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  May 26, 2017

John Scheinfeld: Chasing Trane

The documentary filmmaker discusses his latest film about jazz icon John Coltrane.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

John Scheinfeld previously directed The US vs. John Lennon, about the former Beatle's political activism during and after the Vietnam War. In their conversation about Chasing Trane, Scheinfeld and host Robert Scheer discuss the parallels between John Lennon and John Coltrane; both died young and spent much of their short lives striving for authenticity. Scheinfeld says Coltrane was largely self-taught but had an incredible work ethic and would disappear into his home for weeks at a time creating new music. And Scheer and Scheinfeld discuss how Coltrane's music defied genre and, to their minds, transcends jazz.

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