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You See Me Laughin'
You See Me Laughin'
Actors: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis, T-Model Ford, Asie Payton
Director: Mandy Stein
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, African American Cinema
NR     2005     1hr 17min

You See Me Laughin' is a full length documentary that takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, MS based label- Fat Possum Records- that struggles to record t...  more »


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Actors: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Cedell Davis, T-Model Ford, Asie Payton
Director: Mandy Stein
Creators: Matthew Johnson, Mandy Stein, Josh Melnick, Hunter Gray, Jeremy Kipp Walker, Paul S. Mezey, Tyler Brodie
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Blues, Documentary, African American Cinema
Studio: Fat Possum [Old]
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/29/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Last of a dying breed
David B. Dennard | Dallas, TX United States | 08/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the real deal...back-porch players in their own delta environment who don't give a tinker's damn about anything but playing their music, drinkin', and enjoying what's left of thier time on earth. Their sensibility is miles away from the music business as we know it, and thank God for it because most people are completely oblivious to southern blues musician mindset and would probably never have a chance to "get it" otherwise because most of these players are truly a dying breed.

This film captures the heart and spirit of real African-American bluesmen who are still poor after being semi-famous for years...and they really couldn't care less. R. L. Burnside in particular has been releasing albums and playing around for years, been reviewed and celebrated in all the best rock and indie-alternative press, and still lives like any poor, black rural working man. These guys don't care about fancy boutique amps and expensive "guitar show" instruments. They make all the sound they need from a typical hodge-podge of beat up pawn shop instruments, playing in some cases with simple buttern knives when their hands no longer work.

If you understand the connection that the ancient African music traditions have to roots American music, look no further than this movie as an example of how it was preserved and passed on in the new world to this present day. This film may be one of the last testaments to a culture that will surely disappear soon in this 21st century."
The real deal
Thomas W. Yates | 05/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"if you enjoy music, you will enjoy this dvd. this is the real deal. these guys dont care about careers, success etc. this is pure art, pure emotion. if you watch this (and it resonates, i.e. you "get it") most other music will become irrelavant."
Another "Must Have" DVD
Cliff | Greece | 03/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If any music DVD is a prime example of the old adage "when you find a good chord, stick to it" this one is it. It is a fascinating look at the lives of some great rural blues musicians and a lesson that blues music does not need to be complex to be powerful. These guys play the simplest of riffs yet still make the hairs on your neck stand on end. Great stuff and a lesson to all the Eric Clapton wanabees."
Chad Teetzen | Fayetteville,AR | 04/06/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very good doc. that ties these delta blues musicians in with the idea of punk music in many ways. It's always refreshing to see real people doing real things just because they want to. You can't fake or replace that. I could do without the Bono (or however you spell that goon from U2's name) interview. Where did that come from? he doesn't fit into any of the rest of this video at all. The first time i saw this video on TV it was after his interview and i must say that he almost ruins the whole thing. You're better off starting the video after his interview so he doesn't have a chance to take away from the realness of the rest of everyone else in it. Worth the watch!"