Friday, January 10, 2014

PBS History Detectives Investigate Music History

While working out I watched an interesting episode of History Detectives on PBS. The basic modus operandi of the show is that take an item of potential historical significance and research its importance and authenticity.The episode I watched was titled Duke Ellington Plates and focused on whether printing plates found in a Brooklyn dumpster were the original plates for publishing Ellington's "Take the A Train." The investigation starts with the history of Ellington and his band, the composition of Take the A Train.", and explores the financial burdens required to support Ellignton and his co-horts. Very interesting - take a look. And while browsing the History Detectives site, I saw more musically inclined episodes such as Bob Dylan Guitar, Frank Zappa Collage, & Beatles Autographs. I'm hooked.

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