Official Teaser for the documentary “JOHNNY WINTER: DOWN & DIRTY”.

Over 60 years ago in Beaumont, Texas, renowned bluesman Johnny Winter was kicked out of the elementary church choir for singing too loudly. “I said, I’m not singing too loud, these other fuckers are singing way too quiet, you can’t even hear ‘em.”

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, the definitive, feature-length documentary by Lemmy co-director and producer, Greg Olliver.

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty was produced independently through Secret Weapon Films in NYC, director Greg Olliver was welcomed into the Johnny Winter family for two years, traveling everywhere from Beaumont, TX to Japan and Hong Kong. The result is an intimate portrait of Johnny and the blues (“guitar is the only thing I was ever really great at”); his childhood (“I got in a lot of fights…Just ‘cause you’re a different color, they don’t like it? You don’t like black people because they’re black? They didn’t like me because I was too white?”); friendship and loss (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker); relationships (Janis Joplin and his current wife of over 20 years) and his crushing addiction to heroin and methadone (learn how his manager and bandmate Paul Nelson secretly weaned Johnny off a 30-year addiction).

The film also features Edgar Winter, James Cotton, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Luther Nallie, Tommy Shannon, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more.


“I’ve had a great life…I’ve been through a lot of shit,” says Winter. In 1968, Rolling Stone introduced Johnny as “a cross-eyed albino with long, fleecy hair, playing some of the gutsiest, fluid blues guitar you’ve ever heard.” Jimi Hendrix sought him out as a sideman, his friend John Lennon wrote “Rock and Roll People” in his honor, he slept on a bag of garbage before his legendary Woodstock set and revived the careers of friends John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters through Grammy-winning collaborations. (Muddy Waters recognized his talent at first glance, sparking one of the great friendships of their lives. “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing music,” adds Johnny.)

So, why, Johnny, would someone want to see this film? “I always like stories about people that drink and have drug problems and women problems. It’s just interesting.”

“You can’t not love Robert Johnson. If you like the blues, you’re gonna love Robert Johnson.” — Johnny Winter

“Still one of the world’s premiere electric guitarists” (New Yorker), Johnny Winter is now 70, clean and performing more than a hundred dates per year worldwide. Sony Legacy released the retrospective boxed set True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, and Winter will release a new album “Roots 2” in May 2014 (Megaforce), featuring Eric Clapton Dr John, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa, Brian Setzer, Mark Knopfler, Leslie West, and The Blues Brother Horns, produced by Paul Nelson.

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty premiered at SXSW in March 2014.

“Down and Dirty” is filled with some tremendous concert clips, going back to his breakthrough in the ’60s — which led him to the Woodstock festival — and continuing to present day. All of them illustrate one thing: Winter is one of the greatest blues players in the business.

“Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” serves as an excellent reminder of this guitarist’s greatness. Look for it on Blu-ray/DVD … At the moment no exact release date mentioned unfortunately.

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