The long-awaited authorized video from blues/rock guitar icon Johnny Winter has finally arrived. Compiled in part by Winter’s manager, Teddy Slatus, who asked fans to send video clips, the set includes TV clips and kicks off with never-before-seen still photos by Johnny’s wife, Susan.
The video is enhanced by commentary from Johnny recorded at different stages in his life, which accompanies rare and personal photos of him with family and friends. He speaks about hearing blues for the first time, and how it affected him. And he’s candid in talking about some of his life experiences, including getting his first tattoo.
Written commentary offers more history, and the concert footage isn’t in chronological order. Much of it isn’t even dated, but there are a lot of fun things to watch, including (but not limited to) performances of “Rock and Roll Hootchie Coo,” “Stranger,” “Sweet Papa John,” and “Mannish Boy.”
Another segment is dedicated to Winter’s father, and there’s also film from ca. ’69 that teams Johnny and brother, Edgar, on “Tell The Truth.” Other noteworthy musicians who make appearances include Dr. John, Tommy Shannon, Uncle John Turner, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Steve Cropper, and G.E. Smith. And of course, Winter’s singing and guitar work shine throughout.
This review originally appeared in VG‘s June ’01 issue.