goin' jukin' tonight
January 17, 2015 8:50 PM   Subscribe

LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES is Robert Mugge's 86-minute film from 2002, focussing on the juke joint tradition in Mississippi, with special emphasis on Jackson's Subway Lounge and Clarksdale's Ground Zero Blues Club.
posted by flapjax at midnite (5 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for the find! Looking forward to a Sunday morning viewing.
posted by spamandkimchi at 11:26 PM on January 17, 2015

Ground Zero's OK, but it's bit touristy. If you're really after a juke joint experience in Clarksdale, I'd suggest the much smaller Red's. I saw Robert Belfour play there a few years ago, and the place is perfect for an intimate little no-frills gig like that.
posted by Paul Slade at 12:11 AM on January 18, 2015 [3 favorites]

What's the story on Vimeo sound? Anybody know? I usually get the visual but no audio. TIA.
posted by carping demon at 12:35 AM on January 18, 2015

There might be less than before but Last of is Not True.

Somehow people are going to not go out and listen to music and have a beer and a dance?

The ex-wife was at school at LSU used to go driving all over backcountry Louisiana and Mississippi by herself. Sometimes we would spend a weekend on the white sign roads.

They are still there [the juke joints] and you are welcome to have a beer and some local cuisine. People are nice.

They don't have neon signs much. What you look for is a bunch of cars scattered around in the red dirt on the top of the hill around a windowless building.

Flapjax, find me in New Orleans, rent a car and I'll find you a bunch. Some damn good food too.
posted by vapidave at 3:06 AM on January 18, 2015 [3 favorites]

Those interested in modern-day Mississippi blues also may want to seek out M For Mississippi (Trailer #1, Trailer #2) and We Juke Up In Here (Trailer), two recent documentaries produced by the guy who runs the indie label Broke & Hungry Records and the guy who owns Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art.
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 8:47 AM on January 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

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