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Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization Rises Again




Editor’s note: While these aren’t Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together on DVD. Read on for critic Noel Murray’s exclusive take on … Continue reading




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Hawaiian Music: More Than Just Hula (But Also Hula)




In tandem with the upcoming PBS premiere of Kumu Hina, we created this Spotify playlist compiling some of the greatest Hawaiian music, from Hula to slack guitar, ukulele, and beyond. And yes, we also couldn’t resist tossing in a standard at the … Continue reading




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Rest in Peace, Jimmy Scott




Jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, the subject of the Independent Lens documentary (and 2004 IL Audience Award Winner) Jimmy Scott: If Only You Knew, passed away June 12 at the age of 88.  Scott’s life and career was a real rollercoaster, which started with … Continue reading




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Freddy Camalier Finds FAME at Muscle Shoals




“Only the genre’s most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished…Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s documentary tells an extraordinary story.”  — NPR‘s Mark Jenkins Muscle Shoals, which has its broadcast television premiere on PBS tonight on Independent … Continue reading




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A Musical Journey Through Muscle Shoals




The word “magic” is mentioned a lot in Muscle Shoals, a mesmerizing documentary that tries to explain, or at least place in context, the extraordinary success of FAME (founded by producer Rick Hall in the late 1950s) and Muscle Shoals … Continue reading




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Meet the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble




Enjoy this collection of additional videos and links to check out more from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are the center of Reuben Atlas‘s new Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic, premiering tonight April 7 at 10pm on PBS (check local … Continue reading




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Reuben Atlas Gets Down to Brass Tacks with Brothers Hypnotic




New York-based producer, director, and “non-practicing lawyer” Reuben Atlas has filmmaking in the bloodlines and music frequently on his mind, so it’s perhaps no huge surprise that he wanted to combine the two interests when running across the all-in-the-family Hypnotic … Continue reading




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Best Music Documentaries on Independent Lens and Beyond




In honor of both Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey [which, if you missed it, is available ’til the end of this week to watch for free online] and the joyful Muscle Shoals, which will air on Independent Lens in April ’14 [web … Continue reading




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Don’t Stop OVEE-ing: Online Screening of Everyman’s Journey




Few bands hold the same iconic stature in American music lore as Journey. Decades of chart-topping hits and performances played on stages across the world. Following on the heels of last night’s Independent Lens broadcast premiere of Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s … Continue reading




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Throwback Thursday: “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” Free Online




As part of Independent Lens‘s Throwback Thursdays series, and in honor of the 40th anniversary of hip-hop music, we’re offering the documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes to watch online for free on PBS.org. The film will be available for one week, … Continue reading




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