American Epic

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Credit: Courtesy of ©2017 Lo-¬Max Records Ltd

In the 1920s, the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever. Robert Redford narrates a three-part documentary about roots music, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

Tonight, in the rural South Elder Burch, Charley Patton and others record early Delta blues, gospel and protest songs. The Great Flood of 1927 devastates Mississippi River communities, leading to northern migration and Chicago Blues by Howlin’ Wolf.

Watch American Epic tonight at 9pm on WGBH 2. More airings

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