This Ain't No Mouse Music!

This Ain't No Mouse Music!

DVD - 2015
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Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of deep American music, the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" that dominates the American ear. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled his homeland after World War II at 16. In the U.S., he began to carry his tape recorder from sharecropper shacks to roadside honkytonks, from cantina dives to wild blues clubs. His recordings on his indie label, Arhoolie Records, brought Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country, and into the living rooms of middle America. These recordings revolutionized the sound of American music. In this documentary, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling join Strachwitz for a hip-shaking stomp through the fertile ground of this country's roots music, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the soul of America.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, Inc., [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9786315867095
Branch Call Number: 781.64 THIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color with black and sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Dec 15, 2017

This documentary is about Chris Strachwitz, founder and producer of Arhoolie Records in El Cerrito, CA. Strachwitz' record label follows his passions for finding music and the DVD shows him finding musicians who play Cajun and Louisiana music. Louisiana music defies categories because much of it combines elements of Roots music, Cajun, blues, r&b, funk, gospel, jazz, and brass band.

Strachwitz is also shown tracking down and preserving Tejano music, and forgotten blues musicians. While the documentary isn't great, it's good entertainment for fans of these types of music and the musical archeology that Strachwitz does to find music he likes for recording.


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