The magnificent content of this documentary has been covered by others, believe what those who rated it 5 stars have to say. A deeply personal and loving documentary of these Blues gentlemen, who love their music and share a joyous time recounting their memories and meeting at eachothers homes for a good jam session.
Criterion has done an outstanding job of restoration on the original 16mm footage, just compare it to the hour of unrestored "deleted scenes". Too bad they did not restore these too, but do not overlook watching them, they are pure gold. And I also highly recommend Terry Zwigoff's incredible documentary, "Crumb". Howard Armstrong had a love of erotic cartooning, and shows you some of his personal collection in his portfolio of sometimes innocent "porn", actually humorous erotic curiosities. He has a one man gallery showing describing how he made his own paint as a child by squeezing the dye from wet crepe paper. I wondered if his work was a source of inspiration for R. Crumb, who illustrated the cover for the DVD.
Louie Bluie is the greatest documentary about old time music ever made. It is amazing that these musicians were captured on film and preserved at all but with Louie Bluie we get a window into what it was like to be a 1920's Blues musician and we witness a handful of the greatest Blues & Jazz musicians of the 1920's & 30's that ever lived, Howard Armstrong, Ted Bogan, Yank Rachel and Banjo Ikey Robinson as they hang out, B.S. and play music with one another. There is nothing else like it. It's both heartbreaking and hysterical to watch these guys in the twilight of their lives as they fade out of existence nearly unnoticed. Thank God Terry Zwigoff noticed!!! If you are interested in Old-Time Music at all and don't own this DVD you MUST buy it!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Howard Armstrong was a pretty amazing guy, a dapper dresser, crack musician, funny, witty, charming. This documentary about him is a joy to watch, Zwigoff is to be commended for having committed this portrait to film, as there's really nothing else like it out there. Such a pleasure to listen to the banter between Howard and his old-time musician buddies, and to listen to their performances as an all-string unit. Man these guys could play. I've been told that Howard's art once showed at an art gallery (long since gone) here in Detroit, a couple blocks from where I live. I would've loved to have been there. Armstrong died not long after this millennium began, but his spirit lives on in his creative works, and in this worthy documentary. Can't recommend it enough.
Howard Armstrong is a hell of a musician, even as an old man. With Zwifghof's help he describes a lost era of music and hell raising. Be sure to watch the supplemental stuff that goes with the film. I love old time music from the jazz age, and this film fleshes out the era. We folks today and our popular music seem whimpy in comparison to Armstrong and his cohort. Great music and great people, don't miss this one.
A casual look at a man that should be more famous. Howard Armstrong is not only a great musician and artist but a great man. He had always just been himself and did what he wanted with his life regardless of what anyone else thought. Terry Zwigoff does an excellent job of presenting Louie Bluie as just that. This movie, and this man, should be regarded as a national treasure.
This video was purchased for my father who is a lover of many genres of music. I thought he would enjoy this documentary. I watched the program on PBS and I thought the video would make a fine gift. The video shipped rapidly and I would recommend it to old time blues lovers.