The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin Hopkins'

Hallso is very pleased to announce it will be re-issuing Les Blank's 1969 documentary The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin Hopkins'.

In this intimate portrayal of a blues legend Les Blank offers us a unique glimpse into the world of one of the most recorded blues artists of all time. The film captures Lightnin? spending time with family and friends, performing in a variety of places (on his own and with friends including Mance Lipscombe), visiting his boyhood town of Centreville, Texas as well as engaging us with his own unique brand of storytelling.

This powerful portrait is among Blank's masterworks and takes us into the intimate world of the enigma that was Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins providing a fascinating document to not only fans of his music but anyone with an interest in the blues or rural America.

Born in 1935 in Tampa, Florida Les Blank is a prize-winning independent filmmaker, best known for a series of poetic films that led Time Magazine critic Jay Cocks to write, "I can't believe that anyone interested in movies or America...could watch Blank's work without feeling they'd been granted a casual, soft-spoken revelation." John Rockwell, writing in The New York Times, adds, "Blank is a documentarian of folk cultures who transforms anthropology into art." And Vincent Canby, also in The Times, declared that Blank "is a master of movies about the American idiom... one of our most original filmmakers."

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins