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||IMDB Rating: 7.6/10 from 121 votes
||Release: 7 August 2003 (Australia) /
||Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Music
||Director: Edward Gillan,
||Stars: Barbara Brown, Eddie Dean, Edward Gillan, Elizabeth Siwinski, George Scott, Helen Crouse, Joe Bussard, John Cooper, Paul Geremia, Susannah Anderson
||Synopsis: Record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pure and undiluted form in the 20s and 30s. Bussard has rescued priceless shellac artefacts from attics and basements across the US for more than 50 years. He has amassed a vast collection of more than 25,000 rare discs. At 65 Bussard has the enthusiasm and energy of a 16-year-old and will happily spin 75-year-old records all day for anyone who will listen. All the while he gives a running commentary on the music and performer, reliving the day it was made and relating some crazy tale of how he came to rescue the record! Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
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There's just something compelling about an *absolute* enthusiast - the
evangelistic zeal of the ardent collector; the passionate desire to sweep
you into their world, the energy - the ability to minimise everything
in their world outside of the frame of that particular
Joe Bussard is from Maryland and he's a collector of music. A very
particular and rare kind of music. "Real" American music, when it was
literally taken off the street and recorded in tin-can microphones; one
take, real-time, in tin-pan alley "studios" (makeshift rooms with a
microphone and a "reccud-burnin' machine") in and around the 1920's -
This was the music of real people, playing from life itself, recorded in
its raw originality, creativity and genius. This is the music of a
a history in song and music. Who's preserved it? Not the Smithsonian, not
the Library of Congress... but one Joe Bussard, clutching a record to his
chest saying "I think I'll take this one with me when I'm buried... then
they'll have to dig me up 20 years later to get the record."
This is a film about passion and love and nascent intelligence and
There's Joe, interminable cigar in hand, slapping his hands across a
permanently jiggling thigh - face as radiant and rapturous as if all his
angels were dancing around him, caressing and cleaning his records,
twiddling a dial here, a lever there to produce *just* the right sound.
Here's Joe - driving the miles on the slimmest chance of gaining another
rare find - or teasing the camera crew because they *missed* filming his
greatest score in the past 10 years.
The portrait gently builds, without commentary or cynicism, of an
who's moved literally to his own beat for the course of his life.
gently, unobtrusively, clues are given about his own, remarkable,
hand-crafted life; but through it all - the music prevails - as the
character in Joe's life, and as an able-bodied character of this film.
Desperate Man Blues is about passion, and authenticity and generosity.
a short film with a long message - find out what counts and love it, love
it, love it.
Its style is non-intrusive, engaging and intimate. Joe and his beloved
are the stars of the show, and without the interruption of narrative, the
passion is laid out so simply that we're all invited into Joe's basement,
tapping our feet, feeling the rhythms, and seduced by our record
The archival footage grounds us visually in the musical world being built
around our ears. This music is aural history - music before the `cancer
rock' spread its homogenous fingers over our world. (Joe's words, or at
least a paraphrase of them.)
This is 52 minutes of joy. 52 minutes of love. 52 minutes of passion. 52
minutes that expresses an ephemeral time of (mostly) unrecorded social
history. It was 52 of the happiest minutes I've enjoyed in front of a
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, Eddie Dean
, Edward Gillan
, Elizabeth Siwinski
, George Scott
, Helen Crouse
, Joe Bussard
, John Cooper
, Paul Geremia
, Susannah Anderson
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