Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Multimedia Wednesday, 1.16.13 / From the Stacks

"W" for Wednesday! Click to see.
Ken Burns "Jazz" DVD Set directed by Ken Burns, pub. 2000, call # VC 781.65 JAZ

You may have heard of Ken Burns or you may have seen some of his previous documentaries, such as Baseball (1994) and The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009). Burns' films have won 12 Emmy Awards and 2 Oscar Nominations. A biographical webpage about Burns quotes Stephen Ambrose:  
"More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source."
Jazz is a fairly recent addition to our LMC collection. This PBS webpage provides details about each episode of this series.The series, in whole, can be summarized as follows:
"JAZZ celebrates America's greatest original art form. Ken Burns' 10-part documentary opens at the dawn of the 20th century, incorporating American culture and historical events that interact directly with the music. From the 1890s through the ferment of the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz Age, to the Great Depression, New Deal, Second World War, and beyond, JAZZ paints an astounding portrait of a nation and its improvisational core of music." (Description from this site.)
Burns was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Hampshire College in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. (Hampshire is a part of the 5-College Consortium, along with UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College. If you attend any of these colleges, you are eligible to also take some classes at the others!)

~ Mrs. Z

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