American Epic is a four part documentary series about the first recordings of rural music in the U.S.A. and their cultural, social and technological impact around the world.
In the 1920s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. They brought with them the newly invented first electrical recording system that, for the first time, allowed them to record music of all genres. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent – African Americans, Cajuns, Mexican Americans, Hawaiians and Native Americans. The recordings they made of all the ethnic groups of America democratized the nation and gave a voice to everyone
It was the first time America heard itself.