Monday, September 26, 2005

No direction home? Get up, stand up!

For all of us who really think that Robert Allen Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) is worth all the attention he is given now as Martin Scorsese's documentary "No Direction Home" is hitting cinemas and TV-stations, The Guardian has an article today worth reading. BBC2 starts showing the documentary tonight (Monday), and “Swedish BBC” will show it on Kunskapskanalen on the 10th of October 19:30 (part one), and on the 17th of October 19:45 (part two). It will then be aired again on SVT2 on the 23rd and 30th of October (starting time 22:05 both times).

To show a Scorsese documentary about Bob Dylan on Kunskapskanalen must be part of the SVT-strategy promoting the new, so-far-not-so-popular Public Service stations. To air West Wing on SVT24 would also be part of that strategy, something Jonas Morian has written about.

Until we can see Scorsese’s documentary on Swedish TV, I strongly recommend the documentary series about pop and politics, called “Get up, stand up” and aired on Monday nights (fourth episode tonight on SVT2 at 22:30). You will find a related link about the documentary here. I think the series have been excellent so far, as have fellow blogger Ali Esbati. To hear Bobby Muller (founded Vietnam Veterans of America – VVA; co-founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997,) thank Bruce Springsteen for saving the VVA with his concert donations just underlines the important links between politics and music. The more historic episodes about Joe Hill and the trade union movement have also been extremely inspiring if you truly believe that it is not a coincidence that pop and rock most often ends up to the left on the political spectrum.


Blogger Graham Ó Maonaigh said...

Hey Eric

I saw the "No Direction Home" two part documentary which finished last night. I won't spoil it for you but I highly recommend it. Its has a good blend of past and present edits. Look out for the two Irish fans and his press conference in Sweden, both are very comic.

"No Direction Home" has excellent quality film and sound. Very good sourcing I suppose. Will have to buy it on DVD once its out next week.

28/9/05 11:14  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

Graham: both you and Billy Bragg - two very reliable sources - are singing praises to "No Direction Home". I will have to buy it on DVD as well, and I will look out for the Irish fans!

29/9/05 11:06  

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