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Antone’s Home Of The Blues (Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Documentary: B



Some places are so important to music and its history that is key and vital.  Antone’s Home Of The Blues (2004) is Dan Karlok’s fine documentary about the four eras of one fop the most celebrated, visited, performed at and beloved concert locations in Blues history.  Located in ever-vital Austin, Texas, everyone from Albert Collins and Willie Nelson to Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughn, B.B. King, James Brown, Ray Price and an unbelievably strong group of legends and giants in the business.


Of course, they were not on top all of the time, but they kept Antone’s that way.  Not enough has been said about this special house of music, but the 99 minutes of this documentary are loaded with facts, rare archival footage, great stories and a love of music we just cannot see enough of.  Well edited and paced, Karlok gets some great current interviews and is saddled with the job of what to choose that best serve the story.  Needless to say this could have been a mini-series, but it is ultimately a tribute that does justice to a home for musicians that was also a school of though, a way of being and sense of life to American Music that should never be forgotten.


The 1.33 X 1 image varies throughout with film and video clips all over, as expected from a documentary this rich in talent and history.  Some old NTSC video from 1975 is particularly interesting in its flaws.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is stereo at best, but some of the music is monophonic.  Extras include original trailer, additional interview clips and a 12-page booklet with illustrations and John T. Davis essay about Antone’s.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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