American Epic

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

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Sessions: Elton John and Jack White

02:46

Elton John and Jack White perform “Two Fingers of Whiskey”


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Joseph Kekuku

02:35

Joseph Kekuku and the origin of the steel guitar

John Hurt

01:36

Mississippi John Hurt

1920’s Coal Miners strike

01:05

Bill Williamson recalls the 1920’s Coal Miners strike in Logan, West Virginia

Willie Nelson

02:24

Willie Nelson Plays “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”

Charlie Musselwhite

01:03

Musician Charlie Musselwhite remembers Memphis in the past