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Stewart Copeland looks at the power of music to tell stories as he meets film director Francis Ford Coppola, musical duo Ibeyi, folk legend Martin Carthy, rapper Talib Kweli and his old friend Sting.

Stewart Copeland continues his mission to understand how music works by exploring its extraordinary power to tell stories.

His journey includes meetings with film director Francis Ford Coppola, who explains how simple musical devices transformed the most famous scenes in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, his old friend Sting, who describes the secrets of his songwriting process, rapper Talib Kweli, who looks at the power of music in protest, and the French-Cuban Ibeyi sisters, who show how music has kept the Yoruban tradition alive. Finally, he meets the man who composed one of the shortest but most effective musical stories ever written - the Intel bongs!

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59 minutes

Music Played

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

  • 00:10

    Danny Elfman

    Farewell

  • 00:10

    Shirley Walker

    Ice Dance

  • 00:10

    Green Day

    The Simpsons Theme (From The Simpsons Movie)

  • 00:12

    Shirley Walker

    Ice Dance

  • 00:23

    Black Sabbath

    Black Sabbath (Live)

  • 00:25

    Bob Marley & The Wailers

    Jamming

  • 00:25

    Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    Handel: Solomon Hwv 67 / Act 3 - The Arrival of The Queen of Sheba

  • 00:29

    Herbert

    Strong

  • 00:34

    The Human League

    Don't You Want Me

  • 00:35

    Sting

    Englishman In New York

  • 00:41

    Simon & Garfunkel

    Scarborough Fair

  • 00:47

    N.W.A

    Straight Outta Compton

  • 00:48

    Talib Kweli

    Get By

  • 00:49

    Golden Flamingo Orchestra

    The Guadian Angel Is Watching Over Us (feat. Margo Williams)

  • 00:53

    The Police

    Does Everyone Stare

  • 00:58

    Leopold Stokowski, London Symphony Orchestra

    The Ride of The Valkyries

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Stewart Copeland
Editor Angus Sutherland
Series Editor Sam Anthony
Executive Producer Jez Nelson
Director Nico Wasserman
Production Company Somethin' Else

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