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Story

What better way to cap off 2003, the "Year of the Blues," than with this eminently watchable documentary about Chester A. Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf? Arguably second only to Muddy Waters among the Mississippi Delta singers who traveled north and pioneered urban electric blues (their supposed rivalry is the subject of one of this DVD's bonus features), Wolf was a big, imposing man with an inimitable, booming voice and a lasting influence on generations of rock & rollers--all of which comes across in the 90-minute film. Not only do we get a history of his life (told by family members, musical associates like longtime guitarist Hubert Sumlin, and Wolf himself) that's far more entertaining than the norm for this genre, we also get some history of the blues in general. And not only do we hear snippets of Wolf's music, we hear several complete songs, including some priceless filmed performances. Quite simply, this one should become a touchstone for documentaries of its kind. --Sam Graham

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 90-minute director's cut (30 minutes of additional footage not seen in theaters)
  • Rare footage of Howlin' Wolf presented by the Rolling Stones on Shindig performing "How Many More Years?"
  • First presentation of previously unknown or unavailable performance footage
  • Drummer Sam Lay's rare, never-before-seen home movies of stars of the Chicago Blues clubs from the early '60s
  • Newly discovered photos of Howlin' Wolf and his band
  • First filmed interview with Howlin' Wolf's family
  • Exclusive interviews with Hubert Sumlin, Billy Boy Arnold, Marshall Chess, and many others

Cast

Chester Burnett

  • Genre: Documentaries
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  • Producer: BMG Music
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2003
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 4, 2003
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