‘Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On’ Travels to DVD May 5 from Lionsgate

Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On arrives on DVD May 5 from Lionsgate.

The documentary offers an intimate look at the moments that have defined the country star’s life and career. Following the Grammy Award winner both in his hometown and on tour, Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On explores his rise to fame and some of his personal struggles along the way. It also features in-depth interviews with Brooks, singers Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, as well as commentary from artists George Strait, Billy Joel and James Taylor, among others.

The documentary comes from the A&E Biography franchise.

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Remembering ‘We Are the World’

Participants, family and fans gathered Jan. 28 at Studio “A” at Henson Studios (formerly A&M Records and the original Charlie Chaplin Studios) on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, Calif., to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the recording of the song “We Are the World,” which over the years has raised millions to feed the hungry. The event will be commemorated by a plaque to be placed at the studio. The plaque reads, “In January 28, 1985, 45 superstar recording artists checked their egos at this door and joined together as one to record ‘We Are the World.’ 35 years later, the people’s anthem they created has raised over $100 million for USA for Africa. The song still lends a helping hand.” (L-R) “We Are the World” producer Ken Kragen, Gina Belafonte (daughter of “We Are the World” organizer/artist Harry Belafonte), singer Dionne Warwick, and USA for Africa’s Lloyd Greig.

Music Films ‘Martin Barre’ and ‘Bluebird,’ Biopic ‘Mrs. Lowry & Son’ Available on Disc From MVD and Cleopatra

Two music films, Martin Barre — Live in NYC and Bluebird, and a biopic on artist L.S. Lowry are just out on disc from MVD Entertainment Group and Cleopatra Entertainment.

Martin Barre, best-known as the guitarist in Jethro Tull, one of the biggest selling bands of all time, brings his famous guitar chops to the Big Apple in this rare concert in Martin Barre — Live in NYC. Available on DVD with two audio CDs of the entire concert, the deluxe collector’s edition comes in an eight-panel digipak. The titles covers his solo band live as they rock through the classic hits that earned him a reputation as one of the signature axemen of his era.

Bluebird, available on Blu-ray and DVD, chronicles the origins of megastars such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift while following emerging singer-songwriters as they chase their dreams inside The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville’s accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history. Its 35-year history is revealed through never-before-told stories from those that have worked, played, been discovered and helped preserve this unassuming strip-mall haunt. The film, an official selection at SXSW (2019), the Nashville Film Festival (2019) and the Newport Beach Film Festival (2019),  features interviews with Swift, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Faith Hill, Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Vince Gill along with the stars of the hit TV series “Nashville.”

Mrs. Lowry & Son, available on DVD, chronicles the life of British artist L.S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), who lived all his life with his overbearing mother Elizabeth (Vanessa Redgrave). Bed-ridden and bitter, Elizabeth actively tried to dissuade her bachelor son from pursuing his artistic ambitions, whilst never failing to voice her opinion at what a disappointment he was to her.

‘Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything’ Due on DVD Sept. 13 From MVD

MVD Entertainment Group will release the documentary Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything Sept. 13 on DVD.

The film goes inside the familiar story of the concert happening to shed new light. Hosted by Mark Goodman and featuring Ritchie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, Country Joe McDonald, original festival organizers Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld, Wavy Gravy, Max Yasgur’s son Sam, and the Museum at Bethel Wood’s Woodstock historian Wade Lawrence, the documentary dives into the history, influence and performances of the event.

In “Act One: A Festival is Born,” viewers learn about the concert’s genesis. In “Act Two: The Show,” viewers hear from people who were there and follow the concert from start to finish. In “Act Three: The Legacy,” viewers learn how Woodstock helped re-shape the culture.

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Season Three of ‘Jamestown,’ Woodstock Doc and ‘NOVA: The Planets’ Among August Titles Coming to Disc and Digital From PBS

American Experience: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation, NOVA: The Planets and the drama Jamestown, Season 3 are among the titles coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital from PBS Distribution in August.

Due Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is American Experience: Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation. Filmmaker Barak Goodman’s documentary, which revisits the 1969 Woodstock concert for its 50th Anniversary, explores one of the most influential concerts the country has ever seen. In August 1969, half a million young people from journeyed from every corner of the country to a dairy farm in upstate New York for a concert unprecedented in scope and influence. The film examines the tumultuous decade that led to those three historic days — years that saw the nation deeply divided by Vietnam and racial, generational and sexual politics — through the voices of those who were present for the event that would become the defining moment of the counterculture revolution. Focusing on individuals that were at the concert, including concertgoers, security guards, performers and local residents, the film expands understanding of the event as not only a musical milestone, but a cultural phenomenon that served as a coda to the sixties and a harbinger of the decades to come.

