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American Roots Music

PBS offers this companion site to their four-part series, which began airing October 29, 2001. As with so many of PBS' sites, this one acts as a nice supplement to the series and an interesting stop of its own right. Users can access episode summaries, read about the songs and artists (as well as read interviews -- oral histories -- with selected artists), and learn about the origins of some "Eternal Songs" and the instruments used to play them. The extensive hyperlinks throughout the site make it easy to go from topic to topic, from instrument to song to musician, and those who are viewing the series will appreciate the lists of songs featured in each episode and the transcripts of oral histories, which are only excerpted on the show. Of course, one wonders why the site has no audio files; this seems like a major oversight. Nonetheless, this is an interesting stop for American folk culture buffs and music fans.
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