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A Year in Music

A Year in Music

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  • Premiered: 
    July 7, 2019
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  • Network: AXS TV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

A YEAR IN MUSIC is a half-hour series that features music experts from all genres and parts of the industry exploring the legendary sounds that defined the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. In each 30-minute episode, one of the hosts explores the impact and influence that bands, songs, pop culture, and politics had on the era.

In Season 1, Former MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown and Matt Pinfield, rock superstar Don Felder, and stand up comedy legend Tommy Chong are the pop culture icons who guide viewers through some of the most pivotal years in music across these three decades -- from the final glory days of classic crooners like Frank Sinatra, to the Peace & Love Movement of 1969, to the rise of heavy metal in 1975 thanks to Led Zeppelin, and the importance of the music video. Episodes include:

1977 (Premieres Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown. From the warm and sunny sounds of Los Angeles to the dark and disgruntled sounds of New York City, pop music exploded into spectacular new directions during the year. While technology was rising in California studios, giving us the beautiful multi-tracked vocal harmonies of "Hotel California" and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, riots, economic crisis, and a brutal heatwave led to the second rising of punk music from The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Clash, and Sex Pistols in New York City. Throughout 1977, Pink Floyd's iconic pig was just taking flight, the legendary Studio 54 had opened its doors, and Meatlof was breaking through the scene with Bat Out Of Hell. Music fans also were hit with the tragic news of The King, Elvis Presley's death and the plane crash that killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

1966 (Premieres Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Matt Pinfield.

1969 (Premieres Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Don Felder.

1972 (Premieres Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Tommy Chong.

1983 (Premieres Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown.

1975 (Premieres Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Matt Pinfield.

1973 (Premieres Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Don Felder.

1964 (Premieres Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Tommy Chong.

1985 (Premieres Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 9pm ET/6pm PT): Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown.


The sophomore season of A YEAR IN MUSIC premiered on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT on AXS TV. This season is going all the way back to 1963 and zooming forward into the '90s. Former MTV VJs Downtown Julie Brown and Matt Pinfield and stand up comedy legend Tommy Chong return as guides for another season, and they're joined by Carla Marie and Anthony from iHeartRadio's KISS FM in Seattle. From the the release of The Rolling Stones first single and Bob Dylan's monumental The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 1963, to the rise of heavy grunge and the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, this season reveals the history of music one year at a time! Season 2 episodes include:

1963 (Premieres Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): For the season premiere, Downtown Julie Brown takes viewers back to the year 1963. Racial tensions were on the rise, which motivated musicians to help spark a change. One of them being Bob Dylan. Dylan was known for being able to read a news headline and turn it into an incredible song. Even The Beatles couldn't stop listening to his monumental album, "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" that he released in May. He went on to perform songs from the album at March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August alongside fellow folk legend Joan Baez and the queen of gospel, Mahalia Jackson. Jackson became close friends with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was even the one who helped introduce him for his life-changing "I Have a Dream" speech.

1968 (Premieres Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Tommy Chong

1994 (Premieres Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Carla Marie and Anthony

1979 (Premieres Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown

1971 (Premieres Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Matt Pinfield

1984 (Premieres Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Downtown Julie Brown

1980 (Premieres Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Carla Marie and Anthony

1991 (Premieres Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT): Hosted by Matt Pinfield
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The 12-episode third season of A YEAR IN MUSIC premiered on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT, with Lzzy Hale as the new host. Season 3 highlights include in-depth profiles detailing how the music world came together in 2001 following the terrorist attacks on September 11th; the landmark music scene of 1998, which saw the release of the breakthrough album The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and the rise of MTV's hit TRL series, which helped launch the careers of pop superstars such as Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Christina Aguilera; and the pop renaissance of 2008, which saw the emergence of current powerhouse performers such as Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Beyonce, and the election of Barack Obama; as well as the inspiring world anthems of 1986, fueled by hits such as "We Are The World" and "True Colors," and the Hands Across America movement; and the bitter East Coast vs. West Coast rap rivalries of 1996 which came to a head following the death of hip-hop trailblazer Tupac Shakur.

1989 (Premieres Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT): Halestorm's Lzzy Hale takes you to the year 1989. Glam says goodbye, grunge says hello, and the "King of Pop" is crowned as we leave the 80s behind for good. Meanwhile the U.S. elects a new president and the Berlin Wall stands tall for the last time.

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