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Also on tap Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is Jamestown, Season 3. From the producers of “Downton Abbey,” the dramatic series follows the lives of three women who decide to leave their dark pasts behind in England and journey across the ocean for a new life in 17th century America. In Season 3, it’s boom time in Jamestown, but success brings the scrutiny of the crown and there are few in the settlement who have nothing to hide. Relations with the Native Americans offer hope and advancement for the settlers until greed for land and a desire for power corrupts those with influence. What ensues is devastating conflict, the fallout of which will shape the New World for centuries to come. The ensemble cast includes Naomi Battrick, Sophie Rundle and Niamh Walsh as the leading female roles. The male leading roles include Max Beesley, Jason Flemyng, Stuart Martin, Kalani Queypo, Abubakar Salim and Raoul Trujillo.

Coming Aug. 27 on DVD, Blu-ray and digital is NOVA: The Planets. Narrated by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), the series takes viewers on a 4.5 billion-year journey through the story of our solar system, brought to life in new detail revealed by the latest space missions. In five, one-hour episodes, The Planets combines CGI imagery, the latest planetary science research, and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers to reveal each planet like never before. Each planet has a unique landscape — from the rocky inner worlds of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, to the massive gas giant Jupiter to the mysterious, ringed Saturn to the cold, remote ice worlds of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The program explores how these extreme features reveal how our solar system formed.

Frontline: Sex Trafficking in America will be released Aug. 6 on DVD and digital. The documentary tells the stories of young women coerced into prostitution and follows one police unit that’s committed to rooting it out. In the film, award-winning director Jezza Neumann and producer Lauren Mucciolo (Poor Kids) immerse themselves with the Phoenix police unit that’s tackling child sexual exploitation, offering an inside look at the lucrative industry through unique access to a series of undercover, high-stakes police operations. They also film with young women who have escaped the trade. What’s revealed is a crime that’s both hidden in plain sight and growing — due in part to social media, where traffickers often start to groom and recruit young women and girls. With extensive and intimate access to local law enforcement, prosecutors, service providers and the women themselves, the film shines a light on the hidden reality of sex trafficking in America.

Aug. 13 comes the “NOVA” production Lost Viking Army on DVD and digital. Forty years ago, a sleepy village in the heart of England was the scene of a gruesome discovery when nearly 300 skeletons were unearthed in a mass grave. No one has been able prove who they were — until now. Bioarchaeologist Cat Jarman believes these bones are the last remains of the “Great Heathen Army,” a legendary Viking fighting force that invaded England in the 9th century and has long been lost to history. Armed with the latest scientific methods, Jarman’s team uncovers extraordinary human stories, including evidence of women warriors and a lost king reunited with his son in death. Filmmakers also use pioneering technology to hunt for the army’s lost camp.

Coming Aug. 6 on DVD and digital is State of the Art, a journey of 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations in the search of 100 under-recognized American artists for an exhibition. The curatorial team of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., crisscrossed the nation to find contemporary art happening in unexpected places: the woods of North Carolina, the deserts of Nevada, the backstreets of Pittsburgh, the foothills of Arkansas and the riverbanks of New Orleans. The art and artists found by the team led to a groundbreaking exhibition of 227 works of contemporary art, many of which might otherwise have never been seen. The program captures the personal stories of seven of the diverse artists from this extraordinary exhibit.

Also due Aug. 6 is Tom Lehrer: Live in Copenhagen. Lehrer spent his brief, yet remarkable music career writing and performing satirical songs. Biting, intelligent, and socially conscious, his songs were accessible and intimate commentaries on society and politics in the 1950s and 1960s. Originally filmed for Danish television in September 1967, the film captures a rare concert recording and features many of his best-known songs, including “I Wanna Go Back to Dixie,” “MLF Lullaby,” “We Will All Go Together When We Go,” “When You Are Old And Gray,” “I Hold Your Hand In Mine,” “Send the Marines,” “The Irish Ballad,” “The Elements,” “Smut,” “The Hunting Song,” “My Home Town,” “Who’s Next,” “Poisoning Pigeons In The Park,” “National Brotherhood Week,” “Wernher Von Braun” and “The Vatican Rag.”

Music Documentary ‘Teddy Pendergrass — If You Don’t Know Me’ Due on Disc and VOD From MVD

Teddy Pendergrass — If You Don’t Know Me, the story of the R&B star, will come out on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and VOD Aug. 23 from MVD Entertainment Group.

On the brink of global super-stardom when tragedy struck, the story of Pendergrass is a tale with surprising twists and turns and an intimate portrait of one of the greatest singers of his generation. It also tells how Teddy fought for the rights of African-American artists in a 1970s music industry prejudiced against black performers and reveals how, aged just 31, Pendergrass overcame terrible tragedy to get back on stage against all the odds.

The film’s world premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival (his home city), resulted in an Audience Award and a nomination for the Pinkenson Award. It also aired on Showtime in the United States.

