Duran Duran were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven 'Second British Invasion' of the US. Using interviews, news archive and performances, this episode reveals the unique aspect of this iconic band.
Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in a record store in West London. They came from different backgrounds but bonded over a love of electronic music. Thirty years into their career, the Pet Shop Boys remain top of the charts.
In 1981, Collins released his debut solo single, In the Air Tonight. He is one of only three solo artists who have sold over a 100 million records.
His first solo album Faith had six top five singles that helped it dominate the charts worldwide. George Michael had written and produced nearly every track. To date, it has sold over 25 million copies.
Genesis formed in 1967, when Peter Gabriel met Tony Banks at the exclusive Charterhouse School. When audiences went to a Genesis show, it was a huge spectacle and an exciting experience that wasn't just about the music.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart came from very different backgrounds. After releasing their first album, they began to work with synthesisers, a choice which led them to their breakthrough hit.
The Seven Ages of Elvis sets out to explore exactly who Elvis was and the true meaning of his unprecedented impact on popular culture. Using Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man as a framework, the film charts the King of Rock 'n' Roll's' extraordinary life, act by act - from his impoverished childhood in the depressed American South, through his meteoric rise to international fame, to his Vegas years and sad death in 1977. Combining archive material with personal testimonies from those who knew Elvis best, the film throws light on the secret to his triumphant, universal success and asks why audiences are still drawn to him 40 years after his death.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix was also one of the biggest cultural figures of the '60s, a psychedelic voodoo child. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Jimi Hendrix.
One of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s was formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, on keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals, with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of the Doors.
She rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Janis Joplin.
American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th-century. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Stevie Wonder.
Named for no apparent reason after an 18th-century British agronomist who invented the machine drill for sowing seed, Jethro Tull has been one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive-rock bands.
With five No.1 singles, 14 top 40 hits, and four No.1 albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s.
This episode provides an in-depth exploration of the 4th movement of Beethoven's String Quartet, Op 18, No 2. Concepts presented in the previous six episodes are revisited in this 'new' context.
Rock's first supergroup, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young each had successful recording careers before coming together. Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies.
Bono and the Edge discuss U2's most stunning music videos, including The Sweetest Thing and Numb.
Listeners are encouraged to grasp larger chunks or 'paragraphs'. Mozart's clever 12 Variations on Ah! vous dirai-je Maman, K 265/300e reinforces the concept of open-minded listening.
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