Joan Baez : How Sweet The Sound

Outtakes from the Film

Watch fourteen outtakes from Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, including performances by Joan and interviews with Joan and Steve Earle.

Isaac Stern: Life’s Virtuoso

About Isaac Stern

Virtuoso violinist Isaac Stern is one of the twentieth century’s most renowned, celebrated and recorded musicians. He is widely recognized as an influential teacher, emissary, speaker, and humanitarian. He toured for the U.S.O. in World War II, opened the Soviet Union to cultural exchange during the Cold War, and helped save Carnegie Hall from the […]

Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied

Can’t Be Satisfied

by Robert Gordon Muddy Waters is, in many ways, the archetypal bluesman. He was raised as a sharecropper in the Mississippi Delta, where he learned to play an acoustic guitar. He went to Chicago in 1943, and the band he assembled established the electric blues sound. Over the next three and a half-decades, his band […]

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket

Filmmaker Interview – Michael Kantor

AMERICAN MASTERS Online presents an extended interview with “Quincy Jones” filmmaker Michael Kantor. Q: What did you learn while making an AMERICAN MASTERS program about Quincy Jones? A: There were two stories that I will never forget. One happened to make it into the show, when Quincy’s first wife Jeri described his approach to money […]

Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

About Charlie Parker

“There was one thing he wanted to do. He didn’t worry about anything else — as long as he could play that horn.” – Jay McShann At age eleven, he had just begun to play the saxophone. At age twenty he was leading a revolution in modern jazz music. At thirty-four, he was dead from […]

Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied


Paul Simon: Born at The Right Time

About Paul Simon

“I believe that we are all connected on this very basic emotional level by music — by rhythm and harmony. But how can we begin to communicate if we don’t use a wider vocabulary? If we don’t speak in someone else’s language, then how can they hear you? So, I’m someone who speaks ‘broken music.’” […]


About Vaudeville

“Everything I know I learned in vaudeville.” -James Cagney At the turn of the century in America, the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight, Jack London wrote Call of the Wild, Henry Ford started his motor company, and thousands of people escaped small apartments in big cities to see the amazing acts of vaudeville. […]