News About ''Epic'' Screenings

Written by Chief Editor.

At last year's Sundance Festival, a preview of American Epic was held. It included a glimpse of the series' final chapter, where T Bone Burnett and Jack White gather contemporary musicians from Elton to Alabama Shakes to record with the same ancient equipment, including the very first amplifier, first condenser microphone and acetate cutting machine.
Robert Redford said at the event that the documentary shares a history of sound recordings that "allowed America to hear itself, telling stories about America itself. It started in small pockets in this country and then it spread."

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."

 Another screening is now set for Monday, in Seattle, Washington.
It is being presented by the Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter

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.