If you remember the 60's, you wern't really there.
Sorrows and Promises is a seven part limited series that tells the journey of seven intersecting lives and seven individuals at the start of a cultural revolution. Each comes to Greenwich Village, NYC, in the 1960's at the peak of the folk movement with the hopes of putting their lives on a new trajectory. Music is the common thread connecting each but their good intentions begin to unravel faster than a fisherman's sweater. Dropping characters together in a competitive and isolated geography only serves to highlight, in petri dish fashion, aspects of Freud's theory of Id, Ego and Super Ego. The Id is only interested in the pleasure principle while the ego tries to separates out what is real- trying to make sense of the world around them. The Ego is the conscience providing each with the familiar metaphor of angel and devil sitting on each shoulder. The Super Ego adds morality to the mix of Id's demands and Ego's need for reality. These three seemingly opposing forces, together, create a set of behaviors for each individual. We watch the lives of our characters, in this nanosecond of the total, fail or succeed at the expense of those around them and the constant screaming of their ID, Ego and Super Ego. Heroes or villains?
Greenwich Village - New York City. 1960-66. A constantly evolving scene. In the clubs, folk dens, basement bars and coffee houses radical music emerges. Movers, shakers. A time of revolt. The soundtrack, reflecting transformation, eclecticism, winds of change!
Cuban missile crisis, Harlem race riots, Southern church bombings, entrenched racism, hysterical homophobia. The vibe in Greenwich Village:- suffocating fear, unremitting dread, atomic-age paranoia, red baiting reactionaries. A counter cultural response:- Protest and survive! Politics! Revolt! Push civil rights, embrace radicalism and the emerging LGBT scene. A bridge between Beat Generation and psychedelic revolution. From the cellars of Greenwich Village the clamor of rebellion, new forms of folk, jazz, blues and country. Music as message! Broken barriers, multi-ethnicity, a new liberalism in conflict with hard right politics.