Set in the Berlin hotspot Kit Kat Klub in 1931, a starry-eyed singer and the club's master of ceremonies try to bring happiness and decadence to the lives of Berliners as the spectre of Nazism grows around them and threatens to destroy their lives.
Civil revolutions and Bell Canto, Paris Salon Culture, and German song. Rossini, Verdi, Wagner and Puccini took the world of Opera to new heights. The many sides of romantic music are explained in this episode. Featuring Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Kollo, Anna Netrebko, Julia Fischer and many more.
On July 20, 1969 an estimated 600 million people all over the world watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon for the first time. The moonwalk inspired musicians from David Bowie and the Byrds to Parliament - Funkadelic and Sun Ra to imagine a cosmic future for mankind. However, once the Cold War space race had been won, popular interest in space exploration waned rapidly - as reflected in songs by Elton John and Gil Scott-Heron. In December 1972, NASA launched its final manned mission to the moon, and we have never gone back since. Almost half a century after the moon landing, while our deep yearning to explore the universe lives on in the realm of art and music, its most profound legacy may be the perspective it gave us on our own planet and who we are as a species.
The famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was a galvanising moment for the women's movement. Billie Jean's win was an affirmation to all the women who felt underestimated as simply mothers and housewives. The music of the 1960s and '70s, from Helen Reddy to Leslie Gore to Aretha Franklin was also a kind of subversive force in delivering to women messages of strength and empowerment. The sexual revolution ushered in more provocative music that gave women permission to let loose; Loretta Lynn's The Pill was an outright ode to the wonders of contraception and how freeing it was. Feminism in music has taken many forms, just as the women's movement itself has waxed and waned over the decades. But from Pat Benatar to Salt-N-Pepa to Katy Perry, each generation of young women has found strength and solidarity in female artists who have literally given them a voice.
The LGBT movement in America began one night in late June on the streets of Greenwich Village, New York, in a bar called the Stonewall Inn. When police raided the place, gay men and women who had been made to live in the shadows of shame finally decided to fight back against the police, and to demand their civil rights. Bars and dance clubs were - and still are - places of refuge for LGBT people, and the music played on jukeboxes, from Judy Garland to Gloria Gaynor, has also been a vital aspect of the LGBT experience over the past five decades. Although the 1980s and 90s brought the AIDS crisis and anti-gay legislation that threatened the LGBT community, it only strengthened the resolve of activists - and artists - to push harder. Some musicians incorporated aspects of LGBT life into their lyrics. Others have furthered the cause of equality simply by coming out of the closet. This is a struggle that is not over, but with allies in popular culture like Lady Gaga, this episode shows the power of music to raise awareness and to preach tolerance.