More Than This is the definitive history of English art rock group Roxy Music, formed in 1971 by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). Featuring exclusive access to the band members, all the key characters and never before seen footage, The Roxy Music Story, traces the musical development of the group and examines the stories that surrounded them.
Fenella Kernebone chats to founder of the Kronos Quartet, violin player David Harrington, about the group's 30-year history, their album Floodplain and their performance and collaboration with Jon Rose at the Sydney Opera House.
Monteverdi's exquisitely melancholy vocal music is transported from its 16th century roots into a 21st century dramatised environment. Passions run high as six couples break up and go over the painful details of their complex relationships in a restaurant. The music, in turn serene and brutal, combines with this drama in a heady yet satisfying mix.
In the 1980s, seminal British indie group The Smiths were cult stars for British teenagers seeking the sound of electric guitars in an era awash with synthesised pop, but the generation they inspired would not be content with underground success, and in the form of Oasis, brought UK indie rock crashing into the mainstream.
Elvis Costello describes Tony Bennett as "a man who embodies the humanity and the subtle nuance of American melody from the heart-standing crescendo of his most requested songs to the intensity of a piano- accompanied ballad. He is a great American artist whether he has a microphone or a paintbrush in his hand."
Two young Aussie rookie producers attempt the seemingly impossible: to take an unknown musical straight to Broadway! Write a musical and get it on Broadway - maybe in your dreams. But for Marcus and Ken, unknown Aussie natives it's a whole new reality. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
This film features extended archive, some of it rarely or never seen, alongside original interviews with four members of Pink Floyd - David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason - and traces the journey of a band and the different stages of its evolution.
From America's underground punk scene in the 1980s to the grunge explosion of the 90s, this episode traces the rise of alternative rock heroes like R.E.M. and Nirvana and unsung pioneers like The Pixies.
Elvis Costello meets Bill Clinton. who shares his adulation of jazz giants like Al Hirt and Russian jazz saxophone player, Igor Butman. Bill has an extensive collection of saxophones including one that was made by Adolph Sax himself in 1861. He tells Elvis that playing the saxophone helped him cope when times were tense in his role as President of the USA.
This episode follows the development of rock in the 1970s and '80s, when rock achieved a global influence on culture and politics, and groups such as Led Zeppelin, Kiss and The Police decided to see just how far their ambition would take them.
Emerging at the tail end of the hippy dream, from the rust belt of industrial England, heavy metal would go on to conquer the world. With Black Sabbath as the undisputed godfathers, this episode follows their journey. This episode also features Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Vanessa Morfea was a street kid. Now she's on the verge of international success with the release of her first album. Independent music producer and songwriter Bazz Palmer believes that Vanessa's music, a collection of Punk anthems, is fresh and unique. He gambles on getting her an international recording deal, which is no small feat.
A tale of two cities, London and New York, and the bands that emerged from the dispossessed, the lost, the angry - the 'blank generation'.
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). Tonight, in the final episode, The BiPolar Bears are back to square one - and without a lead singer. Can Kev's crafty idea save the day? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
The film opens at a pop festival. Drug-smoking is very much in evidence. These fellows will answer to God says the Rev Jack Wyrtzen, for all the pollution and evil they have spread around the world. The thing about rock n roll says Lester Bangs, is that it is totally about adolescence, and about consumerism brought in the highest degree. In fact, as the film begins to point out, neither of these extreme points of view is true. Tangerine Dream perform religious music in Coventry Cathedral. Stomu Yamashta, a spectacular Japanese percussionist, clearly has nothing to do with adolescence: and no-one could describe Mike Oldfield as the product of consumerism.
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). Tonight, The BiPolar Bears new lead singer takes to the stage at Melbourne's home of rock, but things do not go as smoothly as they had hoped. Can the Bears weather the storm? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
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.
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