Monochrome: Black, White & Blue
Director Jon Brewer (B.B. King: The Life of Riley) shines a light on America's boiling kettle of racial unrest for the past 300 years to present day, and the musical by-product that resulted: blues, rock and roll and rap. He lovingly defragments the history of not only blues music but also the plight of America's people of colour, bringing the story of blues to life through powerful interviews, live musical references and sweeping landscapes.
From America’s Deep South to Chicago, Detroit and New York, this three-part series traces the evolution of blues through pivotal moments in black history – from slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. Brewer discovers that there was no music called ‘blues’ when its creators stepped into a new feel of musical expressionism… just pain and oppression, from which music, momentarily, set them free.
Featuring artists such as Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Buddy Guy, Allen Toussaint, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman, Jake Bugg and B.B. King, alongside historical experts, this captivating series unveils the passion of a people that endured through means organic and spiritual, and the songs that carved a place in history, inspiring musicians to this day.