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The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins + A Well Spent Life

August 27 @ 6:00 pm

Two documentaries on Texas Blues by the late great documentarian Les Blank.

Presented as part of CCA’s monthly series on music & film, AMPLIFIED.

The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins
1968, 31 minutes
The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. The film includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo, and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank’s special masterworks.

A Well Spent Life
1971, 44 minutes
Many people consider Texas bluesman Mance Lipscomb to be the greatest blues guitarist and songster of all time. This glowing portrait of the legendary musician (also life-long husband and sharecropper) is among Blank’s special masterworks. Instead of growing bitter, tough times made Lipscomb sweet. This is reportedly the favorite film of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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Santa Fe, NM 87505 United States
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