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http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/7521448/chuckd?pageid=rs.Home&pageregion=single1&rnd=1123173283458&has-player=true&version=6.0.12.1040


Chuck D, Bono "Stand Up" - COLIN DEVENISH
Politically minded musicians to appear in new documentary Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Michael Stipe, Peter Gabriel and Bob Geldof will appear in Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop and Protest, a documentary about the history of protest music, to air September 28th on PBS.

Produced and directed by the team of Hannes Rossacher and Rudi Dolezal -- whose previous work includes documentaries about Miles Davis, Freddie Mercury, Quincy Jones and Billy Joel -- the film recounts the origins of protest songs in American labor unions and how musicians ranging from Bob Dylan to Sly Stone to the MC5 put political issues front and center for a generation of listeners.

Named for the Bob Marley song, Get Up, Stand Up is narrated by politically minded rapper Chuck D. The Public Enemy frontman grew up listening to protest music, and later used it as inspiration for his own work.

"'Fight the Power' by the Isley Brothers was the song that inspired me to write 'Fight the Power' by Public Enemy," he says. "But, being a child of the Sixties, there's so many great protest songs. 'People Get Ready' and a lot of Curtis Mayfield's songs touched my soul. James Brown had a protest song against drugs with 'King Heroin,' and Peter, Paul and Mary struck me as a kindergartener. How could those songs not mean so much?"



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wots pbs

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It's American

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PBS is an American television network that provides mainly educational, family/non-vulgar entertainment, documentaries, non-violent cartoons, etc. The letters stand for Public Broadcasting System. The government pays for some of it and some of it is by donations by the audience and another large part is funded by philanthropic foundations or corporations. They show BBC news for a half hour several times a day, for one thing...very helpful! They have a few news talk shows too, and sometimes show independent films, a little liberal. For entertainment they have some opera, symphonies, club showcases...just had a women's group called "Celtic Woman" in concert last night, for example.

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Oh, well  - Cazzy, if you REALLY want to know what PBS is:


http://www.pbs.org/


http://www.cpb.org/


http://www.apts.org/


It's a "public" "noncommericial" broadcast system.  It's companion is NPR - National Public Radio.


In general, broadcast in the US is funded and structured VERY differently than in the UK.  PBS is not "normal" here, it's an alternative.  Discussing it in full would be a book, not a post.



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Isn't Sesame Street shown on PBS?



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Kidneybean, you can't get much more "alternative" than Sesame Street!!!! Non-violent, I'm afraid, has become alternative on American TV sad to say. I think that's what Franna meant by alternative.

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Yes, Sesame Street is shown on PBS, although I'm told that may change.  Sesame Street may launch their own network.


What I meant by "alternative" was that PBS is primarily noncommercial (the PBS network's income is not dependent on selling advertising time), while pretty much all other US television DOES depend on advertising.


My comments had nothing whatsoever to do with violence or nonviolence.  There are enough war documentaries on PBS to disqualify it as being a violence-free zone, nor do I think media SHOULD refuse to explore issues which involve violence.



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I love PBS! I mentioned Sesame Street as non-violent, not PBS itself. It's just that one of the features of PBS which the fundraisers always mention is the fact that one can allow their children to watch the network without fear of them seeing violence, or the parents can feel safe to leave the children alone watching TV without worrying, and they specifically mention Sesame Street. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

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what a boring channel.give me uktv gold any day.or even the bbc for that matter

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Tango - Have you ever even watched PBS?  My gut tells me you haven't.

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I used to watch it a lot when I was younger, but it appears to have a lot of good documentaries, including many local ones.

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i havent as i dont have it but my point was you were making it out to be extreeeeemely dull

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YES! it's on tv here next tuesday I think it was....great now, if they only air Geldof in Africa too, I'll be as happy as growing grapes..

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will they do a geldof in africa dvd dya think?

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Tango wrote:



my point was you were making it out to be extreeeeemely dull



And how exactly does noncommercial mean extreeeeeeemely dull?  To put it another way, what is it about commercial television that you prefer? 


 



-- Edited by franna at 04:22, 2005-09-01

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i have nothing against non-commercial tv but sesame street, documentaries and non-violent cartoons.hardly thrilling

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And yet you inqure about a Geldof in Africa DVD.  Was that not a documentary?


I bet you still have all your Elmo toys.



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although i was a sesame street fan i never had any elmo toysonly the ernie ones my neighbours young son often hurls over the fence.as for documentaries, geldof in africa was different.he sad what he thought not just the facts.it wasnt monotenous, there was sadness and anger there too.

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so, boys and girls, did you watch? I've only caught one episode so far, but it was a good one, thought it was really interesting..


what do you think of it?



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will they do a geldof in africa dvd dya think?


I emailed the BBC who gave me an address (Commissioning Editor or something) to write to. I did so back in July and not heard a word.

PBS sounds interesting, I don't think we can get it over here (UK).

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so, boys and girls, did you watch? I've only caught one episode so far, but it was a good one, thought it was really interesting.. what do you think of it?

It's not yet Sept. 28th.

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oh ****, sorry....guess  I couldn't imagine us over here actually seing something before the rest of the world....

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doesnt that always happen

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_johanna_ wrote:


oh ****, sorry....guess  I couldn't imagine us over here actually seing something before the rest of the world....

What program are you referring to anyway?  The one referred to in the title of this thread, which airs in the USA soon, or "Geldof in Africa" which, as far as I know is not scheduled to air in the USA at all, or something else entirely?

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franna wrote:


What program are you referring to anyway?  The one referred to in the title of this thread, which airs in the USA soon, or "Geldof in Africa" which, as far as I know is not scheduled to air in the USA at all, or something else entirely?


ha...sorry, was I confusing again? I refuse to belive it... yeah, I was refering to "Get up, stand up"..


geldof in africa..doesn't seem very likely to be aired in America, or here in Sweden for that matter, so can't really say anything about that one..



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Finally saw "Get Up, Stand Up" this past week.  It was very interesting, but not a great piece of documentary film.  I found a lot of the juxtapositions very confusing - ie - Springsteen doing a cover of Edwin Starr's "War" in a spot that would make you think Bruce was a popular performer during the antiwar period in the late 60s and early 70s, when he didn't become famous for another few years.  Plus, it wasn't made clear that it wasn't Bruce's song.  (Mr. Starr did make an apearance later on in the doc.  See, very confusing!)  There were a bunch of things like that which really annoyed me, but still, it covered a lot of ground I didn't know much about - like stuff that happened in the 40s and 50s, Joe Hill, etc.  (You mean Joe Hill was an actual person, not just a name in a Joan Baez song?  Apparently.  That must be why they call it educational TV).


BG did some color commentary bits, looks like it was shot around the time of the S/A/D tour.  He seems to have aged since then, and he's wearing the blue pinstripe.  (Bob, do you own only ONE suit?  Hmmm...there's an off-white one too, isn't there....)  His hair looks well-groomed (for BG, anyway).  I remember some yapping about how wonderful Dylan was, the usual stuff about Live Aid/Band Aid etc....the shocker for me was BG singing the praises of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  I miss that video...wonder if I have it on tape anywhere.  Best rock video ever, as far as I'm concerned.....glad BG thought it was brilliant as well.


Summary: BG didn't figure too prominently, but his Teen Spirit commentary made me happy.  To which all I can say is: "Here we are, now entertain us."



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I stayed up an hour past my bed time to watch it.


 


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hahahaha :laughing

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