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This Ain't No Mouse Music!

Directed by Maureen Gosling and Chris Simon

This Ain't No Mouse Music! still

US, 2013, 92 min, in English

A rollicking history of famed roots music label, Arhoolie Records, and its founder Chris Strachwitz.

“The musical anthropologist Alan Lomax would have adored THIS AIN'T NO MOUSE MUSIC!”

- The New York Times


A pleasure to see.

NOLA Defender

Affectionate, culturally rich.

The New Orleans Advocate

The musical anthropologist Alan Lomax would have adored This Ain't No Mouse Music!, an engrossing documentary about Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records.

The New York Times

A lovingly crafted documentary.

Smells Like Screen Spirit

A loving documentary about America's nearly lost music.

Film Journal International

An infectiously enjoyable portrait of a man who has devoted his life to doing what he loves.

Hollywood Reporter

Chris Strachwitz is arguably second only to the Lomaxes when it comes to informing us about our own musical heritage.

The Village Voice

One of the best musical documentaries since Twenty Feet from Stardom.

Berkeley Daily Planet

Captures the wild tale of Strachwitz's devotion to our musical underworld.

La Weekly

A fascinating road trip through the dusty back roads and anonymous beer joints of the music of your neighbors.

San Francisco Bay Guardian

A riveting film experience that's almost impossible to describe.

Bay Area Reporter

Thoroughly beguiling.

North Bay Bohemian

A fascinating story of Arhoolie records founder Chris Strachwitz.

Oakland Tribune/contra Costa Times/san Jose Mercury News

One of the best music documentaries around. This film puts the heart and soul back into music and opens your mind to incredible artists you may never heard of.

The Film Reel, Toronto

This loving portrait of one of music's great diggers, great finders, great protectors and champions, would be worth it for the music it serves up alone.

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