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Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up

Documentary looking at how rock 'n' roll has dealt with growing up and growing old, featuring Lemmy, Iggy Pop, Rick Wakeman, Suggs, Eric Burdon, Alison Moyet and more.

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 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 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.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 18 Jan 2019 22:00

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Iggy and The Stooges

    1969

  • The Clash

    1977

  • The Beatles

    A Day In The Life

  • Procol Harum

    A Whiter Shade Of Pale

  • Motörhead

    Ace Of Spades

  • Chuck Berry

    Almost Grown

  • Justin Bieber

    Baby

  • Madness

    Baggy Trousers

  • The Beatles

    Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

  • The Rolling Stones

    Brown Sugar

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

    Carry On

  • Manfred Mann

    Come Tomorrow

  • Grateful Dead

    Dark Star

  • Eric Burdon

    Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down

  • Eric Burdon

    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

  • The Shadows

    F.B.I

  • Taylor Swift

    Fifteen

  • The Beatles

    Flying

  • Bob Dylan

    Forever Young

  • Joni Mitchell

    From Both Sides Now

  • The Silhouettes

    Get A Job

  • The Specials

    Ghost Town

  • The Beach Boys

    God Only Knows

  • The Yardbirds

    Got To Hurry

  • Booker T. & The MG’s

    Green Onions

  • Iggy Pop

    I Feel Alright

  • The Flamingos

    I Only Have Eyes For You

  • Richard Thompson

    I'll Never Give It Up

  • Joe Brown

    I'll See You In My Dreams

  • John Lee Hooker

    I'm In The Mood

  • Herman’s Hermits

    I'm Into Something Good

  • Peter Noone

    I'm Telling You Now

  • Pink Floyd

    Interstellar Overdrive

  • Édith Piaf

    Je Ne Regrette Rien

  • Chuck Berry

    Johnny B Goode

  • Richard Thompson

    King Of Bohemia

  • The Rolling Stones

    Let's Spend The Night Together

  • Pete Namlook & Dr. Atmo

    Life/Death

  • Iggy Pop

    Lust For Life

  • The Shadows

    Move It

  • The Who

    My Generation

  • The Stranglers

    No More Heroes

  • Yazoo

    Only You

  • David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

  • Bill Haley and His Comets

    Rock Around The Clock

  • Status Quo

    Rockin' All Over The World

  • Del Shannon

    Runaway

  • Robert Wyatt

    Sea Song

  • Bryan Ferry

    Sensation

  • The Beach Boys

    Surfin' USA

  • Leonard Cohen

    Suzanne

  • Buddy Holly

    That'll Be The Day

  • Richard & Linda Thompson

    The Great Valerio

  • Leonard Cohen

    The Stranger Song

  • Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    The Young Ones

  • Queen

    These Are The Days Of Our Lives

  • The Specials

    Too Much Too Young

  • The Beatles

    Twist and Shout

  • The Rolling Stones

    Under My Thumb

  • The Animals

    We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

  • Eric Burdon

    We Gotta Get Out of This Place

  • The Beatles

    When I'm Sixty-Four

  • Manfred Mann

    Why Should We Not

  • 00:05

    Chuck Berry

    Johnny B. Goode

  • 00:11

    The Who

    My Generation

  • 00:16

    Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    The Young Ones

  • 00:19

    Pink Floyd

    Interstellar Overdrive

  • 00:29

    Joni Mitchell

    From Both Sides Now

  • 00:34

    The Specials

    Ghost Town

  • 00:34

    Madness

    Baggy Trousers

  • 00:36

    Yazoo

    Only You

  • 00:37

    David Bowie

    Rebel Rebel

  • 00:53

    The Beach Boys

    God Only Knows

  • 00:54

    The Beach Boys

    God Only Knows

  • 00:55

    Taylor Swift

    Fifteen

  • 00:57

    Iggy Pop

    Lust For Life

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Cherie Lunghi
Director Chris Rodley
Producer Chris Rodley

Broadcasts

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