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American epic / a production of BBC Arena, Lo-Max Films Ltd., Wildwood Enterprises, and Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET ; directed by Bernard MacMahon ; story by Bernard MacMahon & Allison McGourty & Duke Erikson ; telescript by William Morgan ; produced by Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson ; producer, Bill Holderman ; producer, Adam Block.

Video/Projected medium
  • [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS Distribution, [2017]
  • ©2017
2 videodiscs (310 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • "PBS"--Container.
  • Originally broadcast on television in 2017.
Creation/​Production credits:
Editing, Dan Gitlin ; original music, Duke Erikson and Bernard MacMahon ; cinematography, Vern Moen.
System details:
DVD, NTSC, region 1; wide screen ; uncompressed theatrical mono mix.
  • Narrator, Robert Redford ; commentary, Taj Mahal, Jack White, Charlie Musselwhite.
  • Featured historical performers: The Carter Family, Memphis Jug Band, Elder Burch, The Williamson Bros. & Curry, Dick Justice, Charley Patton, Hopi Indian Chanters, Joseph Kekuku, Lydia Mendoza, the Breaux Family, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson.
  • Featured performers in the sessions: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
Chiefly in English (some songs sung in French, Hawaiian, or Spanish), with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
  • disc one: The big bang. The Carter Family ; Field recordings ; The Bristol sessions ; The Carter Family legacy ; Beale Street ; The Memphis Jug Band ; A feeling of the past -- Blood and soil. Elder Burch ; The triumph church ; Dizzy Gillespie ; Music from the coal mines ; Charley Patton and Dockery Farms ; Patton's thumbprint -- Out of the many, the one. The deepest roots of American music ; Joseph Kekuku and the steel guitar ; The first Tejano superstar [Lydia Mendoza] ; A musical jambalaya ; Mississippi John Hurt ; Lost and found ; The sounds of earth.
  • disc two: The American epic sessions. Matrimonial intentions (Jack White) ; If the river was whiskey (Frank Fairfield) ; On the road again (Nas) ; Killer diller (Alabama Shakes) ; El cascabel (Los Lobos) ; Two fingers of whiskey (Elton John) ; Jubilee (Ashley Monroe and the Americans) ; High water everywhere (Taj Mahal) ; St. Louis blues (Pokey LaFarge) ; The cuckoo (Steve Martin & Edie Brickell) ; Candy man (Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton) ; Tomi tomi (the Hawaiians) ; Tain't nobody's business (Bettye LaVette) ; Just a closer walk with thee (the Avett Brothers) ; Mal hombre (Ana Gabriel) ; Fourteen rivers fourteen floods (Beck) ; One hour mama (Rhiannon Giddens) ; Allons à Lafayette (Lost Bayou Ramblers) ; Stealin' stealin' (Raphael Saadiq) ; the final session (Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard) / writers, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson.
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • Documentary television programs.
  • Filmed performances.
  • History.
  • Live sound recordings.
  • Nonfiction television programs.
  • Popular music.
  • Television mini-series.
  • Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
  • Televised performances.
Other title(s):
Arena (Television program)
  • 9781627894715
  • 1627894713
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Universal Product Code:
  • 841887026086
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