This week Seven Ages of Rock explores Art Rock, 1966-80. From the pop-art multimedia experiments of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground to the sinister gentility of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, via the psychedelia of Pink Floyd and the theatricality of David Bowie, this episode traces the story of how artistic and conceptual expression permeated rock.
This Episode takes place almost entirely on stage; fans are always seen from the performer's point of view. Thus, we begin to feel and experience first hand the pressures being put upon various individuals by the music industry. We are backstage with David Bowie as he makes himself up for a performance. We watch Alice Cooper ritualistically smashing up a doll, while the fans shriek for more and more. We are with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull as he prepares to face a screaming crowd. We watch Eric Clapton before drugs, during drugs and after drugs. We are on stage with Keith Emerson as he hurls his electric organ as the audience.
This three-part rockumentary follows the journey of a remarkable band, the BiPolar Bears, whose members all have a mental illness, and their search for a lead singer (mental illness essential) and proves that rock and roll is the best therapy. The band members give us an insight into their world and share with us what it feels like, how different people experience very different symptoms and how it can be managed. Recovery is possible with love, dedication and for the BiPolar Bears, music. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack of popular culture and defined each generation since the '60s, charting the story of rock music from the suburb to the stadium, from the crackly 45 to the MP3 download.
The sixties began, according to Eric Burdon as "a party". "The aim of all of us, Hendrix, The Who, The Stones" Burdon goes on, "was to ball every chick in sight". Unfortunately, the party went sour. After the death of Epstein, the Beatles quarreled and split up. Jagger was arrested. Drugs became fashionable. The swinging sixties tore itself apart in an orgy of self-congratulation and self-indulgence.
"They were very scruffy" recounts Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager, as he describes the Beatles' early escapades in Hamburg and Liverpool Soon Brian Epstein appeared on the scene, although he didn't like the sound the Beatles made. Nor did any record producer, and even George Martin now admits that he never believed they would make worldwide hit song writers. There was a cost, of course, which eventually had to paid for this extraordinary euphoria. But, at the time, no-one seemed to care.
In 1977, three men in frocks became an overnight sensation on Italian television. Irreverent, sexy and outrageous, they were Le Sorelle Bandiera - The Flag Sisters. Out of drag, they were Tito Le Duc (a Mexican), Mauro Bronchi (an Italian) and Neil Hansen, a boy from Perth, WA. The Fabulous Flag Sisters tells the story of how a boy from Oz became an Italian superstar - in a frock.
Using Tchaikovsky's sometimes intimate correspondence with patroness Nadezhda von Meck, this program takes us on a musical journey of Italy through the eyes and ears of this great but deeply troubled composer.
Featuring comedian and actor Dave Chappelle, best known as the host and star of the hit series "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central, and Dr Maya Angelou, an eminent American poet, memoirist and actress.
The Nutcracker Story pays homage to one of the world's favourite fairytales - the Nutcracker. It tells the story behind this famous tale and looks at what makes Tchaikovsky's enduring ballet so popular with children and ballet companies the world over.
The story of rock n roll begins and ends in Memphis, Tennessee, in the tiny studio of record producer Sam Phillips. He tells of how he discovered Elvis Presley and of the struggle he had to get Presley accepted. It was not the overnight success story that is popularly believed. Before long, however, Presley came to symbolize the spirit of an entire generation. How did this happen, and why? Or was it the product of Sam Phillips' imagination and Presley's stage presence?
Aussie Battlers is an honest and witty look at the obsessive and dedicated world of MC Battling in Australia; a world where only true perfectionists make the grade ...(oh and it helps if you smoke a few cones for inspiration). This 55-minute observational documentary, by first-time documentary director Martin Taylor, follows competitors in Australia's most prestigious MC Battling event. The film focuses specifically on the MC battles, trailing the heat winners to the Australian National Finals.
Episode 11 explores songs of war and protest with Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.
Featuring Italian-Swedish model and actress Isabella Rossellini and Dean Kamen, the American inventor and entrepreneur who holds more than 440 patents for innovative health care devices.
Filmmaker Sheila Hayman, a descendent of the composer Felix Mendelssohn, sets out to explore the links between the Germany in which her famous forebear lived in the early 19th century with that of her own family who lived there up to the end of the war.
Episode ten explores country and western, starting with the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The journey of a unique rock band, whose members all have physical or intellectual disabilities, takes them from the Melbourne pub scene to the stage of the UN building, New York. Rudely Interrupted are a motley crew of six, including their manager, who are intrinsically funny with an infectious love of performing. They make rock 'n' roll history as the first band to play at the United Nations for International Disability Day.
Featuring visionary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and acclaimed and daring singer and songwriter Fiona Apple, who exploded on to the pop music scene in 1996 with her debut album 'Tidal' and the Grammy Award-winning 'Criminal'.
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