November 10th, 2012
Carl Sandburg
Homepage: The Day Carl Sandburg Died

It’s the life and times of Carl Sandburg on the AM website: Watch the film and see extended video interviews with the likes of Pete Seeger and the late and great Studs Terkel; hear Sandburg perform and sing in video and audio web features; read curated selections of his writing; plus more–Sandburg’s words and world visualized in a series of digital posters, essays, and a photo exploration of the Sandburg archives.

  • Will

    I very much enjoyed the Sandburg piece – and it’s about time! : ) the slow addition of his words on the screen, as if they were being typed, was especially nice – a focus on each word as it added to the previous one

  • Charles R. Crawley

    I too enjoyed the Sandburg production and learned many new things about him. I do wish, however, that you did not feel the need for music almost every minute of the show. There were many places where the jazz music was distracting from the words. The words of the poet are powerful enough to speak for themselves, and don’t need to be accompanied by music.

  • Sheila

    So proud of my nephew and the whole crew. Hard work….

  • Helen

    Why was it necessary to overwhelm this documentary with incessant, irritating, loud and distracting background music? It was difficult to concentrate on the content. Less would have been more if we were allowed to follow the story and not be held hostage by that dreadful music.

  • Sheila

    So proud of my nephew and the whole crew….

  • Carol

    This was a wonderful program with a marvelous subject and one I would dearly like to see again and recommend without the background music. I have never seen a program where the background music was so annoying and so unrelated to the subject matter. It was too loud and made it almost impossible to understand the speakers, many of whom, like Mrs Sandburg, were elderly and had soft voices. It made me very sad to be so annoyed by the music when I wanted so much to concentrate on the subject matter. I would like to say “except for that” it was a lovely program, but “that” was such a major distraction and annoyance.

  • Frankie Ren

    Very upset I missed it. Wish it would be reprodcasted.

  • Aimee

    The Day Carl Sandburg Died is one of the best American masters programs I have seen and I have appreciated many of them. I had forgotten how much I loved his poetry and was surprised how little I knew about him. His voice is still the voice of sanity and reason in this insane world. Thank you so much for making this ‘film’ possible. As soon as you offer it in blue ray I will buy it .

  • Tom McNamara

    You’re in luck. You can stream the full documentary on the American Masters website whenever you want.

    –AM team.

  • John Duggan

    I agree with comments made above re the terribly annoying soundtrack that routinely made it near impossible to hear and follow the valuable narration:

    CHARLES: “I do wish, however, that you did not feel the need for music almost every minute of the show. There were many places where the jazz music was distracting from the words. The words of the poet are powerful enough to speak for themselves, and don’t need to be accompanied by music.”

    CAROL: “I would dearly like to see again and recommend without the background music. I have never seen a program where the background music was so annoying and so unrelated to the subject matter. It was too loud and made it almost impossible to understand the speakers, many of whom, like Mrs Sandburg, were elderly and had soft voices. It made me very sad to be so annoyed by the music when I wanted so much to concentrate on the subject matter. I would like to say “except for that” it was a lovely program, but “that” was such a major distraction and annoyance.”

  • Jon

    Is there anyplace to purchase the soundtrack to this?

  • Nancy

    I was so inspired by this film! I had not realized how Sandburg’s work was so inclusive, and how deep his understanding and contributions were. Thank you.

  • Mike

    Excellent show with a fabulous soundtrack by Zoe Keating…great cello!

  • Linda

    Have caught this program 3 times now on various PBS affiliates in Chicago area. Enjoyed it every time. I recall, growing up in Galesburg, that we school children collected pennies for preservation of his birthplace and then had his Rutebaga Stories read to us. Thank you for this Sandburg tribute; his unique voice and the collected tributes make it possible to share him with students in my English classes. PBS does it again!

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