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Thread #80976   Message #1482618
Posted By: GUEST,Whistle Stop
11-May-05 - 02:50 PM
Thread Name: Carter Family on PBS Amer. Exp. 9 May 05
Subject: RE: Carter Family on PBS Amer. Exp. 9 May 05
I thought it was a fair documentary, given the time constraints. An audience that is already familiar with the story will always find some inaccuracies to quibble about, but on the whole I thought PBS did a decent job of presenting the Carters' story. Not as good as the book, of course, but a book can go into a lot more detail than a one-hour documentary. I do agree with Becky that the reenactments were a little strange. I thought some of the commentators were pretty good, including Gillian Welch, who spoke about Maybelle's guitar style, among other things.

Deb, I am in Holliston, Massachusetts, not far from Shrewsbury, and I don't recall any glitches. Then again, it was getting close to my bedtime, so maybe it happened and I just thought it was me...