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Directed by:
Alan Lomax, American, 1915 - 2002  Search this
Written by:
Alan Lomax, American, 1915 - 2002  Search this
Subject of:
Johnny Brooks  Search this
Walter Brown  Search this
Belton Southerland  Search this
Lonnie Pitchford  Search this
Napolean Strickland  Search this
Clyde Maxwell  Search this
Lucius Smith  Search this
Jack Owens  Search this
Bud Spires  Search this
Sam Chatmon  Search this
Eugene Powel  Search this
Wilbert Puckett  Search this
J.T. Tucker  Search this
Joe Savage  Search this
James Hall  Search this
Beatrice Maxwell  Search this
George Johnson  Search this
William S. Hart  Search this
Owned by:
D.C. Public Library, American, founded 1896  Search this
acetate film
Duration (Reel 1): 26 Minutes
Length (Film): 950 Feet
Duration (Reel 2): 29 Minutes
Length (Film): 1075 Feet
sound films
color films (visual works)
16mm (photographic film size)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place filmed:
Mississippi, United States, North and Central America
This film was a part of the Washington D.C. Public Library's circulating 16mm film collection housed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Central Library. The collection is particularly noted for the wide variety of African American and African diaspora content.
A documentary film with the title Land Where the Blues Began. It consists of two reels of color 16mm acetate film with optical sound.
The documentary is narrated by filmmaker Alan Lomax and, through a series of interviews with Mississippi residents, it explores the origins of Blues music. In addition to these residents engaging in short musical performances, the narrator also discusses the history of Blues by comparing the musical instruments used by people in the Mississippi delta to the musical instruments that Africans played. There are also demonstrations of how some of the musical instruments are made.
African American  Search this
Africa  Search this
African diaspora  Search this
American South  Search this
Blues (Music)  Search this
Documentary films  Search this
Film  Search this
Folklife  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
DC Public Library Film Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture