B.B. King: The Life of Riley Documentary to Get U.K. Release


Emperor Media has announced the release of the much-lauded film on the extraordinary life of blues legend B.B. King, opening in Cinemas across the UK on October 15.

This powerful, insightful and heart-warming film about legendary blues man B.B. King is being directed and produced by Jon Brewer. Brewer has been working closely with this gregarious and charming musician for the past 2 years, and has been given extraordinary access to his friends, family and colleagues. This is a no holds barred, powerful documentary feature that explores how a black cotton picker from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all the odds and unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment industry and become 'King of the Blues', performing over 15,000 gigs and selling in excess of 40 million records worldwide to date. One particularly poignant scene shows King jamming at the Whitehouse with Barack Obama. It is this essence of B.B.'s story; highlighted by rare archive photos and footage, along with personal interviews, that make this a beautiful, informative and visually captivating feature documentary, all bound together by B.B.'s trademark sound.

At 87 years old, B.B. King continues to tour extensively, last playing the UK at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011, joined onstage by Slash, Ronnie Wood, Mick Hucknall, Susan Tedeshi and Derek Trucks in a concert for DVD also directed by Brewer.

The film is narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring contributions from, amongst others Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Bill Wyman, Slash, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Green, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Wood, Bruce Willis and many more.

To tie in to the film release Universal Music will be releasing an Original Soundtrack, B.B. King: The Life Of Riley OST, with songs from the film, on the October 22. This will be preceded on the September 24 with a lavish 10 CD, 194 track box set collection chronicling his entire career from his first recordings in 1949 through to his most recent studio album. Entitled Ladies And Gentlemen: Mr. B.B. King, the box set celebrates his 50th Anniversary signing to ABC-Paramount Records in 1962 through a multi-format career retrospective.

Prior to a DVD release later in 2012, B.B. King: Life Of Riley will be showing across the UK on the October 15. At this time, there is no distributor signed in the U.S.

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