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Movies- Here's a great chance to sit in front of the tube, have some popcorn, and hear some good harmonica playing. Although obvious in most cases, some of the following are concert films and others are movies with harmonica playing integrated into the film or in the background music.

Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues: 1958-1974 (DVD)- Blues harmonica legend Sonny Terry performs 15 of his best-known tunes including: Crazy About You Baby, Buck Dance, Hand Jive, Rock Island Line, My Baby Done Changed the Lock, Sweet Woman Blues, John Henry, Midnight Special, and Poor Man Fighting a Losing Battle. Harmonica tab booklet included. A 55-minute DVD.
The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (2003) The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 1 (2003) (DVD)- "Songs: Call Me When You Need Me (T-Bone Walker), Hootin' Blues (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee), The Blues Is Everywhere (Memphis Slim), I Can't Quit You Baby (Otis Rush), Another Night to Cry (Lonnie Johnson), Women Be Wise (Sippie Wallace), Hobo Blues (John Lee Hooker), Five Long Years (Eddie Boyd), Shakey's Blues (Walter 'Shakey' Horton), Hoodoo Man Blues (Junior Wells), Mean Stepfather (Big Joe Williams), Going Down to the River (Mississippi Fred McDowell), Weak Brain and Narrow Mind (Willie Dixon), Nine Below Zero (Sonny Boy Williamson), Spann's Blues (Otis Spann), Got My Mojo Working (Muddy Waters), Bye Bye Blues (Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon) *Bonus track from Earl Hooker in 1969, "Walking the Floor Over You/Off the Hook" *Photo gallery *24-page booklet"
The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2 (2003) The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2 (2003) (DVD)- "Songs: Bye Bye Bird, My Younger Days (Sonny Boy Williamson), Come On Home Baby (Sunnyland Slim), Nervous (Willie Dixon), Mojo Hand (Lightnin' Hopkins), Black Snake Blues (Victoria Spivey), Everyday I Have the Blues (Memphis Slim), Don't Throw Your Love on Me so Strong (T-Bone Walker), Tall Heavy Mama (Roosevelt Sykes), Sittin' and Cryin' the Blues (Willie Dixon), Murphy's Boogie (Matt "Guitar" Murphy), Stranger Blues (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee), Shake for Me, I'll Be Back Someday, Love Me Darlin (Howlin' Wolf), Down Home Shakedown (Big Mama Thornton) *Two bonus tracks from Magic Sam in 1969: All Your Love and Magic Sam's Boogie *Photo archive *24-page booklet"
Buy The Blues Bros. movie The Blues Brothers (DVD)- "After building up the duo's popularity through recordings and several performances on Saturday Night Live, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd--as "legendary" Chicago blues brothers Jake and Elwood Blues--took their act to the big screen in this action-packed hit from 1980. As Jake and Elwood struggle to reunite their old band and save the Chicago orphanage where they were raised, they wreak enough good-natured havoc to attract the entire Cook County police force. Along the way there's plenty of music to punctuate the action, including performances by Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, and James Brown that are guaranteed to knock you out. The widescreen DVD collector's edition includes an exclusive "making of" featurette, production photos, the original theatrical trailer, and interactive menus." (Click here for VHS version)
Buy The Last Waltz The Last Waltz (DVD)- "Martin Scorsese's 1978 capsule history of the Band is mixed with footage of the group's allegedly last performance (certainly their last performance as a quintet) in this particularly stylish concert film. Scorsese shoots the players and their sundry guests with the same flair and enthusiasm one can see in the later The Color of Money or Goodfellas. He also proves a good interviewer with Band members, particularly Robbie Robertson, whose sleepy-sexy good looks make a star-caliber impression in close-up. But the film's real hook is the stage show, which features a rotation of rock legends (Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and so on) playing with the Band before a wildly appreciative audience." The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com. Our thoughts: A few great cuts with Paul Butterfield. (Click here for VHS version)
Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (DVD)- "Both a classic documentary and a vital pop-cultural artifact, D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan captures the seminal singer-songwriter on the cusp of his transformation from folk prophet to rock trendsetter. Shot during Dylan's 1965 British concert tour, Don't Look Back employs an edgy style that was, and is, a snug fit with the artist's own consciously rough-hewn persona. Its handheld black-and-white images and often-gritty London backdrops suggest cinematic extensions of the archetypal monochrome portraits that graced Dylan's career-making early-'60s album jackets."
