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Louie Bluie


USA 1985, 60 minutes
Dir. Terry Zwigoff
Rating: [Exempt]
Genres: Music, Documentary / Jazz & Blues, Country & Folk, Arts & Artists

Topics: African-American.


Aroview: The feature debut of director Terry Zwigoff (CRUMB) explores the life and music of William Howard Taft Armstrong, (known as Louie Bluie), a blues musician and visual artist.

Known throughout the 30's and 40's for his incredible talents as a string musician, Louie Bluie was a member of the last known African American old-time string band in America. He reminiscences about his life with fellow musicians, while punctuating his stories with spontaneously created hand drawings. A valuable portrait of an extraordinary and obscure artist.

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