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  • Episode 1: Fuck Art Let's Dance

    London Calling The Untold Story Of British Pop Music 

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 53 min

    "Fuck art let's dance!" proclaimed the famous slogan on a post-punk T-shirt, expressing the rebellious musical spirit that thrived in art colleges at the time. Ironically it was precisely this spirit that had led to British art colleges contributing to pop music culture on a scale unmatched elsewhere. The new role of art schools as a social melting pot in the 1960s, and their policy that everyone had to study a broad-based arts curriculum before being allowed to specialise, resulted in a new cultural playground where musical passions and fresh ideas flourished. Every British pop band contained at least one art school graduate and many, from Roxy Music and Wire to Franz Ferdinand, formed entirely at art school. Pete Townshend's legendary Union Jack jacket - often misinterpreted as patriotism - was a pure pop art statement, deconstructing the national flag as fashion, and the band's clever conceptual collection The Who Sell Out was the result of manager Kit Lambert "encouraging my art school ambitions". Even scruffy rebels like The Sex Pistols owed their aesthetic to art college graduates Malcolm McLaren and Jamie Reid's love of the Situationist and Dadaist movements, and every band that hadn't met at art college boasted an art college graduate, or found itself steered, styled, sloganised, photographed and reported on by their like. This opening episode examines the reasons behind this phenomenon, and asks if this uniquely British impulse has run its course.

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  • Morricone & Tarantino at Abbey Road Studios

    Various Artists

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 14 min

    Film director Quentin Tarantino is a lifelong fan of world-renowned, award-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone’s work and has used his music in five of his films, but their collaboration on his latest film, The Hateful Eight, marks the first time Morricone has recorded original score specifically for one of Tarantino’s films. It is also the first time Morricone has scored a western film in over 40 years, since the release of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Morricone / Tarantino: Live From Abbey Road Studios features live performance of the music of Morricone, as well as extensive interviews with Morricone, Tarantino and a behind the scenes look inner workings of the event.

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  • Soul Power! The Early Years Episode 1

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 52 min

    Given that soul has always developed under very particular socio-economic conditions and that the historical background is charged with a topicality that remains significant to this day, the music story will be told within both a historical and political context. In so doing, Soulpower unites a period that spans from the end of the Second World War to the new millennium. From race music to Rihanna. From Bo Diddley to Beyoncé. From Aretha to Adele. From Al Green to Alicia Keys. A thrillingly told, groovy documentary series presenting the big names, the music, the conflicts and the attitude to life of the past 60 years and allows them to resonate.

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  • Soul Power! The Golden Years Episode 2

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 52 min

    Given that soul has always developed under very particular socio-economic conditions and that the historical background is charged with a topicality that remains significant to this day, the music story will be told within both a historical and political context. In so doing, Soulpower unites a period that spans from the end of the Second World War to the new millennium. From race music to Rihanna. From Bo Diddley to Beyoncé. From Aretha to Adele. From Al Green to Alicia Keys. A thrillingly told, groovy documentary series presenting the big names, the music, the conflicts and the attitude to life of the past 60 years and allows them to resonate.

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  • Soul Power! The Fusion Years Episode 3

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 52 min

    Given that soul has always developed under very particular socio-economic conditions and that the historical background is charged with a topicality that remains significant to this day, the music story will be told within both a historical and political context. In so doing, Soulpower unites a period that spans from the end of the Second World War to the new millennium. From race music to Rihanna. From Bo Diddley to Beyoncé. From Aretha to Adele. From Al Green to Alicia Keys. A thrillingly told, groovy documentary series presenting the big names, the music, the conflicts and the attitude to life of the past 60 years and allows them to resonate.

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  • A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia

    Billy Joel

    Year: 2014

    Runtime: 1 hr 14 min

    In 1987, after 100 shows around the world on The Bridge Tour, Billy Joel accepted the Kremlin’s invitation to the U.S.S.R. for six fully-staged rock shows in Moscow and Leningrad, fulfilling a long-time desire to perform in Russia. During their stay, Billy and his family, along with musicians, staff, and a huge press entourage spent their days interacting with the Russian people, forging true bonds of friendship wherever they went. For the first time A Matter Of Trust – The Bridge To Russia: A Documentary presents an expanded version of what fans saw and heard over a quarter-century ago. This film takes a fresh look at the groundbreaking trip, painstakingly incorporating some of the documentary material from 1988, both released and unreleased. But the heart and soul of this new film comprises up-to-date interviews with nearly 20 U.S. and Russian participants, including Billy, Christie Brinkley, band musicians, crew, and many others. There is a passion and intimacy to their interviews that underscores the historical significance of what these fellow travelers all witnessed, and the warmth that the Russian people showered on them. Billy has always considered that going to Russia was the most important thing he’d ever done as a performer.

