TODAY’S CHICAGO BLUES: Watch Clips of New Maxwell Street Documentary!
Posted on: Friday, Jan 25, 2008
Sunday’s posting on the blog Today’s Chicago Blues features many links to clips from the brand new documentary on Maxwell Street – Electrified – The Story of Maxwell Street Urban Blues.
The movie will premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. I predict that there is a zero chance to see this at the cinema so roll on BBC4 eh?
Electrified tells the definitive history of the Chicago blues. Narrated by actor Joe Mantegna, the film chronicles how the urban neighborhood of Maxwell Street created a unique environment of commerce and cooperation that led first to the hard-driving sound of the urban blues, and ultimately to rock and roll.
Interviews with many of the legendary bluesmen who “studied at Chicago’s Maxwell Street school of music,” including Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmie Lee Robinson and the “father of rock and roll” Bo Diddley, complement the film’s historical narrative and create an exceptional history of this important era in American music.
A companion film, Cheat You Fair: The Story of Maxwell Street, documents the last days of the historic Maxwell Street market. It premiered to critical acclaim at the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival in April 2007, and is scheduled to be shown at the Amnesty International venue at Sundance January 18-20 and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on February 2.
Both Electrified and Cheat You Fair were written, directed and produced by longtime Chicago resident and Emmy-nominated producer Phil Ranstrom who began the projects in 1994 shortly before the Maxwell Street market was demolished.
Short clips from Electrified and Cheat You Fair on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/maxwellstreetdoc
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