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When Rock Goes Acoustic

Documentary taking an insightful, irreverent look at the love affair between rock and the acoustic guitar. Contributors include Johnny Marr, Keith Richards and Ray Davies.

The cliche of classic rock guitar is one of riffs, solos and noise. But write a list of great guitarists and their finest moments and a quieter, more intense playing comes to the fore. The acoustic guitar is the secret weapon in the armoury of the guitar hero, when paradoxically they get more attention by playing quietly than being loud.

This documentary takes an insightful and occasionally irreverent look at the love affair between rock and the humble acoustic guitar. Exploring a much less celebrated, yet crucial part of the rock musician's arsenal, contributors including Johnny Marr, Keith Richards, Ray Davies, James Dean Bradfield, Biffy Clyro, Joan Armatrading, Donovan and Roger McGuinn discuss why an instrument favoured by medieval minstrels and singing nuns is as important to rock 'n' roll as the drums, bass and its noisy sister, the electric guitar.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 23 Feb 2015 01:10

Music Played

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

  • Guns N’ Roses

    Welcome to the Jungle

  • Oasis

    Wonderwall

  • David Bowie

    Quicksand

  • Wings

    Mull of Kintyre

  • Nirvana

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • Nirvana

    All Apologies

  • Nirvana

    About A Girl

  • Elvis Presley

    Blue Suede Shoes

  • Roger McGuinn

    Heartbreak Hotel

  • Elvis Presley

    Heartbreak Hotel

  • Robin Willes & Robin Lee

    Mama Don't Allow Skiffle Anymore

  • Lonnie Donegan

    Jack of Diamonds

  • Lonnie Donegan

    Rock Island Line

  • The Kinks

    You Really Got Me

  • The Rolling Stones

    The Prodigal Son

  • Bob Dylan

    Mr Tambourine Man

  • The Byrds

    Mr Tambourine Man

  • Roger McGuinn

    Mr Tambourine Man

  • Donovan

    Jennifer Juniper

  • The Beatles

    Within You, Without You

  • The Beatles

    Blackbird

  • Bert Jansch

    Black Waterside

  • Led Zeppelin

    Immigrant Song

  • Led Zeppelin

    Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

  • Led Zeppelin

    Gallows Pole

  • James Dean Bradfield

    That's the Way

  • Oasis

    Wonderwall

  • Manic Street Preachers

    Small Black Flowers That Grow in the Sky

  • U2

    Staring at the Sun

  • Extreme

    Play With Me

  • Extreme

    More Than Words

  • Bon Jovi

    Blaze of Glory

  • The La’s

    There She Goes

  • Tunng

    Hustle

  • The Rolling Stones

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

  • The Kinks

    Lola

  • Biffy Clyro

    Many of Horror

  • Derek and the Dominos

    Layla

  • Eric Clapton

    Layla

  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse

    Hey Hey, My My Into the Black

  • Neil Young

    Old Man

  • Devendra Banhart

    A Sight to Behold

  • Joan Armatrading

    Woncha Come Home

  • Laura Marling

    New Romantic

  • James Blunt

    You're Beautiful

  • David Bowie

    Space Oddity

  • The Smiths

    Nowhere Fast

  • The Everly Brothers

    Wake Up Little Susie

  • Johnny Marr

    Wake up Little Susie

  • James Dean Bradfield

    Substitute

  • The Who

    Substitute

  • Johnny Marr

    Big Mouth Strikes Again

  • The Smiths

    Bigmouth Strikes Again

  • The Smiths

    William It Was Really Nothing

  • Johnny Marr

    William It Was Really Nothing

  • David Bowie

    Queen Bitch

  • Nirvana

    About A Girl

  • Led Zeppelin

    Bron-Y-Aur Stomp

  • Oasis

    Wonderwall

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Rhodri Huw
Director Rhodri Huw
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Executive Producer Gethin Scourfield

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