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.
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.
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