Buddy Guy journeys from rural poverty in Louisiana to landing at Chess Records in Chicago, where he soon became a superstar. Features never-before-seen archival footage from every phase of the blues great's career. Part of the Coda Groundbreakers Theme.
Buddy Guy turned 84 in 2020, and he’s been a blues legend for a long time. It’s a good thing he's lasted so long, because he got a late start. He had already turned 30 before he got to make his first solo album, and he was 50 before he became a bona fide star. “Buddy Guy: My Time After Awhile” documents that difficult beginning and extended victory lap by intercutting performance clips (mostly from Switzerland) and a long interview with Guy himself.
In countless ways, a band or vocal group is like a family. Sometimes these artistic fraternities involve actual family members, and then the process of making music becomes really personal. Such relationships can underpin levels of intimacy and communication that elevate the songs. They can also lead to the kind of squabbles that tear bands apart. Either way, family bands provide a fascinating window into the ups and downs of musical collaboration.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.