biography

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Essay: A Short Biography of Charles and Ray Eames

Charles and Ray Eames headed the most creative design office in post World War II America. Frequently photographed in matching clothes, poses, or both, each brought a rich array of talents to their life/work partnership (1941-1978) as well as a contagious enthusiasm for life and art.

Woody Allen: A Documentary

Interview: Filmmaker Robert B. Weide

Robert Weide followed the notoriously private Woody Allen over a year and a half to create the ultimate film biography, Woody Allen: A Documentary. In this interview, find out how Weide gained access for filming and what he learned about Woody Allen’s creative process.

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

Biographical Essay and Tribute

Read an essay on the life and achievements of renown dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones written by John Rockwell, originally presented in 2010 when Jones was bestowed with the Kennedy Center Honors.

James Levine: The Life In Music

Levine on his Childhood

In this outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro, James Levine remembers growing up with a father who led a dance band that broadcast from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and recalls his first piano lessons.

James Levine: The Life In Music

James Levine’s Official Biography

Over 40 years with the Metropolitan Opera–since his June 5, 1971, debut with Tosca–Music Director James Levine has developed a relationship with that company that is unparalleled in its history and unique in the musical world today. Read about Levine’s career and long relationship with PBS, including as subject for the documentary James Levine: America’s Maestro.

John Muir in the New World

Timeline of John Muir’s Life

This chronology of Muir’s life plots a history of his travels, career in writing, conservation efforts, and political victories for the National Parks. See many of these moments reenacted in John Muir in the New World airing Monday, April 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Earth Day (4/22) and John Muir Day (4/21).

John Muir in the New World

Read a Biographical Essay, John Muir: Nature’s Witness

Read a short biography of John Muir’s travels in the Americas and learn about the luminaries that paved the way for his philosophies of naturalism and preservation. John Muir in the New World airs April 18 on PBS (check local listings).

Cachao: Uno Más

Sobre Cachao

En la herencia formidable de la música cubana, nadie es más importante que el bajista por excelencia, Israel ‘Cachao’ López. Nació en 1918 en una familia de respetados músicos y maestros entrenados de forma clásica, y se convirtió en su más célebre exponente. Criado en La Habana en la misma casa donde nació el legendario patriota, poeta y revolucionario José Martí, Cachao revolucionaría la esencia de la música cubana.

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.

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.