Catalogue No: VESTAPOL13099
Audio / Video
Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood 6' 3", wore size 16 shoes, had skin so dark it shined like silver, and poured out his darkest sorrows in a voice that sounded like a rampaging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, Wolf's sound still terrifies and inspires.
Born Chester Arthur Burnett in 1910, the Wolf survived a grim childhood and hard scrabble youth as asharecropper in Mississippi. He began his career playing and singing in perilous juke joints with the first Delta blues stars in the 1930s and 1940s. He was present at the birth of rock 'n' roll in Memphis and helped define the sound of electric blues in Chicago in the 1950s and 1960s. He ended his career performing and recording with the world's most famous rock stars in the 1970s. His passion for music kept him performing-despite devastating physical problems-until his death in 1976.
This DVD shows Howlin' Wolf prowling on stage at the first Washington D.C. Blues Festival in November 1970, supported by his top-notch band. Hear him moan his earth-shaking blues and watch his unforgettable stage antics and you'll see why Sam Phillips – who also discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis - called Howlin' Wolf his greatest discovery.
Published on: 12 September 2007