Lightning in a Bottle

Directed By: Antoine Fuqua

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Great history of the blues

by Grayden sheley on 8/28/2008

This is a video about the history of the blues and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first recorded blues song. There are just too many great artists to try to list them all. I truly enjoyed the interviews with the living members of the early blues masters. The new blues musicians playing songs that were recorded by performers that are no longer alive was a wonderful experience. The film takes you from the fields of the south to the modern day blues. If you love the blues this is a must buy.

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On feb 7, 2003 renowned artists across multiple music genres and generations commandeered the stage at ny city's radio city music hall to pay tribute to their common heritage and passion - the blues.


Studio Sony
SKU 40705252
UPC 043396069183
UPC 14 00043396069183
Format DVD
Release Date 12/5/2006
Rating Rating
Blues Music
Live Performances
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Tribute Concerts
Editors Note
Note A slice of musical history was created on February 7th, 2003, when a dazzling array of blues artists gathered at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. With luminaries such as B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John among the lineup, this was always destined to be a night to remember. But the organizers were savvy enough to up the ante even further by integrating a comprehensive--albeit by their own admission, incomplete--history of the genre into the evening's festivities. Director Antoine Fuqua (KING ARTHUR) was there with a full crew to record the event, capturing moments of magic both on stage and behind the scenes for LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE. Fuqua also splices in some of the archival footage that the organizers showed on the night, including many of the Radio City artists performing and speaking at a much younger age. The influence of the blues over popular music is vast, and so performers such as Aerosmith, Chuck D from Public Enemy, and David Johansen are brought on stage to vie with their counterparts from a more traditional strain of the genre. Poignant moments come thick and fast, with many of the musicians reminiscing about the old times, and realizing that this would probably be the last occasion on which they were all gathered in the same room. An inspiring historical document, Fuqua's film captures a dying breed of artists, but also points to their lasting legacy and influence which will indefinitely loom large over the music scene.
Entertainment Weekly "The music's sensational..." 10/29/2004 p.52
New York Times "As the reigning master of the idiom, Mr. King sings in a rich, barking cry and still plays single-note riffs that have the sting of bitter tears." 10/22/2004 p.E13
Los Angeles Times "[O]ne terrific concert film....If you ever loved this kind of music, LIGHTNING will bring the reasons back. If you haven't, you'll likely wonder where this has been all your life." 11/05/2004 p.E8
Rolling Stone "[T]his lavish all-star blues concert integrates old footage of Son House and Muddy Waters." 03/10/2005 p.122
Chicago Sun-Times "The backstage and archival footage is seamlessly interwoven with the inspired live performances..." 03/04/2005 p.12
Antoine Fuqua
Name Aerosmith
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Antoine Fuqua - Director
B.B. King - Featuring
Bonnie Raitt - Featuring
Buddy Guy - Featuring
John Fogerty - Featuring
Macy Gray - Featuring
Martin Scorsese - Executive Producer
Robert Cray - Featuring
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 06918
UPC 00043396069183
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French
Available Audio Tracks English
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Aerosmith
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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