If there was ever an event, a word, or a movement that defined a generation, it would have to be ‘Woodstock’. Aptly so, PBS has unveiled the trailer for the upcoming documentary Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, a new documentary about the event that features previously unseen footage.
The festival, originally held over the weekend of August 15-18, 1969, signaled the changing wave of culture that permeated the United States in the late 60s and early 70s. A moment that ultimately changed music and rock n’ roll, Woodstock attracted some 400,000 revelers and featured live performances by 32 acts including The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, CCR, and the Grateful Dead.
The PBS documentary aims to shed some new light on an already well-told story, Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation;
“tells the story of the political and social upheaval leading up to those three historic days, as well as the extraordinary events of the concert itself, when near disaster put the ideals of the counterculture to the test. What took place in that teaming mass of humanity — the rain-soaked, starving, tripping, half-a-million strong throng of young people — was nothing less than a miracle of unity, a manifestation of the “peace and love” the festival had touted, and a validation of the counterculture’s promise to the world. Who were these kids? What experiences and stories did they carry with them.”
The documentary will open in select cinemas this May with a list of screenings available on the official website.
Revel in the spirit of one of the greatest festivals in the history of music and as we surge to the 50th-anniversary edition of Woodstock, let’s take time to remember that in 1999, the spirit of love was Fred Dursted into oblivion. He did it for the nookie.
Check out the trailer below.
The Making of Motown, the Making of Hitsville
Motown Records was the soul of a city, the rhythm of a nation
Few cities are as American as Detroit, be it for their rich automotive history or for their unique place in America’s music lore. There are few record labels as enshrined in American history and culture as Motown Records, the famed Detroit soul label famous for releasing a string of Top 10 hits by The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye through the 60s. Founded by Berry Gordy, Motown is more than just the incredible records they released in the 60s, it was the immense cultural impact the label had on America.
Famed songwriter Smokey Robinson, who was the founder and frontman of Motown artists The Miracles, once said of the label’s impact;
“Into the 1960s, I was still not of a frame of mind that we were not only making music, we were making history. But I did recognize the impact because acts were going all over the world at that time. I recognized the bridges that we crossed, the racial problems and the barriers that we broke down with music. I recognized that because I lived it. I would come to the South in the early days of Motown and the audiences would be segregated. Then they started to get the Motown music and we would go back and the audiences were integrated and the kids were dancing together and holding hands.”
A new documentary detailing the history and legacy of Motown Records is being released on Showtime titled Hitsville: The Making of Motown. Featuring a host of historical footage as well as interviews with label founder Berry Gordy, Jamie Foxx, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and more, the documentary will tell the story of the label, its formation, and its continued impact and influence on American music and culture. Directed by Benjamin Turner and Gabe Turner (The Class of 92), the documentary will air August 24th on Showtime.
Anarchy in the desert in Desolation Center trailer
An old kind of lawlessness in the desert
Long before music in the desert meant Instagram models, hipsters, and shitty pop music, it was about something more transgressive. During Reagan America, music was thrust into action as a voice for frustration and disappointment at the state of the union and was the catalyst for many social movements within music. Desolation Center is a documentary detailing part of that 80s rebellion, telling the story of music and performance art that took place in the (at the time) lawless confines of the desert.
Featuring interviews with an array of musicians from punk, rock, alternative, and industrial music, Desolation Center hopes to shed light on a little known movement that paved the way for countless music festivals like Lollapalooza. Interviewees include Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Minutemen’s Mike Watt, while rare live performance footage features the likes of Meat Puppets, Red Kross, Einstürzende Neubauten, and Sonic Youth.
The documentary was written and directed by Stuart Swezey and has been hitting the festival circuit this year. Desolation Center will open in US cinemas September 13th.