The mission of The Department of Afro-American Research Arts and Culture is to identify the global significance of the creative contributions pioneered by an international diaspora of Afro-Americans.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scott Joplin (1977)


Billy Dee Williams (Hit!, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings) stars with Art Carney and Clifton Davis in Scott Joplin, the fascinating story about the life of the ragtime great. Best known for his song, "The Entertainer", Joplin began his career touring as a piano player in bordellos around the country. When he is discovered during a piano competition by the famous music publisher John Stark (Carney), Joplin turns into an instant success, composing songs so popular that he becomes the first black composer to be allowed to play at the World's Fair. This historic film recounts Joplin's determination in the face of racism, his heroic struggle with a debilitating disease and his ultimate triumph as a composer and musical legend.
Yet the movie is worth seeing if only for one thing--the wonderful, brooding music of a man for whom recognition was long overdue.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog and films, by the way ,you can find 'joshua' and 'adios amigod' both with fred williamson on you tube, take care!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH! I requested this awhile back. Much love!

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