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A clip from Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook: Season 2, Time Machines.

“Time Machines” explores how technology has preserved—and altered—the way we think about the great songs and singers of the past.

On a coast to coast tour that with stops in New York, Palm Springs, Kansas City, upstate New York, and even the storied Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Michael Feinstein introduces viewers to Soundies (the original music videos,) the historic Kansas City building where “jam sessions” were born (which still hosts after-hours gigs,) and an eclectic array of performers and collectors who help keep the music alive, including the avid collector and music lover Hugh Hefner, who shares rare footage of cabaret legend Bobby Short, and the British crooner Al Bowlly.

  • 02/03/2012
  • PBS Episode(s): 4
  • Performance: Michael Feinstein's American Songbook: Season 2, Time Machines
  • Performance Type: Movie
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Michael Feinstein
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Michael Feinstein
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The Michael Feinstein Collection