AXS TV’S A YEAR IN MUSIC RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO ON JANUARY 23 AT 8:30 P. M. ET, AS EXPERTS EXPLORE THE ICONIC ARTISTS & HISTORIC HAPPENINGS THAT DEFINED MUSIC’S MOST IMPORTANT ERAS
Tommy Chong, Downtown Julie Brown, Matt Pinfield, and iHeartRadio’s Carla Marie & Anthony Discuss the Legendary Sounds of 1963, 1979, 1984, and 1994, Among Others
Los Angeles – December 19, 2019 – AXS TV’s popular rock and culture series A Year In Music returns for its sophomore season, as a diverse roster of personalities from across the entertainment spectrum guide viewers through the groundbreaking sounds that shaped the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Season two premieres with Downtown Julie Brown’s immersive take on 1963, airing Thursday, January 23 at 8:30pE/5:30pP.
A Year In Music provides a unique and informative exploration of some of music’s most definitive years, hosted by a rotating panel of acclaimed experts and entertainment pioneers. Each episode highlights a different era of music, viewing the year’s hottest bands, biggest albums, surprising breakups, and monumental breakthroughs through the lens of the political and social happenings of the time for a fascinating look at how they impacted and influenced each other. Noted music aficionados and former MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown and Matt Pinfield return as hosts, joined by comedian, writer, actor, and musician Tommy Chong; and newcomers Carla Marie & Anthony, Seattle’s iHeartRadio morning radio show hosts.
The eight-episode second season kicks off on January 23 with a look back at 1963 hosted by Sirius XM star Downtown Julie Brown, who surfs through The Beach Boys’ seminal first three albums and their effect on the early ‘60s rock scene, as well as the impending British Invasion, the lasting legacy of the soulful—and star-studded—Motown music movement, and the rise of folk pioneer Bob Dylan. Beloved funnyman Tommy Chong follows on January 30, reflecting on one of music’s most unforgettable years, 1968, which saw the creation of new genres and sounds as a fresh crop of up-and-coming artists began their journeys to rock superstardom.
Other season two highlights include Matt Pinfield’s trip through 1971 on February 6, covering the end of The Beatles and the rise of activism in music; Downtown Julie Brown discussing the rise and fall of Disco, and Michael Jackson’s breakout solo album Off The Wall in 1979 on February 13; and Carla Marie & Anthony’s breakdown of 1980 on February 20, which saw the debut of Prince, the release of John Lennon’s seminal hit “Imagine,” and the loss of Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham and AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.
Then, Downtown Julie Brown returns to examine the birth of the Video Music Awards, the landmark distribution of “Born In The USA” on compact disc—a move that combined technology, music, and consumerism—and Michael Jackson’s ascension as The King Of Pop on the strength of his legendary Thriller album in 1984 on February 27; and Matt Pinfield presents a guided tour of the rock revolution of 1991 on March 5, when music fan’s celebrated Metallica and REM’s rise to the top of the charts, watched as U2 reinvented themselves once again, and mourned the passing of Queen superstar Freddy Mercury. Carla Marie & Anthony close out the season on March 12 with a profile of 1994, spanning the sudden and surprising death of Nirvana icon Kurt Cobain, Grunge’s mainstream takeover, and the epic return of Woodstock.
“Entertainment and culture go hand-in-hand, with each greatly influencing the other throughout the decades,” said Lucia McCalmont, Vice President of Programming and Scheduling, AXS TV. “A Year In Music is a perfect encapsulation of this, allowing music lovers of all ages to rediscover the artists, songs, and albums that changed music forever, while providing them with a unique glimpse into the social and political happenings that helped shape those legendary sounds. Season one resonated with our viewers, powered by informed and personable hosts and an innovative blend of entertainment and history. We look forward to building on that successful start when the series returns in January.”
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