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Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Music
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Episode 1: Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

Summary

Documentary exploring the music tied to iconic moments in history, featuring rare archival footage and interviews with a host of famous faces from film and music.

Review

When you think of the assassination of Martin Luther King, what song pops into your head? Nothing? No, me neither. But this series from CNN is a bit more nuanced than just pegging a tune to a historic event. Instead it looks at how music has changed in reaction to pivotal moments, and it has a long reach, so this opener on Dr King’s death includes everything from Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddam to Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 Black Lives Matter anthem, Alright. It’s made by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s production company, so naturally he appears as a talking head giving his expert view on the civil rights movement.

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