• Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Soundtrack for a Revolution

Release Date: June 15th, 2009

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 22 min

Plot Summary

Bill Guttentag's documentary examines the importance of music during the U.S. civil rights movement that took place during the 1950s and '60s. The various sit-ins and public demonstrations of the era incorporated protest songs, folk tunes and spirituals, music that was a crucial part of the movement. Guttentag uses archival footage and interviews to connect specific songs (covered by artists including the Roots and John Legend) to specific events, such as the Montgomery bus boycott.

Director: Bill Guttentag , Dan Sturman

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: Rousing, Engaging, 1950s, Quest, Inspiring, Rise, Emotional, 1960s, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    The film is primarily interested in the music that accompanied this turmoil, which is a bit like covering the American Revolution with the focus on the wigs Washington and Jefferson wore. show more

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Perhaps best suited for younger audiences, who will be more receptive to a vital history lesson only if it's given a music video-style treatment. show more

  • 75
    Jennie PunterThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    With young audiences definitely in mind, the film puts a fresh spin on the issues and struggles of the civil-rights movement. show more

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