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ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Comprehensive docu on iconic soul singer; some cursing.

Movie NR 2019 74 minutes
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This documentary s a comprehensive look at the mysterious circumstances surrounding the shooting death of the iconic soul singer in 1964. It traces Cooke's origins as a gospel singer from Chicago to his meteoric rise as a popular singer who stood up to segregation and racism and was starting to emerge as a leader in the growing civil rights movement. His career is thoroughly explored and placed in the context of the times in which he was a star performer.

Like the other documentaries in the ReMastered series, no stone is unturned in exploring not only Cooke's murder, but also how the sociocultural tenor of the times played into why Cooke's murder was not thoroughly investigated at the time by the LAPD, and how such institutional racism persists to this day. More than simply a typical basic-cable exploitative surface-level look at "true crime," ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke is as much a history lesson on a time and place in America as it is a music history lesson.

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