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Give My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen

Film by Bill Ferris
Produced by Yale University Media Design Studio with the Center for Southern Folklore
Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
Sound: Robert Slattery
Editing: Dale Lindquist, William Ferris
Copyright: 1975, William Ferris, Yale University
21 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1975
Distributor: New Jersey Network
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An account of the blues experience through the recollections and performances of B.B. King, Son Thomas, inmates from Parchman prison, a barber from Clarkesdale, a salesman from Beale Street, and others.

Give My Poor Heart Ease is one of a series of films made in Mississippi in the mid 1970s by William Ferris and the Center for Southern Folklore and produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver. This field work is the basis for Ferris's 2009 book Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues.


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