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Cachao: Uno Más

Interview with Producer Steve Ujlaki

Stephen Ujlaki, Cinema Department Chair at San Francisco State University and producer of Cachao: Uno Más for American Masters answered some questions about his interest in Afro-Cuban jazz and the making of the documentary.

LENNONYC: Beyond Broadcast

Episode 1: Jack Douglas

The first podcast for American Masters: LENNONYC features Jack Douglas talking about his long relationship with John Lennon including his time producing Double Fantasy. A highlight of the interview is Douglas’ account about a probable Beatles reunion for a Ringo album slated to be recorded in early 1981. According to Douglas, Lennon had told him both he and Paul McCartney had signed on to the album and each had written original songs for Ringo. Lennon’s songs, “Stepping Out” and “Nobody Told Me” instead appeared on Lennon’s posthumous album, Milk and Honey.

Cachao: Uno Más

About Cachao

Read an essay by John Santos, Historian/Percussionist, on the life and formidable legacy of Cuban musician, Israel ‘Cachao’ López, and his unforgettable contributions to jazz.

Cachao: Uno Más

Memories of Cachao

In these outtakes from the film, Gloria Estefen, Andy Garcia, and John Santos tell their favorite stories and recall memories of Cachao. They describe the ways his music influenced their lives and tell anecdotes from his life, including one of Cachao’s favorite jokes about how to kill a cat.

Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself

Essay – “Branded Man”

Read an excerpt from the essay “Branded Man”, originally published in 2003 by No Depression Magazine, about Merle Haggards music and the meaning we read into his songwriting.

Interview with Director Gandulf Hennig

Gandulf Hennig, the director of AMERICAN MASTERS Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself premiering July 21, 2010 at 9pm on PBS(check local listings), explains his film making process and shares anecdotes about what it’s like to interview and film a maverick country musician such as Haggard.

When You’re Strange: A Film about The Doors

Interview with Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors, talked to PBS at this year’s SXSW festival about AMERICAN MASTERS When You’re Strange, the first feature film about The Doors, premiering Wednesday, May 12, at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). Krieger talks about the use of previously unseen archival footage in the film, Doors fan […]