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Jack White and T Bone Burnett produce an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the documentary.
Exotic cultures spanning America are captured on record for the first time- inventing new instruments and new cultural identities as disparate voices harmonize in a musical melting pot.
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- Premiered: May 16, 2017
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: The story of record company talent scouts who toured America during the late 1920s with a recording machine and captured the raw expression of emerging cultures. Here, the filmmakers retrace that journey and meet with the families whose recordings would le… (more)