Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Netflix's ReMastered: The Music You Know, The Stories You Don't

REMASTERED: Tricky Dick and the Man in Black
The Music You Know, The Stories You Don’t  

Launches globally on Netflix November 2, 2018

Synopsis: “Tricky Dick and the Man in Black”
Directed by:  Academy Award-winner, Barbara Kopple

There were many sides to Johnny Cash: Outlaw musician, and die-hard patriot; a country western superstar who could connect to others’ suffering; the grandson of a preacher who wrestled with personal demons; a religious man achingly familiar with the Devil’s work. In April 1970, as America was being torn in two, Cash had to choose which side of himself he’d give voice to after being invited to perform at President Richard Nixon’s embattled White House.

Fifteen years earlier, the Arkansas singer/songwriter/guitarist’s iconic sound, and gravelly bass-baritone, got him a spot at Sun Records in Memphis. He had survived an abusive father, suffered the loss of a brother, and did a stint in the Air Force. By the late ‘60s, as the Vietnam War raged and a countercultural revolution heated up, Cash became even more popular following his live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison and the debut of his hit TV show. That currency made Nixon believe having him play for 250 Republican dignitaries in the East Room could boost “Tricky Dick” with blue-collar Americans and help out GOP candidates in the South; he even requested Cash sing songs the Grammy winner disliked for being “redneck clichés.” Nixon, his wife Pat, and all the President’s men thought they had an easy win. But Cash had seen too much, and met too many people in pain, to not sing truth to power in a concert that became his defining moment — and cemented the Man in Black’s rebel image.

About ReMastered:
Music is a conversation that never ends, a call-and-response between fact and fiction. Netflix’s original documentary series ReMastered investigates high-profile events affecting some of the most legendary names in music, presenting groundbreaking discoveries and insights beyond what’s been previously reported. Helmed by the critically-acclaimed Zimbalist brothers and award-winning directors Kief Davidson, Barbara Kopple, Sara Dosa, Brian Oakes, Stuart Sender, B.J. Perlmutt, Kelly Duane de la Vega and Sam Cullman, each of the 8 tracks of ReMastered seeks to reveal answers about seminal events in the lives of artists such as Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Jam Master Jay, Sam Cooke. With new takes on legends and headlines, ReMastered proves that history has more than one note.

ReMastered is a Netflix original documentary series produced by Triage Entertainment and All Rise Films.  The series is created by Emmy and Peabody award-winners Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist (The Two Escobars, Favela Rising, Nossa Chape, Pelé), who also serve as exec producers alongside Irving Azoff and Stu Schreiberg.

Follow ReMastered:
Twitter: @ReMastered
Facebook: @ReMasteredNetflix

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