Music

Pearl Jam Twenty

About the Documentary Film

American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Pearl Jam Twenty, premiering nationally Friday, October 21 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on PBS (check local listings). Academy Award®-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus over 24 hours […]

James Levine: The Life In Music

James Levine Conducts The Bartered Bride

Watch Layla Claire and Paul Appleby perform in the Lindemann Young Artists production of The Bartered Bride, conducted by James Levine, and talk about the experience working with Maestro. This clip is an outtake from James Levine: America’s Maestro.

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

Outtakes: Life at the Troubadour

In these deleted scenes from Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, Roger McGuinn, former Troubadour staff, photographer Harry Diltz, Cheech & Chong, and Bonnie Raitt tell stories about the incredible energy and community that centered around the nightly performances and daily club life, including the time Joni Mitchell surprised […]

Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter

About the Film

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Carole King’s landmark album Tapestry and signature song “You’ve Got a Friend,” a Grammy®-winner for both King and James Taylor, whose friendship and performance legacy was cemented at Doug Weston’s famed West Hollywood club the Troubadour. American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season with Troubadours: Carole King / […]

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould

About the Film

A profoundly enigmatic musical poet, there have been many documentaries about Glenn Gould, but they were typically sidetracked, focusing on the pills and fashions – missing the man, the magic and the message of music. American Masters pierces through the misconceptions in Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould airing nationally, Monday, December 27 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings).

LENNONYC

Outtakes: Adam Ippolito

Adam Ippolito of Elephant’s Memory describes meeting John Lennon.

LENNONYC

Outtakes: Earl Slick

Earl Slick remembers meeting John Lennon. Slick, a well known guitarist, worked alongside John Lennon on what would become Lennon’s final all-new studio recording. The album titled Double Fantasy was released in 1980.

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.

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 […]

When You’re Strange: A Film about The Doors

Interview with John Densmore

John Densmore, the drummer for The Doors, talks to PBS about AMERICAN MASTERS When You’re Strange, the first feature documentary about The Doors.  The film is directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp. Densmore discusses the documentary’s opening sequence featuring Jim Morrison’s rarely seen original film “HWY: An American Pastoral,” and the different […]