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American epic : the first time America heard itself

Author: Bernard MacMahon; Allison McGourty; Elijah Wald
Publisher: New York, New York : Touchstone, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Touchstone hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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A companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrates the pioneers and artists of American roots music--blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, and Native American--without which there would be no jazz, rock, country, R & B, or hip hop today. "American Epic, a historic music project ... explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard MacMahon; Allison McGourty; Elijah Wald
ISBN: 9781501135606 1501135600 9781501135613 1501135619
OCLC Number: 1026512987
Notes: At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present.
"The companion book to the PBS series."
Description: 279 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Contents: The first time America heard herself --
I'll get a break someday: Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band --
In the shadow of Clinch Mountain: The Carter Family --
My heart keeps singing: Elder J.E. Burch --
Gonna die with my hammer in my hand: Dick Justice and the Williamson Brothers --
Down the dirt road: Charley Patton and the Mississippi Delta Blues --
Chant of the snake dance: The Hopi Indian Chanters --
Bird of paradise: Joseph Kekuku --
Mal hombre: Lydia Mednoza --
Allons Lafayette: The Breaux Family --
Avalon blues: Mississippi John Hurt --
The American epic sessions --
Travel and the crew.
Other Titles: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present American epic :
Responsibility: by Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald.

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The companion book to the ground breaking Arena documentary series airing on the BBC that celebrates the pioneers and artists who gave us modern American music  Read more...

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"We traveled the length of America in our quest to discover the stories of America's earliest recorded musicians." -- Allison McGourty, Producer "American Epic is the story of one of the great Read more...

 
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It was, in a very real way, the first time America truly heard herself. In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent. The recordings they made of the ethnic groups of America helped democratize the nation and gave a voice to all its people: a woman picking cotton in Mississippi, a coal miner in Virginia, or a tobacco farmer in Tennessee could have his or her thoughts and feelings heard on records played in living rooms across the country. These records blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas and formed the bedrock for modern music as we know it. Today, virtually no documentation of these extraordinary events survives, and nearly 90 percent of the music masters have been destroyed. A vital part of American cultural history has been lost. Until now. Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty spent years traveling around the U.S. on a mission to rescue this history, interviewing hundreds of families and scouring attics and basements, collecting vintage film footage and hundreds of photographs that haven\'t been seen in nearly a century, all of which will reveal a new understanding of America to the world and future generations. Their fascinating account, written with the assistance of prize-winning author Elijah Wald, continues the journey of the series and features additional stories, exclusive never-before-seen photographs, and unearthed artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated, including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible adventure across America in search of these recordings and eyewitness accounts. 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