Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

June 2020

Season 1 Episode 8 - The Berlin Wall And The Fall Of Communism

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After decades living under a repressive Communist regime, the people of East Germany could no longer stay trapped behind the brick wall that separated them from their countrymen in the West - and so they tore that Wall down. Since the 1960s, West Berlin had been a cultural hotspot and a draw for artists like the Rolling St...

Season 1 Episode 7 - Battle Of The Sexes

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The famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was a galvanising moment for the women’s movement. Billie Jean’s win was an affirmation to all the women who felt underestimated as simply mothers and housewives. The music of the 1960s and '70s, from Helen Reddy to Lesley Gore to Aretha Franklin was also a k...

Season 1 Episode 6 - Out Loud And Proud

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The LGBT movement in America began one night in late June on the streets of Greenwich Village, New York, in a bar called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided the place, gay men and women who had been made to live in the shadows of shame finally decided to fight back against the police, and to demand their civil rights. Ba...

Season 1 Episode 5 - Space Race

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On July 20, 1969 an estimated 600 million people all over the world watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon for the first time. The moonwalk inspired musicians from David Bowie and the Byrds to Parliament-Funkadelic and Sun Ra to imagine a cosmic future for mankind. However, once the Cold War...
May 2020

Season 1 Episode 4 - Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina triggered the worst urban disaster in modern US history, threatening to wash away the birthplace of some of America's most influential music. The inadequate relief laid bare the deep racial and social divisions that had troubled New Orleans long before the storm. International artists such as U2, Kanye We...

Season 1 Episode 3 - Kent State & The Vietnam War

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In a truly unimaginable act of police brutality, national guardsmen shot and killed four college students in an anti-war protest on the Kent State campus in Ohio in 1970. Just weeks later, Neil Young channelled his rage into a haunting song called “Ohio”, which was released and played on the radio almost immediately. Perha...

Season 1 Episode 2 - September 11th

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Explore the music tied to some of the most iconic moments in history - from the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina - music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticising, and amplifying seismic events in collective history. September 11, 2001 forever lives in infam...

Season 1 Episode 1 - The Assassination Of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The death of Martin Luther King Jr. marked a turning point in the civil rights movement, a moment of reckoning for African Americans in the United States. After the mourning, the community gathered its strength to continue King’s fight, inspired by the fiery protest of Nina Simone, the black power anthems of James Brown, a...