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March 24, 2003

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  • Written by Bill Wyman and Richard Havers
  • Directed by Chris Watson and Barry Eyre
  • Post Production: Nick Smith, Smith & Watson Productions
  • Presented by Clarke Peters
  • Produced by Richard Havers and Simon Jollands
  • Executive Producer: Bill Wyman
  • Exempt from Classification
  • 2.0 Stereo
  • Format - DVD 5
  • Language - English
  • Ratio - 16:9
  • Region 2 - PAL
  • (C) 2002 Ripple Productions Ltd and Pearson Broadmead Ltd
  • Design and Art Direction: Richard Evans
  • DVD menu re-direction: resycle.com
  • Distributed ad marketed by Snapper Music
  • Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey

    Over 2 hours of footage featuring Bill Wyman personally interviewing such luminaries as BB King, Buddy Guy & Sam Phillips, in a global journey documenting the history of blues music.

    PLUS footage of The Rolling Stones performing the Robert Johnson classic "Love In Vain".

    As the counterpart of the successful book of the same name, this documentary is essential to anyone who has either purchased the book or has an interest in exploring the story & journey of blues music narrated by an ex-member of The Rolling Stones, the band who did so much to introduce the music to the mainstream audience.

    The film starts by exploring the primitive origins of the blues in Africa & takes us on a global journey through the rural southern states of America up to the urban northern cities & eventually over to Europe & the UK. Along the way are shown not only the areas where many of the great blues players came from, but also a number of the places they played in & around, allowing you to see & get a true sense of where the blues came from, thus helping not only to unravel the mysteries, but also furthering the romance of this vital genre of music.

    Set to a backdrop of classic blues from pretty much every blues performer of significance over the last century, not to mention material from Elvis Presley, Cream & Eric Clapton, from later generations, this is one of the most significant documentaries on the blues genre of recent times.

    Bill Wyman's personal tribute to the music and musicians that inspired him t pick up a bass guitar and become a founder member of the 'Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band In the World', The Rolling Stones.

    Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey is told with the passion and insight that only he can command, through his having known many of the legends, played with them, talked with them and taken their music to the world. Bill talks with many of the blues greats, and the programme includes contributions from a host of legendary performers.

    There is concert and performance footage, some never seen before, as well as candid informed comment from men and women who share Bill's love for the blues.

    Features interviews with BB King, Sam Phillips, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Mick Fleetwood, Otis Rush, Albert Lee, Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Fountain of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Lazy Lester, Big Bill Morganfield (Muddy Waters' son), Rosetta Patton (Charley Poatton's daughter), Giy Davis, and Gary Brooker of Procul Harem.

    Chapter listing

  • The Early Days
  • The Birth Of The Blues
  • Country Blues
  • Urban Blues
  • Robert Johnson And Elmore James
  • The Birth Of The Stones
  • Back To The Country
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Sun Records
  • Chicago
  • Chess Records
  • BB King
  • Spreading The Blues
  • Muddy Waters
  • Willie Dixon
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