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Taylor Mac’s “24-Decade History of Popular Music” Premieres on MAX: Trailer

In 2016, MacArthur Genius Fellow, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee and gender defying, Taylor Mac performed, 24-Decade History of Popular Music.  The one-time-only, 24-hour immersive theatrical experience took place in front of a live audience at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. The concert extravaganza offered an alternative take on U.S. history, narrated through music that was popular from the nation’s founding to the present, with Mac transforming hourly by changing into elaborate, decade-specific costumes by Mac’s longtime collaborator Machine Dazzle.

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“The HBO documentary premiering today on MAX captures Mac’s marathon performance in New York, alongside footage from other shows on the tour, which played throughout the world. In the show, Mac and a 24 piece orchestra interpret 24 songs, from “Yankee Doodle” to “Gimme Shelter,” “Born to Run,” and “Gloria,” with one performer leaving the stage each hour, until Mac is on stage alone in the final 24th hour.”

 

“Rich with stunning musical performances, surprising and revelatory historical interpretation, comedic banter, and audience interaction, the performance is intercut with intimate off-stage interviews with Mac and his closest collaborators. In the interview, Mac, who uses the gender pronoun “judy,” outlines judy’s personal story and artistic aim “to dream the culture forward.” The film also offers a behind-the-scenes window into the work of costume designer Machine Dazzle, who incorporates elaborate, humorous references to American life in each of the 24 decades depicted in Mac’s wildly extravagant outfits.”

 

 

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