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Make It Funky!
     

Make It Funky!

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Director: Michael Murphy, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Earl Palmer

Cast: Michael Murphy, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Earl Palmer

 
It's hard to overestimate the importance of the city of New Orleans in the history of American popular music; New Orleans was where jazz first took root, and the city's rich gumbo of musical influences (African, Caribbean, and French accents mingling with jazz, blues, gospel, and pop structures) helped to steep the creative melting pot that allowed rhythm and blues

Overview

It's hard to overestimate the importance of the city of New Orleans in the history of American popular music; New Orleans was where jazz first took root, and the city's rich gumbo of musical influences (African, Caribbean, and French accents mingling with jazz, blues, gospel, and pop structures) helped to steep the creative melting pot that allowed rhythm and blues and rock & roll to grow. There's nothing like the sound of New Orleans jazz, funk, and R&B, and filmmaker Michael Murphy offers living proof in his documentary Make it Funky!, which examines the Crescent City's vibrant musical history while showing some of the city's greatest musicians on stage. Make it Funky! includes concert performances by Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Lloyd Price, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and many more. Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards also make guest appearances and talk about how the New Orleans sound impacted their own music. Make it Funky! went into release in the fall of 2005, just as Hurricane Katrina was devastating New Orleans, making its portrait of the city all the more poignant.

Editorial Reviews

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What is the sound of New Orleans? Make It Funky! traces the Big Easy's exuberant musical lineage from the early days of jazz and the blues through zydeco, R&B, rock n' roll, and everything else that's ever called the Crescent City home. Featuring archival footage as well as brand-new performances and interviews featuring the players most widely identified with the New Orleans sound -- including the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Bonnie Raitt, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, the Funky Meters, and others -- this is history you can dance to.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
UPC:
0043396119529
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scene: Showdown at the Funky Butt; Featurette: Culture of New Orleans, Family, Music, and Musicians; "Play concert only" option

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Big Sam's Funky Nation Participant
Dirty Dozen Brass Band Participant
Earl Palmer Participant
Funky Meters Participant
George Porter Participant
Irvin Mayfield Participant
Ivan Neville Participant
John F. Cleary Participant
Keith Richards Participant
Kermit Ruffins Participant
Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indians Participant
Poppa Funky's Boys Participant
Snooks Eaglin Participant
Troy Andrews Participant
Walter "Wolfman" Washington Participant
Bonnie Raitt Actor
Allen Toussaint Actor
Neville Brothers Actor
Irma Thomas Actor
Lloyd Price Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Murphy Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Gustavo Borner Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Roth Executive Producer
Cilista Eberle Producer
Christy Suire Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Make It Funky!
1. Start
2. The Second Line
3. "Skokiaan"
4. Jazz Funerals
5. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
6. "Young Bloods"
7. "Bah Duey Duey"
8. From Whence One Comes
9. "Sew, Sew, Sew"
10. Piano Men
11. Fats Domino
12. Professor Longhair
13. "Tipitina"
14. "Southern Nights"
15. "Old Records"
16. "Black" Music, "White" America
17. J&M Music Shop
18. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"
19. Earl Palmer
20. "Rip It Up"
21. Allen Toussaint Melody
22. "What Is Success"
23. The Meters
24. "Yellow Moon"
25. "Barefootin'"
26. "Come On (Let the Good Times Roll)"
27. "I'm Ready"
28. Like Going to Heaven "Hey Pocky Way"

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Make It Funky! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't tire of watching this DVD. I can't tell you how many copies I've purchased for myself and gave to newcomers who wanted to learn more about the music of the Crescent City. Thusfar, all have enjoyed the DVD. And, I keep buying a replacement for my personal "local music" library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago