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Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus

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Emmy winner Mike Judge has made a name for himself as an animator and producer ("King of the Hill," "Beavis and Butt-Head," "Silicon Valley"), but it's his lesser-known roots as a musician that equally informs "Tales From the Tour Bus." The half-hour series, which Judge co-created, executive produces and narrates, chronicles the hell-raising adventures of some of country music's legendary artists, with episodes devoted to Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, and others. In animated interviews, former bandmates, friends and other associates supply uncensored anecdotes about the exploits of the artists, and the tales are brought to life by animated re-enactments, live-action archival performance film and photos.

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Betty Davis' uninhibited sexuality, marked by a raunchy stage presence and suggestive lyrics, made her brand of funk unforgettable, but she disappeared from music after being boycotted by religious groups, black political leaders and the NAACP.
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Though Morris Day and The Time skyrocketed to the top, resentment festered and the rivalry between the band reached a breaking point; a reunion show years later allowed Day and Prince to make peace before the latter's untimely death.
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At the height of his fame, James Brown reigned supreme as the king of funk; by the 1980s, the work ethic that propelled him to superstardom began to take its toll.
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With his infectious voice and unbelievable dance moves, James Brown earns a reputation as the hardest-working man in show business; Brown reaches new heights within the black community in the tumultuous 1960s and catches the attention of the FBI.
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Bassist Bootsy Collins goes from rocking out in Ohio to working with James Brown, who teaches him "The One" funk basics; after meeting George Clinton, Bootsy creates his larger-than-life persona and becomes the backbone of the P-Funk empire.
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Funk star Rick James rides high on top of the music world in the mid-'80s, but between his rivalry with Prince, crusade against MTV and run-ins with the law, he falls further under the influence of cocaine.
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With a penchant for pyrotechnics, glitter, custom boots and marijuana, self-proclaimed "King of Punk Funk" Rick James' quest to become a black rock star reaches its apex when a throwaway song, "Super Freak," tops the charts.
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A cornerstone figure in funk music, George Clinton goes from singing a cappella in a barbershop to chasing Motown glory in Detroit with his band, the Parliaments, and forges a lasting sound that goes on to fuel the new genre of hip-hop.
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Tale of Blaze Foley, a country music rule breaker whose life and career were tragically cut short.
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A look at the success of Waylon Jennings, who helped create country music's outlaw movement.
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The rise of outlaw country music and its beloved rebel Waylon Jennings.
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The outrageous adventures of country songwriting great Billy Joe Shaver, including the bar fight that sparked a courtroom media frenzy and inspired a hit song.
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George Jones and Tammy Wynette become the first power couple in country music, but their relationship is tumultuous.
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Jerry Lee Lewis makes a name for himself not just as a magnetic, piano-playing singer, but also as an impulsive, gun-wielding wild man.
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Country music outlaw Johnny Paycheck is known for his music, grand theft auto, drug binges and stints in jail.
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Collaborating on 33 hit songs and nine studio albums, George Jones and Tammy Wynette project an image of marital bliss, but backstage their real life is a mess.

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