Unforgivable Blackness is now available on DVD

Posted on January 14th, 2005 in Music | Tags: blues, dvd, jack johnson, ken burns, ragtime, soundtrack

Unforgivable Blackness, the Ken Burns’ documentary about iconic black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson is now available on DVD.
Combining photographs and film footage with music provided by Wynton Marsalis, Burns’ portrait of Johnson clicks on at least three levels: as a biography, as a piece of sports history, and, most important, as a lesson on race relations in the early 20th century.

Drawing on blues, jazz and ragtime, Wynton collects and re-creates the musical styles that Johnson heard – and sometimes played – and uses them to portray the exhilarating rise and predictable fall of America’s first black heavyweight champion.

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