LEGEND OF LEAD BELLY
Duration: 50 minutes
An ERP Production for Smithsonian Networks
Written, Directed and Produced by: Alan Ravenscroft
Editor: Matthew Longfellow
AssIstant Producer: Laura Hartley
Director of Photography: Graham Day
Supervising Producer: Peter Worsley
Executive Producers: Terry Shand & Geoff Kempin
Huddie Ledbetter was born into poverty, battled racism, and did time, but in spite of his early hardships, or perhaps because of them, he became one of the great musicians of the 20th century. We trace the life and career of Lead Belly, a man praised by critics and revered by artists, whose unique music crossed a host of genres and influenced countless industry legends, from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana and beyond.
See how his talent, humanity, and determination defeated all that stood in his way to make his voice heard, then and now.