The Blues (2003)
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Red, White and Blues 

Documenting the blues explosion in 1960's England and it's influence and reinterpretation by musicians at the time.


Mike Figgis


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Episode credited cast:
Ginger Baker ... Himself (archive footage) (as Cream)
Chris Barber Chris Barber ... Himself
Jeff Beck ... Himself
Booker T. & the M.G.s ... Themselves (archive footage)
Big Bill Broonzy Big Bill Broonzy ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Bruce ... Himself (archive footage) (as Cream)
Eric Burdon ... Himself
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Jon Cleary Jon Cleary ... Himself
Elvis Costello ... Himself
James Cotton James Cotton ... Himself (archive footage)
Cream ... Themselves (archive footage)
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ... Himself
Jack Elliott ... Himself (as Ramblin' Jack Elliott; archive footage)
Georgie Fame Georgie Fame ... Himself


Documenting the blues explosion in 1960's England and it's influence and reinterpretation by musicians at the time.

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Documentary | Music



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PBS [United States]


Germany | UK

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3 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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Great Episode For Those Of Us Who Love British Bluesmen
24 January 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I've seen this twice, and I could watch this episode in this 7-part documentary many more times, too. Of course, the fact that British (and a couple of Irish) guitarists and blues artists are mostly my favorites, explains why I loved watching and hearing this on TV and on now on DVD. I mean, for starters, what guitar fan doesn't revel in seeing Jeff Beck perform? He's amazing.

Beck and all the other British musicians, as it's pointed out a few times here - and verified by the great B.B. King - brought blues to the attention of the North American white kids. If it weren't for guys like John Mayall, a lot of guys like B.B. and Albert King, Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, etc., etc., probably wouldn't have become famous. The British have done the same with early rock 'n roll, or "rockabilly" as it is labeled, and kept that alive, too. They must really appreciate music in the U.K. Well, I do, too.

In this episode are some of the greats of the those British bluesmen, like Mayall, and Eric Clapton, Tom Jones, Lonnie Donegan, Georgie Fame, Stevie Winwood, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood, Van Morrison and a whole lot more. He doesn't do "blues," was I was glad Abert Lee was included in this episode, too. Few people can "pick" as well as Albert.

Most of these people are interviewed but aren't performing in here. However, some do and they are really good - Beck, Jones, the "Abbey Road musicians,and "Lulu." Wow, there's a name (Lulu) I haven't heard in 40 years but this woman is some blues singer. She was a shock.

It was also great to see footage of many of these performers idols, such as Muddy Waters, Big Big Broonzy, Sister Rosetta Tharp and many more, some of them performing with '60s stars like Mick Jagger of the Stones.

All of it is great stuff!

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