The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack
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Ramblin' Jack Elliott, a self-styled folk musician, was an important transitional figure between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. This documentary serves as both a chronicle of his colorful life and an attempt by his daughter, director Aiyanna Elliott, to reconnect with her often-absent father. Born Elliott Adnopoz in Brooklyn, Jack ran off as a teenager in 1947 to join a traveling rodeo troupe after seeing them perform in Madison Square Garden. He returned to New York and took up singing, first cowboy songs, then traditional and contemporary folk music. He and Woody Guthrie traveled through… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An informative and entertaining look into a side of American music history that is overlooked outside of Bob Dylan."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Both fascinating and entertaining-like Jack Elliott himself."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"We're challenged to tip our hats to this folksinger who found his own way into the dream he had as a boy."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The film captures the spirit of Jack..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a real treat"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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