July 8th, 2010
Merle Haggard
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.

  • Delbert Paul

    Always have been a Haggard fan. Curious to know why he was incarcerated. The documentary was really good and interesting–didn’t know what happened to him. Good to know he conquered cancer and still has desire and ability to sing.

  • Cindy in OK

    Outstanding look at Merle Haggard. America needed to know he’s so much more than Okie From Muskogee and Swinging Doors. I’ve enjoyed him most of my life, and love him like family.

  • Jean Starling

    This program was beautiful and beautifully done. While I have always loved his songs tonight I understood why they are so meaningful to me. Merle Haggards music is moving and emotional and his voice smooth and pure. What I liked most was the honest deep glimpse into his life and music and in turn the implications for us all in our own lives.

  • Frank Shipe

    I believe that this is the finest documentary I have ever seen. It might have been titled, “Portrait of an Existentialist.” To be shown so clearly how Haggard and his music have always been at the very soul of humanity came as a shock to me, as I’d never paid that much attention to the man or his music. Gandulf Hennig and his colleagues have produced a masterpiece. Thanks to all who made it possible.

  • Tim Zindel

    Been a Hag devotee for 30 years, have read all the books and dozens of interviews. Hennig’s documentary captures the complexities of this artist better than anyone else has — it’s a masterful documentary. Even those who have no interest in Haggard or music will enjoy this powerful and moving portrait.

  • Paul Reynolds

    Hennig is too modest by half when he says he isn’t sure why Haggard let him make this film. One suspects The Hag saw in this filmmaker what his film confirms he has: A deep and respectful understanding of who Merle Haggard is and of the reasons he’s a singular and significant figure in American music.

    It’s odd but true that after decades of hits, including a stint in the late 60s and 70s when he was a bona fide pop culture phenom, Haggard is still strangely overlooked, underrated, and misunderstood. This wonderful film goes a long way to remedying that. Thanks to all who made it happen.

  • Ricky Brezina

    I missed the broadcast.
    where can I get a copy of this…..will it be released on dvd in future?

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