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Down Home Music: A Journey Through the Heartland 1963 [DVD] [2010]

Dietrich Wawzyn    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Dietrich Wawzyn
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arhoolie
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041SSEQY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Authentic captivating performances by legendary and unknown musicians, playing many styles of American roots music. In 1963 German filmmaker Dietrich Wawzyn set out to shoot a series of films for German television that took him through the southern US in search of American jazz and roots music. He contacted Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, who jumped at the chance to join him and share his enthusiasm for regional musical traditions. Wawzyn made three films, dealing with blues, gospel, and hillbilly music. The negatives to those films were lost. This film re-creates the journey from the best elements still available and includes much previously unreleased footage. Edited by Maureen Gosling. Black and White.

1. Jesse Fuller / 2. Lightnin’ Hopkins / 3. Lowell Fulson / 4. Red Sovine / 5. King Louis H. Narcisse / 6. Mance Lipscomb / 7. George Lewis Quartet / 8. Chief White Cloud / 9. Black Ace / 10. Rev. Louis Overstreet / 11. Sweet Emma Barrett / 12. Barbara Dane / 13. Blind James Campbell / 14. Whistlin’ Alex Moore / 15. Lewis Family / 16. Willie Thomas / 17. Goodtime Washboard 3 / 18. Shorty LeBlanc / 19. “Spider” Kilpatrick / 20. Eureka Brass Band / 21. Hop Wilson / 22. Ed Lee Natay / 23. Hodges Brothers / 24. Eddie Schaible / 25. J.E. Mainer / 26. Tohono O’Odham Conjunto / 27. Willis Brothers / 28. Brother Davis

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5.0 out of 5 stars The wonder of american music 9 Jan 2014
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Yet another gem from Arhoolie`s impressive catalogue, a wonderful trip through America`s musical history.
Highly recommended to anyone with a love of Americas musical heritage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 4 Feb 2013
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worth it alone for lowell fulson in a black night spot,and black ace playing for his family.absolutely wonderful.every roots music fan needs this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roots Americana from the early 60s. 4 Mar 2012
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Excellent stuff! Yideo fragments recorded on a cross-U.S. trip by a German music enthusiast, put into order by the wonderful Chris Strachwitz. A fascinating melange of Blues, Gospel, Jugband, Bluegrass, Country and traditional music from a variety of communities, mostly played to high professional standards. The Black Ace footage is worth the purchase price and everything else is a bonus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Musical Journey 23 Feb 2011
By TomBob - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an incredibly moving musical journey back to times when Fast Foods and Mini-marts didn't dominate every crossroads in America. It's one of those adventures we all wish we'd undertaken but instead are grateful that someone had the foresight to take it in our stead.
This video was apparently edited and assembled from remnants of the original footage shot for German television in the mid-1960s. Those who undertook the editing process are to be commended for their efforts. The video flows smoothly and maintains a aura of anticipation of what's to come.
The video is presented in two formats, one with and one without narrative recollections by Chris Strachwitz, who accompanied the German crew, regarding technical preparations and musical performances. Strachwitz's reminiscences are enlightening and are essential to the musical journey, but once armed with the background information, the viewer should then return to watch the video again without comments in order to gain the full impact of the performances. It was a great choice to present both formats.
I highly recommend this video to anyone who has enjoys delving into 'nooks and crannies' for items of interest and is especially recommended to those who have broad interests in regional music forms. Arhoolie Foundation is to be commended for assembling this video and making its contents available.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sights and sounds captured in early 1960s 22 July 2013
By GMF - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is a treasure, not so much for the cinematography, which was a little crude, but for the moments it captured. You can see and hear music and people expressing something welling up from deep American cultural roots. It is worth seeing for the Lightnin' Hopkins part alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, this is awesome! 14 Nov 2012
By Shawnee1895 - Published on Amazon.com
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I 1st checked this out at public library and it just takes you way back. I recommend this to anyone who wants to discover the roots of American music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Musical History 3 Aug 2014
By J. Beaver - Published on Amazon.com
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Fascinating musical travelogue through the Southwest and Southeast US in 1963. The list of blues, jazz, cowboy, tejano, gospel, bluegrass, and old time musicians Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) recorded and filmed is nothing short of amazing. Of particular note to bluegrass and old-time fans is an early version of The Lewis Family with a young Little Roy Lewis, and perhaps the only film ever made of 1930s popular pioneering old-time country musician J. E. Mainer with his family band. We are lucky to have this movie because it was originally produced for three half-hour specials for German television and the originals have been long gone. This was pieced together from all that remains of those productions, and is an incredible musical and cultural document. Be sure to listen a second time with Chris Strachwitz's commentary included with this production.
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