Movies at the Museum: Desperate Man Blues
Directed by Ed Gillan, Desperate Man Blues tells the story of self-proclaimed king of record collectors Joseph E. Bussard, Jr. of Frederick, Maryland. Joe has amassed probably the greatest collection of 78 rpm recordings of country, blues, jazz, Cajun, and gospel music in the world. He has spent most of his waking hours in pursuit of old 78s. To call it a hobby would be an insult: It’s his life.
“Check out the film Desperate Man Blues. Joe’s an eccentric record collector who’s preserved all sorts of magical corners of music — although he says things like ‘There are no good jazz records made after 1927.'” – Elvis Costello
Film Critics Circle of Australia – 2003 Winner of the Award for Best Documentary
Sydney Film Festival – 2003 Winner of the Dendy Award for Best Documentary
After the film and discussion, wander over to one of the wonderful participating restaurants for dinner, drinks, and conversation. Present your film ticket for 10% off your meal! *Discount is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights after the screening.
Marshall Wyatt is a Raleigh native, a Grammy-nominated producer, and the founder of Old Hat Records, a small label that reissues traditional American music of the prewar era. He also collects vintage 78 rpm records and related ephemera, with an emphasis on North Carolina artists. He has served as a board member of the North Carolina Folklife Institute, the City of Raleigh Museum, and Historic Oak View County Park.