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Miriam Makeba (r) with Dizzy Gillespie in France 1991
Beyond the Films

January 30, 2018

For “Winnie”: Anti-Apartheid Songs of Protest

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1280"] Miriam Makeba and Dizzy Gillespie, 1991[/caption] By Sarah Bardeen, guest contributor Modern South Africa was forged in apartheid. The struggle defined life for generations of South…...

an abstract shot of John Coltrane playing sax, as if through water
Beyond the Films

October 31, 2017

Chasing Trane Playlist: Coltrane and His Disciples

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By Nick Dedina, Guest Contributor Drop a needle on a John Coltrane record, hit play on one of his digital playlists, or watch Chasing Trane and it’s easy to understand…...

Joe Stevens and his band Coyote Grace, on stage (courtesy the film Real Boy)
Beyond the Films

June 09, 2017

12 Trans Musicians Carving Their Own Identities

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Real Boy is the portrait of Bennett, who is undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and his mom's struggle to process the change, but it's also the portrait of a young musician…...

Crowd of protestors cheer.
Lists

February 09, 2016

The Black Panthers Pandora Mixtape

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The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution aired on Independent Lens and you can plug in, turn on, and get down with our curated Pandora Mixtape. The set joins the politically…...

African American sound recorder on the streets
Lists

August 11, 2015

Black Power Playlist: Music is the Message

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The soundtrack to America’s civil rights movement before the mid-1960s was predominantly made up of gospel standards and spirituals, with a smattering of popular folk. But by the late 1960s,…...

September 19, 2012

#TGIM! Indie Lens Fans Generate EPIC Monday Music Playlist

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We asked you for your favorite Monday music jams, and boy, did you come through! Turns out your tastes run from Wilco to NOFX, with some Mamas & the Papas…...

August 17, 2012

Help Us Create a Monday Music Playlist

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Who's got a case of the Mondays? We do! As you may know, we have a new home on the television schedule starting in October — Monday nights at 10…...