" ... explores the classic popular music of the 20th century. Feinstein's expedition takes viewers on stage and backstage, into personal archives, attics, and flea markets, and inside the private world of a gifted and hard-working artist"--Container.
"Episode 1 focuses on the 1950s and 1960s, when the Great American Songbook competed with new forms like rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm & blues. As Feinstein crisscrosses the country performing with big bands, symphony orchestras and jazz combos, viewers learn how iconic singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney kept the Songbook alive by reinventing pop standards of the 1930s and 1940s"--Container.
"Episode 2 examines how popular songs provided emotional solace and patriotic inspiration during World War II. While preparing an original patriotic song, Michael weaves in the history of 1940s big bands, USO shows, V-disks, war bond rallies, and the powerful role popular music played in boosting morale"--Container.
"Episode 3 explores the fast and furious 1920s and 1930s, when jazz was hot, credit was loose, and illegal booze flowed freely in underground speakeasies. Between performances, Feinstein illustrates the impact of talking pictures, the dawn of radio, and the fledgling recording industry. Additionally, it introduces viewers to other collectors and musicians who keep the spirit of the Jazz Age alive today"--Container.
"In addition to the three one-hour PBS episodes, this DVD set includes a Bonus Disk with two hours of additional live Feinstein performances and rare archival footage featuring Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Betty Hutton, Bob Hope, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Spike Jones, Paul Whiteman, Cab Calloway, Kitty Carlisle, and more"--Container.
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