New "Mr. Handy’s Blues" DVD chronicles the life of William Christopher Handy, known affectionately worldwide as The Father of the Blues. He was born seven years after the Civil War, and died at the dawn of the Space Age. Handy’s trajectory to success is an against all odds odyssey that took him from a strict religious home in Northern Alabama, to a low point of despair in St. Louis, Missouri to becoming one of the most revered composers of the 20th Century. His career started with a Minstrel Troupe during the Jim Crow days in the American South and catapulted him to ownership of a thriving music publishing office in New York City in 1918.
Special selection at the 2019 Clarksdale Film & Music Festival.