PledgeMusic Campaign Started For ‘Born In Chicago,’ Blues Doc Feat. Bob Dylan + Jack White
Director John Anderson is looking to complete his long-in-the-works documentary on the legendary Chicago blues scene of the early 1960s, and is now asking for help from fans to wrap it all up. Born In Chicago tells the tale of the city's musical history with participation from folks like Bob Dylan, Steve Miller and Jack White, to name but a few.
In the works for six years, Born In Chicago concentrates on the early-'60s, when, as the trailer for the film states above, "There was a small group of white teenage musicians who just loved the blues. They had the courage to go into the city's tough south and west side neighborhoods to learn the blues directly from the masters."
The film is completed, but funds are needed to help secure rights to all the music and vintage footage used within, so they have launched a PledgeMusic campaign to raise money to complete these tasks. The campaign runs through Sept. 16 and those who donate can get their hands on various goodies including copies of the film, clothing and a box set collection.
For those with deeper pockets, there are bigger guns to get at including a private screening in your own home, old Chicago blues posters, guitars signed by blues legends Elvin Bishop and Rick Reed and tickets to the movie’s premiere and afterparty. Some of the premium items will have you digging up to $2,500.
"We heard this really unbelievable music coming from our little radios in the suburbs of Chicago," recalled singer/guitarist Barry Goldberg, "and we wanted to learn first hand where this music was coming from."
Born In Chicago also features interviews with past and present stars from the likes of BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop, Eric Burdon, Charlie Musselwhite, Sam Lay and Hubert Sumlin.
The soundtrack will see a release on CD and vinyl.