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You See Me Laughin' Details

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In 1991, [[Performer~P420292~Matthew Johnson~matthewjohnson]] was an on-and-off college student who in his spare time wrote record reviews for Living Blues magazine. [[Performer~P420292~Johnson~matthewjohnson]] liked the raw, primitive sound of rural Mississippi blues, but was disappointed that so little of it was being committed to record; after discovering a juke joint in Holly Springs, MS, where proprietor [[Performer~P38197~Junior Kimbrough~juniorkimbrough]] and his friend [[Performer~P9736~R.L. Burnside~rlburnside]] played raucous, electrified country blues til the break of dawn, [[Performer~P420292~Johnson~matthewjohnson]] decided the music should be committed to tape. Using 400 dollars left over from a student loan, [[Performer~P420292~Johnson~matthewjohnson]] started Fat Possum Records, and began recording deep Southern blues artists such as [[Performer~P38197~Kimbrough~juniorkimbrough]], [[Performer~P9736~Burnside~rlburnside]], T-Model Ford, Cedell Davis, and Johnny Farmer while struggling to bring their music to a broader audience, pay their artists and keep the business afloat. You See Me Laughin' is a documentary which offers a look at [[Performer~P420292~Johnson~matthewjohnson]] and partner Bruce Watson's ongoing mission to capture this music before it's too late, and more importantly profiles the musicians who record for his label, exploring the wild and often violent lives that inform their work and fuel their often wary relationship with [[Performer~P420292~Johnson~matthewjohnson]] and Watson. Featuring rare live footage of [[Performer~P9736~Burnside~rlburnside]] and [[Performer~P38197~Kimbrough~juniorkimbrough]] on-stage, You See Me Laughin' was the first feature film from director [[Performer~P376626~Mandy Stein~mandystein]]. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 2, 2002

Crew

Mandy Stein
Director
Tyler Brodie
Producer
Matthew Johnson
Producer
Hunter Gray
Producer
Mayin Lo
Editor
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