Smithsonian Channel to premiere new “Inside the Music” documentaries and encore of “Wanda Jackson: The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice” in October
The Smithsonian Channel will be premiering three “Inside the Music” documentaries in October: “Phil Collins: Going Back to Detroit,” “Real World of Peter Gabriel,” and “Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes.”
The network is also airing encores of other programs in the series including one on Oklahoma native Wanda Jackson entitled “Wanda Jackson: The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice.”
The shows’ synopses and air dates, provided by the Smithsonian Channel, are as follows:
PHIL COLLINS: GOING BACK TO DETROIT premieres Sunday, October 2 at 7 p.m. This hour-long special features the music from Collin’s first solo album in eight years. It recounts the major influence that Motown music had on a young Phil Collins as he was finding his musical voice, and follows him on a journey to rediscover the roots of the Motown Sound. Teaming up with The Funk Brothers, three original Detroit session guitarists, Collins records his new album of Motown hits “Going Back”, featuring some of Motown’s greatest songs including Dancing in the Streets, Nowhere to Run, My Girl and Papa Was A Rolling Stone. The program shows exclusive footage of Collins preparing for the album’s accompanying concert tour.
The hour-long REAL WORLD OF PETER GABRIEL, premiering Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m., was inspired by the 20th Anniversary of Gabriel’s Real World Records and the release of his collaborative album “Big Blue Ball”. This record was a result of some of the legendary ‘Real World Recording Weeks’ which took place in the 1990′s, where musicians from all over the world got together and made music. The film gives an insight into the extraordinary atmosphere in which these sessions were held and also Real World’s process of recording with producers and artists who come from different cultural backgrounds. The filmmakers spent time at Real World going through the archives and filming interviews with key staff, including Gabriel.
The international explosion of hip-hop culture and rap music is explored in the award- winning HIP-HOP: THE FURIOUS FORCE OF RHYMES, making its INSIDE THE MUSIC premiere on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. The film traverses four continents and six countries, looking at hip-hop as trans-national protest music. Rap has found kindred souls in people as diverse as African Activists, Israeli Jews, French Arabs and even German skinhead punks, all of whom share a common musical language. Recognizing themselves in the oppression of American blacks, people in various parts of the world have adapted the music born on the streets of New York to their own causes.
INSIDE THE MUSIC ENCORES:
WANDA JACKSON: The Sweet Lady with the Nasty Voice – Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m. – The story of the first lady of rockabilly and one of Elvis’s girlfriends – rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Wanda Jackson. As Rolling Stone said: “Jackson was the first to bring a woman’s intuition into the boy’s club of early rock-n-roll.” The film follows the Grammy Award nominee and legendary singer as she performs in Maine, Austin, New York City, Oklahoma City, Washington, D.C., and overseas in Sweden and Finland.
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