Give Me the Banjo

Overview

Narrated by Steve Martin, this documentary chronicles the colonial origins of the banjo. Also featured are comments and performances by Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, and many more. In addition, Rosanne Cash talks with fellow country star Rodney Crowell about the influence banjo music has had on their musical styles. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Overview

Narrated by Steve Martin, this documentary chronicles the colonial origins of the banjo. Also featured are comments and performances by Earl Scruggs, Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck, Mike Seeger, and many more. In addition, Rosanne Cash talks with fellow country star Rodney Crowell about the influence banjo music has had on their musical styles. ~ Tracie Cooper
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Special Features

Closed Caption; 30 minutes of extended performances from Taj Mahal, Cynthia Sayer, Ralph Stanley, Riley Baugus and Rhiannon Giddens; Profile of Uncle Dave Macon
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • UPC: 767685268513
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Presentation: Color / Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,436

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Voice Only
Earl Scruggs Participant
Pete Seeger Participant
Béla Fleck Participant
Mike Seeger Participant
Don Vappie Participant
John Cohen Participant
Abigail Washburn Participant
The Carolina Chocolate Drops Participant
Tony Trischka Participant
Technical Credits
Marc Fields Director, Producer
Michael Kantor Executive Producer
Bruce Petschek Cinematographer
Tim Raycroft Co-producer, Editor
Tony Trischka Co-producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Vega Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Give Me the Banjo
1. Introducing our first song... [3:13]
2. The Black Banjo Gathering [3:30]
3. Minstrel Mania [7:25]
4. Gus Cannon: Let Your Mind Roll On [9:57]
5. Dan Vappie: New Orleans Banjo [1:11]
6. Charlie Poole: Millbilly Blues [13:44]
7. Pete Seeger: Dangerous Minstrel [10:01]
8. Earl Scruggs: Bluegrass Breakdown [11:06]
9. Barr's Fiddle Shop, Galax, VA [1:44]
10. Revivalists [10:37]
11. Banjo Renaissance [8:33]
12. End Credits [2:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Give Me the Banjo
   Play
   Scenes
   Extras
      Play All
      Uncle Dave Macon: King of the Hillbillies
      Four-string Swing with Cynthia Sayer
      A Visit to Ralph Stanley's Museum
      Taj Mahal's Songcatcher
      Riley Baugus performs "Long Steel Rail"
      Rhiannon Giddens performs "Going to Write Me a Letter"
      About Docurama
         Trailers
            Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart
            Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
            The Swell Season
            Still Bill
      Docurama Trailers
         Béla Fleck - Throw Down Your Heart
         Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back
         The Swell Season
         Still Bill
   Setup
      5.1 Surround
      2.0 Stereo
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