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Watch All You Need Is Love The Story of Popular Music online: Episode 3 I Can Hypnotise 'Dis Nation (Ragtime)

Thanks to the hit movie, The Sting, everyone reckons they know about Ragtime. But do they? This Episode includes the oldest known piece of film (1898) showing what the cakewalk was really like. Also extracts from The Royal Ballet production based on Scott Joplins music, Elite Syncopations. Also extracts staged by the Houston Grand Opera of Joplins only surviving opera, Treemonisha. There is also rare early film of Irving Berlin (Alexanders Ragtime Band) as well as film of Joplins birthplace and of the madhouse where he died. Although reference is made to other early ragtime composers, this episode is essentially the story of Scott Joplin an extraordinary tragedy of failure, frustration, pride, of the black mans struggle to achieve for himself a proper place in American society. featuring Christies Ethiopian Serenaders Eubie Blake Houston Grand Opera and the music of Scott Joplin Irving Berlin Monica Mason Rudi Blesh Terry Waldo

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