Crossroads Crossroads (DVD)- "The legend of Mississippi blues master Robert Johnson has served as a fountainhead for generations of blues and rock musicians, as well as a powerful fable for the dark, often violent mysteries of delta blues. Johnson's mythic deal with the Devil, in exchange for his extraordinary musical gifts, has become a fixture in blues lore and an example of the enduring pull of superstitions that can be traced back to Mother Africa and Yoruba deities. In this 1986 feature, the hero is Eugene, a classically trained guitar virtuoso pulled toward the earthier powers of blues. When he stumbles across a lost blues legend, Willie Brown (a real blues figure and Johnson peer known for his partnerships with Charley Patton and Son House, among others), Eugene begins an odyssey back to the delta country and the crossroads of the title, where both Willie and Johnson had traded their souls for blues power, to help the surviving bluesman renegotiate terms."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Bound for Glory (DVD)- "Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Being There) directed this lyrical and affecting 1976 biography of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie. David Carradine gives a powerful performance as the traveling Depression-era vagabond whose music affected generations. Guthrie is portrayed as an earnest soul whose passion and empathy for the working class spurs him to inspirational heights. Ronny Cox (Deliverance, Beverly Hills Cop) plays a union organizer who sees the value in Guthrie's words and music and persuades him to put his music to good use for the people struggling to earn a living wage. Featuring Melinda Dillon as Guthrie's wife, this easygoing travelogue conveys an authentic sense of period Americana and won Academy Awards for Haskell Wexler's cinematography as well as for the score based on Guthrie's own music. Bound for Glory is an important film to see for anyone in love with the origins of folk music and interested in its place in the 20th century."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Blues Masters (DVD)- "In 1966, CBC Television invited some of North America's greatest blues performers to gather in a studio in Toronto, recording together and individually in sessions that lasted three days. The result was originally televised as part of the CBC "Festival" series, and now the session video tapes have been found, restored and re-edited. The great Muddy Waters and his band perform "You Can't Lose What You Never Had" and "Got My Mojo Workin'," the latter with James Cotton on harmonica. Willie Dixon goes solo on "Bassology" and (helped by a little '90s technology) performs "Crazy for My Baby" with host Colin James. Plus rare appearances by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Mable Hillery singing "How Long This Train Been Gone," and delta blues piano player Sunnyland Slim, introducing a whole new generation to this inspiring, soulful music."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Masters of the Country Blues - Rev. Gary Davis and Sonny Terry (DVD)- "Taken from kinescopes of performances filmed by the Seattle Folk Society, these two black-and-white performances offer unique looks at two blues legends: blind older musicians who spent their lives keeping a musical tradition alive. A stern-looking the Reverend Gary Davis has a finger-picking style that is both spare and stunningly intricate as he plays instrumentals ("Slow Drag," "Candy Man"), spirituals ("I Heard the Angels Singing"), and down and dirty blues songs ("She Wouldn't Say Quit," "Where'd You Get Your Liquor"). Sonny Terry, who spent years partnered with guitarist Brownie McGhee, offers a master class in blues harmonica, accompanying himself on both traditional tunes ("Easy Rider") and originals (the ironically titled "I Got My Eyes on You"). Terry tears it up, alternating wonderfully bent notes with whoops and hollers on "Hootin' the Blues." Though short (an hour), it's an impressive document of a dying musical style."