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The Resource American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald

American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald

Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice
Title
American epic
Title remainder
when music gave America her voice
Statement of responsibility
Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Title variation
  • American epic : the companion book to the PBS series
  • T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present American epic
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"American Epic, a historic music project ... explores the pivotal recording journeys at the height of the Roaring Twenties, when music scouts armed with cutting-edge portable recording technology captured the breadth of American music and made it available to the world. 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. American Epic is an extraordinary testament to our country's musical roots, the transformation of our culture, and the artists who gave us modern popular music."--Jacket
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Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
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American epic (Television program)
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1970-
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MacMahon, Bernard
Dewey number
781.64097309042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
ML3790
LC item number
.M15 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1975-
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  • McGourty, Allison
  • Wald, Elijah
  • Burnett, T-Bone
  • Redford, Robert
  • White, Jack
  • Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
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  • Sound recording industry
  • Popular music
  • Popular culture
Target audience
adult
Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present
  • "The companion book to the PBS series"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
279 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781501135606
Lccn
2016001493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1834251
  • 816320
Label
American epic : when music gave America her voice, Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty with Elijah Wald
Publication
Note
  • At head of title: T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White present
  • "The companion book to the PBS series"
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Extent
279 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781501135606
Lccn
2016001493
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • 1834251
  • 816320

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