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Subject: Re: PBS Country music documentary

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Date Posted: Tue October 01, 2019 16:58:19
In reply to: Frank 's message, "Re: PBS Country music documentary" on Tue October 01, 2019 03:36:45


I found the series interesting for another reason.

All those years ago when Burns presented the fab "Jazz" series, I was most impressed, in no small part due to my
limited knowledge of the subject. I recall being confused by the criticism that he concentrated only on the major names, with a few exceptions, and that the series ended in the 1970's.

Though I am no expert, my knowledge of country music has always been more extensive, and I admit I find myself nit picking about a few of the same issues.

Of three styles important to me, rockabilly, the outlaw movement, and more modern "alt country", only the outlaw era was covered well.

Some critics have pointed out that this was an attempt to cover several more decades in 4 less hours (than the Jazz series). The reality of smaller budgets these days?

Clearly, some footage was out of reach, likely due to high monetary demands from the rights holders.

One great performance documentary that is hard to locate
is called "music City U.S.A" circa 1972. It has many great artists and was filmed during one of the famous fan appreciation events in Nashville. I thought we may have seen
more of that in the new doc.

If it's a rating game, I would still give it 8.5 out of 10.

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Re: PBS Country music documentaryJeff HThu October 03, 2019 06:11:57

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