Uncle Jessie white -
Portrait of a DELTA blues man in detroit
A video by
Anne Marie Graham-Hudak
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This documentary portrays the life and legacy of the Detroit blues musician Jessie White (1920-2008). It depicts a journey that carries the viewer from the Jim Crow South, in the 1920s, to the 1930s juke joints in Mississippi, and finally to the post-war blues scene in Detroit.
This documentary will educate the viewer on the many automotive workers who migrated from the south and brought their rich cultural and social music traditions with them. As a viewer you will be introduced to automotive and assembly line workers that practiced their musical craft on the weekends, after long days in the plants. You will learn about southern traditions of weekend long blues sessions, which continued to be carried out in Uncle Jessie White's home on 29th street in Detroit for over 10 years.