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Truth Tellers

Gregory shows how truth became a quest of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets and why great voices don't have to be technically perfect to resonate deeply and stir souls.

Gregory examines how early 20th-century blues growlers like Bessie Smith paved the way for the rhyme and flow of hip-hop, how truth became a quest of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets from Woody Guthrie to Gil Scott-Heron, from Lou Reed to Suzanne Vega, and why great popular voices, including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Cobain, don't have to be technically perfect to resonate so deeply and stir our souls. With Dave Grohl, Suzanne Vega and KRS-One.

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60 minutes

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Sat 8 Jun 2019 22:55

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), K. 620, Act II Der Holle Rache.. (Queen Of The Night)

  • 00:04

    Bessie Smith

    Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

  • 00:05

    Bessie Smith

    Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer

  • 00:11

    Billie Holiday

    Blues Are Bluer

  • 00:12

    Billie Holiday

    Fine and Mellow

  • 00:13

    Billie Holiday, Ray Ellis

    I'm A Fool To Want You

  • 00:20

    Woody Guthrie

    This Land Is Your Land

  • 00:24

    Bob Dylan

    Tangled Up In Blue (Live)

  • 00:25

    Leonard Cohen

    Suzanne (Album Version)

  • 00:26

    Leonard Cohen

    Famous Blue Raincoat

  • 00:30

    Leonard Cohen

    Tower of Song

  • 00:31

    Leonard Cohen

    You Want It Darker

  • 00:32

    The Velvet Underground


  • 00:38

    Suzanne Vega

    Left Of Center

  • 00:42

    Gil Scott‐Heron

    I'm New Here

  • 00:43

    Gil Scott-Heron / Brian Jackson

    Rivers of My Fathers

  • 00:47

    Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

    The Message

  • 00:49

    Public Enemy

    Fight The Power - Do The Right Thing/Soundtrack Version

  • 00:50

    Big Joe Krash

    Sound Of Da Police

  • 00:53


    In Bloom

  • 00:42

    Gil Scott‐Heron

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

  • 00:55


    In The Pines

  • 00:57

    D.J. Harper, Bob Dylan

    That Lucky Old Sun


Role Contributor
Presenter Gregory Porter
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Series Producer Ben Whalley
Director Ben Whalley


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