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  • Classic Albums: Graceland

    Paul Simon

    Year: 1980

    Runtime: 60 min

    Simon And Garfunkel are the most successful duo in recording history and following their split in 1971 both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have carried on to have hugely successful solo careers and enjoyed occasional reunions. This concert was filmed at Philadelphias Tower Theater in 1980 and captures Paul Simon in fine form with a superb backing band featuring most of Stuff. The setlist ranges across his career up to that point and includes both Simon and Garfunkel and solo hits.

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  • Episode 3: You Wear It Well

    London Calling The Untold Story Of British Pop Music 

    Year: 2012

    Runtime: 52 min

    In the late 60s the album, formerly just a collection of singles, established itself as the ultimate musical statement, and an album sleeve art culture was born that forsook obvious band photos for graphical invention and far more ambitious visual pastures. We open this episode with the story of the fashions that accompanied British pop and the people who had the look. No other country's musicians share even a fraction of the image-fixation that has always characterised the best British pop. From The Beatles' moptop hairdos to the punks' Mohicans, the grey shirts of Joy Division to the tunic and feathers of Adam Ant, the androgynous glitz of glam rock to the Jewish Rastafarian chic of Culture Club, the sharp lines of Mod to the dungarees of acid house, Anthony Price suits to the gypsy romance of Dexy's Midnight Runners and beyond, British music always comes packaged with an ingeniously constructed image. We follow this with the story of successive waves of pioneering British album art, from the sensual psychedelia of Nigel Waymouth and Hapshash in the 60s, to the domination of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis in the 70s, with their elaborate surrealist imagery and visual puns, to the situationist shock tactics of Jamie Reid and punk, the industrial minimalism and fresh fonts of Peter Saville, Malcolm Garrett and the Manchester connection, and on to the appropriately anonymous, computer generated flyers of the rave age. This is the story of how British pop captured the world's heart through its eyes.

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  • Inside Out

    Niall Horan

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 6 min

    Niall Horan first rose to fame in 2010 when he auditioned as a solo artist on the British X factor. His X Factor journey led him on a path that would see him become a member of the boy band One Direction. He quickly established himself as a fan favourite as One Direction started to become a global phenomena. As One direction started to become global superstars, it was Harry Styles who was expected to become the bands leading man, but as their popularity grew, it was apparent that the boy from Ireland was by far the most popular member, especially in the USA. As One Direction establish their name as the biggest boy band of all time, we invite you to follow the story of their leading man: Niall Horan.

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  • No New Kinda Story: The Real Story of Tooth & Nail Records

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 7 min

    Tooth & Nail Records was started in 1993 by Brandon Ebel and quickly became the most controversial record label of the '90s. No New Kinda Story is a no-holds-barred, behind the scene look at the rise, fall, and rebirth of the iconic label.

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  • Soul Power! The Renaissance Years Episode 4

    Various Artists

    Year: 2013

    Runtime: 52 min

    Given that soul has always developed under very particular socio-economic conditions and that the historical background is charged with a topicality that remains significant to this day, the music story will be told within both a historical and political context. In so doing, Soulpower unites a period that spans from the end of the Second World War to the new millennium. From race music to Rihanna. From Bo Diddley to Beyoncé. From Aretha to Adele. From Al Green to Alicia Keys. A thrillingly told, groovy documentary series presenting the big names, the music, the conflicts and the attitude to life of the past 60 years and allows them to resonate.

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  • The Final Goodbye

    Amy Winehouse

    Year: 2011

    Runtime: 1 hr 11 min

    The Last Goodbye is an intimate look into the life and times of Amy Winehouse. This in-depth program chronicles her rise to pop superstardom and also offers a sensitive portrayal of a transformative star and the inner demons that inspired her work and eventually caused her untimely death. Her battle with addiction and her courtship with self destruction were well documented through the press. Even her troubled relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil was played out in front of British Media. But despite this backdrop, Amy Winehouse will be remembered for her unique song writing style fusing R & B, soul and jazz influences sang through a deep contralto vocal. The 'Back to Black' album symbolised her huge success at this time which led to an astonishing 5 Grammy awards- 'the most wins by a female artist in a single night'. This insightful programme is a definitive testimonial to an incredible music icon covering the start of her career up until her death.

