Memphis '69: The 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival
In June of 1969, the fourth Memphis Country Blues Festival took place at the city's famed Overton Park Band Shell. Fuelled by the rediscovery of blues artists like Furry Lewis and Mississippi Fred McDowell, the festival had been launched in 1966 by a group of Bluff City blues fans and counter-culturalists.
The 1969 event - which doubled as a celebration of Memphis' sesquicentennial - promised the festival's most ambitious lineup, one that included old blues masters such as Sleepy John Estes, Nathan Beauregard, and Booker "Bukka" White, as well as Stax Records stalwarts like the Bar-Kays and Rufus Thomas, innovative American-Primitive guitarist John Fahey, plus rockers Johnny Winters and Moloch, and many more. The interracial aspect of the festival should not be underestimated, taking place within weeks of a KKK rally at the same location.
A camera crew documented all three days and two nights of this epochal concert, and that previously unseen and luminous colour footage makes up the entirety of of this film, Memphis '69. There are no talking heads, just the unfiltered shots of the concert and its surroundings from the time, and, of course, full-song performances from an incredible lineup of artists.
- US import
- Region-free DVD
- Housed in DVD-size digipack case
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