Week of February 15
Monday, February 15
11:00am History Detectives “Bob Dylan’s Guitar” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
In the 10th season premiere episode, Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan investigate whether they have found rock's Holy Grail, the long-lost electric Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan plugged in at the '65 Newport Folk Festival, changing rock 'n' roll forever. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down some autographs allegedly signed for two brothers in Miami Beach during the Beatles' legendary 1964 "British Invasion" tour of the United States. Finally, Gwendolyn Wright investigates a $5 thrift store find and unearths a little-known artistic side of musical iconoclast Frank Zappa.
Watch the show here: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/2253615057/
Tuesday, February 16
11:00am History Detectives “Duke Ellington Plates” (Click here for Supplemental Materials)
HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray pilots an airplane to relive the memory of one of America's first, and youngest, barnstormers. Pilot "Cromwell Dixon" lost his life at 19 when his airplane crashed. Then, details in "Bartlett's Sketchbook" suggest the scenes illustrate the first ever US-Mexican border survey. Host Eduardo Pagan wonders whether the sketchbook made that journey, and if it belonged to Bartlett? Finally, a dumpster find may be a jazz history treasure. In the encore segment, Tukufu Zuberi sets out to find whether these metal "Duke Ellington Plates" printed the first copy of the Ellington hit, Take the A Train.
Watch the show here: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/video/1536099615/
Wednesday, February 17
11:00am Music Row: Nashville’s Most Famous Neighborhood The story of how a group of unremarkable bungalows became the heart of the country music industry, and led to Nashville's title as Music City USA. Narrated by singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, the documentary focuses on the rise of the Grand Ole Opry and the subsequent opening of recording studios in the downtown area. It also looks at the beginning of Music Row and how it developed into a complete neighborhood housing the full spectrum of the music industry - from session musicians and recording engineers, to record labels and entertainment lawyers. Chronicled through vintage photos and archival footage, as well as interviews with a range of industry professionals and musicians, the hour-long film also recounts the establishment of Nashville's musical community and reflects on what Music Row means today in the changing music business.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/music-row-nashvilles-most-famous-neighborhood-gufkhg/
Thursday, February 18
10:30am Music Makers of Gennett Records
The story of the little studio in Richmond, Indiana that captured early recordings of Jazz Age music legends Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and the singing cowboy Gene Autry. The documentary features several rare 1920s recordings from the Gennett Records archive, plus interviews with jazz great Wynton Marsalis, country music legend Ricky Skaggs, Broadway star Michael Feinstein and gospel music executive Dr. Bobby Jones.
Watch the show here: https://www.pbs.org/video/the-music-makers-of-gennett-records-gnqhpd/
Friday, February 19
10:30am Airplay: The Rise and Fall of Rock Radio
The history of rock radio - from the AM deejays to the FM pioneers who fanned the flames of the '60s, to the silencing of rock radio by the government and big-business interests, to its promise of rebirth on satellite radio. AIRPLAY shares the story of the 50-year struggle for the soul of music radio, told by the deejays and the artists they made stars. Musicians include: Crosby, Stills and Nash, Grace Slick, Little Steven Van Zandt, Bob Weir and Ray Manzarek (The Doors). In addition, legendary disc jockeys talk about the hits and the history they made together through interviews, archival footage and airchecks, some never seen or heard on television before.
Program is not available online, but you can watch a preview of the program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cx8mPmHC-8