Give Me the Banjo

Synopsis: A comprehensive look at a quintessential American musical instrument, the banjo, from its African roots to contemporary jazz and into the 21st century.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Marc Fields
Production: UNC-TV
 
IMDB:
7.2
Year:
2011
90 min
Website
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AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC,

BLUE GRASS AND COUNTRY

PROUDLY CALL:

THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS HOME.

NOT ONLY A SPOT ON THE MAP, BU AN EMOTIONAL TERRAIN AS WELL.

YOU MAY WONDER WHY ME,

AND WHY THE BANJO.

I'M NOT A BANJO PLAYER MYSELF,

BUT THE INSTRUMEN IS STILL CENTRAL

TO MY OWN MUSICAL LINEAGE.

OF COURSE MY FATHER,

JOHNNY CASH,

GREW UP HEARING THIS MUSIC

IN ARKANSAS,

AND THEN MARRIED INTO

THE CARTER FAMILY,

WHO GAVE BIRTH TO

MODERN COUNTRY MUSIC.

TONIGHT'S FILM,

"GIVE ME THE BANJO,"

CELEBRATES THIS ART FORM

IN ALL ITS SPLENDOR.

A COMBINATION OF TRADITIONAL

CELTIC SONGS MELDED WITH

AN AFRICAN SLAVE BANJO

HAS CREATED A SOUND AND

A MOOD BOTH FOOT POUNDING

AND HEART WRENCHING,

AND HAS AN INFECTIOUSNESS

AND A SPIRIT UNIQUELY AMERICAN.

OUR FILM TONIGHT IS PRESENTED

BY STEVE MARTIN,

NO STRANGER HIMSELF

TO THE LURES OF THE BANJO,

AND AN ACCOMPLISHED PLAYER.

PLUS, OF COURSE,

SO MANY LEGENDS.

EARL SCRUGGS, PETE SEEGER,

BELA FLECK AND MORE.

SO GET COMFY BECAUSE

THERE'S GONNA BE A LO OF TOE TAPPING MUSIC AHEAD.

ENJOY "GIVE ME THE BANJO,".

THE SOUTHERN HUMANITIES

MEDIA FUND.

507 INDIVIDUAL DONORS

ON KICKSTARTER.

INNOVATIVE FILMS, INC.

THE TIDES FOUNDATION.

MASSACHUSETTS HUMANITIES...

AND OTHERS.

A COMPLETE LIST IS AVAILABLE

FROM PBS.

[ APPLAUSE ]

TO OPEN THE SHOW TONIGHT,

WE WOULD LIKE:

TO PLAY OUR FIRST SONG.

[ LAUGHTER ]

SO, LET'S KICK IT OFF.

1, 2, 3, 4!

I THINK PEOPLE:

ARE CONTINUALLY TRANSFIXED

BY THE FIVE-STRING BANJO,

IN SOME MYSTERIOUS WAY.

THE BANJO REALLY HAS A

COMPLICATED AND CHECKERED PAST.

THE BANJO HAS ALWAYS

COMPLICATED AND CHECKERED PAST.

THE BANJO HAS ALWAYS

SYMBOLIZED SOMETHING OTHER

THE BANJO HAS ALWAYS

SYMBOLIZED SOMETHING OTHER

THAN JUST MUSIC IN OUR CULTURE.

SYMBOLIZED SOMETHING OTHER

THAN JUST MUSIC IN OUR CULTURE.

EVERY TIME YOU PICK UP A BANJO,

THAN JUST MUSIC IN OUR CULTURE.

EVERY TIME YOU PICK UP A BANJO,

IT'S GOING TO SYMBOLIZE

EVERY TIME YOU PICK UP A BANJO,

IT'S GOING TO SYMBOLIZE

WILD, RURAL, SIMPLE,

IT'S GOING TO SYMBOLIZE

WILD, RURAL, SIMPLE,

AND EVEN CLOWNISH.

WILD, RURAL, SIMPLE,

AND EVEN CLOWNISH.

THE BANJO'S BEEN

AND EVEN CLOWNISH.

THE BANJO'S BEEN

AN EMBLEM OF AMERICAN CULTURE.

THE BANJO'S BEEN

AN EMBLEM OF AMERICAN CULTURE.

IT'S BEEN A...

AN EMBLEM OF AMERICAN CULTURE.

IT'S BEEN A...

A STEREOTYPE:

IT'S BEEN A...

A STEREOTYPE:

FROM ITS BEGINNING HERE.

A STEREOTYPE:

FROM ITS BEGINNING HERE.

IT WAS AN AFRICAN INSTRUMEN FROM ITS BEGINNING HERE.

IT WAS AN AFRICAN INSTRUMEN WHEN IT CAME HERE.

IT WAS AN AFRICAN INSTRUMEN WHEN IT CAME HERE.

IT BECAME AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN

WHEN IT CAME HERE.

IT BECAME AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN

INSTRUMENT HERE:

IT BECAME AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN

INSTRUMENT HERE:

AND EVENTUALLY BEGAN

INSTRUMENT HERE:

AND EVENTUALLY BEGAN

BEING PLAYED:

AND EVENTUALLY BEGAN

BEING PLAYED:

BY THE EUROPEAN-AMERICANS.

BEING PLAYED:

BY THE EUROPEAN-AMERICANS.

ONE OF THE GREAT DARK SECRETS

BY THE EUROPEAN-AMERICANS.

ONE OF THE GREAT DARK SECRETS

OF THE BANJO IS THA ONE OF THE GREAT DARK SECRETS

OF THE BANJO IS THA IT REALLY IS

OF THE BANJO IS THA IT REALLY IS

AN EMOTIONAL INSTRUMENT.

"GIVE ME THE BANJO!"

WROTE MARK TWAIN IN 1865,

"WHEN YOU WANT GENUINE MUSIC,

WROTE MARK TWAIN IN 1865,

"WHEN YOU WANT GENUINE MUSIC,

MUSIC THAT WILL COME RIGHT HOME

"WHEN YOU WANT GENUINE MUSIC,

MUSIC THAT WILL COME RIGHT HOME

TO YOU,

MUSIC THAT WILL COME RIGHT HOME

TO YOU,

SUFFUSE YOUR SYSTEM

TO YOU,

SUFFUSE YOUR SYSTEM

LIKE STRYCHNINE WHISKEY,

SUFFUSE YOUR SYSTEM

LIKE STRYCHNINE WHISKEY,

RAMIFY YOUR WHOLE CONSTITUTION

LIKE STRYCHNINE WHISKEY,

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