Earlier this spring, the British Broadcasting Corporation began airing what may be the definitive documentary on the golden age of Southern rock. It features extensive interviews with icons ranging from Gregg Allman and Bonnie Bramlett to Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Patterson Hood of the Drive By Truckers. It also includes several music experts on the topic including not one, but two journalists associated with Creative Loafing Charlotte.
The documentary's details largely come from CL editor Mark Kemp's book Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race and New Beginnings in a New South. Kemp is a former Rolling Stone editor and MTV editorial executive. He and former CL music editor Kandia Crazy Horse, an award-winning journalist and author of Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock N Roll, both appear in the documentary offering comments on how Southern rock changed the social and musical landscape of the 1970s, in the South and beyond.
The documentary, like Dixie Lullaby, begins with the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and then walks the viewer through the social, political and cultural changes that eventually culminated in the birth Southern rock in studios that had been the province of Southern-identified soul singers such as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.
Currently, the BBC has no plans to release the documentary in the United States, but you can watch the entire film at this YouTube link: