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Guitar Artistry of Eric Bibb (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rounder / Umgd
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004NYYDW0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Eric Bibb was raised in the folk tradition, the son of the folk singer Leon Bibb. Bibb's uncle was the world-famous Jazz pianist and composer, John Lewis, part of the Modem Jazz Quartet. Bibb was raised in a music-filled household, as family friends in the 1950s and 1960s included Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, and the late Paul Robeson, who was named Eric's godfather. Bibb got his first steel guitar at age seven, and he got some advice from Dylan that he never forgot, to keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff. When he was 16. his father asked him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show, Someone New. In 1970, Eric left New York City for Paris, where he met with guitarist Mickey Baker. There he began to focus on blues guitar and after moving to Stockholm, he became enamored with prewar blues. A breakout performance at the 1996 London Blues Festival catapulted Eric to a higher level of visibility. Since then he has toured the world, performing at concert halls and major festivals. He has toured with Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Corey Hams and even opened shows for Ray Charles.

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This is another is really fine series of "Guitar Artistry of...." Videos from Stefan Grossman's Vestapol label. Grossman, a fine guitarist in his own right, and a long time student of Rev. Gary Davis, has been releasing video since back in the old VHS days. Though some contained performances, Grossman's main product was the guitar tutorial: a series of video lessons by some of the true experts in finger picking.

As a person who loves to hear good guitar playing but is "all-thumbs" when it comes to actually playing, I always look forward to a new video of performance - or, as in the case of this DVD, interview and performance. This - one of the new batch from Vestapol - is by blues guitarist Eric Bibb.

Bibb, the son of legendary folk singer Leon Bibb, grew up in Greenwich Village in New York and was always surrounded by folk music in the early 1960s. Frequent guests to the house were Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and even a young Bob Dylan. But New York wasn't for him. At 18 he left for Paris and became friends with - and was mentored by - Mickey Baker (of the 50s pop song duo Mickey & Sylvia - "Love is Strange"). From Baker he learned about pre-war blues and dedicated his career to both playing earlier songs and writing new ones in that style.

For this 96-minute DVD, Bibb plays 17 songs and discusses his life and career - and opinions - between the songs. Bibb is cerainly opinionated when it comes to racial matters. He talks about the fact that he feels that white music reseachers don't give a fair shake to black musicians.
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