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Chicago Blues Festival - “Big Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought the Blues to Britain” – Blues Documentary

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When Big Bill brought the blues to Britain, he inspired a generation of musicians. Yet Broonzy was not the man they believed him to be. This first, very intimate, biography of the pioneering bluesman uncovers the mystery of who Big Bill really was and traces his remarkable journey from the racially divided South to the clubs of Chicago and thence to Europe.

Participants include: Pete Seeger, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, Eric Clapton, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn and members of the Broonzy family. Broonzy’s own words are read by Clarke Peters.

Director/Producer: Jeremy Marre Consultant: Bob Riesman. BBC Television 2013.



5:30pm performance by Billy Boy Arnold and Eric Noden. Facilitated by producer and director by BBC filmmaker Jeremy Marre and consultant to film Bob Riesman.




Thursday, June 12, 2014




Performance begins at 5:30 pm; Documentary begins at 6 pm




Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602








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