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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.
**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.