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The companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots musicblues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native Americanwithout which there would be no jazz, rock, country Rfarmers, laborers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas These recordings form the bedrock for modern music as we know it, but during the Depression many record companies went out of business and than ninety percent of the fragile 78 rpm discs were destroyed Fortunately, thanks to the continuing efforts of cultural detectives and record devotees, the stories of Americas earliest musicians can finally be told Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, who directed and produced the documentary with American musician Duke Erikson, spent years traveling around the US in search of recollections of those musical pioneers Their fascinating account, written with the assistance of prize winning author Elijah Wald, continues the journey of the series and features additional stories, 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 journey across America American Epic is an extraordinary testament to our countrys musical roots, the transformation of our culture, and the artists who gave us modern popular music....

Title : American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself
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ISBN : 1501135600
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Touchstone May 2, 2017
Number of Pages : 288 pages
File Size : 780 KB
Status : Available For Download
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American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself Reviews

  • TomBob
    2019-01-28 14:50

    I was totally unfamiliar with this book or with the PBS series to which it is companion and stumbled across them quite by accident. What a pleasant surprise. I purchased the book and Blu-ray together but read the book first. My first (mistaken) impression was that this book was a bit of a self serving effort on the part of the authors, but I soon realized that I was just feeling their exuberance for their work.

  • D. Hodgkinson
    2019-02-19 16:46

    There is no question that this is a beautiful book and the stories it tells are fascinating. It just wasn't what I was looking for. Where is the book that has a little more detail on each of the 100 artists on American Epic: The Collection? From the reviews for the box set, it looks like even the book included there doesn't have info on where all the artists are from. How frustrating. All that research Bernard MacMahon did and we don't get to see it!

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-16 10:00

    Of course I love all the information in this book! My family heritage is in it ! What a precious thing to have.. So informative. A look back in the past is just what we need sometimes

  • Bradley Weaver
    2019-01-23 13:11

    Just the gift you were looking for,especially for fans of the series.

  • Teresa Ramseur
    2019-02-07 18:09

    This is another great companion to the documentary as seen on PBS, and for those interested in music history it's well-worth the money.

  • Robert Mullins
    2019-02-13 15:45

    One of the best albums I have purchased this year!!! such a great project, fantastic artists, great performances and a history lesson all rolled into one!!!

  • Phil Corsetti
    2019-02-18 15:12

    Great book!

  • Stuart Jefferson
    2019-01-31 17:58

    As I've said before in other reviews--I've had a copy of this book before it's release date--so I've had a good chance to read this book.