Nothing but the Blues (film)

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Nothing but the Blues
StarringEric Clapton
Narrated byEric Clapton
Music byVarious Artists
Edited byLisa Day · Jon Vesey
Distributed byWarner · Reprise
Release date
  • June 19, 1995 (1995-06-19) (United States)
Running time
CountryUnited States

Nothing but the Blues is a 1995 documentary film about Eric Clapton's musical journey and his love for Blues music. Martin Scorsese was one of the executive producers.[1] It is not to be confused with the 2003 album release Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton.


The film features live performances of blues standards covered by Eric Clapton as well as historical video footage of blues musicians of various generations including Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, T-Bone Walker, Little Walter, Freddie King and Jimmy Rogers. Eric Clapton also talks with Martin Scorsese about his personal musical journey and how the past blues legends have influenced his style and approach to music. The recording sessions took place on November 8, and November 9, 1994 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California.[2]


The film was released on June 19, 1995 in the United States via the PBS broadcasting companies around the country. It was never officially released as a film due to unclear reasons. Originally, the plan was set by Martin Scorsese to release the movie in summer of 1995. However, later Warner Reprise Video produced some promotional tapes on VHS and DVD for limited release.[3] Since then, the film has been uploaded to various internet platforms, making it widely accessible.[4] The film was released in colour and has no content advisory for parents on it.[5]


Martin Scorsese, David Horn, John Beug, Stephen 'Scooter' Weintraub and Ken Ehrlich were nominated for the Outstanding Cultural Program Primetime Emmy Award at the 1995 Emmy Awards.[6]




  1. ^ "Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An 'In the Spotlight Special' (1995) (TV)". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  2. ^ "Eric Clapton – Nothing But the Blues – DVD-R – Remaster". Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  3. ^ "Nothing But The Blues Eric Clapton". Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  4. ^ "Eric Clapton – Nothing But The Blues, 1995". nigelbaird. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  5. ^ "Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An 'In the Spotlight Special' (1995) (TV) – Additional Details". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  6. ^ "Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An 'In the Spotlight Special' – Awards – IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  7. ^ "Willard's Wormholes » ERIC CLAPTON Blues At The Fillmore (1994) + 'Nothing But The Blues' Video – PBS TV Broadcast". Willard's Wormholes. Retrieved 2015-07-31.
  8. ^ "Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues: An 'In the Spotlight Special' (TV Movie 1995) – Full Cast & Crew – IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2015-07-31.

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