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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.

    • EPISODE 1

    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 breadth of American music and discover the artists that would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. It was the first time America heard itself. As told by music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses, we travel back in time to the “Big Bang” of modern popular music with the Carter Family, Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band.

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    • 57 Minutes

    At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the breadth of American music and discover the artists that would shape our world. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone. It was the first time America heard itself. As told by music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses, we travel back in time to the “Big Bang” of modern popular music with the Carter Family, Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band.

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    • 57 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Blood and Soil

    From the sanctified shout of the gospel church to the coal mines of West Virginia to the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes, and the ambling gait of tired mules. Almost a century later, the quest for singers remembered only as vague names on battered shellac discs brings those stories back to life.

    • HD
    • CC
    • 57 Minutes

    From the sanctified shout of the gospel church to the coal mines of West Virginia to the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes, and the ambling gait of tired mules. Almost a century later, the quest for singers remembered only as vague names on battered shellac discs brings those stories back to life.

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    • 57 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Out of the Many, The One

    The myriad threads of America’s musical tapestry are displayed: Hopi priests travel to Washington D.C. to defend their sacred snake dance; an eleven-year-old Hawaiian boy invents the steel guitar; a teenage tejana shakes the border with a ferocious feminist tango learned from a gum wrapper; the fightingest frères on the bayou turn a lament for a pretty blonde into the Cajun national anthem; and a gentle Delta farmer sings a nostalgic song of his hometown in the cold of a New York winter, and inspires the greatest rediscovery of the ’60s folk revival.

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    • 1 Hour 26 Minutes

    The myriad threads of America’s musical tapestry are displayed: Hopi priests travel to Washington D.C. to defend their sacred snake dance; an eleven-year-old Hawaiian boy invents the steel guitar; a teenage tejana shakes the border with a ferocious feminist tango learned from a gum wrapper; the fightingest frères on the bayou turn a lament for a pretty blonde into the Cajun national anthem; and a gentle Delta farmer sings a nostalgic song of his hometown in the cold of a New York winter, and inspires the greatest rediscovery of the ’60s folk revival.

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    • 1 Hour 26 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    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.

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    • 1 Hour 56 Minutes

    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.

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    • 1 Hour 56 Minutes
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