The Atrocious Saint quot;I was born for the storm.quot; That's how Andrew Jackson described himself in his earthy style, and quot;Old Hickory'squot; life fully justified the description. When he was just thirteen years old, Jackson fought in the most vicious battles of the Revolutionary War. Before he was fifteen, his father, mother and both brothers died, leaving him alone in the world. After reading law for three years he was admitted to the North Carolina Bar, and a year later he joined the first great wave of Americans to head west to start new lives, a journey that took him to a new settlement on the farthest edge of the frontier - Nashville, Tennessee. In Nashville Jackson raised racehorses, then bet huge sums on those horses in match races. One race led to a duel in which his opponent shot Jack- son in the chest. Jackson then raised his gun and shot the man in the heart. This quot;wild young manquot; also found time to begin a scandalous affair with a married woman, who some biographers think moved in with Jackson because she knew her abusive husband wouldn't dare to cross him. There were a lot of challenges in making a film about Andrew Jackson, but the biggest was that it's almost impossible for modern Americans to really understand the hardscrabble frontier life that shaped Jackson, where the rule of conduct was quot;do unto others before they do it unto you.quot; When it comes to creating a gut feeling of a time and place, music is essential, because it communicates mood and emotion straight to the heart without relying on words or pictures or anything else. Fortunately, for those of us involved in the making of quot;Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency,quot; we had a secret weapon at our disposal: the amazing music of Christopher Hedge. To get that mood and emotion right, Chris scoured old archives for sheet music and songs of the period, traveling across the country to meet with experts in the field. Chris didn't want
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Publication Date20080819
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Andrew Jackson-The Atrocious Saint

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