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Man In The Sand

Produced by Juliet De Valero Wills
Billy Bragg goes in search of the the man behind the myth
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Overview

Genre
Music, Cultural History, Biography, and Portrait
Synopsis

When Nora Guthrie, daughter of folk legend Woody Guthrie, unearthed a 50-year-old, unproduced collection of her father's lyrics, she called upon British songwriter Billy Bragg to put them to music. Bragg teamed with Chicago-based, alt-country band Wilco, and in 1998 {^Mermaid Avenue} was released to critical adulation and a Grammy nomination. Two years later, {^Mermaid Avenue, Vol. 2} was released to equal fervor and another Grammy nomination. Narrated by Nora Guthrie, this feature-length documentary chronicles Bragg's search "...for the spirit of Woody Guthrie," as he travels to Okemah, OK, where Guthrie was born, and to New York City where he gained notoriety. From there, the film follows Bragg to Chicago to meet up with Wilco, and finally to Dublin where the albums were recorded and where the creative process sometimes caused emotions to run high between Bragg and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett.

Stage
finished
Running time
89 minutes

Credits

  • Kim Hopkins ... Director, Cinematographer
  • Juliet De Valero Wills ... producer
  • Christopher frederick ... Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Union Productions
Country
United Kingdom
Years of Production
1999
Locations
London, Dubin, Oaklahoma, Boston, New York, Texas.

Distribution Details

Release year
1999
Broadcast (Prod.)
BBC
Language
English

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