Ken Burn's Country Music..........

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  1. cowboy rob61

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    I've been watching this on iPlayer here in the UK, and enjoying it, though an awful lot of stuff had had to be left out. I'm also confused, the episodes don't correspond exactly to the episodes listed elsewhere, episode eight is different to the episode listed on wikipedia, and one website I looked at said there were nine episodes not eight.
    Good series though......
     
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    I liked it too.
    Taken as a whole.
    Can't speak to the discrepancy regarding description.
     
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    The original series for the USA had 8 episodes of 2 hours. The version we get on the BBC is edited down to 9 episodes of 50 mins each. That's quite a lot to leave out which probably explains the sometimes confusing narrative. For example, in episode 7, Gram Parsons appears in the Byrds, makes "Sweetheart of the Rodeo", forms the Flying Burrito Brothers and then recruits Emmylou who goes on to have a successful solo career. If you take the program literally then Gram is still alive and presumably playing with the Burritos and has had absolutely no influence on the spread of country to the rock audience.
    In an early episode we were told that the 2 major acts to kick start country as we know it were the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. We got a little bit about the Carters going to Bristol for their first recording session. The rest of the episode was all about Jimmie Rodgers and followed him right through to his eventual death. Funny, there was me thinking that the Carter Family started a whole dynasty of country royalty. Obviously got that one wrong!
    It's nice to see a bit of country music on the telly but the version we get in the UK is a pretty half arsed version.
     
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    Sincerely sorry to hear that. The original series was really, really good. I learned a ton watching it.
     
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    Loved it, learned ( learning, as will rewatch) from it.

    As originally more a Classic R&R and blues player, in the last 10-15 years or so, I really have dipped into playing Classic Country and bluegrass ( gigs) and surprised myself at just how many featured songs in the Series I am at least familiar with, or know how to play or sing.
    Just patting myself on the back!

    Thank You Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank, Johnny Cash, and All!
     
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    It was super good I thought. Yeah, you can't get everything in to something like that.
     
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    Too much Marsalis, not enough Maddox Brothers and Rose.
     
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    The Burns Formula is a potent one. Great archive photography, good source material and (where possible)testimony, tremendous sound track.
    I missed some episodes on TV, because it was shown on Friday nights. I was out, playing Western Swing and 50s Country. ;)

    iPlayer is my friend, too.....:cool:
     
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    I was able to watch the full series, and they still left out a bunch. Nonetheless a delightful watch and I learned some new things about several people and situations surrounding country music. The overarching theme that connected them all seemed to be they started out dirt-poor - sharecroppers, cotton pickers, hard lives that they were somehow able to transcend with music.
     
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    But didn’t you guys have the superior Beatles/Stones LP versions ?

    And, you had a whole raft of legends who absorbed real (African-American) blues first and then educated young white kids as to its glories.

    I don’t know what either of those two mean but...

    Still, you deserve the whole thing if you want it.
     
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    "Thank You Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank, Johnny Cash, and All!"

    I agree!

    Thank You ALL!
     
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    If you even get close to Bristol, go to the museum. Its not huge but it has a lot more info on those early Bristol sessions. Nice folks too. We had our banjo collector's gathering there a couple years back and they pulled out all the stops for us.
     
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    Strange. Any idea why that is the case???
     
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    No idea at all. probably someone in the BBC knows the answer. :mad:
     
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    I intend to watch it now that there's snow all over the place. Can't sit still for an extended series (only baseball)when the whether is fine.

    I did enjoy the series Tribute concert at the Ryman a few weeks ago, also televised . It was a really good performance and we were introduced to the amazing Rihannon Giddens. I mean amazing.
     
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    It was interesting how all the players thought they were going
    to lose their jobs once Chet Atkins came to town.
     
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    We saw Ms. Giddens at a small venue last year, she was amazing!
     
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    I watched part of the first episode and tried to like it but couldn't get past the poor filmmaking to endure the whole series. The worst for me was how he kept having people singing sections of songs off the cuff during the live interview parts (e.g. Roseanne Cash singing her family's songs), and then later in production blended in the original recordings, which were in a different key, out of synch, etc. Why?!?
     
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    Not a big C&W fan, but I thought the series was very good despite its shortcomings. Had to turn it off during episode six. Couldn't take any more modern "Country."
     
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    I can stream thos 9x 51 min for free here in sweden. I watched the first episode now because of this tread :D

    To be continued...
     
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