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This Ain’t No Mouse Music

This screening took place on
Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:00pm
Globe Theatre, Atlin BC

"Cheesy tripe without any soul; corporate Mickey Mouse stuff that appeals to the mainstream in order to turn a quick buck. That’s mouse music. Or, to put it more simply, mouse music is anything that Chris Strachwitz doesn’t like! Strachwitz is the founder behind the legendary Arhoolie Records, a label that’s been kicking it old school since 1960. Arhoolie is host to a myriad of down-home music from blues revival to Tejano; Cajun, zydeco, bluegrass and Appalachian country. In addition to profiling Strachwitz’s legacy, the film serves as a lesson in American music history, albeit, a lesson with lots of hot licks and serious soul. Interviews with Strachwitz and many of the musicians and industry folks that he has worked with over the years are intercut with stunning archival performances by the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Mance Lipcomb, Lightning Hopkins, Fred McDowell, Big Joe Williams, and Country Joe McDonald. At one point Strachwitz even takes on the world of filmmaking by assisting Les Blank with a documentary about the "People's Music" of Lydia Mendoza and the Grammy-award winning accordion player Flaco Jiménez. Strachwitz’s do-it-yourself attitude is refreshingly straightforward. (He prefers to record artists in their home, on their porches and in their front yards.) "My stuff isn’t produced. I just catch it as it is," he says. So too, Simon and Gosling’s documentary portrait that tramps along beside Strachwitz as he seeks out the hip-shaking, boot stomping tunes that he loves. Chock full of laughter and gorgeous glorious sounds, This Ain’t No Mouse Music is a celebration of Chris and the undeniable talent that he has helped expose to the world." -SC
  • Directed by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling
  • 2013, USA
  • 92 minutes

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