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This presidential portrait shows how Jimmy Carter’s lifelong passion for music gave him an unexpected edge as a presidential candidate. Through folk, soul, gospel, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, Carter tapped into a force that transcended racial and generational divides, and often party lines. Carter’s appreciation for all genres of music and friendships with the likes of Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers, and Willie Nelson helped to define his campaign.

”Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President” combines intimate interviews with Carter along with rare archival era-defining live performances from: Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett, and Paul Simon among others.

Director Mary Wharton traces how Carter’s genuine approachability and the unifying power of music became key to his political appeal, and allowed him to connect with voters who may only have known him as a small town peanut farmer.

  • Year
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Mary Wharton
  • Screenwriter
    Bill Flanagan
  • Producer
    Chris Farrell, Dave Kirkpatrick
  • Executive Producer
    Dan Braun, Mary Wharton, David Crawford, Peter Conlon
  • Cast
    Madeleine Albright, Tom Beard, Bono, Garth Brooks, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, Rosanne Cash, Michael Curry, Bob Dylan, Jim Free, Larry Gatlin, Chuck Leavell, Frank Moore, Willie Nelson, Nile Rodgers, Paul Simon, George Wein, Jann Wenner, Trisha Yearwood, Andrew Young
  • Cinematographer
    James Fideler
  • Editor
    Mari Keiko Gonzalez