This Ain't No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records
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Showings
Rafael 1Fri, Oct 11, 2013 3:30 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Country:US
Year:2013
Running Time:92
Language:English
Spanish
French
Director:Chris Simon
Maureen Gosling
Producer:Chris Simon
Screenwriter:Maureen Gosling
Cast:Chris Strachwitz
Ry Cooder
Wilson Savoy and the Pine Leaf Boys
Davia Nelson
Taj Mahal
Flaco Jiménez
Print Source:Sage Blossom Productions
Description
View Trailer HERE

In English, Spanish and French with English subtitles. American folk in all its ragtag glory—from New Orleans Dixieland, hipslapping country and front-porch blues to Tex-Mex, Cajun and Deep-South R&B—provides the rollicking soundtrack to Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon's downhome documentary about an unlikely yet endearing champion of regional music. Born a German count, Chris Strachwitz fled the advent of World War II as a teenager and immersed himself in his adopted country’s musical roots. With ever-alert ears and rudimentary recording equipment, Strachwitz has traversed the back roads and juke joints of the heartland for more than 50 years, tracking down homespun musical talent for his Arhoolie Records label—eschewer of the corporate pop Strachwitz gleefully dismisses as “mouse music.” “If not for people like Chris, this music would have fallen out of cultural history,” says Richard Thompson in this revelatory film, as musicians and fans of all stripes (including Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal) rejoice in his sonic obsessions.

 

—Steven Jenkins


**RELATED EVENT AT SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL & CAFE, SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED, SEE BELOW

CONCERT IN CELEBRATION OF THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF

THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! THE STORY OF CHRIS STRACHWITZ AND ARHOOLIE RECORDS

Tuesday, October 8, 8:30 pm
Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley
Tickets: $32, visit: http://sweetwatermusichall.inticketing.com/events/348391
(not available through MVFF; Festival badges not valid)

To celebrate the West Coast premiere of Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon’s This Ain’t No Mouse Music! The Story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records, San Francisco Chronicle music journalist and author Joel Selvin will host a rollicking performance by Southern roots music masters Eric and Suzy Thompson, Mexican roots music revival pioneers Los Cenzontles and Cajun/Creole dance band Creole Belles, Country/Blues trio Howell/Divine, with more special guests to be announced. Just added: vocalist extraordinaire, Maria Muldaur, and bluegrass fiddle queen Laurie Lewis

Co-Produced for MVFF by Sweetwater Music Hall and Steep Productions, Inc. in association with Famous4. 

 

Additional Information

Director/Producers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling met over thirty years ago while working with world-renowned documentarian Les Blank. They each struck out on their own after 20 years with Blank. Maureen directed and produced Blossoms of Fire a feature documentary on the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca. Chris Simon produced and directed four independent documentaries including the prizewinning Down an Old Road and My Canyonlands. Chris and Maureen have have collaborated again because of their love for the music and cultures that Chris Strachwitz brought out to the world – and to share the vision of their longtime friend and colleague.