American Epic: The Big Bang, Blood and Soil


Green Hills Cinema - Theater 15 Wed, Apr 20, 2016 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Special Presentations Feature
Run Time:117
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:Not Rated
Country:United Kingdom, USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bernard MacMahon
Cast:Jack White
Taj Mahal
The Carter Family
Charlie Musselwhite
The Memphis Jug Band
Charley Patton
Son House
Producer:Duke Erikson
Bill Holderman
Bernard MacMahon
Allison McGourty
Cinematographer:Vern Moen
Editor:Dan Gitlin
Jim Hession
Gillian McCarthy


The Big Bang: At the height of the Roaring Twenties, music scouts armed with cutting-edge recording technology set out across America to capture the unknown voices of everyday folk. The recordings they made captured the country’s diversity – artistically, ethnically, geographically, economically. As told by music pioneers, their families and eyewitnesses, we travel back in time to the "Big Bang" of modern popular music with the Carter Family, Will Shade and the Memphis Jug Band — to the first time America heard itself. Everyday Americans heard their own music for the first time, pure and unadulterated—a democratic revolution that would reverberate around the world.

Blood & Soil: From the sanctified shout of the gospel church to the coal mines of West Virginia to the cotton fields of Mississippi, music provided relief from tough lives and hard times. New rhythms were born in the echoes of stomping feet, the bite of pick-axes, and the ambling gait of tired mules. Almost a century later, the quest for singers remembered only as vague names on battered shellac discs brings those stories back to life.