“This is America’s greatest untold story.” (Robert Redford, Executive Producer)
“These musicians we profile are the real American heroes. They set out from the darkness with nothing but a guitar on their backs, and put out their thumbs and conquered the world.” (T. Bone Burnett, Executive Producer)
"American Epic is the story of one of the great moments in American history –when the voices of working people, minorities, and rural people throughout the country were first heard.” (Bernard MacMahon, Director)
“We traveled the length of America in our quest to discover the stories of America’s earliest recorded musicians.” (Allison McGourty, Producer)
About the Author
Elijah Wald is a writer and musician whose books include Dylan Goes Electric!, Escaping the Delta, and How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll. A respected expert on the folk revival, he collaborated with Dave Van Ronk on The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the inspiration for the Coen Brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis. His awards include a 2002 Grammy, and he has taught blues history at UCLA and lectured widely on American, Mexican, and world music.