Ken Burns postulates that America is fundamentally about baseball, the founding fathers, and jazz. Martin Scorsese’s artistic output suggests he has a less academic view: America is a country of brutes, gangs, and the blues. Marty might be closer to the truth. The director of Raging Bull and Gangs of New York takes on the blues in a series of documentaries airing on PBS beginning September 28; the series is accompanied by an astounding 26 CDs, including this five-disc set that covers the history of recorded blues.
Various Artists: Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey