8:35pm – Thursday, January 7 on ABC1
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 MP3 download.
Despite numerous predictions that ‘rock is dead’, it has survived. Fans are attending more gigs and more festivals than ever before and the guitar is definitely back as the weapon of choice.
Seven Ages of Rock explores key eras in rock. From the UK electric blues boom, via the psychedelic rock of the late 60s; from the 70s punk explosion and on to the rise of grunge and indie rock in the 80s and beyond, this series tells the story of the music itself – with contributions from some of the biggest names in rock.
Featured artists include The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Patti Smith, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, U2, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, REM, The Pixies, Nirvana, The Smiths, Blur, Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, and more.
Episode 1, The Birth of Rock, explores blues-based rock from 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.