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Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

About the Film

The 90-minute film chronicles the intense creative journey of Bill T. Jones – a 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipient and two-time Tony® Award winner for Best Choreography – as he tackles the most ambitious work of his career and leads the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the creation of Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently […]

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

Outtakes: Linda Ronstadt and Women in Country Rock

Musicians Bonnie Raitt, J.D. Souther, Jackson Browne, and Chris Darrow discuss the distinct sensibilities of women in country music and recognize Linda Ronstadt as a pioneer in the genre, and how performances at The Troubadour played a vital role in establishing women as performers. This scene is an outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James […]

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

Outtakes: Steve Martin on the Trains of Santa Monica

Steve Martin discusses the trains that used to run down Santa Monica Boulevard and how he  worked them into his act in this outtake from Troubadours: Carole King / James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, airing nationally Wednesday, March 2 at 8 p.m. (check local listings).

LENNONYC

“New York City” at the One to One Concert

See John Lennon perform “New York City” on stage at the One to One Concert, at New York City’s own Madison Square Garden in 1972. Watch American Masters: LENNONYC. Coming to PBS November 22nd, 2010.

LENNONYC

Preview Excerpt

Watch a clip from the AMERICAN MASTERS: LENNONYC, a new film that takes an intimate look at the time Lennon, Yoko Ono and their son, Sean, spent living in New York City during the 1970s.  The film premieres nationally Monday, November 22 at 9pm on PBS (check local listings). In this clip see archival performance […]

Lena Horne: In Her Own Words

About the Performer

Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010) American Masters — Lena Horne: In My Own Voice was broadcast in 1996. The following biography described the career and activism​ of the multi-faceted entertainer at the time the film premiered. Even in her eighties, the legendary Lena Horne has a quality of timelessness about her. […]