Chris Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of the deep American music, music with roots that strike straight into the country’s heartland. He is the guiding force behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, producing albums that the Rolling Stones and many others played the grooves right off. Since 1960, Strachwitz has been recording the authentic pulses of the great American music, throbbing away in the backwoods of the nation. With tape-recorder in hand, Strachwitz traveled to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints. He returned with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music.
The feature-length documentary is now available for the first time on DVD, along with thirty two minutes of deleted scenes, or you can get the soundtrack CD (which contains a thirty two page book and thirty eight tracks of soulful, raucous music by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Clifton Chenier, Flaco Jimenez and many others), or both as a package.Watch the trailer or buy here.