Muddy Waters

GREAT MUSEUMS – SOUND TRACKS
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

GREAT MUSEUMS - SOUND TRACKS: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio opened in 1995. Designed by architect I.M. Pei, the spectacular glass pyramid, reflects the idea that rock and roll is a prism through which we can more clearly see and understand our culture and ourselves. This film features the museum’s fascinating collection of sights and sounds that skillfully recreate the story of rock from its roots to its ubiquitous acceptance as a soundtrack of our lives. The iconic artifacts include Muddy Waters’ primary guitar, John Lennon’s Sgt. Pepper uniform and Michael Jackson’s glove. The music itself is curated at the museum in a variety of ways, including interactive listening booths that connect influences from one artist to another across the decades. “So, it’s not four skinny guys with long hair and guitars only,” explains Greg Harris, President and CEO of the museum. It’s also vocalists, folk singers, soul music, dance music, hip-hop, punk, heavy metal, grunge and electronic dance music. All are branches of the tree of rock and roll.

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Jimi Hendrix

 

Electric guitarist Jimi Hendrix had only four years of mainstream exposure and recognition (1967-1970), but his influential music and riveting stage presence left an enduring legacy. The program uses Hendrix’s own words to tell his story, illustrated through archival interviews and new commentary from family, friends and band members, including Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox, along with fellow musicians Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Billy Gibbons and Dave Mason.

 

Joe Bonamassa:
Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks


Guitar hero Joe Bonamassa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado in a concert celebrating the music of blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. The setlist is primarily sourced from the catalogs of Howlin’ Wolf, one of the most influential Chicago bluesmen of all time, and Muddy Waters, considered the “father of modern Chicago blues” and a major inspiration for the British blues explosion of the 1960s. Bonamassa grew up with that genre which influences his own music to this day. Bonamassa also performs songs from his own extensive catalog.

 

Soundstage:
Blues Summit in Chicago

 

Forty years ago, a group of Chicago-based blues artists gathered with some of their younger blues brethren from all over the country to pay tribute to the man most responsible for bringing blues from the Mississippi Delta upriver to Chicago: Muddy Waters. Appearing with Muddy that night were Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and Pinetop Perkins, and, from the next generation, Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Miles, Johnny Winter and Dr. John and Nick Gravenites – all artists who have now become legends themselves.