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Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (Episode #2401H)

KQED Life: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore -- a style marked by vulnerable introspection, raw, naked emotion and young singer/songwriters who shared their most intimate thoughts, backed by little more than a lone acoustic guitar or simple piano. Never before in music had the line between the songwriters and the songs seemed so transparent. They descended on the old club the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the emerging center of the American music scene - and the careers of James Taylor, Carole King, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens and so many others were launched. Carole King, one of the great songwriters of the '60s, started playing piano in James Taylor's band, creating a bond that they still share today. It is through them and their unique voices that we chronicle this group of musicians, who played before, after, and alongside them.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (Episode #309)

KQED 9: Mon, Feb 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

This in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century, features archival material that reflects Baldwin's worldwide influence and appeal, and includes interviews with family members, friends and notable colleagues such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon and Bobby Short, among others. Through his work as a writer, he helped mobilize the civil rights movement, brought new awareness and compassion to both black and white readers, and shed light on what it is like to be black in America.

Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor & The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter (Episode #2401H)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 23, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

In the wake of the turbulent 1960s, a new style of song and songwriter came to the fore -- a style marked by vulnerable introspection, raw, naked emotion and young singer/songwriters who shared their most intimate thoughts, backed by little more than a lone acoustic guitar or simple piano. Never before in music had the line between the songwriters and the songs seemed so transparent. They descended on the old club the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the emerging center of the American music scene - and the careers of James Taylor, Carole King, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens and so many others were launched. Carole King, one of the great songwriters of the '60s, started playing piano in James Taylor's band, creating a bond that they still share today. It is through them and their unique voices that we chronicle this group of musicians, who played before, after, and alongside them.

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket (Episode #309)

KQED 9: Sun, Feb 23, 2014 -- 6:00 PM

This in-depth portrait of James Baldwin, one of the great American authors of the 20th century, features archival material that reflects Baldwin's worldwide influence and appeal, and includes interviews with family members, friends and notable colleagues such as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, William Styron, Amiri Baraka, Richard Avedon and Bobby Short, among others. Through his work as a writer, he helped mobilize the civil rights movement, brought new awareness and compassion to both black and white readers, and shed light on what it is like to be black in America.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll (Episode #2602)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

During the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made Sister Rosetta Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of popular rock 'n roll, inspiring the male icons of the genre. This flamboyant African-American gospel superstar, with her spectacular virtuosity on the newly electrified guitar, was a natural-born performer and a rebel - one of the most important singer-musicians of the 20th century. She is acknowledged as a major influence not only on generations of black musicians - including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Isaac Hayes and Etta James - but also on white stars such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Feb 17, 2014 -- 2:00 AM

Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (Episode #2606H)

KQED 9: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday in February, 2014. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, her life unfolded during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Toni Morrison, Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono, First Lady Michelle Obama -- and, of course, Walker herself.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Feb 9, 2014 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED Channel 9: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED 9: Sat, Feb 8, 2014 -- 3:00 AM
  • KQED Channel 9: Fri, Feb 7, 2014 -- 9:00 PM

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (Episode #2101H)

KQED Life: Sun, Feb 2, 2014 -- 8:00 PM

This first authorized film biography poetically documents the late Pete Seeger's unique experience and contributions. The man, who introduced America to its own folk heritage, got a whole generation passionate about playing the guitar and picking the banjo, got them singing together and using music as a force for social change. He deeply believed in the power of song, convinced that individuals can make a difference. Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the US government, for his views on peace, civil rights and ecology, Seeger went from the top of the hit parade to the top of the blacklist -- banned from commercial television for more than 17 years. Seeger's inspiring, but not always easy story is told by everyone from Bob Dylan to the Dixie Chicks and through a remarkable historical archive.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 -- 2:00 AM
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