Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement-PBS-sdtv xvid
Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement
For a brief moment in time, a few daring, innovative musicians stood at the crossroads of a revolution in music and culture. Across one of the most turbulent periods in American history-from the early civil rights era to Watergate - they brought music, medium and message together as never before, composing a soundtrack perfectly tuned to the tempo and pulse of its time. They were America's rhythm rebels, and the spirit of what they created then lives on today.
From Billie Holiday to Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin, and from Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to Gil Scott-Heron, this program documents how a few daring musical innovators stood at the vortex of two revolutions - one cultural, the other musical - and forever changed America and the world.
Exploring the role of music in the civil-rights movement. Commenting are Louis Gossett Jr.; Chuck D; Gladys Knight; Pete Seeger; Ruby Dee; Jerry Butler; the Blind Boys of Alabama.