He had a long career in music as a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. His name has been on the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. Although he passed away in July 2014, his legacy lives in through his music and now, a new documentary.
“Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty,” a documentary by Greg Olliver, will be released nationally on March 4. The film will debut with bonus footage, including never-before-seen photographs, interviews, and footage of Winter’s final studio performance.
Down & Dirty is an intimate portrait of Johnny and the blues (“guitar is the only thing I was ever really great at”); his childhood (“I got in a lot of fights…Just ‘cause you’re a different color, they don’t like it? You don’t like black people because they’re black? They didn’t like me because I was too white?”); friendship and loss (Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker); relationships (Janis Joplin and his current wife of over 20 years), and his crushing addiction to heroin and methadone (learn how his manager and bandmate Paul Nelson secretly weaned Johnny off a 30-year addiction).