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Musical 'Beach Party' Films Get A Second Wave; Garifuna Collective Plays Live

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Garifuna Collective performs in the Soundcheck studio. The Garifuna Collective performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: The so-called “beach party” films of the '60s -- where teens romped along the surf and occasionally broke out into song -- washed away with the changing tides of the 1970s. Now, Disney aims to revive the musical genre with a new made-for-TV-special. We talk with the New York Times' Brooks Barnes about the new "Teen Beach Movie" -- and with film historian and author Tom Lisanti about the music-filled original films. 

Plus: The Garifuna Collective, hailing from Belize, has spent a career playing the music of Central America’s Afro-Amerindian community. They play material from their two new albums -- one with the Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel -- live in the studio. 

    Guests:

    Tom Lisanti and The Garifuna Collective

    The Past And Present Of Beach Party Movies

    The so-called "beach party" films of the early 1960's -- which starred actors like Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon -- were a hugely successful genre full of the most popular music acts of the day. But as the Vietnam War and other protest movements escalated in the mid-'60s, the lighthearted films went out with the tide. Now, Disney is attempting to reboot the beach party movie franchise with a  new made-for-TV film that revisits the old genre. 

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