The 9th screening in an ongoing weekly music film club at Kunzum Travel Cafe in association with m.a.f.i.a (Musicians Artists Filmmakers Interesting log…. Aajaao) – screenings every Wednesday evening.
Film: The Road to Memphis, a part of the Martin Scorsese produced series, ‘The Blues’
Directed by Richard Pearce
Written by Robert Gordon
DATE: Wednesday, July 25
TIME: 6:30 p.m. onwards
VENUE: Kunzum Travel Cafe, T-49, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110016
ENTRY: Open to all. PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.
ABOUT THE FILM
Director Richard Pearce (The Long Walk Home, Leap of Faith, A Family Thing) traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. Pearce’s homage to Memphis features original performances by B.B. King, Bobby Rush, Rosco Gordon and Ike Turner, as well as historical footage of Howlin’ Wolf and Rufus Thomas.
Says Pearce: “The Blues is a chance to celebrate one of the last truly indigenous American art forms, before it all but disappears, swallowed whole by the rock and roll generation it spawned. Hopefully we’ll get there before it’s too late.”
Performances in The Road to Memphis
Fats Domino *
Rosco Gordon *
Little Richard *
Howlin’ Wolf *
The Coasters *
*indicates archival performance
Interviews in The Road to Memphis
Chris Spindel (WDIA program officer)
Don Kern (WDIA Production Manager)
Dr. Louis Cannonball Cantor
Cato Walker III
Little Milton Campbell
MORE ON THE FILM: http://www.pbs.org/theblues/aboutfilms/pearce.html
ABOUT THE FILM SERIES – ‘THE BLUES’
The Blues™, executive produced by Martin Scorsese, consists of seven feature-length films that capture the essence of the blues while exploring how this art form so deeply influenced music and people the world over.
The series begins with the journey from Africa to the Mississippi Delta — where the music grew from slaves’ field hollers, work songs and spirituals — then travels up the Mississippi River to the juke joints, house parties and recording studios of Memphis and Chicago, and culminates with the emotional embrace of this African-American creation by musicians and people throughout the world.
“The blues is at once American and worldly,” said Martin Scorsese, who began work on the project six years ago. “It’s a form of storytelling that is so universal that it has inspired people beyond our borders and continues to influence music here and abroad. We’re hopeful that the series and YEAR OF THE BLUES will introduce new audiences worldwide to this music and also inspire kids, whether they like rock or hip hop, to better understand the struggles and genius that gave birth to what they listen to today.”
“Our goal never was to produce the definitive work on the blues,” Scorsese added. “It was, from the start, to create highly personal and impressionistic films as seen through the eyes of the most creative directors around with a passion for this music.”
The Blues is the culmination of a great ambition for Scorsese — to honor the music he loves, to preserve its legacy and to work closely with talented feature film directors united in their desire to celebrate this art.
Go behind the scenes for more information on The Blues, with film synopses, director bios and transcripts, video clips, musician bios, and a discography for each film.