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- Celebrate America's Birthday With A Weekend-Long Salute To America's Music!
US Theatrical Premiere!
Program Number Five
The African roots of American music
Sunday July 6, 2008 - 2:30pm
Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood
- ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: THE STORY OF POPULAR MUSIC
- (1977, 17 x 55 mins, Theatre Projects, Directed by Tony Palmer)
- John Lennon was the instigator of Palmer's landmark 1977 TV series that boldly set out to tell the story of 20th century popular music in 17 distinctive films. The series was a massive international hit - but was barely seen in the USA. To celebrate America's holiday weekend we are presenting all 17 films - grouped into five thematic programs - each consisting of three films. There are also two introductory films that are being shown as FREE screenings - one on Saturday - the other on Sunday. The films feature hours of unique, specially-shot material and ultra-rare archival footage of America's top musicians. Tony Palmer is attending the weekend and will introduce each program. See separate webpage for full details.
- PROGRAM 5: THE AFRICAN ROOTS OF AMERICAN MUSIC
- (1977, 55 mins, Theatre Projects, Directed by Tony Palmer)
- Program Five of our seven programs is another FREE ADMISSION event - a gift from us to you on America's Holiday Weekend. It is a fascinating film about the origins of America's popular music. And it busts a lot of myths.
"Godís Children" It is generally assumed that American popular music comes from the coastal regions of Africa; that the slaves brought drums to the United States; that jazz originated, somehow, in New Orleans; that the blues developed in the Mississippi Delta, and later became the cornerstone of everything from ragtime to rock 'n' roll. All of these conceptions and assumptions turn out to be untrue, and this film seeks to uncover the real story Ė in Africa, on the edge of the Sahara; in Austria and the Salzkammergut; in the Ozark mountains of Arkansas; in New Orleans and in Texas. Among those helping us understand the real story are Ginger Baker, James Brown, Duke Ellington, Lightnin' Hopkins, Rufus Thomas, Tina Turner and The Platters.
Introduced by Tony Palmer
- Musicians & Composers (seen and/or heard):
• Ginger Baker • James Brown • Duke Ellington • Lightnin' Hopkins • The Platters • Rufus Thomas • Tina Turner
- Actors/Directors/Producers/Cultural Icons:
• LeRoi Jones
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