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American Epic: For the Record

Elisa Lichtenbaum | May 1, 2017
American Epic: For the Record

In the 1920s, Americans learned what American music was, from the East Coast to Hawaii. The musicians and recording effort is captured in the three-part music documentary American Epic, premiering in May.

Latin Music USA

April 24, 2017
Latin Music USA

LATIN MUSIC USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n’ roll on all of American culture.

Surviving the Holocaust through Music

March 30, 2017
Surviving the Holocaust through Music

The documentary They Played for Their Lives portrays how young musicians were able to survive ghettos and concentration camps, using music to strengthen spirits, and also as a bargaining tool.

Tom Jones with Alison Krauss. A Soundstage Special

March 7, 2017
Tom Jones in concert

The iconic singer Tom Jones performs with special guest and Grammy winner Alison Krauss. Jones performs signature songs “Delilah,” “It’s Not Unusual,” “Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Kiss” and “Thunderball,” as well as new material from his recent albums. This…

Patsy Cline on American Masters

Elisa Lichtenbaum | February 27, 2017
patsy cline

Patsy Cline (1932 – 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. A documentary on her life premieres March 4 on PBS.

The Band’s Last Waltz

February 22, 2017
The Band in the Last Waltz

The Last Waltz is hailed as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll films ever made. See The Band’s last concert in 1976, when guests included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and more.

How The Bronx Gave Us Hip Hop

Christina Knight | November 21, 2016
How The Bronx Gave Us Hip Hop

The Bronx may have been burning in the 1970s, but creative innovators in the New York City borough were igniting the world of music with hip hop. Learn how hip hop was born in the music-rich neighborhood of Morrisania.

This Is Soundbreaking: Best Reveals in the PBS Series

Christina Knight | November 16, 2016
Don Was

Every stripe of music fan is going to find surprises in the new eight-part series Soundbreaking on PBS. Here are some of the best reveals and break-through moments, all told by an all-star lineup of musicians, producers, and go-to music journalists. We’ll update this page as episodes roll out through November 23.

Soundbreaking: Schedule on THIRTEEN

Christina Knight | November 10, 2016
Mick Jagger

Musicians and producers whose songs and sounds have defined eras tell their stories: music revolutions, technology, visual appeal, vocals, MTV and more.

Soundbreaking: How the Series Was Made

Christina Knight | November 4, 2016
George Martin

Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music is an eight-episode PBS series debuting Monday, November 14, that explores the extraordinary impact of recorded music on the modern world. We’ll hear from some of the most celebrated artists, producers…

Music Icon Bob Dylan is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

October 14, 2016
Bob Dylan performing at Finsbury Park

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to Bob Dylan, poet, political activist, and American Master, for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” This is the first time this honor has gone to a musician.

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