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#1 CaseOfThePunks

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Posted 07 April 2015 - 09:34 PM

Jack executive produces and appears in this documentary about the history of music/records. It has a bunch of other TMR notables such as Pokey Lafarge, Ashley Monroe, Beck, Lillie Mae, Brittany Howard, etc. 

 

http://www.americanepic.com/



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 01:06 AM

Wow. That looks really good. I guess this is the big project Jack was talking about?



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 06:15 AM

It's got to be, it looks huge. He's working on becoming this era's version of Alan Lomax, he really fucking is.  That preview gives me such a rush, gotta put it right here--

 



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 06:44 AM

Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation.


The filmmakers follow the machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded by it, music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music – without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B or hip hop today. Over three episodes the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution whose reverberations are felt to this day.

For AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS the filmmakers have re-assembled the machine that allowed America to first hear itself. They have replicated the atmosphere of America’s seminal 1920s field recordings down to the smallest detail, with top American artists recording straight to wax, using all the original microphones, amplifiers, and other equipment from that era. This is the first time that any performer has been able to use this machinery for over 80 years. Aided and abetted by Jack White and T Bone Burnett, today's legends are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to relive the experience of the founding mothers and fathers, their idols, and remake the music that changed America and changed the world.

The AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS features performances by Alabama Shakes, The Americans, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Frank Fairfield, Ana Gabriel, Rhiannon Giddens, Merle Haggard, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Auntie Geri Kuhia, Pokey LaFarge, Bettye LaVette, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Fred Martin & The Levite Camp, Ashley Monroe, Nas, Willie Nelson, Charlie Kaleo Oyama, Blind Boy Paxton, Raphael Saadiq, and Jack White



#5 Kali Durga

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:18 AM

TMR is releasing a deluxe vinyl box set in conjunction with this--  http://thirdmanrecor.../american-epic/

 

And, article in the NYT about it, which I haven't even read yet because there's so much being posted it about all of a sudden this morning--  http://artsbeat.blog...ecordings/?_r=1



#6 macwacky

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 11:25 AM

^ weights and pulleys--that makes sense. I remember Les Paul saying his legendary home made direct-to-wax Cadillac flywheel contraption worked on a gravity feed principle.

#7 Kali Durga

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 02:39 PM

Press release--   http://www.pbs.org/a...894c7b69f4e8257



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 05:10 PM

This project sounds simply phenomenal. The documentary portion sounds so insanely interesting, and then the musical line up for the film? Well, shit. 

 

I'm even excited to grumble over the fact that I won't be able to afford the predictably gorgeous vinyl box set  ;)



#9 Kali Durga

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 06:40 PM

Hopefully you can at least afford the Blu-Ray/dvd!



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:29 PM

To borrow a quote from my niece, "that box set tho!"

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 10:30 PM

if the finished product is as inspiring as the trailer leads you to believe...then this is gonna be really fucking cool!!!



#12 Kali Durga

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 06:10 AM

That trailer is a serious adrenalin rush. I learned a new word yesterday from the guy who cut it-- On Twitter, he described the score for it as "orotund".  It certainly is.



#13 Kali Durga

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 12:45 PM

Bit of info about Louis Michot, one of the musicians featured in American Epic -- http://www.theadvert...white/71090040/


Edited by Kali Durga, 07 July 2015 - 01:14 PM.


#14 matthewvh

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:07 PM

That link didn't work for me for some reason



#15 Kali Durga

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:15 PM

Oops.  Fixed.



#16 matthewvh

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:24 PM

Thanks :)

 

Really looking forward to this.



#17 Kali Durga

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Posted 07 July 2015 - 01:35 PM

Me, too. Though I'm going to have to figure out how to watch it, since I don't have cable tv...



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Posted 30 January 2016 - 02:36 PM

Dang!  I found out about this a day too late.  Jack White was just an hour away from me and I didn't even know it!

 

http://www.sltrib.co...sic-church-with



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Posted 30 January 2016 - 03:47 PM

Looking forward to this doc.

 

Man, Jack's face looks really round in that photo.  I wonder if he's been packing on weight since he's taken a break from touring.



#20 Kali Durga

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Posted 30 January 2016 - 06:26 PM

Dang!  I found out about this a day too late.  Jack White was just an hour away from me and I didn't even know it!
 
http://www.sltrib.co...sic-church-with

 
Rolling Stone had a pretty comprehensive re-cap-  http://www.rollingst...e-2016-20160129
 
And you can watch part of the q&a here-  https://www.facebook...53526691013515/ Apparently the full thing is going to be archived at the Sundance website.






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