Try This Path: John Sayles on Arhoolie Records and THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC

by John Sayles

The use of prerecorded music in movies is a form of alchemy. Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme come to mind as two of the most accomplished alchemists still working, the success of their efforts not in creating a name-that-tune familiarity with the track, but in finding the chanson juste that lifts a moment or a sequence in spirit and either comments on or cements the meaning of the on-screen action.

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THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC: You Never Know — Greil Marcus on Chris Strachwitz

by Greil Marcus

THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC opens at theaters in New York, Los Angeles and around the country during September and October.

Everyone who has encountered Chris Strachwitz knows his generosity of spirit, his quiet eagerness to share sounds he’s long treasured or just discovered, and his easy sense of humor, which is mostly present in a grin. Continue reading