Considering the rich musical legacy of the United States of America —arguably its greatest export— our country has pretty crappy music television programming.
While Europe has consistently televised full concerts and live performances in a variety of interesting ways, we have little besides one or two song guest spots on late night TV.
There’s the Super Bowl halftime show (which increasingly features pre-taped music so as to not interfere with the choreography), competition shows like “The Voice” (which reduce music to a crass popularity contest), and the mostly music-less MTV, which…don’t even get me started.
But then there’s “Austin City Limits.”
Since 1974, “Austin City Limits,” or ACL, as its often referred to, has featured some of music’s greatest artists, from country to alternative rock, in full performance for all to see over the course of an hour. That it’s a product of the non-profit Public Broadcasting Service should come as no surprise.
However, rather than being filmed in one of PBS’s Northeastern hubs, it has since its inception been taped deep in the heart of Texas. In fact, Austin’s current reputation as the “Live Music Capital of the World” was a tagline widely promoted by the show.
The 2015 documentary “A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story” looks back at its history on the occasion of its 40th anniversary and is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and YouTube Red.
Read the story at Decider.
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