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This documentary miniseries takes a look at a pivotal time in American music history, the 1920s. The film is part of a multimedia production that also included a collection of music albums and a book. The series first aired in the UK on the BBC and later in the United States on PBS.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on PBS
1 Season, 4 Episodes
May 16, 2017
Documentary & Biography, Drama, History, Music
7.8/10
Cast: Taj Mahal, Robert Redford, Michael Brooks, David Honeyboy Edwards
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American Epic Full Episode Guide

  • The American Epic team has reassembled the very first electrical sound recording system from the 1920s, and invited Jack White and T Bone Burnett to produce an album of recordings by twenty of today's greatest artists. In this beautifully filmed musical feature, these artists are given the chance to pass through the portal that brought the world into the modern era.

  • America's diverse cultures -- including the Hopi tribe, Hawaii's Joseph Kekuku, Mexican-American Lydia Mendoza and the Cajun Breaux Family -- contribute to its musical styles; Mississippi John Hurt's blues inspires musicians.

  • Charley Patton, Elder Burch and others record early Delta blues, gospel music and protest songs in the rural South.

  • The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and the Memphis Jug Band make their first records on a portable electronic recording system, creating the first R&B songs and modern country music.

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