By Laura Medina
Now that PBS' ruling class are the hip Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers are on their way to becoming the Establishment, they dictate what's significant in culture, not just of the moment "Pop Culture," but artists who define eras, generations, and what's meaningful in people's lives.
Plus, this scribe has been hitting the music scene intensely for the past couple of years, witnessing young whipper-snappers becoming the new "cultural influencers" for the next emerging generation, Millennials.
So for those "cultural establishment" who want to chill at home but want to watch something "mentally nutritious," sit back and watch PBS' "Hitmakers" on Friday, November 18th at 9pm.
In this documentary, it is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers. These crucial players have shaped the music business over the past 100 years, changing pop culture in the process. Today’s artists challenge the paradigm further, taking control of their careers and sometimes shucking the system altogether to record and release music on their own. Record labels large and small also have found they must innovate to thrive. Entertaining and thoughtful, HITMAKERS boasts an unforgettable soundtrack. The special features interviews and performances from notable artists such as Melissa Etheridge, The Roots’ Questlove, Sharon Jones, rising DJ/producer Steve Aoki and many more.