American Epic Film And Music Series With Jack White, T Bone Burnett, & Robert Redford
American Epic, three-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length recording studio film will air in Fall 2015 on PBS and BBC Arena.
A three-part documentary and feature film will air this autumn, with music from Beck, Nas, Elton John, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Bettye LaVette and more
Executive produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White.
Jack White and T Bone Burnett have teamed up with Robert Redford for an ambitious documentary project focused on the US recording industry during the 1920s and 30s.
Entitled American Epic, the three documentaries “follow the trail of record company talent scouts from the late 1920s” as they discovered and recorded artists playing blues, country, gospel, folk, and other genres.
As well as the three-part series, there will be The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length film featuring modern artists using equipment recreated from the era and a collection of the music created for the film. Artists include White, Beck, Nas, Alabama Shakes, Merle Haggard, Elton John, Taj Mahal, Willie Nelson, Raphael Saadiq, the Avett Brothers, Los Lobos, Bettye LaVette, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
Speaking of the “incredible occurrence” that inspired the film, Burnett told theCannes film festival in 2013:
In 1926, the record industry fell off 80% in one year because of the proliferation of radio in big cities. The middle-class and wealthy people who were able to buy radios no longer wanted to buy records, because they could get music for free – why buy a record? So the recording companies, having equipment and nothing to do, decided to go down south, where people didn’t have electricity, and therefore didn’t have radios. So they started recording people down south – they started recording the poorest people in the country and broadcasting their voices all around the world.
American Epic and The American Epic Sessions will air in autumn 2015 on PBS and the BBC’s Arena strand. Music from the series and film will be separately released and White’s Third Man Records will also issue a vinyl box set.
[Article via The Guardian]