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1. Birth of Rock

20 Jan 1969

Birth of Rock
1963
London Blues Scene
The rather unpromising sounding London Skiffle Centre becomes the hub for a generation of young blues players clustered around their father figure Alexis Korner.

3. Punk

20 Jan 1969

punk rock
16 August 1974
The Ramones first play CBGBs
The Ramones' CBGBs sets would become the stuff of legend; lasting barely half an hour and stuffed with a primal energy that was an inspiration to many.

1975
Johnny Rotten joins the Sex Pistols
The young John Lydon finds himself auditioning for a job he didn't want, all because of a Pink Floyd T-shirt.

1975
Patti Smith's 'Horses' released
Smith's spiky fusion of three chord rock and poetry inspired a generation of musicians and made a young Michael Stipe throw up.

18 March 1977
The Clash release 'White Riot'
Inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival riots of the previous year, The Clash's first single is a positive rallying cry for disaffected white youth.

14 January 1978
The end of The Sex Pistols
The Sex Pistols implode on stage at the end of their disastrous American tour, leading to Rotten's defection from the band.

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7 Films, Charting the History of Rock

A definitive landmark series charting the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global force, told through the musicians who have shaped this most enduring of genres.

  • Sat 19 May 2007, 9pm BBC Two

    Jimi Hendrix

    The Birth Of Rock (Blues-based Rock) 1963-1970

    The rock revolution of the 1960s seen through the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. The first doomed icon of rock, Hendrix was the synthesis of everything that had gone before him and all that was to come. The Birth Of Rock also explores the influence of rhythm & blues on a generation of British musicians such as The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Who, and how the song-writing of Bob Dylan and studio developments of The Beatles transformed the possibilities and ambitions of rock.

    Sat 19 May 2007, 9pm BBC Two
    Sun 20 May 2007, 9pm BBC One

  • 26 May 2007, 9pm BBC Two

    David Bowie

    White Light, White Heat (Art Rock) 1966-1980

    The story of how artistic and conceptual expression permeated rock. From the pop-art multi-media experiments of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground to the sinister gentility of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, White Light, White Heat traces how rock became a vehicle for artistic ideas and theatrical performance. We follow Pink Floyd from the fated art school genius of Syd Barrett through the global success of Dark Side of the Moon to the ultimate rock theatre show, The Wall. Along the way, the film explores the retro-futurism of Roxy Music and the protean world of David Bowie.

    Sat 26 May 2007, 9pm BBC Two
    Sun 27 May 2007, 9pm BBC One



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