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working: Rare Performances 1968-1978 (1999 DVD)- "Die-hard Muddy Waters fans will welcome this 12-song, 54-minute compilation of excellent live performances, but for an introduction to the legendary bluesman's music, blues neophytes may wish to look elsewhere (perhaps to In Concert 1971). Culled from three separate videotaped concerts for German television (from 1968, '74, and '78), these recordings are modest in quality (mono mixed for two-channel stereo), while the visuals provide routine two- or three-camera studio coverage. Viewers Comments: "Other treats for the observant eye are a veritable litany of legendary sidemen including on harmonica Carey Bell, Paul Oscher, and Jerry Portnoy.....guitarists Pee Wee Madison, Bob Margolin, and Luther "Guitar" Johnson." One reviewer said, "Great picture, horrible sound...however upon putting this disc in my machine I was extremely shocked at the sound quality."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Deep Blues (DVD)- "This superb documentary vividly illustrates the enduring vitality of country blues, an idiom that most mainstream music fans had presumed dead or, at best, preserved through more scholarly tributes when filmmaker Robert Mugge and veteran blues and rock writer Robert Palmer embarked on their 1990 odyssey into Mississippi delta country. What Arkansas native and former Memphis stalwart Palmer knew, and Mugge captured on film, was that the blues was not only alive but still intimately woven into the daily lives of rural blacks."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Eric Clapton - Live in Hyde Park (DVD)- "Eric Clapton has achieved the seemingly impossible, becoming more popular in his most recent 10 years onstage than in his first decade in the spotlight. His 1997 Live In Hyde Park home video documented a triumphant concert of the previous summer that followed his massive "Tears In Heaven" hit a few years earlier. This is classic rockin' and guitar-wailin' blues-is-king Clapton, from new versions of his Derek and The Dominos' "Layla" and "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" to Cream's "White Room" and "Badge" to his solo hit of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" to B.B. King's "Every Day I Have the Blues." Added to the original home video's lineup is Clapton's rendition of the Muddy Waters electric blues "Hoochie Coochie Man" and the blues standard "It Hurts Me Too," which Clapton reprised on From the Cradle. Other tracks include: Wonderful Tonight; Five Long Years; Tearin' Us Apart; Old Love; I'm Torn Down; Holy Mother. 89 minutes."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Willie Nelson - Live in Amsterdam (DVD)- "With his leathery, whiskered features, his braided ponytails, and an acoustic guitar so well-worn that it's got a hole in it from decades of playing, Willie Nelson has grown so casual in his later years that it's easy to overlook his consummate musicianship. Kicking off their European tour in Amsterdam on June 7, 2000, Nelson and his traveling "family" of bandmates range through 30 songs and medleys with no-nonsense precision, and for the most part it's business as usual--just good ol' country music in an intimate setting, captured simply but efficiently with three-camera video and expert sound recording. Nelson & family know their repertoire front and back, and although Willie's voice seems to lack the subtle sweetness it had in the 1970s and '80s, it's still consistently smooth and inviting, and Nelson introduces just enough improvisational variation to keep his best-known hits fresh and timelessly vital."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues The Willie Nelson Special - With Special Guest Ray Charles (DVD)- "Recorded on May 18, 1984. Songs: On the Road Again, Always on My Mind, Angel Eyes, Seven Spanish Angels, I Can't Stop Loving You, Georgia on My Mind, Mountain Dew, My Window Faces South, There Will Never Be Another You, To All the Girls I've Loved Before, Without a Song, Who Will Buy My Memories, Whisky River."
Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues Martin Scorsese presents The Blues - A Musical Journey (DVD)- "Scorsese, a longtime blues devotee, is the executive producer of the show, PBS' flagship fall program. The episodes 7 films directed by Clint Eastwood, Mike Figgis, Wim Wenders, Richard Pearce, Charles Burnett, Marc Levin and Scorcese are intended as personal, sometimes impressionistic, reflections on the blues. "
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