Louie Bluie

Louie Bluie

DVD - 2010
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Documents the obscure country blues musician and idiosyncratic visual artist, Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong, member of the last known black string band in America. Director Terry Zwigoff honors him with an unsentimental but endlessly affectionate tribute. Full of infectious music and comedy, this is a humane evocation of the kind of pop-cultural marginalia that Zwigoff would continue to make in the coming years.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2010
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604653113
Branch Call Number: DVD 781.643 LOU


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Jan 07, 2018

Enjoyable documentary by Terry Zwigoff ( Crumb, Ghost World ) about musician and artist Louie Bluie- he's also a great raconteur and funny as hell. The movie runs about an hour.

Oct 28, 2014

Mandolin and fiddle were popular instruments in early American string bands playing blues, jazz, old time, pop and whatever their audiences demanded. Howard Armstrong or "Louie Bluie" (1909 - 2003), whose musical career began in 1920's, was a master of both instruments. In this movie, he showed his skills in playing everything from old-time fiddle tunes through "Tin Pan Alley" to raunchy blues.

Terry Zwigoff, in this excellent documentary, united Armstrong with the guitarist Ted Bogan, Armstrong's musical partner of many years, and others including the blues mandolinist Yank Rachel and Ikey "Banjo" Robinson. Besides being an excellent musician, Armstrong was a fine artist, excellent raconteur (informal storyteller) and all-round character. Any lover of old music or storytelling (often off-colour) will enjoy this DVD.

Extra features include more storytelling and musical performances, as well as a commentary by director Terry Zwigoff putting the film into social and historical perspective. For the naive among us, be warned: don't believe everything the old guys tell you.

Jul 28, 2014

This 1985 documentary on musician/artist Howard Armstrong is interesting, because the main character, Howard 'Louie Bluie' Armstrong, is himself a very interesting, and talented, character. He played the fiddle, the mandolin, and did some very 'mean' writing and drawings. Love to have one of his books - all hand written and hand drawn!


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