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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.
One of the two sources is on this DVD. Like an archeaological expedition, the filmmakers unearth an untouched civilization: Mississippi hill country blues in an amazing, extant form: THIS is the music, the sounds that travelled North, that reverberated 50 years ago out of the Delta to catch the imaginations of young people all over the world - everyone from the aforementioned Mr. Presley to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on the other side of the pond. They recycled it, and sent it back to us. This is ground zero for Rock. Just as an embryo mutates, develops, and finally morphs into something quite unrecognizable from its original form, so has Rock moved many varied distances from its roots. But roots there are, and this is about as close as you're going to get without reading about it in some "History of Rock" book. This IS the history. Enjoy.
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Wow! Great collection of old time Blues singers, their music and varied styles, an excellent collectors item.Published 9 months ago by Al Powers, Genie
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 on December 31, 2013 by Rgurley
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 on February 8, 2013 by Betty Rumble
"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 morePublished on August 2, 2011 by gwalz