This Ain't No Mouse Music! (image 1)

A moving portrait of a man who constructed a new de facto family and life for himself from the music and musicians he kept falling in love with.

Elise Nakhnikian, Slant

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

This Ain't No Mouse Music! 2013

Directed by Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

Loving, music-filled tribute to Chris Strachwitz, guiding force behind legendary roots music label Arhoolie Records. With Ry Cooder, Clifton Chenier, Richard Thompson, Flaco Jiménez and a new generation of roots musicians.

USA In English
92 minutes HDCAM


Chris Simon


Maureen Gosling


David Silberberg


Chris Strachwitz
Treme Brass Band
Davia Nelson
Richard Thompson
Billy Roy Morales
Ry Cooder
Bonnie Raitt
Taj Mahal
Archie Green
Lionel Batiste Sr
Michael Doucet
Jerry Brock
Henry Youngblood
Savoy Family Band
Clifton Chenier


SXSW 2013

Since 1960 Chris Strachwitz has been the guiding force behind legendary roots music label Arhoolie Records. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled to America after World War II at 16. His passion for ‘authentic’ American music led him to track down musicians in barrooms, backyards and dance halls – and record them. Blues, Cajun, wild hillbilly country, Tex-Mex and New Orleans R&B: it’s an astounding catalogue and, as this film makes joyously clear, he’s still finding plenty that gets him jumpin’. Filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling were long-time collaborators with the late Les Blank, whose films with Strachwitz feature here. They follow their man from New Orleans to Appalachia, encountering Ry Cooder, Clifton Chenier, Michael Doucet, Flaco Jiménez and a host of other musicians you will want to hear again.

“This film is a living cultural history with a soundtrack that bites and kicks and screams. Even 50 years later, Arhoolie’s records remain alive, unruly and still so sharp that some songs can cut you right down to the soul.” — Jeffrey St Clair