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.
The sound of psychedelic rock involved electronic instruments, guitar effects, oriental instruments, unconventional song structures, lyrics that referenced drugs or fantasy books, with extended instrumental sections. The genre bridged the transition from early blues and folk-based rock to progressive rock and hard rock. This episode features the Moody Blues.
New Wave and post-punk were the successors of the raw nihilism of punk. New Wave was brighter, more pop, synth-heavy and very dance-able. The Pop Rock sound of the 1970s and 1980s was a tune heavy blend of punk minimalism, art rock synthesizer and pop melodies. Bands such as the Cars, Go-Go's and Huey Lewis and the News embraced the blend of new wave and pop.
We celebrate the three tracks that showcase the fabulous rise of pop, disco, and soul sensation Diana Ross. Diana Ross and the Supremes were Motown's most commercially successful act to date, captivating mainstream America and conquering worldwide charts. Prolific Motown songwriters Brian and Eddie Holland share intimate details on how Baby Love was created and recorded. After a phenomenal decade and unimaginable success, it was time for Diana Ross to dazzle as a solo artist.
Following a summer of visually spectacular gigs around the UK, US rockers the Flaming Lips talk about songwriting and their life in music.