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The Blues A Musical Journey: The Road to Memphis

  • Film

Time Out says

Lovely, subtle, low key film from Pearce, a director whose qualities are not much in demand in Hollywood. An oasis for African Americans in the cultural desert of the segretated South, Memphis - and in particular Beale Street - was central to the development of the blues. Pearce tells the story by following Bobby Rush, still grinding out funky R&B after decades on the road, still dreaming of crossover success; BB King, moved as he recalls the first time his audience turned white; and Rosco Gordon, a '50s star who disappeared when Elvis took the blues into rock'n'roll - there's a brief but pointed exchange about this between Sam Phillips and Ike Turner. You can argue about the impact white patronage had on the music, but ultimately this is Gordon's film, a poignant figure dismayed by the face Beale Street puts on today.
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Release Details

  • Duration:87 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Richard Pearce
  • Screenwriter:Robert Gordon
  • Cast:
    • Bobby Rush
    • BB King
    • Rosco Gordon
    • Rufus Thomas
    • Calvin Newborn
    • Hubert Sumlin
    • Chris Spindel
    • Don Kern
    • Louis Cannonball Cantor
    • Cato Walker III
    • Little Milton Campbell
    • Sam Phillips
    • Ike Turner
    • The Coasters
    • Fats Domino
    • Little Richard
    • Jim Dickinson
    • Howlin' Wolf
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