Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Well Spent Life (1972)

Les Blank and Skip Gerson (co-director)


 In the tradition of his past and future up-close celebrity documentaries, Les Blank served up 1972's A Well-Spent Life. The subject is Texas blues artist Mance Lipscomb, seen at work and in repose. A lifelong sharecropper and tenant farmer, Lipscomb was 65 when he made his first record. His versatility as a singer, composer, guitarist and violinist bordered on the uncanny, and his influence would continue to be felt even into the highly streamlined country-blues market of the 1990s. Director Blank makes excellent use of the materials at hand (there is comparatively little of Lipscomb on film), and the result is a rich, fully fleshed out life study of one of the Southwest's finest "songsters."


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  1. Just found youre site, and it is AMAZInG. Especially LOVE your music entries.
    Keep up the great work.

  2. Hello:
    RE: A Life Well Spent says in order to open it requires a part5.rar. I only find .rar 1 through 4. Am I missing something?
    Great stuff you have here, truly amazing work.

  3. Sorry for that. I have fixed the problem. Forgot to post part5.


  4. Man, some truly rare stuff here. Love the entries on blues. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.


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