This Ain't No Mouse Music!

This Ain't No Mouse Music!

Streaming Video - 2014
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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 WWII at 16. In the United States he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. For the last fifty years, he has carried his tape recorder from sharecrop shacks to roadside honkytonks, from cantina dives to wild Blues clubs. His recordings on his indy 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 the world. These recordings revolutionized the sound of music around the world. Filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling join Strachwitz for a hip-shaking stomp from New Orleans to Texas, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 92 min.)) : sd., col.
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.


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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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