Excellent documentary on the history of Alligator Records and the early and current musicians that make up its extensive catalog. No story on the resurgence of the blues during the 70s and 80s would be complete without a chapter dedicated to the story of Alligator Records and the dedication of Bruce Iglauer. This movie does a fine job of telling that story.
My only complaint is the lack of footage of the artists that receive mention in the movie. While I understand that the movie is about Mr. Iglauer and Alligator, I personally would have loved more focus on the artists that gave fuel to the rise of the company and the growth of the genre. Without them, there would be no story.
Lovingly crafted documentary giving blues fans some great insights into how one of the great independent music labels came to be and the people behind it. Alligator is a labor of love more than a money machine, and the commitment and dedication is really showcased in this film. I've been buying the 'Gator for many years and have had the opportunity to enjoy many of their artists live. Alligator captures the essence of the Chicago Blues Scene, and this film does justice to the genre, the artists, and the people who share it with the world.
If you like the blues, you'll like this documentary. It brought back great musical memories of visiting blues clubs in the windy city after attending the consumer electronics shows when they were in Chicago. Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Hound dog Taylor, and Lucky Peterson all sound great. Thanks Alligator records for keeping the blues alive in this entertaining documentary.
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