B.B. King THE LIFE OF RILEY Available Now
Narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Jon Brewer, this visually stunning picture has an astounding list of contributors (aside from King himself)–Bono, Eric Clapton, Bruce Willis, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and appearances by Mick Jagger and President Obama.
The Life Of Riley is a no-holds-barred, powerful feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all the odds and unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics and become one of the most iconic, influential and beloved musicians in the world.
King worked closely with Brewer for two years to create this film. The heartfelt contributions from a plethora of music’s superstars were an indication that this was the time for his story to be told. At 88 years old, King, his family, friends and contemporaries unveil the true-life drama that was the springboard for the future ‘King of the Blues’.
Filmed on location all over the United States as well as in the United Kingdom, this picture was made with the full cooperation of the B.B. King Museum, owners of vaults and archives so precious and immense, that several trips had to be made to revisit the collection and partake of its many gems. An astoundingly beautiful film; extremely informative and visually captivating.
Here’s the official movie trailer:
Bonus features included with the DVD:
– Live at the Albert Hall: “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”
– Live at the Albert Hall: “The Thrill Is Gone” including special guests Ronnie Wood, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Mick Hucknall and Slash
– Bonus interviews from Buddy Guy, Mick Hucknall and Ronnie Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa, Dr. John, John Mayall, Slash and Leon Russell.
“The invaluable and definitive autobiography on film of the last great bluesman, B.B. King. And much more: this movie is B.B.’s valedictory testimony, and a monument to the essence of the blues and whence he and they came–in Mississippi Delta Cotton country–and their impact on us all.” —The Observer
“A seriously impressive tribute to the big B’s raw talent, iron determination and irresistible charm.” —Classic Rock
“Affectionate and illuminating.” —Time Out
“A meticulous record of a long and industrious life in the blues. 4/5” —Mojo