I'm in a Rock'n'Roll Band!
What makes great Rock'n'Roll bands work?
Why and how do they do what they do?
Why are the best bands more than the sum of their parts?
Why do we love them so much?
The answers are to be found in BBC Two's Saturday Night series I'm in a Rock'n'Roll Band.
A phalanx of BBC Music Entertainment's most inquisitive minds have been sent out into the field on a global mission to observe the rock'n'roller at large. Back they have duly returned - to their rain-buffeted multi-story shack HQ at the rear of TV Centre - anxious to reveal their findings.
A cross generational collection of some of the most extraordinary war stories rock 'n' roll folklore has to offer have been assembled. Relating them are a preposterously starry cast including Iggy Pop; Dave Grohl; Sting; Roger Daltrey; Jon Bon Jovi; Bob Geldof;Siouxsie Sioux ; Matt Bellamy; Shirley Manson; Jeff Beck; Johnny Marr; Slash; Tony Iommi; Mick Jones; Andy Summers; Wilko Johnson; Tommy Lee; Ginger Baker; Stewart Copeland; Bill Bruford; Peter Hook; Rick Wakeman; Ray Manzarek; Keith Emerson and Jack Bruce.
Befitting the larger than life characters populating the series and the stranger-than-fiction tales they have to tell, we have allowed the shows to venture into novel territory - graphic novel territory to be precise. As some of Britain's top illustrators, feted for their work in comics like Marvel, have added their considerable talents to the mix.
This animation element makes it possible to journey into the private thoughts, childhood memories and backstage lives of some of the great performers of our times. No cameras were there to record what happened on these occasions but, through the power of animation, moments of rock'n'roll history, large and small, can be brought to life.
From Jim Morrison of The Doors coming over all Oedipal in sixties L.A. to how Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi managed to resurrect his fledgling guitar career after chopping off two fingers in a factory accident in the West Midlands.
From the unsettling moment when Sex Pistol Glenn Matlock opened a packet of crisps to find a piece of paper with his name in it, to the honing of The Police's breakthrough hit, Roxanne, from bossa nova original to the taut post punk reggae groove that conquered the world.
The graphic novel feel has created a distinct and contemporary look for the shows. Steve Beaumont has been getting most busy with the charcoals, with back up from Mike Collins and Leigh Gallagher. While the ingenious graphic designers at SumCreative under the Creative Direction of Paul Peppiate have turned the sketch material into animations created on After Effects.
Guiding 50 plus animated sequences through the circuitous process of conception, story-boarding, sketching, inking, colouring and finally animation is a brain-mashing exercise in logistics.
But fortunately any thoughts along the lines of 'I must have been mad to pursue this idea, is it too late to drop it?' are completely blown away by those 'You have mail' moments when new sketches and animations arrive. The ability to capture the likeness (and just as importantly the essence) of some of the great names in rock'n'roll to order is startling. How lovely it would be to have a proper talent like that.
Vote for your favourites at bbc.co.uk/rocknrollband
John Piper is the Series Producer of I'm In A Rock'n'Roll Band