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Mon, Apr 17 at 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm


  • Dir. John Scheinfeld
  • USA
  • 2023
  • 112 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Music City Mondays

Mon, Apr 17 at 8:00pm: Brief introduction on the musical legacy of Blood, Sweat & Tears from Ted Goldthorpe, Legacy Catalog Management at Sony Music Publishing; Dave Pomeroy, bassist and producer and president of Nashville Musicians Union; and Ed Salamon, broadcasting and entertainment executive and author | BUY TICKETS

This is not what you’re expecting. A political thriller with a classic rock band at the heart of the action? The U.S. State Department, the Nixon White House, the governments of Yugoslavia, Romania and Poland, along with suppressed documentary footage from 50 years ago all figure into the unlikely story of the rise and fall of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

In June 1970 — and at the height of their popularity — Blood, Sweat & Tears becomes the first American rock band to perform behind the Iron Curtain, a curious decision given that band members have been critical of the Nixon administration and the Vietnam War. Upon their return, the band finds themselves in the crossfire from both the Right AND the Left. Through documentary footage shot during the Iron Curtain tour (and thought to be lost) and present-day interviews with band members and historians, as well as the unsealing of government records, this new film unravels the details.


Ted Goldthorpe oversees the Blood, Sweat & Tears song catalog along with all other Sony “legacy catalogs” including the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Motown and Bruce Springsteen. He has a 30+ years’ career in music publishing (the last 27 at Sony) where he was recruited to manage Michael Jackson’s ATV Music, comprised most notably of the Beatles catalog. He is committed to raising the visibility of “‘legacy music” and the creators behind it.

Dave Pomeroy is a renowned bassist, writer and producer who has played on more than 500 albums with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss, Peter Frampton and Trisha Yearwood. He has performed in concert with Steve Winwood, Mose Allison, Willie Nelson, John Fogerty and many others. His songs have been recorded by artists including Chet Atkins and Don Williams, and he has released numerous solo and band projects on his label, Earwave Music. His latest release is “Angel in the Ashes,” his third all-bass and vocal solo album. A longtime activist for musicians, Dave was elected president of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 in 2008 and has been re-elected four times. In 2010, he was elected to the International Executive Board of the American Federation of Musicians and re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Ed Salamon is a radio broadcasting legend and has been credited as one of the people who led to country music becoming a major force in the mid-1990s. Dubbed “country radio’s most influential programmer,” he was named Program Director of the Year by Billboard magazine 1979 through 1981. Salamon formed the United Stations Radio Network with Dick Clark, where he created programming including “The Weekly Country Music Countdown” and “Dick Clark’s Rock, Roll and Remember.” He was later president of programming for Westwood One, where he was directly responsible for guiding the network’s big-name entertainers including David Letterman, Jay Leno, Martha Stewart and Charles Osgood. Salamon is a noted author of industry books including ‘’Pittsburgh’s Golden Age of Radio’’ and “WHN: When New York City Went Country.”

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