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Toni Torino
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Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 21, 2017, 20:34
Part 1 of 4: The Big Bang
Arena, American Epic Episode 1 of 4

The first episode takes us back to 1920s America, where the growth of radio had shattered record sales. Record companies travelled rural America and recorded the music of ordinary people for the first time. The poor and oppressed were given a voice as their recordings spread from state to state.

The film introduces the early recordings of The Carter Family, the founders of modern country music, steeped in the traditions of their isolated Appalachian community. It also features Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band, whose music told the story of street life in Memphis, and laid the foundations for modern day rap and R'n'B.

Robert Redford narrates this meticulously researched story of a cultural revolution that changed the world. "This isn't just another film, this is history" - Elton John.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
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Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 24, 2017, 18:05
Toni Torino wrote:
Part 1 of 4: The Big Bang
Arena, American Epic Episode 1 of 4

The first episode takes us back to 1920s America, where the growth of radio had shattered record sales. Record companies travelled rural America and recorded the music of ordinary people for the first time. The poor and oppressed were given a voice as their recordings spread from state to state.

The film introduces the early recordings of The Carter Family, the founders of modern country music, steeped in the traditions of their isolated Appalachian community. It also features Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band, whose music told the story of street life in Memphis, and laid the foundations for modern day rap and R'n'B.

Robert Redford narrates this meticulously researched story of a cultural revolution that changed the world. "This isn't just another film, this is history" - Elton John.


Cheers, watched this and thought it excellent!
Toni Torino
2272 posts

Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 26, 2017, 10:28
drewbhoy wrote:
Toni Torino wrote:
Part 1 of 4: The Big Bang
Arena, American Epic Episode 1 of 4

The first episode takes us back to 1920s America, where the growth of radio had shattered record sales. Record companies travelled rural America and recorded the music of ordinary people for the first time. The poor and oppressed were given a voice as their recordings spread from state to state.

The film introduces the early recordings of The Carter Family, the founders of modern country music, steeped in the traditions of their isolated Appalachian community. It also features Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band, whose music told the story of street life in Memphis, and laid the foundations for modern day rap and R'n'B.

Robert Redford narrates this meticulously researched story of a cultural revolution that changed the world. "This isn't just another film, this is history" - Elton John.


Cheers, watched this and thought it excellent!



Yep, was great! Just recently broadcast on American PSB, I believe.
Toni Torino
2272 posts

Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 26, 2017, 10:29
Sunday 28th May 2017 10pm.


Part 2: Blood and Soil
Arena, American Epic Episode 2 of 4

This episode takes a look at the stories of those early music pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten.

In the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Elder Burch held lively church gatherings which inspired young musicians - including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie's autobiography cites Burch and his sons as direct inspirations; it is no exaggeration to say that modern music would not look the same without Burch's early influence.

The programme takes a look at the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia - The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally we head to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton's significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, teaching some of the best blues artists that followed including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
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Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 29, 2017, 08:53
Toni Torino wrote:
Sunday 28th May 2017 10pm.


Part 2: Blood and Soil
Arena, American Epic Episode 2 of 4

This episode takes a look at the stories of those early music pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten.

In the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Elder Burch held lively church gatherings which inspired young musicians - including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie's autobiography cites Burch and his sons as direct inspirations; it is no exaggeration to say that modern music would not look the same without Burch's early influence.

The programme takes a look at the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia - The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally we head to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton's significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, teaching some of the best blues artists that followed including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards.


Another superb program. Pattons influence can felt everywhere amongst blues and jazz musicians. Great to see some early jazz from Dizzy as well :-)
Toni Torino
2272 posts

Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
May 29, 2017, 09:13
drewbhoy wrote:
Toni Torino wrote:
Sunday 28th May 2017 10pm.


Part 2: Blood and Soil
Arena, American Epic Episode 2 of 4

This episode takes a look at the stories of those early music pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten.

In the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Elder Burch held lively church gatherings which inspired young musicians - including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie's autobiography cites Burch and his sons as direct inspirations; it is no exaggeration to say that modern music would not look the same without Burch's early influence.

The programme takes a look at the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia - The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally we head to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton's significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, teaching some of the best blues artists that followed including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards.


Another superb program. Pattons influence can felt everywhere amongst blues and jazz musicians. Great to see some early jazz from Dizzy as well :-)


Those Elder Burch church recordings were something else. Yep, fantastic series. Just one to go.
drewbhoy
drewbhoy
2459 posts

Re: Arena BBC4: American Epic 10pm
Jun 19, 2017, 10:06
Toni Torino wrote:
drewbhoy wrote:
Toni Torino wrote:
Sunday 28th May 2017 10pm.


Part 2: Blood and Soil
Arena, American Epic Episode 2 of 4

This episode takes a look at the stories of those early music pioneers whose names have largely been forgotten.

In the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, Elder Burch held lively church gatherings which inspired young musicians - including jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie. Gillespie's autobiography cites Burch and his sons as direct inspirations; it is no exaggeration to say that modern music would not look the same without Burch's early influence.

The programme takes a look at the gritty songs and musicians that came from the coal mines of Logan County, West Virginia - The Williamson Brothers, Dick Justice and Frank Hutchinson. The hellish conditions of the coal mines inspired them to find a way out, through their music.

Finally we head to the home of the blues - the Mississippi Delta, where Charley Patton captured the sounds and struggles of life in the cotton fields. Patton's significance cannot be understated; he is widely considered the most influential musician in the birth of blues, teaching some of the best blues artists that followed including Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson and Honeyboy Edwards.


Another superb program. Pattons influence can felt everywhere amongst blues and jazz musicians. Great to see some early jazz from Dizzy as well :-)


Those Elder Burch church recordings were something else. Yep, fantastic series. Just one to go.


Fantastic series from start to finish. The recording sessions in the final part were fascinating. Even Elton John sang and played a very decent tune. Jack White and T Bone Burnett come out of this very well indeed. :-)
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