Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History

September 2017

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 1960...

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 an...

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 ...

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 “...

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 Ne...

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 seis...