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Blues and the Alligator
Downing, Jim - Television Director

Playing Time: 00:52:03
Catalogue Number: MVD5210D
UPC: 760137521099

When Bruce Iglauer dropped out of college and moved from Cincinnati to Chicago back in 1971, he just wanted to be near his favorite Blues artists. He never dreamed he'd wind up starting what was to become the biggest Blues recording company in the world.

Like many of his peers of the 1960s, Bruce was deep into folk music. But when he heard Blues Music for the first time at a folk festival, the directness of the music, the intensity of emotion, reached out and grabbed him.

For a folkie turned Blues freak, Chicago was definitely the place to go. Chicago was - and still is - the Blues capital of the world. The US city with the largest black population in America, people who left the cotton fields of Mississippi Delta to find work up north, bringing their music with them. Bruce's company - Alligator Records - may be small by recording industry standards, but it's a giant when it comes to Blues.

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