A new music documentary series is coming to BBC Knowledge in September.
Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack of popular culture and defined each generation since the 60s, charting ‘the story of rock music from the suburb to the stadium, from the crackly 45 to the download.’
This series features many of rock’s big names from the psychedelic rock of the late 60s, the 70s punk explosion to the rise of grunge and indie rock in the 80s and beyond.
The first episode at 7:30pm Monday September 7 looks at ‘The Birth of Rock 1963‐70.’
In the early 1960s, a generation of rebellious British teenagers who had grown up listening to raw American blues music began to invent their own, adrenaline‐charged new sound. Bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who provided the soundtrack to volatile, changing times and introduced the attitude, swagger, sex appeal and volume that would launch an electrifying new music movement: Rock. Also featuring Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Yardbirds and Cream.
Later eps will feature Peter Gabriel’s Genesis, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, The Damned and The Buzzcocks. There’s Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, The Police, U2, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits.
More headliners follow with R.E.M, Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, The Smiths, Oasis, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys.