American Epic DVD & Blu-ray

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From executive producers T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. Contains four films: The Big Bang; Blood & Soil; Out of the Many, The One; The American Epic Sessions.
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From executive producers T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White, go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. Contains four films: The Big Bang; Blood & Soil; Out of the Many, The One; The American Epic Sessions.

American Epic Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time.

THE BIG BANG: At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the unsung voices of everyday folk. This is the Big Bang of modern popular music - the first time America hears itself.

BLOOD & SOIL: America's poor - cotton field slaves, mine workers, sharecroppers - find freedom through music, creating gospel, protest songs, and Delta Blues.

OUT OF THE MANY, THE ONE: Exotic cultures spanning America are captured on record for the first time - inventing new instruments and new cultural identities as disparate voices harmonize in a musical melting pot.

THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS: Jack White and T Bone Burnett produce an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the documentary. Starring Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye Lavette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard.

Producer: Bernard Macmahon, Bill Holderman, Adam Block, Allison Mcgourty, Duke Erikson
Executive Producer: T Bone Burnett, Jack White
Production Company: Thirteen
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Rating: TV-14
Narrator: ROBERT REDFORD
Writers: Allison McGourty, Bill Morgan, Bernard Macmahon
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 310 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Uncompressed Theatrical Mono Mix
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Content Warning: Not suitable for all audiences.

"The material on the Memphis Jug Band alone is worth the price of admission." - The New York Times

3.5 out of 4 stars

“The story of America’s first exposure to regional music through the pioneering recordings of the 1920s – and its impact on the nation’s culture – is lovingly conveyed in this four-part BBC/PBS series…Highly recommended.” - Video Librarian