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Country music / a production of Florentine Films ; produced in association with WETA, Washington, DC ; directed by Ken Burns ; written by Dayton Duncan ; produced by Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey, Ken Burns.

Burns, Ken, 1953- (television director,, television producer.). Duncan, Dayton, (screenwriter,, television producer.). Dunfey, Julie, (television producer.). Coyote, Peter, (narrator.). Ewers, Erik, (editor of moving image work.). Squires, Buddy, (director of photography.). Florentine Films, (production company.). WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.), (production company.). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), (publisher.).

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 4 of 4 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 4 total copies.

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Breckenridge Public Library DVD 781.642 COU (Text) 33500013133913 Main Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library DVD 781.642 COU (Text) 33500013133905 Main Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library DVD 781.642 COU (Text) 33500013151279 Main Available -
Hawley Public Library DVD 781.642 COU (Text) 33500013143763 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781531709792
  • ISBN: 1531709796
  • Physical Description: 8 videodiscs (approx. 16 hours) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [United States] : PBS, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Special features: over 3 hours of additional content; over 30 bonus videos; behind-the scenes.
Formatted Contents Note:
Volume one. Episode one, The rub (beginnings-1933). Musical melting pot ; Tuning in ; Fox chase ; Grand Ole Opry ; The road to Bristol ; Keep on the sunny side ; The singing brakeman ; The blue yodeler ; Wildwood flower ; TB blues -- Episode two, Hard times (1933-1945). The Maddox Brothers and Rose ; Turn your radio on ; Number one cowboy ; I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes ; Take me back to Tulsa ; A good-natured riot ; Wabash Cannonball ; the Blue Grass Boys ; They'll love you right back ; Back in the saddle ; Smoke on the water -- Episode three, The hillbilly Shakespeare (1945-1953). Walking the floor over you ; Move it on over ; I'll hold you in my heart ; Bluegrass breakdown ; Step it up and go ; Country boy ; Lovesick blues ; Country and western ; Mother Maybelle ; I saw the light ; Honky tonk angels ; I'm so lonesome I could cry -- Episode four, I can't stop loving you (1953-1963). J.R. ; Hillbilly cat ; Rockabillies ; It's all intertwined ; Music row ; Walkin' after midnight ; Long black veil ; Folsom Prison blues ; Tootsies ; The Nashville sound ; Honky tonk girl ; Modern sounds ; Ring of fire ; Sweet dreams.
Volume two. Episode five, The sons and daughters of America (1964-1968). I've been everywhere ; I walk the line ; King of the road ; The A-Team ; Music City ; Act naturally ; Woman enough ; Pride ; Mama tried ; Just because I'm a woman ; Ode to Billie Joe ; If they freed me from this prison -- Episode six, Will the circle be unbroken? (1968-1972). So old it was new ; Possum ; Stand by your man ; A boy named Sue ; You ain't going nowhere ; Freedom's just another word ; Nashville skyline ; Sunday morning coming down ; Hee haw ; My son ; The man in black ; My own peculiar way ; Why me, Lord? ; A better world awaiting -- Episode seven, Are you sure Hank done it this way? (1973-1983). Goodbye, dear ole Ryman ; I will always love you ; We're gonna hold on ; Countrypolitan ; Texas cooking ; The same thing, just in different languages ; Hillbilly central ; Ancient tones ; Red headed stranger ; If I could only win your love ; Outlaws ; Family tradition ; Seven year ache ; Simple country girl ; Gold albums ; No Show Jones ; Pancho and Lefty -- Episode eight, Don't get above your raisin' (1984-1996). I don't know why you don't want me ; Uncle Pen ; Amarillo by morning ; Why not me ; Guitars, Cadillacs, and hillbilly music ; The bluebird ; Sweet Pea ; Friends in love places ; Love them and they'll love you back ; Blue moon of Kentucky ; I still miss someone.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Narrator, Peter Coyote ; editor, Erik Ewers ; cinematographer, Buddy Squires.
Summary, etc.:
Ken Burns chronicles the history of a uniquely American art form, rising from the experiences of remarkable people in distinctive regions of the nation. From its roots in ballads, hymns, and the blues to its mainstream popularity, viewers will follow the evolution of country music over the course of the twentieth century as it eventually emerged to become America's music. Features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists.
Target Audience Note:
Rated PG.
System Details Note:
DVD; region 1; NTSC ; widescreen (16x9); English 5.1 surround/2.0 stereo, Spanish 2.0 stereo; with optional English/Spanish SDH subtitles and video descriptions.
Language Note:
English and Spanish audio with optional English (SDH) and Spanish (SDH) subtitles.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Ken Burns' highly anticipated documentary has familiar elements—loads of vintage footage, archival photographs, maps, newspaper headlines, onscreen commentary, and Peter Coyote's soothing voice-over narration decorating an abundance of performance footage and recording clips. Consisting of eight two-hour programs, the first episode traces the roots of country music (three chords and the truth) that continually adapted to the times and listeners' tastes. Throughout the episodes, historians, journalists, record producers, Grand Ole Opry personnel, and country music legends Charlie Daniels, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Jean Shepard, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Larry Gatlin, Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, and Trisha Yearwood, among many others, offer personal perspectives. The chronologically arranged coverage concludes in the mid nineties, coverage of which features Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and other contemporary artists. The grand scope of country music wouldn't be complete without addressing some of the low points, including the death of Jimmie Rodgers at age 35 from tuberculosis, the addictions and early demise of Hank Williams at age 29, and the tragic 1963 plane crash that took the lives of 30-year-old Patsy Cline and others returning from a benefit concert. Among the many performances included, Cline's rendition of Willie Nelson's Crazy is an indelible reminder of the power of country music to stir emotions. The boxed set of this groundbreaking documentary includes more than three hours of bonus coverage. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Country music > History and criticism.
Country music.
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.

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