A new eight-part PBS series produced in association with late Beatles producer George Martin that salutes the art of recording music will get its television premiere in November.
The show, Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, features appearances by more than 150 artists, including original interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Roger Daltrey, Dave Grohl, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Elton John and many more stars.
Soundbreaking was the final project produced by Martin, who died at the age of 90 on March 8. The program brings together new conversations with various musicians and producers, and archival footage as it examines the history of studio recording and the stories behind the making of some of the most celebrated albums and songs in pop and rock history. The series also takes a look at the many innovations that affected the sound of popular music.
“Music is the only common thread and universal language that binds us together regardless of race, nationality, age or income. And, recorded music is how we experience it and what makes it accessible,” said Martin in a statement about the series. “Soundbreaking afforded me the opportunity to tell the story of the creative process of so many of the artists I have worked with throughout my life.”
Among the specific topics the series focuses on in various episodes are Martin’s groundbreaking collaboration with The Beatles, Phil Spector’s emergence as the first “rock star producer” and Stevie Wonder’s use of synthesizers in his landmark 1970s albums.
Soundbreaking is scheduled to air weekdays on PBS stations in the U.S. from November 14 through November 23. The series is part of a multifaceted project that includes an official interactive website; a companion home video, soundtrack album and book; and an educational outreach initiative developed in partnership with PBS, The Grammy Museum and The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation.
Fans attending the 2016 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, this week have the chance to watch a sneak peek of the first two episodes of the series.
Here’s the trailer for the show at the official Soundbreaking YouTube channel. For more information, visit Soundbreaking.com.