“Best Video of the Year”—American Library Association in Booklist
Narrated by Academy Award Winner Sissy Spacek
A Film Series by Jamie Ross and Ross Spears
“Beautifully shot and vast in scope, this stellar series combines science, history and arts in a tribute to Appalachia that offers hope for the future.”
An all-star cast, including Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson and best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, explores the intersection of natural history and human history in one of America’s grandest treasures.
What the Reviewers Are Saying:
Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature and Deep Economics:
APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People is a magnificent account of one of the nation’s most wonderful regions — hard-used but beautiful, and a wellspring of the national culture!
Jeff Biggers, The Huffington Post:
Years in the making by filmmakers, Jamie Ross and Ross Spears, APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People transcends the usual media portraits of poverty, pity, depravity and the picturesque in America’s most misunderstood and maligned region, and delivers a breathtaking view of Appalachia’s extraordinary role in shaping our country.This PBS series is a landmark event for television, and it couldn’t be more timely. A breakthrough journey!
Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
APPALACHIA could be the beginning of a cure for society’s malignant attitude about the region. An engrossing and beautifully filmed and illustrated series APPALACHIA is both a paean to and an investigation of the world’s oldest mountains. It gives first billing to the mountains themselves—the “soul and spine” of a people as diverse as any, but bound by a heart tug for “home” that’s all about being an underdog who knows a superior beauty.
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Appalachia: Music from Home, Companion CD Now Available
Lonesome Records is proud to present Appalachia: Music from Home, featuring traditional artists Jean Ritchie, Ralph Stanley, Dock Boggs, and Carl Martin along with contemporary songwriters Darrell Scott, Robin and Linda Williams, and Blue Highway—all celebrating the grand diversity of life and music in the magnificent Appalachian Mountains that they call home. More info in our Store.