Legend of Lead Belly (2013)
Director: Alan Ravenscroft
Stars: Huddie Ledbetter (aka Lead Belly), Bob Dylan
Huddie Ledbetter aka Lead Belly, despite being born in poverty, growing up in a time of extreme racism, and serving several jail/prison terms, became an accomplished musician whose influence spanned music genres and generations. Although crowned the “King of the Twelve-String Guitar”, Lead Belly was an accomplished musician who could also play piano, mandolin, harmonica and violin. His songs have been covered by Frank Sinatra to Nirvana. His influence in music is still felt 75 years after his death. Legend of Lead Belly provides an excellent overview of his life.
Thoughts (beware of spoilers)…
Lead Belly was serving time for murder. He wrote and recorded a song asking for clemency from the Governor… and received it!
It’s interesting that late in life, Lead Belly wanted to play a movie singing cowboy. Unfortunately he never achieved that goal.
If you know the name Lead Belly, but don’t know much about him, Legend of Lead Belly is a great starting point.
Legend of Lead Belly (2013) rates 4 of 5 stars.