ReMastered music docu-series premieres on Netflix this October


Created by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, ReMastered will look into important events related to music icons like Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, and Jam Master Jay.

Produced by Triage Entertainment and All Rise Films, ReMastered has an interesting release schedule, according to Deadline. Rather than have episodes released weekly or all at once, a new musical portrait will be unleashed monthly. It promises to be a hard-hitting series, looking at fascinating aspects of these music personalities. A picture of culturally (and even politically) important artists quickly emerges from reading up on the episodes.

The schedule is as follows:

“Who Shot the Sheriff?” – October 12

Directed by Kief Davidson, this installment will look at the violent suppression of the roots reggae movement, investigating allegations of CIA involvement in an assassination attempt. While Snopes has challenged one story about Marley’s death, it will be interesting to see where this episode goes.

“Tricky Dick and the Man in Black” – November 2018

Directed by Barbara Kopple and Sara Dosa, this episode looks into a meeting between country legend Johnny Cash and President Nixon. The meeting apparently didn’t go as planned. Cash has become known for his occasional non-conformist, possibly anti-establishment views.  This was obvious by Cash’s banter (and song selections) on the Folsom and San Quentin prison albums.

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“Who Killed Jam Master Jay?” – December 2018

Directed by Brian Oakes, this episode of ReMastered examines the shooting death of Run DMC’s Jam Master Jay. Despite there being six witnesses at the scene, no one has been convicted, and the shooting occurred back in 2002.

“Massacre at the Stadium” – January 2019

Directed by B.J. Perlmutt, this episode looks into the life and death of Chilean musician and activist Victor Jara, who was brutally tortured and murdered by the Pinochet regime in 1973.

“The Two Killings of Sam Cooke” – February 2019

Directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega, this episode looks at the mysterious circumstances regarding Sam Cooke’s death. Sam Cooke, a pioneer of soul music, was shot on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. There are conflicting accounts of what happened.

“The Miami Showband Massacre” – March 2019

Directed by Stuart Sender, this ReMastered delves into the massacre of The Miami Showband by a loyalist paramilitary group in 1975. The Miami Showband weren’t political, but the British government may have been involved in attacking the Irish band.

“Devil at the Crossroads” – April 2019

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Directed by Brian Oakes, “Devil at the Crossroads” looks at the legend of blues guitarist Robert Johnson. Some say he made a Faustian bargain with the devil at a crossroads in Mississippi to achieve success. This episode will examine more earthly aspects of his career and influence – which was short, having died at only 27 years old in 1938.

“Lion’s Share” – May 2019

Directed by Sam Cullman, this episode looks at South African composer Solomon Linda, whose song “Mbube” formed the basis for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Apparently, Linda’s descendants did not receive royalties for his work – a well-known song even before its use by Disney in “The Lion King.”

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