Was Elvis Presley a government informant? Is Avril Lavigne really dead? A new online TV series aims to find out. AXS TV has greenlighted documentary series “Music’s Greatest Mysteries,” which claims to shine a light on the unique and enigmatic stories that shaped the history of music. The series is in production and is slated to debut in the fourth quarter of this year.
Spanning a wide variety of eras and genres — from Hip Hop and Rockabilly, to Country and Grunge — the series investigates the infamous myths and larger-than-life personalities, which have come to define the music industry throughout the decades.
The series presents a fresh perspective on stories both well known and slightly more obscure, unearthing hidden gems and long-forgotten lore with the help of music icons and noted experts. Blending commentary with archive footage, the series features six episodes in its inaugural season, searching for the answers to intriguing questions such as: “Why did Michael Jackson and Prince feud?,” “The conspiracies of backmasking,” “The myths of KISS” and “Friends in Low Places,” among other topics.
Not only are the series’ themes meshed in history, but so are the interview locations. Music venues such as The Bluebird Café in Nashville and Antone’s in Austin, Texas, will be woven into the stories.
“[The series] promises to reveal new tales to even the most seasoned music fans,” Sarah Weidman, head of original programming, development and multi-platform content for AXS TV, said in a statement.
Formerly owned by Dallas Mavericks owner and “Shark Tank” veteran Mark Cuban, AXS TV was acquired last year by Anthem Sports and Entertainment. The deal also included HDNet Movies Networks.
“Music’s Greatest Mysteries” is jointly produced by Texas Crew Productions and Hideout Pictures, with Chip Rives, David Karabinas, Brad Bernstein, Shannon Houchins and Trevor O’Neil serving as executive producers.