|America's Music Presents Blues and Gospel Music|
Event Type: Movie|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Film Screenings:Library: Skokie Public Library
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home (30 min)
Using archival Library of Congress recordings and footage gathered by John and Alan Lomax in the 1930s and 40s, the film explores the birth of the blues out of the hard time experiences of black farmers and cotton workers in the Mississippi Delta. On-screen subtitles of the bleak lyrics of primitive blues songs attest to the subsistence existence of early blues musicians, and demonstrate the blues as ‘storytelling through music.” Features interviews and performances with Son House, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal.
Say Amen, Somebody (17 min)
This cinema verite classic features three epochal figures who pioneered the Golden Age of Gospel Music: Willie Mae Ford Smith, Thomas A. Dorsey and Sallie Martin. Each played influential roles in creating gospel music as we know it today. Dorsey’s songs are credited with marrying blues music and rhythms with religious and inspirational lyrics; Martin helped him create a national training ground and market for gospel singing; and ‘Mother’ Smith became one of its first and most proficient soloists, mentoring younger singers including Mahalia Jackson.
Location: Petty Auditorium
Contact Number: 847-673-7774
Presenter: Scott Paulin