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  • Dear Jack

    Jack's Mannequin

    Year: 2008

    Runtime: 1 hr 8 min

    The West Coast pop-punk quartet Jack's Mannequin experienced a sad and difficult day in 2005, when frontman Andrew McMahon - then only 23 years old - received a diagnosis from his physician that he had contracted cancer. In response, McMahon began shooting a deeply personal, self-reflexive video diary of the days in between that initial diagnosis (which coincided with the first Jack's Mannequin album, Everything in Transit) and the onset of his treatment; that footage appears in this intimate release. The material also includes footage from McMahon's childhood in the 1980s and 1990s, and behind-the-scenes material documenting the production of Everything in Transit. Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee narrates.

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  • PausePlay Interview

    James Bay

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 8 min

    James Bay talks writing process and releasing a sketch book.

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  • The Making of a Legend

    John Legend

    Year: 2007

    Runtime: 48 min

    This film features the story this incredibly talented artist who, at just 28 years of age, has taken the world by storm. With five Grammy awards, two studio albums and a new label, the amazing musician is living up to his name. A composer, singer, and song-writer, Legend is an all around musician. With the help of an Award winning hip-hop producer Kanye West, Legend has risen from the background musical scene to a multi-platinum selling music career, as a front man for entertainers such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Eve, Common, the Black Eyed Peas and many others. Get to know Mr. Legend from his place of birth, his family, and his relationships to his controversy. He is an artist, a businessman; it would be safe to say he is a legend in the making. This is an in depth look into the life that is John Legend's.

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  • Band In Seattle - Stacy Jones - Season 3 Episode 12

    Stacy Jones

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 23 min

    With bluesy guitar licks and serious harmonica skills, Stacy Jones channels everything from Lucinda Williams to Bonnie Raitt. Last year she won Best Blues Song from the International Music and Entertainment Association, and she’s been nominated for Best of the Blues countless times for vocals, harmonica, and just about everything else. This girl’s got chops.

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  • Live at V Festival 2008

    Stereophonics

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 23 min

    Described as "classic UK rock delivered with whiskey vocals," the band have been summarised as possessing a sound akin to the genres of alternative rock and "British traditional rock". They are one of the most successful Welsh rock acts. Upon their release of “Pull the Pin”, they became the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums (after the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2).
    In this concert feature the band is taking over the Download Festival performing all the hits like “Dakota,” “Have A Nice Day,” “Just Looking,” and many more.

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  • Montage of Heck

    Kurt Cobain

    Year: 2015

    Runtime: 2 hr 13 min

    Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time, experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only ever fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, never seen before movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly acclaimed, follow Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he still is today.

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  • Turn It Up

    Various Artists

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 27 min

    A celebration of the electric guitar, hosted by Kevin Bacon and featuring interviews & performances by B.B. King, Slash, Les Paul, Robby Krieger, John 5, Paul Stanley, Skunk Baxter, Jerry Cantrell, Nancy Wilson, and many more.

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  • Going Home

    Jackson Browne

    Year: 2009

    Runtime: 1 hr 32 min

    For more than two decades, Jackson Browne has been one of the most compelling artists in popular music. In August of 1994, The Disney Channel presented "Jackson Browne: Going Home," a chronicle of Jackson’s remarkable career. Jackson Browne: Going Home contains interviews, performances and rare footage spanning twenty-five years featuring Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Graham Nash, The Eagles, David Lindley, Jennifer Warnes and many more.

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  • Classic Albums: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Elton John

    Year: 1972

    Runtime: 50 min

    GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD gave Elton John his second number one album in both the American and British charts and provided him with four top ten singles. Interviews with Elton John himself, as well as with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, there are contributions from musicians Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson, Gus Dudgeon (producer), David Hentschel (engineer), Del Newman (orchestral arranger) along with comments from Sir Tim Rice and Paul Gambaccini amongst others.

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  • Queens of Pop

    Lady Gaga

    Year: 2010

    Runtime: 28 min

    In January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.

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  • D Tour A Tenacious Documentary

    Tenacious D

    Year: 2017

    Runtime: 1 hr 9 min

    A documentary focusing on Tenacious D's world tour in support of their film and soundtrack to 'Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny'.

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  • Storytellers

    Umphrey's McGee

    Year: 2016

    Runtime: 1 hr 36 min

    Umphrey's McGee continue to defy convention with their ferocious live shows, never-ending catalogue, and innovative approach to all facets of the music industry. That approach was clearly on display on January 1st, 2016 as the band limited capacity of the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO to an intimate group of super fans for a truly special evening. The band premiered an archival documentary film and followed it up with a Storytellers style performance. They took time in between tracks to dig deeply into the song writing and lyrical process, share stories of the tune’s origins and crack jokes in classic UM fashion. This is a rare, behind the curtain look at the true nature of the band to be equally enjoyed by the die-hard fan and newbie alike. UM is Musicianship for the Masses.

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