Howlin’ Wolf is underrated in American music history.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a big fan of the blues music genre. I was immediately thrilled to find out that Amazon prime has a Howlin’ Wolf special this month as part of their story and rock ‘n’ roll segment.
Chester Howlin’ Wolf Burnett was a phenomenon in his day and this video documentary offers stunning rare footage and insight into his career, including classic performances and his history of chess records
The documentary footage is excellent, including a segment where a very young Mick Jagger appears with the Rolling Stones to introduce Howlin’ Wolf. They were big fans of Howlin’ Wolf in 1964 and his influence spread overseas with one of his biggest hits “Smokestack Lightning”.
He left the South and settled in Chicago and helped create the Chicago blues scene of the 60s. He was also tormented by his mother’s rejection which spread to his children when she was not is not presented at his funeral.
His mother was extremely religious and considered him to be performing the devil’s music. (It would be great if black families focused on teaching 1/3 generational wealth as much as we do on religion) She never responded to her success and rejected all the money that came to her gave, which made the giant man cry.
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Howlin’ Wolf’s Amazon Prime documentary is so well filmed and put together that it almost takes you down the track where you can smell the cigarette smoke here, the popping beer cans certainly give you a glimpse of why they call this music the blues Check it out on Amazon Prime Video, you can get a 30-day free trial by signing up or you can rent a movie for $1.99 with this link.