Behind the Music
This series which debuted in August 1997 offers an intimate look into the personal lives of musical artists as well as the provocative and often controversial issues and trends shaping the world of music. Through exclusive interviews with the artists, family members, friends and colleagues, each one-hour episode traces the struggles and triumphs of artists who have made a major contribution to the music world.

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April 2002
Behind the Music 2000

VH1 (1:00) (YEAR) Behind The Music 2000
This special year-end episode of Behind the Music takes a look back at 2000: the highs, the lows, and all the controversies. It was a year that saw online music take center stage; the advent of Napster has revolutionized the way music is heard and distributed, and sparked a heated debate on artists' rights and consumer behavior. We also take a look at the role of Rock and Roll marketing, as the creation of massive, integrated campaigns for major artists such as Sting, Christina Aguilera, and N'SYNC saw them rise to unprecedented heights. And what can explain the continuing dominance of teen pop in the marketplace? These are just a few of the phenomena BTM 2000 explores, plus we bring you a day in the life of a music-loving couple trying to find where they belong in this era of endless music choices.
MUSIC: HISTORY
Behind The Music 2000, VH1, April 2, 4 am ET

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January 2001

VH1 Presents the 80's: Impact Episode
January 8, 4 am ET, 3 am CT
VH1 Presents The '80's Impact episode looks at the decade's biggest musical artists and styles, and explores how music reflected and influenced our ideas about politics, money, technology, fashion, the media, and race issues. The 1980s were a decade of innumerable contradictions for rock and roll and the audience that grew up with it. The music that had challenged authority during years social upheaval became part of the establishment. Anthems of the anti-war movement and civil rights struggle were co-opted by corporate America who used them sell the products to aging baby boomers. The commitment to social change expanded with other benefits like Live Aid to fight starvation in Africa; Farm Aid, organized to raise money for American family farmers, and Little Steven Van Zandt's antiapartheid album "Sun City." This edition deals with events that impacted the music and social world during the 80s: the murder of John Lennon; Ronald Regan as President; and an obsession with wealth and status that was reflected in fashion and popular culture, as well as the end of the Cold War.

MUSIC: HISTORY

VH1 Presents the 80's, VH1, Jan 8, 4 am ET/PT, 3 am CT

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December 2001
VH1 (1:00) Behind the Music 1972
As part of VH1's Behind the Music series, BTM 1972 offers an intimate look into the personal lives of musical artists as well as the provocative and often controversial issues and trends shaping the world of music. 1972 was a pivotal year in politics and pop, and idealism gave way to cynicism as Vietnam dragged on and Nixon was reelected, only to shortly resign. The once vibrant youth movement was feeling bitter and betrayed and rock & roll was losing faith in the revolution. America's innocence was dealt a series of punishing blows; as the U.S. began its slow retreat from Vietnam, a music scene long united by opposition to the war was dividing. Some rockers lashed out, other songwriters looked inward. 1972 was an election year and a White House under siege conspired to silence John Lennon - an outspoken critic. Impervious to politics, the original rebels of rock - the Rolling Stones - came rollin' down main street for their first U.S. tour since Altamont, and singer-songwriters made the personal political. This BTM explores how so much internal strife and disconnection could yield so much vital music.

MUSIC: HISTORY

Behind The Music 1972, VH1,

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November 2001
VH1 (1:00) Behind the Music 1968
presents a look back to the Sixties' most explosive, chaotic, tragic and inspiring year. A time when youth raged in the streets, leaders were martyred, and cities burned. This episode explores some of the most exciting, enduring, influential music of our times and the stories "Behind the Music" through dramatic footage and revealing interviews with many of the great musicians who spoke for an angry, alienated generation. Includes interviews with Grace Slick, David Crosby, James Brown, Graham Nash, John Fogerty, Aretha Franklin, P.J. O'Rourke, Art Garfunkel, Rennie Davis and Country Joe McDonald.

MUSIC: HISTORY

Behind The Music 1968, VH1,

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May 2001

VH1 (1:00) VH1 Behind The Music: Takin' It To The Streets
provides a rare and revealing look inside the lives of the modern-day minstrels known as street musicians. This episode shines the spotlight on five musical stories full of heart, rhythm and soul from the "Classical Strings" of Manhattan to the "Blues" of New Orleans' French Quarter. This program describes how street musicians can stop their audience dead in their tracks with driving energy, compelling sounds and raw talent. Musician-styles include classical, jazz, rhythm and blues and alternative rock & roll.

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November 2000

VH1 (1:00) Behind the Music 1970
offers an intimate look into the personal lives of musical artists as well as the provocative and often controversial issues and trends shaping the world of music. 1970 was the year the Vietnam war came home and peaceful ideals of the '60s gave way to horror. Anti-war activists protesting the invasion of Cambodia found themselves being gunned down for their beliefs. CSNY memorialized the Kent State tragedy in the song "Ohio." It was also the year that generational icons Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin fell victim to their excesses, and the Beatles collapsed under the weight of their enormous popularity. In California, "good vibrations" soured when failed rock musician Charles Manson struck back against an industry which didn't understand his "genius"; the mayhem he orchestrated became forever linked to the Beatles song "Helter Skelter." The counterculture found itself guilty by association, and "save the world" turned into "save yourself." Introspective singer/songwriters like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell replaced revolutionary rockers; Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," certainly a cry of help, was the song of 1970. BTM looks back at this pivotal year with archival footage, journalistic commentary, and interviews with Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Judy Collins, former Sen. Tom Hayden, and many others.

MUSIC: HISTORY

Behind The Music 1970, VH1,

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October 2000
VH1 (1:00) Behind the Music 1992
takes a look at the year when the rock and roll changed its course and headed for the sights of Seattle. President Bush took rap music to task and future President Clinton picked up a saxophone and rocked the voters on late night television. 1992 was a farewell to the big hair bands of the late 80s and a progression into flannel wearing grunge bands.

MUSIC: HISTORY

Behind The Music 1992, VH1,

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