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How music and musicians have shaped America, its cities, culture and politics.

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How music and musicians have shaped America, its cities, culture and politics.

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Blowing In The Wind20110919

Emma Freud explores Bob Dylan's spiritual journey revealing a side to the performer oft.

Emma Freud explores Bob Dylan's spiritual journey revealing a side to the performer often over looked.

Blowing In The Wind20110920

Emma Freud explores Bob Dylan's spiritual journey revealing a side to the performer oft.

Blowing In The Wind: Bob Dylan's Spiritual Journey20110919

Emma Freud explores the spiritual life and music of Bob Dylan.

A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.

Emma Freud explores the singers spiritual journey revealing a side to the performer often overlooked.

The programme opens with how Dylan grew up a small-town Jew in Hibbing, Minnesota.

We hear from Cantor Neil Schwartz he also grew up in the same town and his mother was Bob's Sunday school teacher.

Author of Prophet, Mystic, Poet Seth Rogovoy reflects on Dylan's early years and his Barmitzvah.

We explore early Dylan music and author Clinton Heylin believes Dylan not only drew on early negro spirituals but the Old Testament for his more engaging material.

Helping makes sense of some of the more complex theological messages is Nick Baines, the Bishop of Bradford and a life long admirer of Bob Dylan.

It was in the late 1970s, Dylan became a born again Christian and 1979 album Slow Train Coming, championed Jesus.

Author of Down The Highway, Howard Sounes finds Dylan's three Christian albums a "difficult listen".

Whether they meant something significant to his audience is another matter, but Al Kasha who helped Dylan with his understanding of the scriptures is convinced you can't doubt the depth of Dylan's religious conversion.

Dylan's embracing of Christianity was unpopular with some of his fans and his album Shot Of Love, recorded in the spring 1981, featured Dylan's first secular compositions in more than two years, mixed with explicitly Christian songs.

Essentially Dylan's venture into Christianity seemed to be coming to an end and his spiritual journey was changing once more.

Blowing In The Wind: Bob Dylan's Spiritual Journey20110920
Elvis - The Las Vegas Years20111003

Elvis Presley's 15 Las Vegas seasons and the impact on the singer.

A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.

Presley's Las Vegas concerts at The International Hotel kicked off in the summer of 1969.

We join the King on opening night with comments from lead guitarist James Burton and legendary road manager Joe Espisito.

The band, as we hear through the live recordings were superb and backing singers Myra Smith and Estelle Brown reveal what it was like on stage for weeks with Elvis.

Jerry Schilling one of Presley's inner circle talks us through the events surrounding Presley's security and life style.

The programme hears about Elvis's use of prescription drugs and his escalating weight, band members talk about his personal problems and how it affected life on stage and off.

That winter of 1976 was Presley's 15th season at the Las Vegas Hilton International Hotel and it would be his last.

As he was preparing to play yet another series of concerts that August 1977, the Presley heart gave up in the bathroom of Graceland.

Over 30 years later Elvis presence can still be felt on the streets of Las Vegas.

The city's profile was shaped by him as he brought glitz and a new glamour.

Last year the Cirque De Soliel show Viva Elvis, celebrating his life and music, confirms Elvis has not left the building and Cirque Production manager Michael Anderson and the former Mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman explore Presley's contribution to the city and legacy.

Presented by John Sugar.

Elvis - The Las Vegas Years20111004
Honouring The Office20110926

Performing for the President at the White House is a great honour and Paul Gambaccinni.

Performing for the President at the White House is a great honour and Paul Gambaccinni sees what goes on behind the scenes.

Honouring The Office20110927

Performing for the President at the White House is a great honour and Paul Gambaccinni.

Honouring The Office: Playing The White House20110926

Paul Gambaccini explores the role of the White House as a cultural centre.

A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.

Honouring The Office reveals that The White House is more than a centrepiece of government and power, but is like a modern principality.

Presenter Paul Gambaccini reveals that the cultural life of the White House is overseen by the First Lady, ensuring the social side of business runs smoothly.

Johnny Mathis explains how he has crooned his way through his best-known tunes for six US presidents, yet still finds it difficult to avoid the famous stares as the guests sit uncomfortably close.

