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You See Me Laughin'

R.L. Burnside , Junior Kimbrough , Mandy Stein  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis, T-Model Ford, Asie Payton
  • Directors: Mandy Stein
  • Producers: Matthew Johnson, Mandy Stein, Hunter Gray, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Paul Mezey
  • 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: Fat Possum Records
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R8FOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,184 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You See Me Laughin'" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

You See Me Laughin' is a full length documentary that takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, MS based label- Fat Possum Records- that struggles to record them. The film is an exciting collage of exclusive interviews, live performances and personal anecdotes. It includes rare, black and white footage of RL Burnside from 1974, disturbingly funny stories about touring told first hand by Iggy Pop and John Spencer Blues Explosion as well as an interesting encounter with Junior Kimbrough described by Bono from U2 and much more. This is not for the faint of heart.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of a dying breed August 7, 2005
This is the real deal...back-porch players in their own delta environment who don't give a tinker's damn about anything but playing their music, drinkin', and enjoying what's left of thier time on earth. Their sensibility is miles away from the music business as we know it, and thank God for it because most people are completely oblivious to southern blues musician mindset and would probably never have a chance to "get it" otherwise because most of these players are truly a dying breed.

This film captures the heart and spirit of real African-American bluesmen who are still poor after being semi-famous for years...and they really couldn't care less. R. L. Burnside in particular has been releasing albums and playing around for years, been reviewed and celebrated in all the best rock and indie-alternative press, and still lives like any poor, black rural working man. These guys don't care about fancy boutique amps and expensive "guitar show" instruments. They make all the sound they need from a typical hodge-podge of beat up pawn shop instruments, playing in some cases with simple buttern knives when their hands no longer work.

If you understand the connection that the ancient African music traditions have to roots American music, look no further than this movie as an example of how it was preserved and passed on in the new world to this present day. This film may be one of the last testaments to a culture that will surely disappear soon in this 21st century.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Must Have" DVD March 30, 2008
By Cliff
If any music DVD is a prime example of the old adage "when you find a good chord, stick to it" this one is it. It is a fascinating look at the lives of some great rural blues musicians and a lesson that blues music does not need to be complex to be powerful. These guys play the simplest of riffs yet still make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Great stuff and a lesson to all the Eric Clapton wanabees.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the real deal May 10, 2005
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if you enjoy music, you will enjoy this dvd. this is the real deal. these guys dont care about careers, success etc. this is pure art, pure emotion. if you watch this (and it resonates, i.e. you "get it") most other music will become irrelavant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare, unique and inspiring February 28, 2010
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An incredibly moving and inspiring peek into the lives and music of several hard-core Bluesmen who lived almost until the end of the 20th century. The quality of sound and video varies and some of it is not very high but that doesn't really matter given the depth and beauty of the content. If you're into the true deep Blues and want to see the real descendants of Son House, Robert Johnson, Freed McDowell and Bukka White they're right here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Pinks, but the Good Ole Country Blues October 27, 2009
By Kunlin
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You see me laughin' is an extraordinary documentary film that takes you into the backwoods where the Black blues players reside. You see them amongst their surroundings, their kinfolk, the room where they play, the porch where they hangout and get their inspiration. Unless you've been there into the backwoods, you wouldn't have guessed that within this sparse surrounding, the world exists in simplicity and purity which allows the blues musician to find his stories. Of course, everyone has the blues, but this style is the rural adaptation, not the citified urban blues that we're used to hearing. And when you hear the blues being talked about from the musician's own mouth, there is a greater impact, than simply reading text in a book. I liked this video and would recommend it to all of you who are curious about how the country blues got started, who played it, and how important these musicians were to the development of blues as it reached the big cities ... Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burnside .....Just went on and told her. December 30, 2010
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If you are looking for a true Mississippi Delta Blues experience, try this one out. The DVD portrays a look into the daily lives and life experiences of some the great bluesmen of that era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vintage at its best September 17, 2009
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We do not see enough of these videos of the foundations of all music it was awesome
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Delta Blues !! March 19, 2007
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I bought this based on the 3 positive reviews and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this dvd. Great music and very interesting character studies. Five stars with no reservation IMHO.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be better without bono!!!!
Great movie, except the bono scenes. A movie about the remaining hill country blues musicians, what else is the to say , a must see, could do without bono though...
Published 8 months ago by Rgurley
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this movie
I'm not even the biggest blues fan, but I love this documentary. I tell everyone I know who likes the blues about it. Some truely great stories and musicans are featured.
Published 18 months ago by Betty Rumble
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough, Raw and Awesome
"You See Me Laughin" is flat out awesome and documents the bluesmen as real people-deeply flawed and yet able to create transcendent music out of their lives of privation,... Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by gwalz
3.0 out of 5 stars I think those guys were overrated
Very disappointed after buying this because of all the good reviews. I dont have a problem with "raw and primitive or noisy". Read more
Published on December 25, 2010 by ein Kunde
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I grew to know RL Burnside from his work with the Blues Explosion - as an aging punk, I love punk blues.
Simple, repetitive and rhythmic. Read more
Published on November 23, 2010 by Super Mato
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
If you like the blues..and I mean rea, punch you in the mouth and steal your dog blues, then this is for you
Published on October 16, 2010 by Crouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is a very good doc. that ties these delta blues musicians in with the idea of punk music in many ways. Read more
Published on April 5, 2009 by Chad Teetzen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know anything about Fat Possum Records...
you will more than appreciate this movie. It gives a great look into the lives of some of the best musicians Fat Possum... nay... the world has to offer. Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by Y. Quinones
5.0 out of 5 stars The preservation of an American art form
A moving documentary of the struggles of not only the musicians but of two men trying to record, promote, and preserve a form of the blues that is truly original, timeless, and... Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by David A. Lussier
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