Hellhounds On My Trail: The Afterlife Of Robert Johnson

Hellhounds On My Trail: The Afterlife Of Robert Johnson

Director: Robert Mugge

Cast: Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman

     
 

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Director Robert Mugge created this documentary about Robert Johnson, one of the most enigmatic pioneers in American music. Created as part of a week-long tribute to the legendary bluesman at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the film sorts through the numerous myths about Johnson -- most notably that he sold his soul to the devil to become a blues maestro --… See more details below

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Director Robert Mugge created this documentary about Robert Johnson, one of the most enigmatic pioneers in American music. Created as part of a week-long tribute to the legendary bluesman at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the film sorts through the numerous myths about Johnson -- most notably that he sold his soul to the devil to become a blues maestro -- and the few extant facts about his life. How he died or where his body is located is simply not known. What does remain from this shadowy figure is a collection of songs that have influenced several generations of artists. Eric Clapton and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir are just two of the sundry rock and blues musicians that appear in this documentary extolling Johnson's wizardry, which was screened at the 1999 Mills Valley Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Legend has it that singer, songwriter, and guitarist Robert Johnson (1911-1938) traded his soul to the devil for the ability to play the blues. His life story has spawned books, scholarly papers, films (Crossroads), and the well-regarded documentary Can't You Hear the Wind Howl: Life & Music of Robert Johnson. But music documentarian Robert Mugge's Hellhounds On My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson is concerned with an irony usually left unexplored: the itinerant African-American musician's continuing hold on thousands of mostly white male rock 'n' rollers. The captivating film mixes footage of speakers and concert performances from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's salute to Johnson with an interview of the musician's childhood friend Willie Coffee that offers a revealing glimpse of the Johnson behind the myth. Performances by the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and blues artists Alvin Youngblood Hart and Joe Louis Walker illustrate the reason Johnson's music has never died: It is timeless.

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Release Date:
01/25/2000
UPC:
0720917118932
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Winstar

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