John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen


John Hammond was responsible for discovering Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen among others. As a producer, writer, critic, and board member of the NAACP, he was credited as a major force in integrating the music business. Narrated by actor Ossie Davis, this PBS American Masters features Hammond reminiscing about his life and talking with many artists he worked with.

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