At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the unknown voices of everyday folk. The recordings they made revealed the country’s diversity—artistically, ethnically, geographically and economically. Through the stories of music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses to the era, we travel back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music—to the first time America heard itself, its own music, pure and unadulterated. This documentary trilogy produced by T Bone Burnett, Jack White and Robert Redford (who also narrates) explores a democratic revolution that would reverberate around the world.
In Part 3, some of today’s greatest musicians come together with a historic, one-of-a-kind piece of equipment from the 1920s for a recording session that’s a joyful celebration of America’s musical heritage.
Producer: Duke Erikson, Bill Holderman, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty | Editor: Dan Gitlin, Jim Hession, Gillian McCarthy | Cinematographer: Vern Moen
Cast: Jack White