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Air Date: Fri, Feb 21, 2020 10:00 PM
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradation in the pre-civil rights South, but aided integration through his influential music.
Air Date: Fri, Jun 21, 2019 9:00 PM
Delve into the hit singer-songwriter’s life and career from 1960s New York to the music mecca of 1970s LA to the present. King joins collaborators and family in new interviews, while rare home movies, performances and photos complete the tapestry.
Air Date: Tue, Sep 18, 2018 9:00 PM
Uncover the mysterious life of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of To Kill a Mockingbird. AMERICAN MASTERS offers an unprecedented look at the life of Harper Lee, illuminating the phenomenon behind To Kill a Mockingbird and the Oscar-winning 1962 film adaptation.
Air Date: Fri, Jun 29, 2018 10:00 PM
Discover the life and work of Mexican American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
Air Date: Fri, Jan 26, 2018 9:00 PM
Discover the story behind the pioneering outlaw country music supergroup that featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, told through vintage performances and new interviews about life on the road and in the studio.
Air Date: Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:30 PM
Discover how the prolific creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times” effected social change through his groundbreaking sitcoms and activism. Featuring interviews with George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Jon Stewart, Russell Simmons and Lear himself.
Air Date: Fri, Aug 25, 2017 9:00 PM
This biographical profile first aired in 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversaries of the famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association.
Air Date: Fri, Aug 18, 2017 10:30 PM
This special that reveals the events that led to composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch’s (1944-2012) staggering success, ensuing struggles, inner turmoil and breakthroughs in his creative process. By age 31, Hamlisch had won four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize.
Air Date: Fri, Aug 4, 2017 11:00 PM
For the first time, the American Masters series profiles a magician: the inimitable Ricky Jay, considered one of the world’s greatest conjurers, capable of creating a profound sense of wonder and disbelief in even the most jaded of audiences.
Air Date: Fri, Jul 28, 2017 10:00 PM
Janis Joplin’s life story is told through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer. Director Amy Berg presents a portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist. Chan Marshall narrates.
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