rock and roll

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart

About Lou Reed

Lou Reed, legendary rock musician and songwriter, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the age of 71. The cause was liver disease, according to The New York Times. The internationally influential icon from New York City was the subject of a feature-length American Masters documentary directed and produced by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in 1998: Rock […]

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

Outtakes: Kris Kristofferson and Country Music at the Troubadour

Kris Kristofferson reflects on how The Troubadour launched his career, alongside artists who performed at the legendary club, Carole King, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, J.D. Souther, Richard “Dickie” Davis, and Barney Hoskyns.  Artists reflect on the Troubadours uncanny ability to bring together the conflicting rock ‘n’ roll and country scenes at the time. This […]

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 […]

Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Chasing Sound

IN MEMORIAM: LES PAUL 1915 – 2009 THE WIZARD OF WAUKESHA By Dave Tianen reprinted with permission from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel New York – For decades, arthritis has slowly devoured the talent in Les Paul’s hands. The right essentially has become a stiff claw. The ring and pinkie are all that is usable on […]

Les Paul: Chasing Sound

Career Timeline

“The Wizard of Waukesha” took up his first instrument, a harmonica, at age eight. By 13, he was performing. His incredible trajectory is thoroughly explored in AMERICAN MASTERS Les Paul: Chasing Sound. Here are some highlights from his life and career. 1915 Lester William Polfuss is born June 9 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to parents George […]

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

Atlantic Records

Ahmet Ertegun (1923-2006) The Greatest Record Man Of All Time by Robert Greenfield “I think it’s better to burn out than to fade away… it’s better to live out your days being very, very active — even if it destroys you — than to quietly… disappear…. At my age, why do you think I’m still […]

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

Career Timeline

Ahmet Ertegun once told graduates of Berklee College of Music in Boston that he loved jazz, blues and hanging out. From the start, Ertegun devoted his career to what he loved. His incredible life is fully explored in AMERICAN MASTERS Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built. Below are some highlights from Atlantic Records and […]

Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built

Filmmaker Interview: Susan Steinberg

Since her introduction to filmmaking through the classic rock documentaries Woodstock and Gimme Shelter, Susan Steinberg has developed an intriguing body of work on subjects as diverse as Edward R. Murrow and Paul Simon. In interviews both before and after Ahmet Ertegun’s death in December, the director discusses AMERICAN MASTERS Atlantic Records: The House That […]

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.’” […]