Episode 1

The Devil's Music, Series 2 Episode 1 of 4

Duration: 25 minutes

First transmitted in 1979, Alexis Korner delves into the soulful world of traditional black American Blues music. Exploring its origins and reviewing unique footage of acclaimed Blues artists including Sonny Blake, Sam Chatmon, Houston Stackhouse and Booker White.

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  • BBC Four Blues Collection

    Blues Collection
    This programme is part a collection of BBC programmes featuring influential blues musicians, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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  • All American Collection

    All American Collection
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  • More about this programme

    The origins of the Blues are difficult to pin down exactly, but presenter Alexis Korner holds that "the Blues were created by poor blacks in the South, that's certain. It happened some time after about 1900, that too is certain. Snatches of song were written down by folklore collectors. And that's about all the evidence we have. So what did those old Blues - and they weren't always even called that - what did they sound like? Possibly something like this…"

    So begins this series of four films, opening with Booker White singing Poor Boy. Full of anecdotes and recordings from some of the great but perhaps less well-known Blues artists, this is a rare treat for music fans.
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Credits

Presenter
Alexis Korner
Performer
Sonny Blake
Performer
Sam Chatmon
Performer
Houston Stackhouse
Performer
Booker White
Producer
Maddalena Fagandini
Producer
Giles Oakley

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    Blues programmes featuring influential musicians including B.B. King and Muddy Waters.

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    A collection of programmes from the BBC archives exploring culture in the USA.

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