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Deep Ellum Blues

Film by Alan Govenar
Produced by Dallas Museum of Art
Cinematographer: Bruce Pacho Lane
Sound: Jody Govenar
Editing: Bruce Pacho Lane
Copyright: 1985, Alan Govenar
10 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1985
Distributor: Documentary Arts, Inc.
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Deep Ellum is a place -- a part of Dallas, Texas. Deep Ellum, along with its legendary music scene built by the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Lead Belly, and Bill Neely, all but disappeared with the construction of Central Expressway in the 1950s. This film is one of three short films in the Living Texas Blues series which explores the 1920's and 1930's night life in Dallas through the music of Bill Neely. For more information, see Alan Govenar, Meeting the Blues: The Rise of the Texas Sound (Da Capo, 1995) and Alan Govenar, The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues (Schiffer Publishing, 2004).

For an in depth look at Deep Ellum and North Dallas' Freetown, Folkstreams recommends Kevin Pask's Deep Ellum Blues, in the internet journal Southern Spaces.


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