PBS Takes a Trip Back to the Turbulent Rocking Sixties From September 26th to 29th

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Special Week of Programming Includes Five Documentaries and Biographies about the Extraordinary People and the Ground-breaking Music That Shaped One of the Most Incredible Decades in American History


Beverly Hills, CA - July 13, 2005 - Although the rumblings could already be heard beneath the veneer of prosperity and conformity of the 1950s, America erupted in the 1960s with electrifying change in nearly every aspect of life. It was a decade rocked by social, sexual and political changes, and the influence of a new kind of music that emerged as the soundtrack of the era remains as a lasting legacy of this explosive time. The week of September 26th, PBS showcases five documentaries and biographies on this turning point in America's cultural history.

John F. Wilson, PBS Sr. Vice President and Co-Chief Programming Executive, says, "There is disagreement even today over the successes and failures of the 1960s, but one thing is certain - there has never been a time quite like it. With a focus on the music of the time, which was such a fundamental expression of the era, PBS looks back on a decade that still elicits powerful emotions."

The week kicks off on Monday, September 26th at 8:00 with a special edition of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW that tells the story of America's dramatic cultural shift with memorabilia from the Dodgers 1955 world series win to a time when a paper mini dress was the forefront of fashion. The much-anticipated exclusive biography "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" from AMERICAN MASTERSat 9:00, which concludes on Tuesday, offers rare interviews with the often reclusive singer/songwriter who talks openly and extensively about his career.

On Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00BEST OF THE BEATLES recalls the untold story of the formative years of the Fab Four, through the eyes of drummer Pete Best, who was replaced by Ringo Starr just as the Beatles were about to become superstars. GET UP, STAND UP: THE STORY OF POP AND PROTEST at 9:00 explores the music that propelled the protest movement and provided the soundtrack for a generation.

THE BEST OF THE BEATLES concludes on Thursday, September, 29th at 8:00 followed by THE SIXTIES: THE YEARS THAT SHAPED A GENERATIONat 9:00 featuring revealing interviews with such icons of the era as Arlo Guthrie, Henry Kissinger and Bobby Seale.


AMERICAN MASTERS "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan"
Monday, September 26, 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET and
Tuesday, September 27, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

This exclusive biography of the man who helped define a generation is directed by a great American storyteller, Martin Scorsese. The two-part film focuses on the singer-songwriter's life and music from 1961-66 and features previously unreleased footage from Dylan's groundbreaking live concerts, studio recording sessions, outtakes and interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, Dave Van Ronk and many others. For the first time on camera, Dylan talks openly and extensively about this critical period in his career, detailing the journey from his birthplace in Hibbing, Minnesota, to Greenwich Village, New York, where he became the a critical part of a musical and cultural upheaval whose effects are still felt today.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW "Tomorrow's Antiques"
Monday, September 26, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

It's a blast from the not-so-distant past when ANTIQUES ROADSHOW presents this nostalgia-filled special edition celebrating the rockin' 50s, psychedelic 60s and funky 70s. This vintage collection of ROADSHOW appraisals proves it's not just 100-year-old antiques that are worth collecting for fun and profit. "Tomorrow's Antiques" features such oldies but goodies as a 1955 Dodgers World Series baseball that could hit $4,000 to $6,000; a paper Campbell's Soup dress valued at a hearty $1,500; and a costume worn by Elvis Presley, appraised to the tune of $15,000 to $100,000.

Wednesday and Thursday, September 28-29, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

The untold story of the world's most famous band's formative years is revealed for the first time by original Beatles drummer Pete Best, as he tells of his pivotal role in forming the Beatles and his survival of a very public nightmare. Viewers learn the truth about events in Liverpool and Hamburg at the time when the band was in the vanguard of popular music, and how it all went horribly wrong for Best, just as the Fab Four grasped the golden apple.

Wednesday, September 28, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

With its roots in the folk tradition and the union movement in the early 20th century, the idea of harnessing the power of music to convey social dissatisfaction exploded with the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests of the 60s and propelled protest music to the heights of mainstream culture. This musical documentary chronicles this phenomenon as singer/songwriters and critics recall the history.

Thursday, September 29, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

From the Vietnam War to the struggle for racial equality to the counter-culture explosion, the 1960s were a decade of change, experimentation and hope that transformed a nation. This program traces the events of one of the most turbulent and influential periods of political and cultural change in the 20th century. Prominent figures of the era, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Tom Hayden, Arlo Guthrie, Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Robert McNamara, Ed Meese III and Bobby Seale, are featured in revealing interviews.

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