give Up On Love (Live) 

Recorded 6/30/1987
Philadelphia, PA

15. Mary Had A Little Lamp (Live) 

In Step
16. Leave My Girl Alone  

Other Stevie Ray Vaughan compilations
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Muddy Waters  
1. Country Blues, Number One 
2. Burying Ground Blues 
3. I Can't Be Satisfied 
4. Rollin' & Tumblin', Part One 
5. Rollin' Stone 
6. Louisiana Blues 
7. Long Distance Call 
8. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man 
9. I Just Want To Make Love To You 
10. Mannish Boy 
11. Trouble No More 
12. Rock Me 
13. Got My Mojo Working 
14. You Shook Me 
15. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had 
16. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll 

Product Description
Full title - Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. From the PBS series produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, this release is packed with 16 'Muddy' classics including 'I Can't Be Satisfied' & 'Got My Mojo Working'. Hip-O Records. 2003. 
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Additional Background

From the PBS website
The Blues™, executive produced by filmmaker Martin Scorsese, is a seven-film television series of personal and impressionistic films viewed through the lens of seven world-famous directors who share a passion for the music. The blues is a powerfully influential music genre; an expression of the African-American experience that speaks of universal emotions. Countless of the world's most celebrated artists have credited the blues with influencing their music. In this musical journey, we are able not only to trace the actual journey of the music from Africa, across America, and to Europe, but also trace the effects of the blues on all popular music. It can be argued that no other type of music has had a more everlasting influence on today's artists than the blues. As Willie Dixon so aptly said, "The blues are the roots; everything else is the fruits."

Sponsored by Volkswagen, The Blues project's goals are to celebrate and increase appreciation of blues music; to capture the essence and cultural impact of this genre through stories of artists and their music; and to inspire audiences to explore their own personal relationships with the blues. The Blues is a multi-media presentation from Vulcan Productions and Road Movies in association with Cappa Productions and Jigsaw Productions. The Blues aims to capture the essence of the blues—its emotional resonance—and explore how this music has so deeply influenced people the world over.

The much-anticipated series, premiering Sunday, September 28th from 9-11pm on PBS, and running for seven consecutive nights through October 4th, anchors a multi-media project to help raise awareness of the blues and its contribution to American culture and music worldwide. Its goal is to reach as many people as possible through the following initiatives: 

*a seven-film television series on PBS 
*an extensive Web site at pbs.org/theblues 
*a 13-part radio series on public radio stations nationwide, distributed by Public Radio International 
*a teacher's guide containing blues lesson plans, teaching strategies and resource materials for high school teachers of English, Social Studies and Music 
*a companion book published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins, entitled Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey 
*value-added DVDs, a CD boxed set, individual soundtracks for each show, a single "Best of" album and individual artist recordings released collaboratively by Hip-O Records/Universal Music Enterprises and Columbia/Legacy 
*"On the Road," a national schedule of film, music and heritage events celebrating the blues throughout the year 
*a "Salute to the Blues" benefit concert that took place at Radio City Music Hall on February 7, 2003 
*a film of the "Salute to the Blues" concert for theatrical release directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese 

The Blues—TV Series 

Under the guiding hand of Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Blues is a seven-part television series of personal and impressionistic films viewed through the lens of seven world famous directors who share a passion for the music. The films, by Charles Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Marc Levin, Richard Pearce, Martin Scorsese, and Wim Wenders, capture the essence of blues music and delve into its global influence-from its roots in Africa to its inspirational role in today's music. Four of the seven films are written by Charles Burnett, Robert Gordon, Peter Guralnick, and Wim Wenders. The Blues is a series of impressionistic and iconoclastic films—each director exploring the music through his own personal connections. Simply put, it is the journey from Robert Johnson's Delta blues "Love in Vain," to John Coltrane's transcendental anthem, "A Love Supreme." Driven by the beat of performances by famous players from every kind of music the blues has inspired—hip-hop, rhythm and blues, soul, country and rock and roll—this seven-part series takes us on a journey as soulful and ebullient as the music itself. Martin Scorsese personally introduces each of the seven episodes. Along with Scorsese, Paul G. Allen and Jody Patton of Vulcan Productions and Ulrich Felsberg of Road Movies are executive producing the series; Alex Gibney is the series producer; Margaret Bodde is the producer and Richard Hutton is the co-producer.

The Blues is closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers, and described for people who are blind or visually impaired by the Media Access Group at WGBH. The descriptive narration is made possible by a special grant from Volkswagen and is available on the SAP channel of stereo TVs and VCRs.

Feel Like Going Home—Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker).

The Soul of a Man—Director Wim Wenders (Buena Vista Social Club, Wings of Desire, Paris, Texas) explores the lives of his favorite blues artists—Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir—in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Garland Jeffreys, Los Lobos and others.

The Road to Memphis—Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce's homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf and Fats Domino.

Warming by the Devil's Fire—Director Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep, My Brother's Wedding, To Sleep with Anger) presents a tale about a young boy's encounter with his family in Mississippi in 1955, and intergenerational tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues.

Godfathers and Sons—Director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce an album that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians. Along with never-before-seen archival footage of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, are original performances by Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, Ike Turner and Sam Lay.

Red, White & Blues—Director Mike Figgis (Stormy Monday, Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode) joins musicians such as Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Tom Jones performing and talking about the music of the early 60s British invasion that reintroduced the blues sound to America.

Piano Blues—Director—and piano player—Clint Eastwood (Play Misty for Me, Bird, Unforgiven) explores his life-long passion for the piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical acts as well as interviews and performances by such living legends as Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann, as well as Dave Brubeck and Marcia Ball.

Check your TV listings or call your local public television station to confirm broadcast dates and times.

