American Masters: Season 27 (2013 - 2014)

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Season 27
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Air date: Feb 22, 2013

The story of gospel singer-guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1915-73), who influenced such rock and rollers as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Her talent on electric guitar was unrivaled in her heyday, and made an impact on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton. Included: archival footage; and remarks from music producer Joe Boyd, Howard Carol of the Dixie Hummingbirds, Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and biographer Gayle Wald.

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Air date: Mar 29, 2013

Explore the life of Philip Roth, author of Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy's Complaint.

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Air date: May 20, 2013

This American Masters documentary about the comic legend Mel Brooks features the celebrated funnyman sharing numerous stories from his decades long career that includes success on television, movies, and Broadway. In addition, a number of celebrated individuals discuss his talent and influence including Matthew Broderick, CLoris Leachman, Tracey Ullman, and his longtime collaborator and friend Carl Reiner.

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Air date: Sep 10, 2013

A profile of Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles; helped form a precursor to the WTA Tour; founded the Women's Sports Foundation and Women's Sports magazine; cofounded World TeamTennis; and defeated Bobby Riggs at a much-ballyhooed "Battle of the Sexes" match in 1973. The documentary includes remarks from past and current tennis stars Margaret Court, Chris Evert, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams; Riggs' son Larry; Hillary Clinton; and Gloria Steinem.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2013

A profile of Jimi Hendrix (1942-70), featuring footage from the 1968 Miami Pop Festival, home movies and remarks from family, friends and fellow musicians, including Paul McCartney; band members Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox; sound engineer Eddie Kramer; Steve Winwood; Vernon Reid; Billy Gibbons; Dweezil Zappa; and Dave Mason.

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