Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

The art and evolution of music recording is one of the 20th century’s great untold stories. Executive Produced by legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, this eight-part series combines more than 150 original interviews with rare archival studio footage—and an extensive soundtrack featuring almost 300 songs—to explore the extraordinary impact of recorded music on our lives.

Soundbreaking provides unprecedented access to some of the most celebrated artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Grohl, Debbie Harry, Steven Van Zandt, Chuck D, BB King, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Roger Daltrey, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, RZA, Roger Waters, St. Vincent, Rick Rubin, Bonnie Raitt, Questlove, and Beck. The series explores a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, from the Beatles’ groundbreaking use of multitrack technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling. You’ll hear the songs you love in a whole new way.

The Dressmaker

P.J. Hogan and director Jocelyn Moorhouse have transformed Rosalie Ham’s popular 2000 novel THE DRESSMAKER into a film. It is a funky, social comment, noir farce with very serious overtones and fortunately a love story with a happy ending.

The Dressmaker is an excellent movie and takes place in rural Australia.  A fashion designer, Kate Winslet, returns to her childhood town where she was exiled from as a young girl for a "crime" she cannot remember committing.

 

 

The Boys of '36: American Experience

In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boy s victory, and the obstacles, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.  Boys of '36 bring into focus what the Olympics used to be about; Team effort and overcoming adversity. This is not the 5 minute clip we are used to prior to an event. This documentary only skips the surface of the lives children of the Depression lived and brought with them as they rowed for the gold. Don't forget to read the book that this American Experience was based upon: "Boys in the Boat." The insight into the rowers lives( being on you own in a logging camp at the age of 8 with no one but yourself to depend on) adds to the essence of survival and inner strength. The Nazi crew team had no chance with the solid determination of the American boys from the northwest in the race.