Well Spent Life + The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins

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Tha Brandon says
Every Monday in the back patio of Brasil, behind The Brandon, we screen music documentaries. This week, a double feature! WELL SPENT LIFE, the story of Mance Linscomb, and THE BLUES ACCORDIN' TO LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS.

WELL SPENT LIFE: MANCE LINSCOMB
Many people consider Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb to be the greatest blues guitarist and songster of all time. This glowing portrait of the legendary musician (also life-long husband and sharecropper) is among Blank’s special masterworks. Instead of growing bitter, tough times made Lipscomb sweet. This is reportedly the favorite film of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Texas sharecropper Mance Lipscomb began singing and playing guitar at an early age but was largely unknown until he was discovered by Mack McCormick and Chris Strachwitz at the age of 65. They recorded his first album, Texas Songster in 1960, and his performances of songs like "Sugar Babe" and "Shine on Harvest Moon" made him an international sensation, hailed as the greatest blues guitarist and singer of all time. In 1972, Les Blank, the poet laureate of the music documentary, moved into Lipscomb's world to capture a sense of who he was.

THE BLUES ACCORDIN' TO LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS

The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. The film includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo, and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank’s special masterworks.
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By: Tha Brandon

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