George Martin's Last Work, the Series "Soundbreaking", to Debut on PBS November 14

by VVN Music (via Press Release)

Before he died on March 8, George Martin worked on a new TV series, Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music. That series will premier on Monday, November 14 with eight episodes airing on weeknights through November 23.

Charting a century's worth of innovation and experimentation in the creation of music, Soundbreaking offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of new sounds. From the invention of the microphone to the Moog synthesizer, from the phonograph to digital streaming, Soundbreaking moves between past and present to tell the stories behind the sounds and reveals how innovation redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. Viewers of all ages will hear the songs they love in a whole new way.

The series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell,Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Barry Gibb, Elton John, Debbie Harry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart,Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Lindsey Buckingham, Rosanne Cash, Don Was, Steven Van Zandt, Sheila E, Questlove, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Beck, Imogen Heap, Darryl McDaniels, RZA, Bon Iver, Nile Rodgers, Nigel Godrich, Q-tip, Brian Eno,Mark Ronson, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti and more.

"Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together regardless of race, nationality, age or income. And recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible," Sir George Martin said of the project prior to his passing. The six-time Grammy Award winner, recipient of the Recording Academy Trustees Award and producer of more than 50 number-one hit records added, "Soundbreaking afforded me the opportunity to tell the story of the creative process of so many of the artists I have worked with throughout my life."

Soundbreaking is presented by Higher Ground in association with the late Sir George Martin, and produced and directed by Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmakers Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre of Show of Force (Half the Sky, A Path Appears, Carrier, Circus, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present). The original concept was created by Maxim Langstaff for Wildheart Entertainment. The television series is the centerpiece of a multi-platform project that includes an extensive educational outreach initiative in partnership with PBS, The Grammy Museum® at L.A. LIVE and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. An interactive website and companion book with stunning photographs and unique interviews will also accompany the Soundbreaking series.

Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc., brand that specializes in high quality, informative, non-fiction programming, has acquired the electronic-sell-through (EST), subscription video on demand (SVOD) and home video rights in North America. Each Soundbreaking episode will be made available for next-day digital purchase following its broadcast via multiple platforms including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, November 29.

"It took a wonderful team of highly seasoned producers many years to create this special and utterly unique series that we know the PBS audience will love," said Maro Chermayeff, partner at Show of Force. "With access to rare material from the vast music archives of major and independent record labels, as well as special archival sources and collections, including some never publicly seen behind-the-scenes footage, this series breaks new ground and is frankly just incredibly fun to watch."

"As a co-creator, Sir George Martin was the inspiration and intellectual force behind the Soundbreaking project," said Higher Ground founder David Langstaff. "He was involved with all phases of the project and was immensely proud of the way these great stories were being told. The fact that so many extraordinary singers, songwriters, producers and other artists came together to tell their stories is a testament to the respect and love they hold for Sir George, and the widespread recognition of his impact on the evolution of recorded music."

Organized thematically, each episode of Soundbreaking tells stories of pop music icons using their determination, ingenuity and guts to create works of art that have touched us all. Stories within the episodes include:
  • Episode 1 - The Recording Artist
    • George Martin and the Beatles' groundbreaking work in the studio creates a new paradigm for pop music
    • George Martin, Ringo Starr, Brian Eno, Giles Martin, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti, Dr. Dre, Questlove, Jimmy Iovine, RZA, Q Tip, Dr. Luke, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Tom Petty
  • Episode 2 - Painting With Sound
    • Phil Spector rises as the first "rock star producer"
    • George Martin, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Brian Eno, Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Tony Visconti, Nigel Godrich, Brian Wilson, Beach Boys, Don Was, Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Paul McCartney, Eurythmics, Beck, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, Tune-Yards
  • Episode 3 - The Human Instrument
    • Paul Epworth collaborates with Adele on "Rolling in the Deep"
    • Paul Epworth, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson, Ben Harper, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Roger Troutman, Cher, Linda Perry
  • Episode 4 - Going Electric
    • Stevie Wonder embraces the synthesizer and makes a break with Motown
    • Muddy WatersJimi HendrixKeith RichardsStevie Wonder, Black Keys 
  • Episode 5 - Four on the Floor
    • Giorgio Moroder fuses R&B with electronica and the dance floor explodes
    • The Dream, Tricky Stewart, Beyonce, Chic, Donna Summer, Bee Gees, Blondie, Madonna
  • Episode 6 - The World is Yours
    • The art of sampling gives rise to hip-hop
    • Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys
  • Episode 7 - Sound and Vision
    • Michael Jackson and Madonna take the art of the music video to new heights
    • David Bowie, The Beatles, Blondie, Devo, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Eurythmics, Nirvana
  • Episode 8 - I Am My Music
    • Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye use the long-playing record for new kinds of expression
    • Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead


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