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This Ain’t No Mouse Music!: The roots of roots music

3 out of 4 stars

This Ain’t No Mouse Music!
Directed by
Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

This is the story of Chris Strachwitz and the "down-home" music label he founded more than 50 years ago, Arhoolie Records. More than that, it's about song-catching and bringing obscure American roots music to listeners outside the regions where it is being made. In short, Strachwitz is interested in spreading culture, not preserving it. For whatever reason, the film doesn't much get into the uncompromising Strachwitz's personal side, except to explain that the musicians the displaced European recorded and got to know serve as his family.

May 2, 7 p.m., Royal; May 3, 10:30 a.m., ROM.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More


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