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Ten American Masters Who Made Their Mark on Black History

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at just ten of its artists and advocates who shaped America's culture, changed the course of history, and in particular, took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and just society for all.

Feb 19th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Pete Seeger - Full Film: Pete Seeger: The Power of Song

In memoriam to Pete Seeger, American Masters presents the full film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song online. PBS will rebroadcast the 2008 documentary beginning January 30, 2014. Check local listings.

Jan 30th, 2014 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpt: Sweet Smell of Success

The Broadway musical "Sweet Smell of Success," based on the 1950s film, earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Its star John Lithgow, who won the Tony for Best Actor, describes Marvin Hamlisch's score as having hallucinogenic colors. Hear parts of the music and see annotated pages from the score.

Dec 23rd, 2013 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpt: Leaving Hollywood for Broadway

Early in his Hollywood career, Hamlisch won three Oscars in one night. But Broadway, the composer's first love, beckoned. His next project was writing the score to the Broadway sensation and Pulitzer Prize winner, "A Chorus Line."

Dec 19th, 2013 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpts: A Child Prodigy Torn Between Classical and Pop Music

Marvin Hamlisch and his peers discuss his early musical talent, his classical training as a classical pianist, and his secret boyhood dream to be a great popular musician like Cole Porter.

Dec 16th, 2013 | 0 comments

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Marvin Hamlisch - Film Excerpt: Marvin the Performer

Watch Marvin Hamlisch's funny antics at the piano in front of a live audience. Bob Avian calls him a performer who's a mix between Victor Borge and Arturo Toscanini.

Dec 11th, 2013 | 0 comments

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Lou Reed - About Lou Reed

Lou Reed's gritty and realistic vision made him a cultural icon of the disenfranchised urban youth of the 1960s and 1970s. He never stopped being at the forefront of the avant-garde in popular music. He died October 27, 2013.

Oct 29th, 2013 | 8 comments

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Jimi Hendrix - About the Film: Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'

The documentary unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius with interviews with those closest to him. The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, and concludes with his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27. Directed by Bob Smeaton.

Sep 18th, 2013 | 0 comments

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Film: The Godmother of Rock & Roll

The life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe. From writer, producer and director Mick Csaky.

Sep 3rd, 2013 | 44 comments
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