Muddy Waters – Can’t Be Satisfied

Produced and Directed by Robert Gordon
As seen on PBS’s American Masters series (view episode | PBS filmmaker interview)
Nominated for a Grammy Award

There could hardly be a better subject for a documentary than arguably the greatest bluesman of the last century, and this look at the life, times, and music of McKinley “Muddy Waters” Morganfield doesn’t disappoint. Coproduced and codirected by Robert Gordon, the 54-minute documentary is a nice companion piece to Gordon’s book of the same name. It includes some bio material, tracing Waters’s evolution from a sharecropping acoustic folk singer to a sharp-dressing, Chicago-based leader of one of the greatest electric bands ever, along with reminiscences and accolades from friends, family, and fellow musicians like Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, and Buddy Guy. –Sam Graham