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You See Me Laughin'

4.8 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

YOU SEE ME LAUGHIN' IS A PERSONAL JOURNEY INTO THE LIVES AND MUSIC OF THE LAST OF THE HILL COUNTRY BLUESMEN WHO'VE KEPT THEIR MUSIC ALIVE ON THE BACK PORCHES AND IN THE TINY JUKE JOINTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI BACKWOODS.

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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: Fat Possum
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007R8FOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "You See Me Laughin'" on IMDb

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By David B. Dennard on August 7, 2005
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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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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Rock and Roll is the prototypal American music. Maybe Jazz was at one time, but it's Rock now, and has been for the last 50 years. Where did rock come from? A smattering of Jazz may have been involved, but Rock mainly arose from the atomic explosion that was black Mississippi delta blues traveling North, and running smack dab into white Appalachian hillbilly music travelling West. The mushroom cloud rose over Memphis, and on top of it sat the teenaged Elvis Presley. But what was Elvis listening to? Where did he get his raw material?

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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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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