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This Ain't No Mouse Music! (2014)

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Eight years ago Chris and Maureen teamed up and decided to make a film on Chris Strachwitz, whom they have known for over 35 years. THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC! follows Strachwitz as he meets old friends and records music across the country. Strachwitz has been recording these tunes since 1960, trying to help grassroot musicians of Blues, Cajun, Hillybilly country, Tex-Mex, and R&B to catalog their music. Bands such as The Rolling Stones have used tunes directly from records that Strachwitz's label "Arhoolie Records" had recorded. Some creators of indigenous music appear in this film, whose tunes are still so sharp and pack more meaning than mainstream music. Bonnie Raitt commented on the film saying, "It's impossible to look at the history of blues, Cajun, and Zydeco music without looking at Chris Strachwitz's role. He's a monumental figure." (C) Argot

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The narrative of Strachwitz as preserver of obscure music just repeats like a broken record with the introduction of each region, genre and musician.

October 2, 2014 | Full Review…

I dare you not to tap your feet.

September 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Most of these musical interludes are reasonably engaging, even if the storytelling threatens to become one-note.

September 25, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Strachwitz's enthusiasm - "This ain't no mouse music!" he's given to shouting - and a brace of choice anecdotes prove compelling on their own.

September 23, 2014 | Full Review…

"This Ain't No Mouse Music" works, in large part, because of Strachwitz's unbridled -- and some would say unrivaled -- enthusiasm for Americana music.

September 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The visionary entrepreneur as cuddly, creative curmudgeon, Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records is the subject of This Ain't No Mouse Music!, a loving documentary about America's nearly lost music...

September 26, 2014 | Full Review…

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