EPISODES OF AMERICAN ROUTES WITH LES BLANK
Producer, director and cinematographer Les Blank is one of America's foremost independent filmmakers. Best known for his piece on German filmmaker Werner Herzog (Burden of Dreams), for some 40 years Blank has documented musical scenes including Texas blues (The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins), the zydeco of Clifton Chenier (Hot Pepper) and polka (In Heaven There is No Beer?) as well as other subjects dear to his heart (Gap Toothed Women).
Cut a rug on the red carpet with two filmmakers who always put music in a starring role. Director of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and many more, John Waters joins us to talk about his obsession with 1950's R&B and rock. Documentarian Les Blank recalls working with American Routes marquee names Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Dizzy Gillespie.