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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Kirchensfan, Sep 14, 2019.
Country Music, the new documentary film from Burns, airs Sept. 15 on PBS
Looking forward to this.
I'm going to be on travel, so I'll record it. I'm a little guarded though. Burns has made major errors in prior works, omitting major periods and influences when "chronicling" history. You need to look at it as entertainment, rather than a well researched and brutally honest documentary, for the purpose of documenting the most important historical elements. Realize much will probably be dramatized, and filtered.
14 hours long? Holy moly...
The last episode of his Jazz series had me throwing stuff at the screen.
NPR gave a carefully scathing review. He's a major cultural entertainment figure, so you could feel them being careful. But the review was not good.
These shows are for civilians.
Which means they are only tangentially for “us”, which is fine, but that means the average lunkhead will take Ken Burns versions of events as stone facts.
And way more troubling, civilians will take his rankings/estimations of various artists importance to the music as gospel.
Yep. And then I put on Red Clay and Birdland and then Brown Rice by Don Cherry and had a drink...
I'll probably watch it, but maybe I'll reread this first:
I heard some a**hole call into C-SPAN complaining that Burns includes black people, and that black people can't be part of country music because he heard one of Flatt & Scrugg's sidemen say the n word once. Idiots walk among us.
yea, it is entertainment. watch it or don't. easy. i'll watch it.
I cut the cord (actually never had one!) and PBS doesn't seem to stream without a $60 year +$5 month and even then I think you have to have one of the TV type apps.....
I have Youtube TV for college football and that's $50/mo for the season....Funny how it's free with an antenna but I'm far enough from town I couldn't get that either.
Not a fan of PBS/NPR for contradictions we're not allowed to discuss here...
You can buy the DVD, but doing so might involve a donation to your local PBS affiliate...
I have to agree, it's historical work but also dwells on entertaining "side tracks" but makes for better tv viewing...entertainment.
I'm sure i'll enjoy it, i saw some excerpts on PBS and it looks good. Burns is the best at this sort of thing, i'm rarely disappointed.
I don't DISLIKE Ken Burns.....but he does seem to equate "quantity" with "quality".
A raw, honest and thoughtful analysis of the origins and history Country Music(or any "American" music for that matter) would be as rare and difficult as a raw, honest and thoughtful look at the origin and history of America itself--most of us couldn't handle it.
@jondanger - if you’ve never read the Tosches book, I’ll warn you. It’s great.
Apparently Wynton makes an appearance in this. Didn’t know he was a country aficionado.
I think if you got ten people together and asked them about the history of country music you would get ten different answers. I don’t know why you think everyone would agree about this. For the past forty years the older generation has said what is currently playing on country music stations wasn’t country. Country is still being played. I think I will enjoy it but doubt I can give it sixteen hours. That is a lot of time.
wynton kelly, the great piano player? that will be great. or, wynton marsalis- horn player? also great.
I have but it has been probably 8 or 9 years. I like Tosches a lot. The Devil and Sonny Liston is incredible, and his Dean Martin bio is worth reading too.
His country book is short and I already have a copy, worth a quick re-read.
I'm looking forward to it.