‘And This Is Free’ (1964) May 14, 2014 1:24 PMSubscribe
A 50 minute documentary about Maxwell Street Market and musicians in Chicago (I interpret the title with an implicit accusatory question mark.) Mike Shea—previously a photographer for Life, Look and Time—directed this exquisitely composed, Frederick Wiseman-esque documentary that lurches between the wiles and complaints of street vendors to some astoundingly well-recorded street side blues performances—recorded by Gordon Quinn. Most notably numerous songs by Robert Nighthawk and one electrifying performance by Carrie Robinson. There's also one seriously awesome-looking house party. These and others featured on a CD release known "And This Is Maxwell Street" w/ Blind Arvella Gray , Fannie Brewer, Baby Face Leroy, Floyd Jones, and JB Hutto.