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PBS Celebrates The Life of Pete Seeger!

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PBS is celebrating the life and music of Pete Seeger with a special in memoriam broadcast the 2008 documentary Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. The American Masters presentation is set for 7:30/6:30C and will be streamed online beginning tomorrow morning.

Follow the jump for the press release – with details about confirmed stations; the link to the streaming doc and a film synopsis.

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Trailer: Jimi Hendrix–Hear My Train A Comin’!

Jimi Hendrix was a genius. There have been many attempts to tell his story. On November 27th, PBS’ American Masters presents Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’ – a documentary that unveils previously unseen footage of Hendrix doing what he did best, plus interviews with Hendrix and friends and fellow musicians including Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums), Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Billy Cox and Eddie Kramer.

Following the jump, check out the trailer and press release to learn more – including details on the first ever release of the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience performance at the Miami Pop Festival in 1968.

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Cab Calloway: Sketches – American Masters Looks At The Man Behind Minnie The Moocher!

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Cab Calloway enjoyed new fame in 1980 with the release of The Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis. By which time, he had largely been forgotten. In Cab Calloway: Sketches [PBS, American Masters, 10/9C], Landis is but one of many who reflect on Calloway and his music style charged a generation and influenced many more.

Gail Levin’s Cab Calloway: Sketches isn’t what you would call a biography. It’s more of a collection of reflections and reminiscences that chart his progression as a musician, entertainer and innovator.

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Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune –American Masters Looks At The Life And Death Of An American Original!

Phil Ochs in his first publicity shot (1963, New York City). 
"Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune", a film by Kenneth Bowser. A First Run Features release.

Phil Ochs was a protest singer’s protest singer. He wrote what he saw, and what he saw was injustice. Unlike more famous and more lauded protest singers, he didn’t couch his songs in metaphor – he was incisive and disturbing.

On American Masters [PBS, 10/9C], Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune follows Ochs’ life and music from its beginnings in the early sixties to his suicide at 35.

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Woody Allen: A Documentary – PBS’ American Masters Presents An Intimate Look At A Real Renaissance Man!

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Take one of the world’s best documentarians, give him complete access to one of the world’s premiere directors, and the result is Woody Allen: A Documentary [PBS, Sunday & Monday, 9/8C] – Robert Weide’s surprisingly intimate and candid portrait of the writer/director/actor/comedian/musician [how’s that for a multi-hyphenate?].

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