They trafficked in sex, drugs, music, and subversive politics. They held peaceful protests and violent insurrections. They were the leaders of the most significant cultural transformations of the 20th century. From political heavyweights like the Black Panthers to cutting-edge cultural trendsetters like Andy Warhol’s Factory crew to Harvard professor turned psychedelic advisor
Edgy, colorful, and visually dynamic, each hour long episode of “Lords of the Revolution” features rare archival footage and photos as well as new first-hand accounts and interviews including (to name a few),
“Lords of Revolution” Episodes include:
MUHAMMAD ALI AIRS ON
In an era defined by protest and turbulence, perhaps nobody captured the attention of America in the late 1960s more so than
CHEECH AND CHONG AIRS ON
From the moment they broke onto the scene in the early 1970’s, Cheech and Chong began redefining comedy. At a time when drug culture was still considered taboo, they boldly emerged from a cloud of pot smoke with a brand of humor that both championed and lampooned stoners everywhere, much to the chagrin of the establishment. A string of successful comedy albums and relentless touring established the duo as “the rock-n-roll comedians” whose popularity continued to soar as stoner culture seeped into the mainstream. Suddenly, there were head shops everywhere and by 1977 President
THE BLACK PANTHERS AIRS ON
In the late 1960s, there were few radical groups more controversial than The Black Panthers. Led by the dynamic personalities of
TIMOTHY LEARY AIRS ON
From the moment Harvard professor
ANDY WARHOL AIRS ON
From 1964 – 68, Warhol’s factory on East 47th Street provided a social arena for collaborative experimentation. Warhol developed an eclectic network of associates that spanned the worlds of poetry, fashion, film, photography, art, music and the drug culture. Speed freaks, drag queens, musicians, poets, superstars, fashion beauties, and avant-garde artists helped shape a scene unique in American history at a time when Warhol produced some of his most revolutionary work.
“Lords of the Revolution” is the newest entry in the Emmy Award-winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise. VH1 Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives.
“Lords of the Revolution” is a production of VH1. Martin Torgoff is the writer and consulting producer.