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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
SOUNDTRACK FOR A REVOLUTION
MAY 9 AT 9 PM
EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS

Acclaimed Film Shows How the Songs of Freedom

Sustained, Nurtured and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement to Victory

“You can cage the singer, but not the song.” - Harry Belafonte

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 police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. The film features new performances by top artists including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots; riveting archival footage; and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders, including Congressman John Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Julian Bond, Andrew Young and dozens more.

Soundtrack for a Revolution celebrates the vitality of the freedom songs and explores how these simple but stirring anthems had the power to sustain the movement during its darkest hours. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman ( Nanking ), and executive produced by Danny Glover, Soundtrack for a Revolution will premiere on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 9 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS.

The freedom songs that propelled the civil rights movement -- from the Montgomery bus boycott to lunch counter sit-ins, from Birmingham to the march on Washington to Selma -- evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and especially from the black church. They enabled blacks to sing words they could not say, and were crucial in helping the civil rights activists as they faced down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. The film weaves together contemporary performances of such timeless songs as “Eyes on the Prize,” “Wade in the Water,” and “We Shall Overcome,” with heart-wrenching interviews and dramatic footage from the front lines of the fight for freedom.

 

Musical Performances By:

Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama

Angie Stone

Joss Stone

The Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir

Mary Mary

Wyclef Jean

Richie Havens

The Roots

John Legend

Media Contact:  Colleen O’Donnell Pierce
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