Johnny Winter was a renowned blues musician, living the stereotypical rock star life. Drugs and alcohol ruled a large part of his life, and sent his career off-track for a number of years before he cleaned up and continued making music right up until his death in July of 2014. He played with some of the greats, including an album with Muddy Waters that Winter said was his favourite. With Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty, director Greg Olliver gives viewers an intimate look at Winter’s life, career, and struggles.
If there’s anything wrong with Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty, it’s that Winter isn’t here to witness this great film. He passed away in July 2014 while on tour in Europe, which says as much about Winter as this documentary does. He lived his life for music, and never stopped creating, starting at age 15 and continuing until his death at age 70.
His life is one that will leave viewers dazzled. Winter spent time with some of the greats in music, like Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Muddy Waters to name a few. He witnessed many of the greatest moments in music history, including a performance at Woodstock. He also struggled with a terrible heroin addiction that left his career a mess, partly the fault of an awful manager. Although he may be gone, we’ll all have this wonderful film, and his outstanding music to remember him by.