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Horn From the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story

2017, John Anderson, USA, 95 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 9th 3:45pm
  • Fri, Nov 9th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 10th 5:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 11th 2:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 12th 7:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 13th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 14th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 15th 8:15pm
First Chicago run! John Anderson in person!

"A must-see for music fans…it's not every day you get to see a truly American phenomenon in action." - Paul Parcellin, Film Threat

"Compelling…his music was fierce, frenetic and free." - Tom Bedford, Film Inquiry

This blues-laced documentary pays tribute to the short, brilliant career of legendary blues harmonica virtuoso Paul Butterfield, an artist who hailed from Chicago's South Side, and lived hard and fast at the frenetic pace of his innovative music. A prodigy and youthful protégé of blues great Muddy Waters, Butterfield honored the legacy of black blues traditions. He passionately promoted racial equality while bringing a driving rock 'n' roll edge to the unique Chicago blues sound of his Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which included notable sidemen Michael Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Sam Lay, Mark Naftalin, and Jerome Arnold. Director Anderson traces Butterfield's career from his teen years to his early death from a drug overdose, underlining the blazing success that brought blues back into the American mainstream. Interviews include B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Todd Rundgren, Paul Shaffer, Corky Siegel, and many more. DCP digital. (BS)

Friday 11/9 at 8 PM, Saturday 11/10 at 5 PM, and Sunday 11/11 at 2 PM: Director John Anderson and musician Corky Siegel are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.
Thursday 11/15 at 8:15 PM: Director John Anderson is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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