Birthplace of the blues

The Mississippi Blues Commission presents the story of Dockery Farms, the ‘birthplace of the blues’. Narrated by B.B. King the film examines how the community at a plantation founded in 1895 become a magnet for blues musicians like Willie Brown, Son House & Charlie Patton.

The film is just one in series featuring monumental places and people from Mississippi in the history of some of America’s finest music.

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Travel Special: Asia Upclose

Silk Roads to Shanghai – Full Documentary from Sand2Snow Adventures on Vimeo.

Be just like the Irish Adventures David Burns and Maghnus Collins. Spend 11 months on an expedition of Istanbul to Kathmandu all on a bike. Then run 1000km’s in 26 days across the Tibetan Plateau before you get your money’s worth with a kayak excursion down the third longest river all the way to Shanghai. All this and more in the documentary above from Sand2Snow Adventures.

Beware kids: skateboards are the ‘Devil’s Toy’

This short 1966 documentary dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. This film – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the sport – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion.

Directed by Claude Jutra – 1966