Welcome to Nat. Brut's A/V Corner, where your editors pluck bits of sound and film from public domain archives! For this issue, we've paired Georges Méliés's 1906 film The 400 Tricks of the Devil with 2 blues tracks from the early twentieth century by Kansas Joe McCoy & Sippie Wallace. The animated film is silent, so we've provided plenty of soundtrack material to go along with it!
PLAY THE FILM AND CHOOSE A SONG!
Kansas Joe Mccoy - Evil Devil Woman Blues (1934)
Sippie Wallace - Devil Dance Blues (1925)
Georges Méliés (b. 1861; d. 1938) was a French illusionist and filmmaker during the earliest days of cinema. He was a prolific innovator of visual and special effects, and made over 500 films between 1896 and 1912, only about 200 of which remain extant.
Kansas Joe Mccoy (b. 1905; d. 1950) was an American musician and songwriter. During the early 1930s, he was married to influential blues musician Memphis Minnie, and the two were a staple of the Chicago blues scene.
Sippie Wallace (b. 1898; d. 1986) was an American singer-songwriter who ranked among the top blues vocalists of the 1920s. In 1929, she abandoned show business to become a church organist and singer in Detroit before returning to her career in the mid-sixties.
Issue Six is our second in print, and features work by Cristina de Middel, Afabwaje Kurian, Chitra Ganesh, Jayson Musson, and more! Issue Six also comes with limited edition supplements:All of Them Witches, a 32-page risograph-printed comic re-interpreting 1950s Harvey Horror comics, plus volume four of our comics section, Early Edition!