Woody Guthrie was born on July 14th, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. He had a voice like a long distance train heard miles away. His songs have become the folk song standards of America. Among them: “Pretty Boy Floyd,” “Pastures of Plenty,” “Hard Travelin’,” “Deportees,” “Roll On Columbia,” “Vigilante Man” and, of course, “This Land Is Your Land.”
A singer, dancer and bandleader, Cab led one of the most popular African American big bands during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, with Harlem’s famous Cotton Club as his home stage. Best known for his “Hi de hi de hi de ho” refrain from signature song “Minnie the Moocher,” portrayal of Sportin’ […]
Three-time Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kenneth Bowser examines one of American history’s most iconic folk music heroes and political agitators. Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune is a revealing biography of a conflicted, truth-seeking troubadour who, with guitar in hand, stood up for what he believed in and challenged us all to do the same. Watch the […]
Read a timeline of the major events that occurred in the life of acclaimed musician and artist Glenn Gould.
Read an interview with the filmmakers of American Masters Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould about the process making the film, editing a documentary, and interviewing people with passionate stories to tell about the iconic musician.
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.
THIRTEEN’s American Masters celebrates the wonderful world of music game-changer and definitive soul singer Sam Cooke in Sam Cooke: Crossing Over, airing Monday, January 11 at 9 p.m. on PBS Watch a Preview Narrated by Danny Glover, the film features archival footage and interviews with Cooke’s family and intimates including Muhammad Ali, Herb Albert, James […]
Below are the full music credits for NO DIRECTION HOME, as well a list of uncredited appearances. Music (in order of appearance) Like a Rolling Stone Written and Performed By Bob Dylan Drifting Too Far From The Shore Written by Chas Moody BMG Film and TV Music Performed by Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys […]
Below is an excerpt from the Bob Dylan autobiography Chronicles: Volume One published by Simon & Schuster. The moon was rising behind the Chrysler Building, it was late in the day, street lighting coming on, the low rumble of heavy cars inching along in the narrow streets below-sleet tapping against the office window. Lou Levy […]
In 1997, Bob Dylan was a Kennedy Center Honoree. Below is the text of a speech given by writer and music critic Tom Piazza for that occasion. The central question for an American artist – both as an American and as an artist – is how to remain indivisibly oneself while, in Walt Whitman’s phrase, […]