Soundbreaking

The Unmistakable Bessie Smith

Clip: Episode 3 | 2m 3s

In Episode three of Soundbreaking, Bonnie Raitt and Roger Waters look to the pure emotion Bessie Smith brought to early Blues records. Bessie had a powerful voice, but studio innovations created the elements needed to record it at its most vulnerable. The closeness, made possible by emerging recording technology allowed Bessie to reach out through the speaker and sing directly to the listener.

Aired: 11/16/16

Rating: TV-PG

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