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Series exploring the relationship between British rock and pop music and fashion begins in the 1960s with The Small Faces, Cilla Black, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.

Just how did Britain become the place where the best music goes with the most eye-catching styles? Lauren Laverne narrates a series about the love affair between our music and fashion, looking at how musicians and designers came up with the coolest and craziest looks and how we emulated our idols.

British pop and rock is our great gift to the world, at the heart of the irrepressible creative brilliance of Britain. But it has never just been about the music. Across the decades we have unleashed a uniquely British talent for fusing the best sounds with stunning style and fashion to dazzling effect.

The series begins in the golden years of the 1960s. Mod legends The Small Faces became the best-dressed band in England, Cilla Black and fashion label BIBA were a perfect fit, while The Beatles and The Stones embraced the foppish hair and frilly shirts of psychedelia. Through rude boys and rockers, the relationship between music and fashion blossomed, becoming intimately entwined in the sound and vision of Roxy Music.

But this isn't just a story of brillant musicians and maverick designers, it's a story that touches us all because, at some point in our lives, we've all delved into the great dressing-up box and joined the pageant that is British music and fashion.

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Sat 26 May 2018 01:30

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Music Played

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

  • David Bowie

    Oh! You Pretty Things

  • The Only Ones

    Another Girl Another Planet

  • Small Faces

    Watcha Gonna Do About It

  • Small Faces

    I Feel Much Better

  • Small Faces

    Here Come the Nice

  • Small Faces

    Tin Soldier

  • Small Faces

    I've Got Mine

  • Cilla Black

    Sing a Rainbow

  • Cilla Black

    Step Inside Love

  • The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

    Fire

  • The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

    Prelude:Nightmare

  • Desmond Dekker & The Aces

    0.0.7 (Shanty Town)

  • Desmond Dekker & The Aces

    Beautiful and Dangerous

  • Symarip

    Skinhead Moonstomp

  • Symarip

    Skinhead Girl

  • Status Quo

    Pictures of Matchstick Men

  • Status Quo

    Break the Rules

  • Status Quo

    Softer Rider

  • Status Quo

    Don't Waste My Time

  • Roxy Music

    Virginia Plain

  • Roxy Music

    Editions of You

  • Roxy Music

    Beauty Queen

  • Roxy Music

    Prarie Rose

  • Roxy Music

    Chance Meeting

  • Roxy Music

    The Thrill of It All

  • Roxy Music

    All I Want is You

  • 00:00

    The Only Ones

    Another Girl, Another Planet

  • 00:30

    Agnes Obel

    Tokka

  • 00:32

    Desmond Dekker & The Aces

    Israelites

  • 00:35

    [Cj Lewis Cover Titled "Bad Bwoy".]

    007 Shanty Town

  • 00:42

    Status Quo

    Caroline

Credits

Role Contributor
Narrator Lauren Laverne
Executive Producer Steve Condie
Series Producer Matt Hill
Director Matt Hill

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