"American Epic" Director, Creator, Writer Bernard McMahon Interviewed

AnalogPlanet editor Michael Fremer spoke by phone with "American Epic" director, creator and writer Bernard MacMahon about the making of what should be an indispensable American musical history movie.

Please listen to the conversation. I am 100% certain you will thoroughly enjoy it!

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Michael Fremer's picture
No one's commented on this! Seriously?
thomoz's picture

Any other director/producer would have done a half or less of this work and stopped. That he is not a pre-established record collector or long-time working historian is a jaw-drop. The way he pieced together this particular narrative is absolutely breathtaking.
Who knew that the 90 year old folk and ethnic records were cut to beat radio at the game and get around "free music" on broadcast? No one until McMahon!!!

As for Rainbo pressing new records for this project, John R. T. Davies the mastering engineer (and horn player in the Temperance Seven) used to press up new 78s from vintage mint stamperswhen he did transfers to digital for JSP. All the work Columbia put into the Armstrong Hot Fives & Sevens box was ultimately less effective than JRTD's technique applied to the same material.

I eagerly look forward to the documentary and accompanying soundtrack.

Zardoz's picture

interview. I just got to finish it yesterday, but I set up my DVR as soon as I saw your announcement. I'm really looking forward to watching it.

Zardoz's picture

last night. What a great show. Can't wait for the next installment.

MrRom92's picture

I know I for one would LOVE a 78 album of the recordings produced for this show, as described mid-interview, just plated off the original lacquers… count me in if it happens

MrRom92's picture

I know I for one would LOVE a 78 album of the recordings produced for this show, as described mid-interview, just plated off the original lacquers… count me in if it happens