1971 docuseries: Director of Senna and Amy has a treat lined up for music and culture vultures

Beatle George Harrison and Ravi Shankar in conversation in 1971

Apple TV+ has announced an exclusive new documentary series about the musicians and soundtracks that defined the culture and politics of 1971. 

Executive produced by Academy, BAFTA and Grammy Award winners Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) and James Gay-Rees (Amy, Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), the eight episode series 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything streams from May 21.

The show promises an ‘immersive, deep-dive, rich with archival footage and interviews’   that will show how musicians of the time were influenced by the changing tides of history.

‘In a tumultuous era, 1971 was a year of musical innovation and rebirth fuelled by the political and cultural upheaval of the time. Stars reached new heights, fresh talent exploded onto the scene and boundaries expanded like never before.’

Asif Kapadia will serve as series director, and will executive produce alongside James Gay-Rees, David Joseph and Universal Music Group’s Adam Barker. 

The docuseries promises an immersive deep-dive, rich with archival footage and interviews…

How the changing tides of history made beautiful music

In what looks like a treat for music lovers and culture vultures, featured artists will include The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Joni Mitchell and Lou Reed.

Chris King is editor and executive producer. Danielle Peck is series producer and directs alongside James Rogan.

Apple TV+ is available on Apple devices, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

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