Anthem: An American Road Story

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Armed with a Powerbook, a couple of video cameras, and the names of over two hundred Americans they viewed as visionaries or cultural icons, Gabel and Hahn embarked on a journey that would take them from historic New Orleans to the rainforests of Washington; from the skyscraper-lined avenues of New York City to the dusty roads of the Great Plains. Never did they imagine that they'd drive reckelessly through the back roads of Aspen with Hunter S. Thompson, or survive the hottest day in Chicago history with Studs Terkel. From cities and towns across the land, they gathered the thoughts and visions of the people and, in doing so, captured the powerful, collective voice they call ANTHEM: a unique, optimistic chorus that defines the American Dream on the eve of the twenty-first century.

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Kristin Hahn grew up in New Mexico, then moved to Los Angeles, where she spent a decade working in the television and film industry. With Shainee Gabel, Hahn wrote, produced, and filmed the acclaimed independent documentary Anthem and wrote the book based on the film. She currently lives in California with her husband and son.

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The record of a four-month-long trip around America with a videocamera in 1995, in search of some defining ideas of American purpose and identity, by two young women who make very pleasant company. The virtue of the narrative (a feature-length documentary is also being released) is that Gabel and Hahn's winning sincerity gained them entry to a number of influential figures, from George Stephanopoulos to George McGovern, and from Robert Redford to Hunter S. Thompson, and their wide-eyed fascination with what they found clearly touched a number of their subjects. Some of their interviews (with the rap artist Chuck D and the environmental activist Wes Jackson, for instance) did provoke some frank answers. The drawback is that their questions tend to be somewhat simplistic, and their reactions to their surroundings are uninformed by much sense of history, focusing on matters (the extraordinary variety of American landscapes, life on the road) that may be new to them but that have been thoroughly covered by many before them. A work of modest but real charm. (First printing of 75,000) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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