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American Experience; Soundtrack for a Revolution


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American Experience
Soundtrack for a Revolution
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its powerful music -- the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The music enabled African Americans to sing words they could not say and it was crucial in helping protesters as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The infectious energy of the songs swept people up and empowered them to fight for their rights. The documentary is a blend of heart-wrenching interviews, dramatic images and contemporary performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots.

Hear protest songs that energized the U.S. civil rights movement, with original performances by John Legend, Joss Stone, Blind Boys of Alabama, Richie Havens, Mary Mary, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots. Soundtrack for a Revolution, produced by Danny Glover, blends archival footage of civil rights leaders in the 1950s and '60s with current interviews from those who were there: Harry Belafonte, Andrew Young, John Lewis, and Julian Bond, and more.

A Production of Louverture Films Freedom Song Productions Wild Bunch Goldcrest Films International

Copyright 2009 Freedom Song Productions, Llc



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Chicago: “American Experience; Soundtrack for a Revolution,” 03/18/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_888097AE552B478E96BC07288C5ED99F.
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