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Make It Funky!

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Michael Murphy

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About the Movie

It's hard to overestimate the importance of the city of New Orleans in the history of American popular music; New Orleans was where jazz first took root, and the city's rich gumbo of musical influences (African, Caribbean, and French accents mingling with jazz, blues, gospel, and pop structures) helped to steep the creative melting pot that allowed rhythm and blues and rock & roll to grow. There's nothing like the sound of New Orleans jazz, funk, and R&B, and filmmaker Michael Murphy offers living proof in his documentary Make it Funky!, which examines the Crescent City's vibrant musical history while showing some of the city's greatest musicians on stage. Make it Funky! includes concert performances by Allen Toussaint, The Neville Brothers, Lloyd Price, The Meters, Snooks Eaglin, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, and many more. Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards also make guest appearances and talk about how the New Orleans sound impacted their own music. Make it Funky! went into release in the fall of 2005, just as Hurricane Katrina was devastating New Orleans, making its portrait of the city all the more poignant.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Michael Murphy's documentary about the musical traditions of New Orleans can serve as an apt, wrenching elegy for the city's unique contribution to American culture. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A big, easy overview of New Orleans' rich musical heritage. – Eddie Cockrell, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: There's not a second in this film that isn't a reminder that New Orleans in its architecture, cuisine and multicultural diversity as well as in its music is a unique and major American center of culture. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Oh my, is the music sweet and hot and, yes, funky. – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Crazy - Funky!

Loved it. Some great New Orleans funk and a tribute to how NO music influenced so many different genres of music. If you are a person who enjoys a wide range of music I'm sure that you will dig it.

Make It Funky!
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2005

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