THE SEVEN AGES OF ROCK
The Birth of Rock
BBC Specialist Factual, Bristol.
A BBC / VH1 Classic Production
BAFTA Nomination: Sound
ROSE D’OR Nomination
The BBC are about to undertake a mammoth task, one which may well provide their audience with a rare feeling of licence-payer satisfaction. From this Saturday at 9pm, BBC 2 will be showing a documentary series called The Seven Ages Of Rock. Beginning with (where else?) The Birth Of Rock, the series takes us from the 60s up to the present day or, as the episode title puts it, What The World Is Waiting For: British Indie Rock.
The idea is, so says the Beeb, that a comprehensive and chronological story will unfold as a "prism of iconic artists such as Roger Waters, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Phil Collins, Debbie Harry, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Marr, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn and Alex Kapranos explore key eras in rock, telling the story of each age through the music itself."
ROSIE SWASH, THE GUARDIAN
Jimi Hendrix plays Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind at an all-black Harlem dance. The crowd turn hostile, and he is forced to flee for his life. Glen Matlock steals an Abba guitar riff and - hey presto - it becomes the Sex Pistols' anthem Pretty Vacant. The Judas Priest singer Rob Halford goes shopping for gay S&M gear, and unwittingly invents the classic heavy metal uniform. Noel Gallagher writes Wonderwall, a song he dislikes, but it makes him "a millionaire four times in one week".
This is just a snapshot of the wealth of stories in the documentary series, The Seven Ages of Rock, which airs on BBC Two next fortnight. Packed with rare footage and super-star interviews, this TV banquet is the latest in a pedigree portfolio of pop show.
STEPHEN DALTON, THE TIMES
Director: Andrew Graham-Brown
Series Producer: William Naylor
Executive Producer: Michael Poole