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American Masters

Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (#1505)

Sam Phillips opened a storefront recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, more than 50 years ago, tapped into the rich musical vein of the Mississippi Delta and sparked a revolution. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Milton all got their start at Sun Records and ultimately inspired generations of musicians to come. This film, which earned a Gold CINDY award, has some of the last conversations with Sam Phillips, who died in 2002. Highlights include exclusive studio performances by Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Bryan Ferry, performing together with original Sun musicians D.J. Fontana, Scotty Moore and Jerry Lee Lewis, in homage to the early Sun greats. [111 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: AMERICAN MASTERS is an ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of our most outstanding cultural artists. Created in 1984 by Susan Lacy and produced by Thirteen/WNET for national public television, the series is both a celebration and an exploration of creativity in America. Consisting of more than 250 hours of programming to date, AMERICAN MASTERS is a growing film library documenting the role important individuals, groups, and movements have played in the formation of our cultural identity.

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