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Daneil Mazone

215.351.3316 September 9, 2005


Week of programming recalls the pop and protest that defined a generation…

Revisit the decade that rocked, revolted and revolutionized when WHYY TV12 airs a full week of special programming dedicated to the music and activism of the 1960s beginning Monday, September 26. Headlining “Sixties Week” is Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated Bob Dylan biography, No Direction Home. Also airing are Best of the Beatles, Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest and The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation.

To give audiences a sneak peek at “Sixties Week,” WHYY will host a free screening of highlights from all four documentaries on Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion about ‘60s music with local experts. WHYY-FM’s Marty Moss-Coane will host the conversation with special guests WMMR’s Pierre Robert; folk music aficionado Gene Shay of WXPN; and Daily News music critic Jonathan Takiff.

WHYY’s “Sixties Week” begins with the premiere broadcast of No Direction Home: Bob Dylan on Monday-Tuesday, September 26-27 at 9 p.m. The two-part, three-and-a-half-hour film contains rare interviews with the reclusive singer/songwriter, who talks openly and extensively about his career. The documentary primarily focuses on Dylan’s life and music from 1961-66, including never before broadcast performance footage from the Bob Dylan Archives, and interviews with artists and musicians whose lives intertwined with Dylan’s during that time.

Best of the Beatles, airing Wednesday, September 28 at 8 p.m., recounts the untold story of the



band’s formative years as seen through the eyes of Pete Best, the Beatles’ original drummer who was eventually replaced by Ringo Starr. Best gives insight into the early years of the group and describes how he survived the public nightmare of getting cut out of the “Fab Four,” all to a rocking soundtrack of previously unreleased Beatles tracks with Best on drums.

Following at 9 p.m., Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest explores the potent role music has played in a century’s worth of political protest. Through historical footage and commentary from today’s musician and music critics, the film traces the birth of protest songs to the American union movement; the history of politics and protest in black music; and the impact of pop culture in politicizing the baby-boomer generation during the Vietnam era.

Wrapping up “Sixties Week” on Thursday, September 29 at 9 p.m. is The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation, a two-hour film that chronicles the widespread democratic activism and provocative music that defined this era. Focusing on critical events — from civil rights and the women’s liberation movement, to the youth counter-culture and Vietnam War — the documentary captures the electricity, fervor and anger of a decade full of both turmoil and great hope.

WHYY is what a diverse community has in common. WHYY, through television, radio and other communications services, makes our region a better place, connecting each of us to the world’s richest ideas and all of us to each other.

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