From protest marches to pop music, find out how the political and social climate of the last fifty years has directly impacted music and pop culture when Get Up, Stand Up premieres Thurs., Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Civilization Channel.
Each episode of this compelling six-part series offers an emotionally-charged look at the power of music and its ability to mirror cultural trends, support political movements, raise awareness about social issues and influence economic conditions the world over. Also, examine a broader cultural snapshot when Yearbook premieres on Thurs. Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT. The perfect companion for Get Up, Stand Up, this three-part series that looks at the political, social and cultural movements that defined 1968, 1973 and 1978.
Martin Luther King in Washington, D.C., as seen in the new six-part series Get Up, Stand Up premiering this Fall on Discovery Civilization Channel.
From the war in Vietnam and the civil rights movement to the famine in Africa, Discovery Civilization Channel presents Get Up, Stand Up an innovative series that dissects the soundtrack of history. Featuring interviews with the music industry’s most revered artists, including singer/songwriter Bob Dylan and musician/philanthropist Bob Geldof, Get Up, Stand Up reveals how the intricate tapestry of history and music – woven through time – has influenced and defined generations.
Episode highlights from Get Up, Stand Up include:
· Get Up, Stand Up: “We Shall Overcome”
Thurs., Sept. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
The first episode of the series provides an overview of the last 50 years and traces the role of music in history. From the use of political propaganda communicated through music and art to music’s role in the fight for human rights everywhere, watch as the power of music begins to inspire political movements such as the struggles against apartheid, Native American rights and Tibetan liberation.
· Get Up, Stand Up: “Next Stop is Vietnam”
Thurs., Sept. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
America’s involvement in the Vietnam War radicalized a generation. Explore the social factors that forced a music-oriented youth culture to become the focus of the anti-war and peace movements. Witness how music became the means of expressing a generation’s displeasure with the political choices of their government’s administration.
· Get Up, Stand Up: “Fight the Power”
Thurs., Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. PT/10 p.m. PT
Watch as the anarchistic 60s protest culture is soon replaced by strategic pop PR. This episode examines how the focus on war and human rights movements shifted to targeted campaigns against nuclear power plants, U.S. foreign policy in Central America, the death penalty and the proliferation of landmines. Witness how music messaging evolved and the role musicians played in that change.
· Get Up, Stand Up: “Say It Loud”
Thurs., Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
This episode offers an overview of the rich history of politics in black music. In addition to profiling prominent black musicians and artists, “Say it Loud” also examines the civil rights movement and pacifism, black separatism, gangster rap, the L.A. riots and the power of polemical poetry.
· Get Up, Stand Up: “We Are the World”
Thurs., Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Do good intentions always translate into great art? As musicians become more and more influential, they find they can use their celebrity to raise money to help others. Learn more about the social, political and economic inspirations behind Live Aid, the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS, Farm Aid, campaigns to oppose sexual discrimination and end child slavery.
· Get Up, Stand Up: “What’s Going On?”
Thurs., Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT
Politicians understand pop’s power as a vehicle for communication but the history of rock’s alliances with political parties is fraught with complications. The final episode of the series brings the story up-to-date, taking in the new muso-political landscape after September 11, the shifting personal and political allegiances and the new pragmatism of Drop the Debt movement as the way forward. Watch as musicians and artists continue to use their unique position to engender face-to-face political talks with senators, popes and presidents.
An essential primer for Get Up, Stand Up, the new three-part series Yearbook offers a glimpse at how American culture and society was able to change dramatically in a year as a result of significant political, social and economic events. With an engaging look at how three different years in history can alter the direction of a nation, this three-part series reveals the tumultuous course of history America has tread in the last century.
Episodes from Yearbook include:
· Yearbook: 1968
Thurs., Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
1968 was a year of volcanic upheaval, where everything that had been bubbling beneath the surface of American life exploded with enormous force. The war in Vietnam was at its peak, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, and anti-war and civil rights demonstrations were at an all-time high. That year, Richard Nixon became President, Jimi Hendrix became a rock star, and Planet of the Apes became a classic. On the music scene, The Beatles released their critically acclaimed White Album and the musical Hair premiered on Broadway. As the year raced on, Americans watched the first televised Apollo mission and TV’s first interracial kiss when William Shatner took viewers where no man had boldly gone before. This pivotal year in history altered the fabric of America’s culture and the nation would never be the same again.
· Yearbook: 1973
Thurs., Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Watergate, high crime and the oil embargo were some of the dramatic events that shaped 1973. Despite the shocking occurrences of the past few years, there were also positive events that would be recognized in the early 1970s. The draft was finally over and the unpopular war in Vietnam was coming to an end. Culturally, 1973 was a distinct year in Hollywood’s golden era of filmmaking with films Sleeper, The Godfather and American Graffiti hitting the theatres. Americans were looking to build the tallest buildings in the world, fly the Concord across the Atlantic faster than the speed of sound and enjoy the sounds of their CB radios. That year, America listened to the mellow self-reflective music of Roberta Flack and Carly Simon; watched more crime shows on television than ever before; and observed the controversial Roe vs. Wade case play out in the Supreme Court. Politically, other changes marked the year with the creation of the endangered species act and the recognition that homosexuality is not a mental illness. In 1973, America took a reasonable look at the changes of the past several years and looked to the future in a more realistic way.
· Yearbook: 1978
Thurs., Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Silly hair, silly leisure suits, silly music – 1978 was all about escape. On the heels of a tumultuous decade that included the assassinations of a promising young president, a civil rights leader and a senator, in addition to an unpopular war and student uprisings, the nation was hoping for a reprieve from the drama of the last decade. While some American youth flocked to nightclubs across the nation and danced to the grooves of disco, others embraced the fringe element, slam-dancing to the sounds of The Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Ramones. This was the year punk and new wave caused a tsunami in the music scene – a stark contrast to the ever-popular corporate rock of the 1970s. In 1978 Jimmy Carter was president, there were three popes in rapid succession and Americans were watching Superman in theatres and Happy Days on television. The political, social and cultural changes that occurred in 1978 rendered it a trend-setting year that set the tone for the decade ahead.
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