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Let freedom sing how music inspired the civil rights movement
Publication Information:
[United States] : Time Life : Direct Holdings Americas Inc., [2009]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Title from container.

Bonus features: interview with Louis Gossett, Jr.; interview with Chuck D.
Local Subject:
One of the most powerful movements in American history is told through the singers and songwriters who fought for change with their music. Highlights include the influence of WDIA radio in Memphis and the influence of Harry Belafonte, Phil Ochs and other performers.


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Nonfiction DVD DVD 780.79 LET 1 1

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Oscar and Emmy-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. narrates this dramatic look at the people who raised their voices in song against racism and inequality. Change was in the air, and it was the singers and songwriters of such unforgettable melodies as "A Change is Gonna Come", "Blowin' in the Wind", and "People Get Ready who helped give the Civil Rights Movement it's anthems and soul. Hear firsthand accounts of how the Mississippi Freedom Riders used music to summon courage in the face of great danger, reflect on the brutality of enforced segregation with Billy Holiday's haunting ballad "Strange Fruit", and watch as the seeds of change that were planted in the 1960s blossoms in the music, politics, and culture of the decades that followed. Extensive interviews with Quincy Jones, Chuck D, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight, and others combine with never-before-seen historic footage to offer an absorbing account of a time of unprecedented social transformation. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi