American Epic: Preview

Travel the country in search of unknown 1920s artists, when the music of ordinary Americans was recorded for the first time, transforming music forever, in a three-part film narrated by Robert Redford, featuring Jack White, Nas, Taj Mahal and others.

AIRED: 5/16/2017 | 00:00:30
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NARRATOR: It was the first time America heard itself.

JACK WHITE: We were extremely lucky in the 1920s and 30s that rural artists were recorded that would have never been recorded.

NARRATOR: From Hawaiian melodies and Appalachian hymns to Tejano ballads and the deep Delta blues, this is where today's music came from.

NAS: This started a long time ago.

This started with America.