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American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself

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American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself is a collaborative memoir written by film director Bernard MacMahon, producer Allison McGourty, and music historian Elijah Wald. The book chronicles the 10-year odyssey researching and making the American Epic documentary series and The American Epic Sessions. It features interviews with subjects of the films and contains large amounts of supplementary information not featured in the documentary films or the music releases. The book and an audiobook was released on May 2, 2017. American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself is a collage of first person interviews with MacMahon, McGourty and their subjects edited by Grammy Award-winning music historian Elijah Wald.The full color book contains 282 photographs; many of them previously unpublished restored vintage images, along with behind the scenes stills of the production and storyboard sketches by Bernard MacMahon.The book was the winner of the 2017 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award.
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date of publication: 2017
genre: memoir

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