In the late 1920s, Burnett said, "the record industry collapsed because radio had proliferated in the big cities and people could get music for free; they didn't want to pay for it anymore. So the record companies went down South and began recording the poorest people in the country, which led to this extraordinary explosion of blues, country music and rock & roll ... everything we know today."
Produced by Burnett, White, and Robert Redford, this multi-part series (also planned for PBS in the spring) focuses on the early history of American recording.
This special screening will feature the aforementioned American Epic Sessions, with the likes of Elton, Los Lobos, and Taj Mahal, among many others.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the screening starts half an hour later. Afterwards, a Q&A and reception will be held--all at MoPOP (325 5th Ave. N.)
It's free for Recording Academy members and one guest.