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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Funding for AMERICAN EPIC is provided by the Anne Ray Foundation, The Family of Mackinley Sillerman, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Pacific Islanders in Communications with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Jody and John Arnhold, The V & L Marx Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, and public television viewers.

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Sessions: Elton John and Jack White


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

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Joseph Kekuku


Joseph Kekuku and the origin of the steel guitar

John Hurt


Mississippi John Hurt

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”