(Above: B.B. King performing at the White House)
A three-part series exploring the evolution of blues music in relation to US and African-American history will premiere on Amazon Prime this Monday, February 12.
Monochrome: Black, White & Blue will “lovingly defragment the history of not only blues music but also the plight of the people in (the) deep south.”
“There was no music called ‘the blues’ when its creators just stepped into a new feel of musical expressionism… just a means of releasing a lifetime of pain and oppression, from which music, momentarily, set them free,” said the documentary’s producers.
The three one-hour episodes will feature Morgan Freeman, Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, B.B. King, Jake Bugg, Carlos Santana, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray, among others.
Monochrome: Black, White & Blue, was produced and directed by Jon Brewer, whose previous documentaries include B.B. King: The Life of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark, Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero, and Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story.
The series includes a long list of blues and pop musicians including Beth Hart, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa and Sonny Boy Williamson, with appearances from Aerosmith, Chris Barber, Gary Clark Jr., Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mick Hucknall, Run-D.M.C, Slash, T-Bone Walker, ZZ Top, Bono, Derek Trucks, Irvin Mayfield, Jimmie Wood, Joanne Shaw Taylor, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Keb; Mo’, Leon Russell, Moby, Susan Tedeschi, Walter Trout, Dr. John, Buddy Guy and Allen Toussaint.
Prime subscribers can stream the documentary at amazon.com/primevideo; or via the Amazon Prime Video app for connected TVs and other devices.
Amazon Prime costs $99 annually, with a free 30-day trial.
If you’re interested in watching Brewer’s other music documentaries, here’s where you can stream three of them:
- B.B. King: The Life of Riley – Available with a Fandor subscription ($10 a month or $90 a year, with free 14-day trial);
- Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark – Available with a Netflix subscription (plans range from $7.99 to $13.99 month, with a free one-month trial);
- Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story – Available via subscriptions to Hulu (plans include $5.99 a month with ads/$11.99 without, with a free one-month trial ) and Amazon Prime; you can also rent it starting at $2.99 in SD/$3.99 HD from the Microsoft Store and other providers.
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