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Duration: 1 hour

Documentary which looks at how rock 'n' roll has had to deal with the unthinkable - namely growing up and growing old, from its roots in the 50s as a music made by young people for young people to the 21st century phenomena of the revival and the comeback.

Despite the mantra of 'live fast, die young', Britain's first rock 'n' roll generations are now enjoying old age. What was once about youth and taking risks is now about longevity, survival, nostalgia and refusing to grow up, give up or shut up. But what happens when the music refuses to die and its performers refuse to leave the stage? What happens when rock's youthful rebelliousness is delivered wrapped in wrinkles?

Featuring contributions from musicians Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Peter Noone, Rick Wakeman, Paul Jones, Richard Thompson, Suggs, Eric Burdon, Bruce Welch, Robert Wyatt, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Chris Dreja of the Yardbirds, Alison Moyet, Robyn Hitchcock, writers Rosie Boycott and Nick Kent and producer Joe Boyd.

Last on

Sat 22 Feb 2014 23:40 BBC Four

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    Live Aid press conference

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  • Iggy & The Stooges

    Iggy & The Stooges

    Iggy Pop performs with a reformed and rejuvenated Stooges at Glastonbury's Other Stage in 2007.

  • The Who

    The Who

    The Who, featuring Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Zak Starkey (left to right), performing the closing set on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2007.


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