The Blues: Red, White and The Blues

The Blues: Red, White and Blues

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The series exploring the history of the blues continues. Director Mike Figgis explores the blues boom of the 1960s in the UK, introducing the music to a new generation of fans. During the 1960s, the UK saw a vibrant social revolution as London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle all developed their own music scenes. The postwar traditional jazz and folk revival movements produced the fertile ground for a new kind of blues music, heavily influenced by its American origins although largely ignored by American fans. The music was new in the sense that certain key musicians took the blues and moulded it in an entirely personal way, while continuing to pay homage to the originators of the music and to make a huge global audience aware of such influential players as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King. Figgis himself participated, albeit in a minor way, playing in a blues band with Bryan Ferry. A series of musical interviews with some of the key players, including Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Steve Winwood and Eric Burdon, is augmented with a live session at the famous Abbey Road recording studios. Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison and Lulu improvise around some classic blues standards, accompanied by a superb band. The results are electrifying.

The Blues: Red, White and Blues 

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