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


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

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John Hurt


Mississippi John Hurt

Joseph Kekuku


Joseph Kekuku and the origin of the steel guitar

1920’s Coal Miners strike


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

Charlie Musselwhite


Musician Charlie Musselwhite remembers Memphis in the past

Willie Nelson


Willie Nelson Plays “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”