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. Blood and 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. 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 American epic documentaries.
Popular music -- United States -- History and criticism.
Sound recording industry -- United States -- History.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Erikson, Duke, 1951- screenwriter, film producer.
Holderman, Bill, film producer.
Lo-Max Films Ltd., production company.
MacMahon, Bernard, 1970- film director, screenwriter, film producer.
McGourty, Allison, screenwriter, film producer.
Morgan, William (Television writer), screenwriter.
PBS Distribution (Firm), publisher.
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), broadcaster.
Redford, Robert, narrator.
Thirteen Productions, production company.
WNET (Television station : New York, N.Y.), broadcaster.
Wildwood Enterprises, production company.