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Posted By: Thomas Stern
17-Sep-19 - 10:43 PM
Thread Name: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
Subject: RE: PBS - Ken Burns Country Music
There is a tremendous amount of material covered in this series. They DO show the Maddox Bros. & Rose outfits, there was mention of the
NUDIE outfits. Perhaps too dense to take it all in for a single viewing. But also much left out - how can they include everything?
On another blog, the opinion was expressed that far too much time was given to Carter Family & Jimmy Rodgers. They are the foundation
of the explosion of popularity for country music, so deserve significant coverage. Perhaps too much for those who know the work, but maybe right for newbies... ?
I am particularly dismayed by the mutilation of the visual material - tonight footage of Hank Williams with his head cut off, it seems they
think tha audience is too ignorant to recognize that old film and TV
footage when properly displayed will have black bars on the sides (pillarboxed). The work of the artists who made these films is destroyed by chopping them down to a widescreen format.
Music is included, much in the background under the commentary - such is the way with documentaries. All the major artists recorded prolifically, so obtaining the music (youtube, cd's, video) is not a problem.
As the series unfolds, various performers and genres are revisited so there may be a cumulative bounty realized after seeing all the episodes.