Maxwell Street Blues

Facets Video   (1981) / Region All
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Maxwell Street Blues

Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street was home to an open-air market that thrived for decades. It was there that the Chicago blues was born as African-American street musicians, who had fled the rural South for the city, played regularly on the dirty corners, empty lots, and broken sidewalks. Together, they hammered out a hard-driving, electrified sound that influenced the world.

Maxwell Street Blues captures the tail end of the last great era of blues music on Maxwell Street. Artists like Arvella Gray, Jim Brewer, John Henry David, Coot Venson, Floyd Jones and Carrie Robinson may look a little worse for the wear as they play among the rubble of Maxwell Street on their beat-up instruments, but their raw, hard-hitting, and gritty music defines the essence of the Windy City. New York gave birth to the smooth sounds of Tin Pan Alley, New Orleans struts its up-tempo jazz, and Nashville relaxes to the twang of country, but the Chicago blues will hit you were you live.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 06 2011
  • Production Year 1981
  • Empire SKU 1579601
  • UPC Code 736899136321
  • Studio  Facets Video
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL

Features

Interview With Justin O'Brien
Facets Cine-Notes Booklet
Photo Gallery With Photos By Paul Procaccio

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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