The Blues—The Radio Series
Premiering September 28 on Public Radio International, this 13-part series will be the most comprehensive blues-based radio series ever. Hosted by Grammy-Award winning Keb' Mo', each 60-minute episode will explore a geographical location of importance to the blues, together revealing the history of the blues from its origins to the present, as well as its ongoing legacy as the foundation of American popular music. Interviews with blues artists, historians, and record producers will complement historic blues recordings, while contemporary performances of classic blues songs from current artists will serve notice that the blues is alive and well in 2003. Produced by Experience Music Project and Ben Manilla Productions, and presented by WGBH Radio Boston, this radio series will support The Blues television series and is compatible with The Blues educational components.

The Blues—The Educational Initiative
In order to bring the blues to America's high school students, Experience Music Project and the Blues Foundation, in association with PBS and WGBH, are launching an educational initiative to complement The Blues. Underwritten by Volkswagen, this educational initiative provides blues lesson plans, teaching strategies and resource materials for high school teachers of English, Social Studies and Music.

This is accomplished through the educational expertise of Experience Music Project and the Blues Foundation working with a select group of teachers already skilled in the strategies of teaching the blues to high school students.

The broadcast series-related educational initiatives reach teachers August 2003 and include: 

Online lesson plans: discography, bibliography, etc. 
Free teacher's guide, complete with lesson plans, discography, bibliography, blues CD 
A broad range of lesson plans, teaching strategies and resource materials for the classroom 
The Blues—The Companion Book
Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, is publishing a distinctive appreciation of the blues: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. This hardcover volume is both a complement to the television series and a stand-alone for the general reader — part history, part celebration — that includes a sweeping historical essay by Robert Santelli, illuminating archival materials from Peter Guralnick; captivating interviews with the series' directors by Christopher Farley; and numerous original "personal essays" from literary and music luminaries like Elmore Leonard, Studs Terkel, Nick Cave, Hilton Als, Luc Sante, and many others.

The Blues—The Music CDs and DVDs/Video
Sony Music's Columbia/Legacy division and Universal Music Enterprises have formed a unique partnership, sharing catalogues and all associated costs, to create a series of CDs and value-added DVDs to complement The Blues. They will produce and distribute in the States and abroad a five-CD box set, a "Best of" CD and up to ten individual soundtrack CDs with tracks selected by the directors to accompany each film. In addition, Sony Music's Columbia/Legacy division and Universal Music Enterprises will produce value-added DVDs — both as a box set featuring all seven films and individual DVDs — that will be available for sale when the series airs in fall 2003.

The Blues—"On the Road"
The Blues™ project will be where the music is and where lovers of music are. This pioneering multi-media project will express the blues' real essence, taking participants on a geographical and musical journey to explore this global and American art form that has influenced virtually all of today's musical genres.

Volkswagen, the exclusive sponsor of the project, takes The Blues "On the Road" to a national schedule of film, music and heritage events celebrating the blues throughout the year.

Volkswagen hosts highlight screenings at key film festivals and presents sneak previews at major music festivals including New Orleans (sneak preview, April 28th), Beale Sreet in Memphis (May 2-4), the Chicago Blues Festival (May 29 - June 1), Central Park SummerStage (June 14), the Spirit Festival in Kansas City (July 3-5), Bumbershoot Music Festival in Seattle (August 29 - September 1), and the Monterey Jazz Festival (September 19-21). Among the film festivals where The Blues has a presence at this year are Full Frame in North Carolina (April 10-13) and the Toronto International Film Festival (September 4-13). A special compilation screening also took place this winter at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah to kick off The Blues On the Road. Compilation reels are also being made available to other festivals around the country that want to help promote this music and join in the celebration of THE YEAR OF THE BLUES.

Be sure to check with your local newspapers and PBS stations for more information on upcoming events.

The Blues—The Concert and Concert Film
"Salute to the Blues" Concert

A benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City took place on February 7, 2003 to kick off the year-long campaign. The legendary lineup of more than 50 artists included B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Solomon Burke, Natalie Cole, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Cray, Dr. John, Honeyboy Edwards, The Neville Brothers, Vernon Reid, and Mavis Staples, as well as Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, India.Aire, Chuck D, and many more. A new non-profit organization, the Blues Music Foundation, was created as part of the overall project to guarantee that there is a significant charitable component to the events of the year. The Foundation will distribute net proceeds from the concert to blues-related programs throughout the country. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the concert was also filmed for distribution. For more information about the concert visit http://www.radiocity.com.

The Blues—YEAR OF THE BLUES (YOTB)
In recognition of the blues' ongoing impact on music and cultural history, both in America and around the world and in celebration of the 100th anniversary of W.C. Handy's encounter, the United States Congress has proclaimed the year 2003, YEAR OF THE BLUES (YOTB). The year will be celebrated by bringing together blues events, multimedia projects (radio and film series), concerts, festivals and education initiatives. Spearheaded by Seattle-based Experience Music Project (EMP), and the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, the YEAR OF THE BLUES aims to raise awareness of the blues, its unique American stories, and its influence in America and around the world. Volkswagen is the exclusive sponsor of YEAR OF THE BLUES. For more information about YEAR OF THE BLUES, please visit http://www.yearoftheblues.org.

The Blues—"Sweet Home Chicago" Exhibit
Experience Music Project is currently creating a new exhibit dedicated to the history of the blues, slated to run at EMP from Fall 2003 through Spring 2004, after which it will travel to cultural institutions nationwide. The exhibit will focus on the years 1946-1966 in Chicago, a 20-year period that saw a distinctive blues style emerge, evolve, and travel in new forms to urban centers across the country and around the world.

Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
Heroes of the Blues
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - DVD, CD, Books
 

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