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

  • The Blues

    Keith Richards, Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey on the essence of the Blues.

    Duration: 4 mins

  • Guitarists of the Yardbirds

    Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on the band that was the launch pad for some of rock's best-known axemen

    Duration: 4 mins

  • When Dylan Went Electric

    Recollections of the infamous moment when Bob plugged in.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • The Break-Up Of Cream

    Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce on the messy implosion of the first super-group.

    Duration: 50 mins

  • Tommy

    Roger Daltrey on the creation of The Who's first rock opera.

    Duration: 3 mins


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

  • Wish You Were Here

    David Gilmour and Roger Waters remember the creation of one of Pink Floyd's most iconic tracks.

    Duration: 2 min 30 sec

  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond

    Pink Floyd tell the story of when, after a seven year absence, Syd appeared at Abbey Road studios.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • Ladytron

    Roxy Music remember the creation of a classic track from their first album.

    Duration: 5 min 30 secs

  • Art Schools

    Pete Jenner, Barry Miles and Charles Shaar Murray on the institutions that were the training ground for many of rock's great artists.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Lindsay Kemp On David Bowie

    The eccentric mime artist remembers working with David Bowie.

    Duration: 4 min 30 secs


Blank Generation Punk (1973 - 1980)

  • Talking Heads

    David Byrne recalls the early days of Talking Heads.

    Duration: 5 min 30 secs

  • CBGB's

    Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and Tommy Ramone on the birthplace of New York's punk scene.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Anarchy In The UK

    Glen Matlock and John Lydon recall writing one of the most memorable punk anthems.

    Duration: 4 min 30 secs

  • The New York Dolls

    A brief history of the proto-punk band.

    Duration: 4 min 30 secs

  • New Rose

    The Damned tell the story of the first British punk single.

    Duration: 2 mins


Never Say Die Heavy Metal (1970 - 1991)

  • Recording 'Volume 4'

    Black Sabbath reminisce about their hedonistic time in Los Angeles.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Living After Midnight

    Members of Judas Priest recall the recording of the classic track.

    Duration: 2 min 30 secs

  • Grunge v Metal

    Musicians and pundits mull over the impact of Grunge on Metal in the early 90's.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • Black Night

    Deep Purple reveal the straight-forward writing process for their most enduring hit.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • Number of the Beast

    Members of Iron Maiden on the making of a classic.

    Duration: 2 min 30 secs

  • Metallica support Ozzy

    James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich tell tales of touring with Ozzy Osbourne on the Master Of Puppets tour.

    Duration: 2 min 30 secs


We Are The Champions Stadium Rock (1965 - 1993)

  • Bruce Springsteen In Concert

    Members of the E Street Band remember playing live with Bruce Springsteen.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • The Police - The Early Days

    Stuart Copeland and Andy Summers on the early days of The Police and the release of their first hit single, Roxanne.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Kiss Play Cadillac

    The glam-rockers talk about their visit to Cadillac, Michigan where the entire town painted their faces.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Sultans Of Swing

    Mark Knopfler gives an insight into writing the classic, Sultans of Swing.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • Designing for Freddie Mercury

    Designer Zandra Rhodes on creating the stage outfits that help define Freddie Mercury's stage look.

    Duration: 3 mins


Left Of The Dial Alternative Rock (1980 - 1994)

  • The Origins of R.E.M.

    Michael Stipe and Mike Mills remember their first meeting and R.E.M.'s early days.

    Duration: 4 mins

  • R.E.M. - Secrets of the Studio

    Producer Scott Litt and Mike Mills give an insight into the recording process of R.E.M. classics.

    Duration: 4 mins

  • My Hardcore Punk Rock Youth

    Henry Rollins reminisces about his hedonistic days as Black Flag's frontman.

    Duration: 5 min 30 secs

  • Nirvana In Their Own Words

    Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic remember the early days and talk intimately about their relationship with Kurt Cobain.

    Duration: 5 min 30 secs

  • A Brief History of The Pixies

    Frank Black and Kim Deal on the rise and fall and rise again of the ultimate quiet-loud band.

    Duration: 7 mins

  • Here Comes Your Man

    Frank Black reveals his love of Ray Davis and Kim Deal shows us what inspired her bass line to The Pixies' love song.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs


What The World Is Waiting For Indie (1980 - 2007)

  • Marr on Morrissey

    Johnny Marr talks intimately about working with Morrissey.

    Duration: 4 mins

  • Suede in their own words

    Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler on the early days of the band.

    Duration: 3 mins

  • Spike Island

    Mani, Noel Gallagher and photographer Ian Tilton on The Stone Rose's legendary gig.

    Duration: 3 min 30 secs

  • Be Here Now

    Noel Gallagher and Bonehead reflect on the bloated extravagance of Oasis' third LP.

    Duration: 4 min 30 secs

  • What Defines Indie?

    Pundits and bands alike try and sum up that what exactly indie means today.

    Duration: 3 mins

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