American Revolutions   -  About the Episode

Southern Rock
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American Revolutions: Southern Rock, a CMT original 90-minute documentary, explores the roots and legacy of Southern rock by tracing the rise of its greatest artists and their music from the late 1960s to the present. As a young white South looked to redefine its identity after the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Southern rock gave a voice (and driving backbeat) to that struggle in the 1970s -- and had a pretty damn good time doing it. The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, Wet Willie, Charlie Daniels and other artists made Southern rock -- a tag that began as a record label marketing ploy -- into something real. Meeting the devil at the crossroads with a devil-may-care attitude, these bands took what British rockers like the Rolling Stones and Cream had gleaned from Southern music and brought it back home with authenticity and authority. Classics like "Whippin' Post," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Ramblin' Man," "Can't You See," "Freebird," and "Sweet Home Alabama" were born, and music hasn't been the same since. Featuring interviews with band members, producers, managers, friends and family, this documentary gives viewers a backstage pass to the birth of a movement. American Revolutions: Southern Rock pays tribute to pioneers like the Allman Brothers, celebrates newer bands like Drive-By Truckers who have inherited the Southern rock mantle and sincerely applauds the first bands, like Skynyrd, who are still rockin' in the free world.

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