Society Music

Respect: Women and Popular Music
11.23.2003
(was 12.01.2002)

The cultural revolution changed everything for Hao Jian Tian.  When he was ten years old, Tian studied piano.  Reluctantly.  So when his piano teacher was hauled off to jail, it was a day of celebration.  No more piano lessons.  No more practicing.  But years later, music caught up with Hao Jiang Tian.  In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, one man’s journey from Mao to Mozart. And, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, tracing women’s history through popular music.

  1. Hao Jiang Tian on Opera

    Hao Jiang Tian grew up in China during Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Now he sings at the Met.   Tian tells the story of how he moved from his hated piano lessons to life as a vocalist.

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  2. Golan Levin on "Dialtones: A Telesymphony"

    Golan Levin tells Jim Fleming that one cell phone going off at a concert is an annoyance, but 200 of them can become part of a sophisticated musical composition.

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  3. Francesco Sbano on Mafia Music

    Francesco Sbano tells Steve Paulson about the culture of Calabria in Southern Italy and the importance of respect and honor.

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  4. Aimee McCormick and Andra Mitrovich on "Love, Janis"

    Aimee McCormick and Andra Mitrovich spent years touring in a two-woman play called, “Love, Janis.”  They talk about how much of herself Janis Joplin poured into her performances.

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  5. Dorothy Marcic on Women's Lyrics in Pop

    Dorothy Marcic tells Jim Fleming that you can trace the cultural status of women by analyzing the lyrics of 20th century popular songs.

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