Looks like a must have. Ships Dec 1. From http://www.media-generation.com/DVD%20PAGES/Land/Land.html
In 1978, Alan Lomax, Worth Long, and John Bishop took portable video cameras deep into The Land Where the Blues Began.and collaborated with the Mississippi Authority for Educational Television to produce this program.
As Alan Lomax 's articulated oour mission--
Today we give a platform to this vital folk culture and its creators. These people witnessed the birth of the blues. They lived them. This haunting music, laughing at lifeís ironies, and set to a dancing beat. This amazing mix of Europe and Africa is Americaís most distinctive song style. Itís also the product of the folk culture of the Mississippi Delta.
We visit picnics and revivals. We meet the black pioneers who helped to carve Mississippi out of the wilderness with their work on farm, river, railroad and levee, creating a new music out of their loneliness and their deprivation. Music that, once heard, can never be forgotten.
The program features performances by Sam Chatmon, Jack Owens & Bud Spires, Eugene Powell (Sonny Boy Nelson), Belton Sutherland, Othar Turner, Napoleon Strickland, and Joe Savage.
Finished in 1979 and broadcast on PBS in 1980. the program won awards and played in numerous festivals. In 1990 was broadcast again on PBS, re-edited as part of the America Patchwork series. This DVD presents the original version with more than three hours of additional material, which has never been available before.
Contents (4.5 hours of video and two articles)-
The Land Where the Blues Began (59 min) with optional English subtitles
Video out takes of 2 hours of additional musical selections
The first edit of the levee camp interview (27 min)
Making The Land Where The Blues Began video (27 min)
Editing The Land Where The Blues Began video (5 min)
Alan Lomax introduction to the first broadcast (2 min)
Transcript of the program (PDF)
Making The Land Where The Blues Began article (PDF)