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1 MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL Di­rec­tor: Stan­ley Nel­son

The di­rec­tor’s pre­vi­ous cred­its in­clude The Black Pan­thers: Van­guard Of The Rev­o­lu­tion and Free­dom Rid­ers. This long-form doc­u­men­tary, he says, aims to see past the myth-mak­ing and present the de­fin­i­tive bi­og­ra­phy of the Pi­casso of jazz. It will air on BBC2 and PBS’s Amer­i­can Mas­ters.

They Say: “By un­pack­ing his up­bring­ing, his method­ol­ogy, his re­la­tion­ships, and his demons, we be­gin to un­der­stand the man who would re­de­fine the orig­i­nal Amer­i­can mu­si­cal genre, jazz, and has in­flu­enced gen­er­a­tions of mu­si­cians in rock, funk and hip hop.” (Stan­ley Nel­son)

2 COUN­TRY MU­SIC Di­rec­tor: Ken Burns

In 2001, he made the re­mark­able se­ries Jazz. Now the multi-part Coun­try Mu­sic looks to one of Amer­ica’s other cen­tral mu­si­cal forms, ex­am­in­ing it in all its va­ri­ety, from Ap­palachian laments to good-time Western Swing, on to blue­grass and rock­a­billy’s part in the birth of rock’n’roll. Lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing Hank Wil­liams, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Wil­lie Nel­son, Dolly Par­ton and Merle Hag­gard will fea­ture. They Say: “Coun­try Mu­sic will tell un­for­get­table sto­ries – sto­ries of the hard­ships and joys shared by every­day peo­ple… we’ll see how Nashville slowly be­came not just the mecca of coun­try mu­sic, but ‘Mu­sic City USA.’” 3 WOODSTOCK

Di­rec­tor: Barak Good­man

Sched­uled for screen­ing on PBS’s se­ries Amer­i­can Ex­pe­ri­ence, this two-hour doc­u­men­tary, scripted by Good­man and Don Kleszy, will co­in­cide with Au­gust’s 50th an­niver­sary of the seismic fes­ti­val. It will in­ter­view at­ten­dees and work­ers at the fes­ti­val rather than per­form­ers, to give a ground level view of what re­ally went on.

They Say: “For three days… the val­ues of ‘peace and love’… were ac­tu­ally put to the test in the mis­er­able con­di­tions at Woodstock. For a sur­pris­ing num­ber of peo­ple, that brief en­counter with sac­ri­fice, co­op­er­a­tion and gen­eros­ity changed their lives.” (Barak Good­man)

4 ROCK­ET­MAN Di­rec­tor: Dex­ter Fletcher

With Fletcher fresh from his com­ple­tion of Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, this por­trait of El­ton John stars Taron Eger­ton (Ed­die The Ea­gle/Kings­men) in the lead role (left), and Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin. Sur­real and all-danc­ing el­e­ments – the tagline reads “Based On A True Fan­tasy” – are ex­pected, along­side bi­o­graph­i­cal de­tail of ori­gins, ex­cess and tri­umph. Ex­pect it in May.

They Say: “There are mo­ments in a rock star’s life that de­fine who he is… it’s go­ing to be a wild ride.”

5 GOD SAID GIVE ’EM DRUM MA­CHINES: THE STORY OF DE­TROIT TECHNO Di­rec­tors: Jen­nifer Wash­ing­ton and Kris­tian Hill

Fea­tur­ing the found­ing fa­thers of techno – Juan Atkins, Der­rick May, Kevin Saun­der­son (AKA the Belleville 3) and oth­ers – this doc­u­men­tary will por­tray how an un­der­ground dance scene in the Mid­west of the early ’80s spread across the world, while its orig­i­na­tors re­mained un­der­ground.

They Say: “[It] de­picts De­troit’s 1980s un­sung African-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity that cre­ated techno mu­sic, and how the busi­ness of mu­sic be­trayed them.”

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