Amer­i­can Epic

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The com­pan­ion to the TV se­ries: how Amer­ica first heard it­self on record.

This hand­some pack­age – a 100-page book with 5-CDs – giftwraps 100 su­perb and ex­cep­tion­ally well re­mas­tered ex­am­ples of Amer­i­can ver­nac­u­lar mu­sic, rang­ing from blues, gospel and old-time to Ca­jun, Hawai­ian, His­panic and Na­tive Amer­i­can. The theme is Amer­ica’s dis­cov­ery of its own mu­si­cal cul­ture through “race” and “old time” records made in the 1920s and ’30s, of­ten on lo­ca­tion in cities like At­lanta, Memphis, Dallas and New Or­leans. Here are Charley Pat­ton and Char­lie Poole, Ly­dia Mendoza and Cleoma Breaux, Gus Can­non and Dock Boggs. Here are the sto­ries of John Henry and Stackalee, the Panama Lim­ited and Death’s black train, cross­roads and dirt roads and rail­roads, The Carter Fam­ily’s weep­ing wil­low and Skip James’s cy­press grove. Six­ty­five years af­ter Harry Smith’s epochal An­thol­ogy Of Amer­i­can Folk Mu­sic, this is a col­lec­tion that can stand side by side with it. Tony Rus­sell

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