Friday, September 27, 2002

Dark Side of the Blues

Written by: Jeff Rent & Rick Garner
Case Filed:
9/27/02 - Jackson, Mississippi
Executive Producer:
Rick Garner
Special Thanks:
Steve LaVere, Delta Haze
Still images in video from film
"Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?: The Life & Music of Robert Johnson" Used with permission.


video


The huge cotton fields of the Delta produced more than just cotton. In fact, the immense Dockery Plantation may be the exact location of the birth of the Blues. Slaves and then sharecroppers communicated across the fields in a style called "field hollering." This became the Blues we know today.

After the Blues' birth in the fields, Clarksdale, Mississippi, would become the Home of the Blues and is now linked to a rather mysterious chapter in Blues history.