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Black on White White on Black

Govenar, Alan
Genre: 
An intimate and humorous look at the life and career of the legendary blues pianist Alex Moore, the first Black Texan to receive a National Heritage Fellowship. Moore taught himself to play the piano by watching others and practicing whenever he got a chance. Because he had no formal training Moore developed a distinctive improvisatory piano style that included elements of blues, ragtime, barrelhouse, stride and boogie-woogie. He combined steady left hand bass figures with fluid right hand melodies. His lyrics were both traditional and original and were a response to his playing of the piano and to the moment at hand. The film shows his mastery of the piano at a tribute held in his honor at the famous Majestic Theater-his last public performance.

Black on White White on Black.

Les Blank Films, 1990.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019.

Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.

Alexander M. Moore, Bob Ray Sanders

Originally produced by Les Blank Films in 1990.

Mode of access: World Wide Web.

In English

Govenar, Alan, film director.; M. Moore, Alexander, actor.; Ray Sanders, Bob, actor.

Les Blank Films (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst
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