Director and BAFTA award-winner Olivia Lichtenstein conceived, researched and directed the film, which reveals Teddy’s meteoric rise from his tough childhood in Philadelphia to become the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

‘Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970’ Coming to DVD June 7 From MVD

A previously unreleased benefit concert, Woody Guthrie All-Star Tribute Concert 1970 is coming to DVD June 7 From MVD Entertainment Group.

Featuring Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Country Joe McDonald and other luminaries, the tribute concert celebrates the life and work of the legendary folk singer and songwriter Woody Guthrie, whose songs have become part of the bedrock of American life. Three years after Guthrie died of Huntington’s disease in 1967, the California chapter of the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease, now known as the Hereditary Disease Foundation, helped stage this concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles to raise funds for Huntington’s research.

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Although the concert took place one night only, four-time Emmy award winner Jim Brown filmed the historic event. Other featured artists include Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Earl Robinson and The Band, along with narration by actors Will Geer and Peter Fonda.

Extras include three not previously recorded songs performed by Joan Baez, Odetta and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, as well as concert rehearsal footage and audio interviews with Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Music Doc ‘Bachman: Special Edition’ Rolling to Blu-ray and DVD May 10 From MVD

The music documentary Bachman: Special Edition will come out on Blu-ray and DVD May 10 from MVD Entertainment Group and FilmRise.

As a member of The Guess Who, Randy Bachman was part of the first ever No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Canadian band with “American Woman/No Sugar Tonight,” and then topped the Hot 100 again in 1974 with another band, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, with “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” Among the other hits Bachman has written or co-written are “These Eyes,” “No Time,” “New Mother Nature,” “Takin’ Care of Business,” “Let It Ride” and “Roll on Down The Highway.”

The documentary chronicles the life of the 74-year-old rocker, who is still regularly making music and performing. The film follows Bachman as he looks to the past for inspiration from rarely seen footage, pictures and documents that have been stored at the National Archives in Ottawa. It also incorporates present-day interviews with family, management and fellow musicians, touching on everything from Bachman’s childhood to his various rock bands — The Guess Who, Brave Belt, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Turner — and solo work.

“He was like my biggest influence when I was a kid,” says Neil Young in the film. “Watching him play guitar, he had an amazing sense about the way he played. And the feeling that you got when you listened to him. It was more than just chops.”

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The documentary made its world premiere in Toronto at Hot Docs 2018 before a festival run, and eventual airing in Canada on CBC’s Documentary Channel.

Bonus materials include “Neil Young on Winnipeg,” “Randy’s Crazy Horse,” “Building a Reprise ‘Here Comes the Sun,’” “On Chords,” “Songwriting ‘When No One Knows’” and the theatrical trailer.

Music Doc ‘The Revelation of Lee Scratch Perry’ Coming on DVD Jan. 18 From MVD

Lee Scratch Perry — The Revelation of Lee Scratch Perry, a music documentary about the making of the Grammy-nominated reggae album “Revelation” by the dub reggae legend, will come out on DVD Jan. 18 from MVD Entertainment Group.

One of the most important figures in the history of reggae music, Perry helped develop the early reggae sound captured in a number of important recordings. As an engineer, producer, songwriter and performer, he pioneered a number of innovations, including dub reggae.

The documentary is set at Lee Perry’s mountain top home and studio in Switzerland and features some of the sessions for the original studio recording of “Revelation.” It focuses on Lee’s work in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Steve Marshall in both his engineering and his producer (“John Saxon”) roles.

While not appearing in the film, the musical contributions of Keith Richards and George Clinton, along with Harold Duncan, Aguybert Green, Tim Hill, Dr Sleepy, Alec Hay, elodieO & Abi Browning, and David Stewart Jones, are included.

The documentary also includes excerpts of an interview of Perry with the complete interview among the DVD extras.

Radio Station Documentary ‘New Wave: Dare to Be Different’ Coming to DVD and Digital Dec. 7 From MVD

New Wave: Dare to Be Different, the story of influential radio station WLIR, is coming to DVD and digital Dec. 7 from MVD Entertainment Group.

U2, the Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Blondie, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, The Clash and The Cure were boosted by a small suburban radio station on Long Island, NY, WLIR. In August 1982, a small group of radio visionaries knew they couldn’t compete with the mega-stations in New York City, so they changed the sound of radio forever. Program director Denis McNamara, the WLIR crew and the biggest artists of the era tell the story of how they battled the FCC, the record labels, corporate radio and all the conventional rules to create a musical movement that brought the New Wave to America.

The soundtrack includes more than 50 songs from the era and a new original theme song by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

The film features Joan Jett, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Nick Rhodes, Denis McNamara, Jim Kerr, Vince Clarke, Curt Smith, Fred Schneider, Thomas Dolby, Midge Ure, Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’ Abate, Seymour Stein, Paul McGuinness, Dave Wakeling, Annabella Lwin, Miles Copeland, Joel Peresman, Larry Dunn, Donna Donna, Max Leinwand, “Malibu Sue” McCann, Michael Pagnotta and Steve Thompson, among others.