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Smithsonian Channel gets to the roots of pop, rock and R&B, celebrating the visionaries and change-makers of modern music. Ranging from the birth of the blues to modern pop & more, programs feature Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, GE Smith, Carlos Vives, Joe Walsh, Randy Newman and many more.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Accordion Kings||Once every decade in a small Colombian village, musicians engage in a fierce battle for the title of the Accordion King. Travel down to Colombia, and go behind the scenes of the Vallenato Kings Festival where, each April, the world’s greatest accordionists assemble to perform, compete, and celebrate the squeezebox. Meet the players and hear their stories, including professors of the Turco Gil Academy, where over two thousand children dedicate themselves to their instrument, and Yeime, a young girl who overcame cultural stereotypes to become the first woman to win the competition in over forty years.||1:12:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWorlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways||Folkways Records founder Moses Asch turned the music business model on its head. He avoided hit makers and catered to unknown musicians. He dug into vanishing traditions around the world to harness music and sounds that inspire people. Artists like Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly can still be heard on this original indie label that, for over sixty years, has made good on its mission of gathering sound and spreading it to the people.||46:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoElectrified: The Guitar Revolution||The history of music’s greatest invention and the world’s most popular musical instrument. From the early days of the Model U and Frying Pan to the guitar wars of Fender and Gibson, experience the evolution of the electric guitar through vintage footage, interviews with rock historians and rousing live performances.||46:40||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes||Hip Hop has evolved from a musical genre into one of the most influential movements of the 21st Century, affecting the way people dress, speak, and even think. Follow the journey from its birth in the Bronx in the '70s, to the time when rap, DJ-ing, break dancing, and graffiti took over New York City and defined a generation. See how the music and its message expanded to inner cities all over the world, including Paris, Berlin, Dakar and the Palestinian territories, and how it became the universal language for people who didn't have a voice.||1:09:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBlondie's New York||In the span of just a few years, Blondie went from a band fighting for punk cred at CBGB to international superstardom, thanks in large part to one album: Parallel Lines. What was the secret behind its success? How did it all come together...and nearly fall apart? Enter the recording studio with Blondies frontwoman and namesake, Debbie Harry, the rest of the band, and producer Mike Chapman. Their conversations reveal the real stories behind iconic hits like "Heart of Glass" and "One Way or Another" and how they launched punk music into the mainstream.||51:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Thank you, Folkways
the 2 episodes I was interested in where the Folkways Collections and the story of John Cohen's music. They were both so good, and reminded me of my place in the music.
One story I remember about the modern 'old-timey' musicians happened in, oh, 1980 or '81.... Took place at the Great Hudson River Revival in Croton, NY.
Musicians stayed in tents in the old field up the hill past the garbage dump. Get the old time musician together and they'd begin to play.. and play and play.
This particular year the old time folks forgot to stop playing when the girl's bathroom caught fire. They were right in front of the building. Newer noticed the fire, never noticed the firetruck. They were in their own trance with the music...
Of course they did have to move.... but I'll never forget them just playing in their own world till ours crashed in on them.
I only bought the Hip Hop one, as of now, and I was blown away. The episode takes you all over the world to hear what different people have to say. I was a fan of Hip Hop before, but I'm an even bigger fan now. Thank you Smithsonian.
The Accordian Kings' episode is a 10-star adventure into the phenomenal music making and culture of a genre of Columbian traditional music told in a hypnotizing hour of adventure. You feel as if you are discovering this magical artistic practice as the producers must have in putting this excellent episode together. Watching this will make your day!