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The American Epic Sessions

Jack White and T Bone Burnett preside over a galaxy of music legends, as they gather in one LA studio to record on the legendary Western Electric lathe.

The American Epic Sessions

Director Bernard MacMahon
Producers Adam Block, Duke Erikson, Bill Holderman, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Anthony Wall
Screenwriters Duke Erikson, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty
UK-USA 2015
140 mins
Production company BBC Arena, Lo-Max Films, Wildwood Enterprises and Thirteen for WNET

This film is a haunting collision of past and present, presided over by the high priests of the great tradition of American music, Jack White and T Bone Burnett, who also executive produced with Robert Redford. Long before digital file sharing, MP3, compact discs, tape and vinyl, a machine was forged from ingenuity. The Western Electric amplifier and Scully recording lathe, a marvel of analogue engineering operated by a weight and pulleys, pioneered the recording of American music. In an old Hollywood studio, one has been lovingly reassembled. In it, White gathers an extraordinary convocation of musical superstars, all keen to cut a record in the unforgiving three minutes the recording system provides. Featuring live performances from Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Steve Martin, Ana Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Taj Mahal and many more.

Stuart Brown

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