In the programme President Gerald Ford's social secretary Maria Downs explains how Anwar Sadat was to be honoured with a state banquet and the music of Johnny Cash.

Each President has their own entertaining style and the Clinton administration used the White House to great effect.

Former British cabinet minister Alan Milburn recalls huddling with Tony Blair and enjoying performances by Elton John and Stevie Wonder in the East Room.

The programme has also secured comments from Elaine Paige who sang for the Reagans and feeling poorly, found herself resting on Nancy Reagan's office couch.

But what about President Obama - what kind of entertainment is he encouraging in the East Wing?

Honouring the Office, Playing The White House presents an unusual aspect of this famous Pennsylvania Avenue address, revealing a human perspective of the cultural and social life of The White House.

Honouring The Office: Playing The White House20110927
Musical Migrants: Nashville20111024

Jesse Lee Jones had a different name when living in Brazil.

He changed his name to rein.

He changed his name to reinvent himself after his move to the USA.

Jesse Lee Jones had a different name when living in Brazil. He changed his name to rein...

Jesse Lee Jones had a different name when living in Brazil. He changed his name to reinvent himself after his move to the USA.

Musical Migrants: Nashville20111025

Jesse Lee Jones had a different name when living in Brazil.

He changed his name to rein.

Star Spangled Hendrix20111017

Tom Robinson explores how Hendrix's beliefs and racial outlook was tested in the 1960s

A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.

When Jimi Hendrix returned to his native America as a star, the country he knew had changed.

Tom Robinson explores the pressure Jimi was under to make an explicit political declaration.

Tom explores Hendrix's 14 months in the Screaming Eagles 101 Airborne Division, that saw him parachute a total of 26 times before he was invalided out with a broken ankle.

Brother Leon Hendrix discusses his elder brother's time in the military, along with comments from author Charles Sharr Murray.

Singer and friend Eric Burdon explains how, after the riots in Grosvenor Square, Jimi trotted out the American government's party line on Vietnam - the so-called Domino Theory.

Drummer Robert Wyatt recalls how Jimi responded to media questions about the War, and the emergence of the Black Power movement. Hendrix was receptive to the Black Panther Party and the Seattle Chapter of the organization, run by two former high school friends, Aaron and Elmer Dixon, who talk about how receptive Hendrix was to the cause.

The programme culminates with Jimi's Woodstock Festival performance of The Star Spangled Banner, an eloquent (and wordless) statement against the Vietnam War.

In retrospect, it can also be read as a swan-song for the era of peace and love and for Hendrix himself, who died in his sleep the following year.

Jimi Hendrix is more than a blues guitarist who got lucky in the 60s.

He did the best he could to be his own man without openly taking sides, and we are still trying to get to know him 40 years after his death.

(Image Credit: Getty)

Star Spangled Hendrix20111018
The Politics Of Dancing20110912

Martha Reeves uncovers the politics of disco music, bringing together strands of gay li.

Martha Reeves uncovers the politics of disco music, bringing together strands of gay liberation and racial integration.

The Politics Of Dancing20110913

Martha Reeves uncovers the politics of disco music, bringing together strands of gay li.

What's Going On - Music That Defined A Decade20111010

To mark 40 years since its release, Smokey Robinson reflects on Marvin Gaye's album.

A look at the role of music in shaping American culture and politics.

To mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential albums ever released, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On - which was released in May 1971 - Smokey Robinson explores the social and political impact of this classic album and explains why Marvin's masterpiece still has resonance today.

What's Going On was the first album to feature songs about social injustice, suffering, hatred, drug abuse, war, loss and poverty and inspired a new generation of performers to use their music for social commentary.

Guests in the programme include Stevie Wonder, Mary Wilson, Lamont Dozier, Harry Belafonte, John Legend, Beverly Knight, David Gray and three of the surviving Funk Brothers who played with Marvin on the album - Bob Babbitt, Joe Messina and Jack Ashford.

This documentary was first broadcast on 21 May 2011.

What's Going On - Music That Defined A Decade20111011