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Old 09-15-2019, 01:14 PM   #1
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Default Ken Burns “Country Music” Documentary

Starts tonight on PBS. It is 8 2hr long episodes.

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From most reviews this is must see TV.

Good article on CNN today about it.

We're divided by culture as much as politics. The roots of red state vs. blue state tribalism reflect the different ways we live in rural and urban America. But while these divides run deep, they are also simplistic stereotypes that are reinforced by ignorance and insults.

Country music comes from the heart of rural America. But it is both a cruel and stupid mistake to dismiss it as hillbilly music. It is a cross-pollination of different traditions that has evolved over more than a century. It's the sound of Saturday night and Sunday morning, a music of love and loss. And like jazz, the subject of an earlier series from Burns, country music is an authentic American art form.
The series is arguably the best documentary series Burns has made since his initial epics on the Civil War and baseball. Burns weaves a coherent story from disparate parts, using iconic characters like Hank Williams, the self-destructive "Hillbilly Shakespeare," and Johnny Cash, the "Man in Black" who managed to be both a traditionalist and counter-culture icon, as narrative anchors.
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