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  • Summary: Harlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great American blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the Deep South to his iconic status in theHarlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great American blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the Deep South to his iconic status in the folk and rock scene in 1960s New York. Expand
  • Director: Simeon Hutner and Trevor Laurence
  • Genre(s): Biography, History, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 76 min
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  1. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 26, 2013
    80
    A loving biography of a guitarist whose work was "not folk, not blues, not gospel," but drew from and colored those genres and more.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 24, 2014
    70
    Here's the rare lionizing-a-musician doc that strikes a smart balance between vintage footage, talking-head testimonials, and contemporary tribute performances.
  3. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Sep 25, 2014
    70
    A labor of love and respect.

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