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The Cure are one of the most enduring and popular punk rock bands to come out in the late '70s. This legendary live concert performance, played across three successive nights, ...

The Cure are one of the most enduring and popular punk rock bands to come out in the late '70s. This legendary live concert performance, played across three successive nights, sees them play in chronological order their albums; Pornography (1982), Disintegration (1989) and Bloodflowers (2000).

An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along ...

An up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, Frank Sinatra. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, this is an intimate portrait of the singer, actor, father, husband and philanthropist.

Tonight, Annie meets Seth Troxler, one of the biggest underground superstar DJ's and one of dance music's larger-than-life personalities. Annie delves into Seth's ...

Tonight, Annie meets Seth Troxler, one of the biggest underground superstar DJ's and one of dance music's larger-than-life personalities. Annie delves into Seth's sleep-deprived world and a schedule that sees him regularly play seven hour DJ sets to a discerning crowd. She catches up with Seth in the UK, Germany and Ibiza, and uncovers his passion for food and barbecues.

Son of singers London Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus is known for his unique musical ability. He has been a life-long fan of the opera and this program documents ...

Son of singers London Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, Rufus is known for his unique musical ability. He has been a life-long fan of the opera and this program documents the creation of his first work in that realm.

In early 2007, Paul Kelly asked a number of his friends to donate their time to record versions of songs by Kev Carmody, for what was to become the album Cannot Buy My Soul. ...

In early 2007, Paul Kelly asked a number of his friends to donate their time to record versions of songs by Kev Carmody, for what was to become the album Cannot Buy My Soul. In January 2008, most of them, including Kev Carmody himself, came together at the State Theatre in Sydney for the stage production of Cannot But My Soul. Once again, the artists involved donated their time to the project, which went on to become one of the most powerful and emotional concerts Sydney has ever heard.

Forest Whitaker stars as brilliant jazz saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood’s homage to Bird’s life and genius. Moving forward ...

Forest Whitaker stars as brilliant jazz saxophonist Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker in Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood’s homage to Bird’s life and genius. Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Director Wim Wenders explores the lives of his favourite blues artists - Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and JB Lenoir - in a film that is part history and part personal ...

Director Wim Wenders explores the lives of his favourite blues artists - Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson, and JB Lenoir - in a film that is part history and part personal pilgrimage. The film tells the story of these artists' lives in music through a fictional film-within-a-film, rare archival footage, and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Lou Reed, Eagle Eye Cherry, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cassandra Wilson, Garland Jeffreys, Los Lobos, and others.

After a seven year hiatus Suede reformed to play what they believed would be a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on March 24, 2010. As a result of the extraordinary ...

After a seven year hiatus Suede reformed to play what they believed would be a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall on March 24, 2010. As a result of the extraordinary reaction from the audience, the band decided to reform permanently.

Revealing bio-documentary giving an exclusive look into the life of one of the world's most admired and respected musicians as Bruce Springsteen explores and explains his ...

Revealing bio-documentary giving an exclusive look into the life of one of the world's most admired and respected musicians as Bruce Springsteen explores and explains his greatest influences.

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 ...

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.

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, ...

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.

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the ...

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode six explores Tin Pan Alley and features Bing Crosby, Al Johnson and Gershwin.

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the ...

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode nine explores rhythm 'n' blues and gospel, featuring The Supremes and Aretha Franklin.

Five black former members of the Harlem tap-dancing troupe, The Silver Belles, now aged from 84 to 96, put their dancing shoes back on 25 years ago and regained the fame and ...

Five black former members of the Harlem tap-dancing troupe, The Silver Belles, now aged from 84 to 96, put their dancing shoes back on 25 years ago and regained the fame and fun they had during their heyday in the 1930s. They may not kick as high now, but they are hip-swaying, sharp and showbiz savvy, perform to standing ovations and are as sassy as ever.

At 14, school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the 'demigods of Canadian metal', ...

At 14, school friends Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the 'demigods of Canadian metal', releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal On Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, all of whom went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil's career took a different path - straight to obscurity. Anvil: The Story Of Anvil is a timeless, and at times hilarious, feel-good tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream. Broadcast as part of ABC's Sunday Best.

Classic Albums: The Doors is a documentary which tells the story behind legendary band The Doors, and their debut self-titled album. Featuring in-depth interviews with three ...

Classic Albums: The Doors is a documentary which tells the story behind legendary band The Doors, and their debut self-titled album. Featuring in-depth interviews with three surviving band members, the film recounts how the band formed, what inspired their music and how they developed their unique sound.

Strange Birds in Paradise, the critically acclaimed feature documentary by Charlie Hill Smith, journeys into the secret life of West Papua and paints a fascinating picture of ...

Strange Birds in Paradise, the critically acclaimed feature documentary by Charlie Hill Smith, journeys into the secret life of West Papua and paints a fascinating picture of music, culture and repression from one of the last great wildernesses on earth. Strange Birds in Paradise continues to ask the big questions, such as whether the world is watching as West Papua spirals further into genocide, political oppression and environmental disaster.

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film ...

Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film focuses on Freddie Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.

In part five of The Blues, director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of the Chess Records legacy). Together they ...

In part five of The Blues, director Marc Levin (Slam, Whiteboys, Brooklyn Babylon) travels to Chicago with hip-hop legend Chuck D (of the Chess Records legacy). Together they explore the heyday of Chicago blues and unite to produce an album that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians.

This documentary explores the extraordinary harmony between music and violence. Sesame Street composer Christopher Cerf always wanted his music to be fun and entertaining. ...

This documentary explores the extraordinary harmony between music and violence. Sesame Street composer Christopher Cerf always wanted his music to be fun and entertaining. After learning that his songs had been used to torture prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib he is stunned by this abuse of his work and decides to embark on a journey to learn what makes music such a powerful stimulant.

Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff tells the story of the torrid, yet enduring relationship between Johnny Cash and his onetime manager, the director's father, Saul Holiff. From the ...

Filmmaker Jonathan Holiff tells the story of the torrid, yet enduring relationship between Johnny Cash and his onetime manager, the director's father, Saul Holiff. From the highs of the Folsom State Prison show through to the lows of cancelled shows and walk-offs during the 1960s, as Cash descends into a pills, drugs and alcohol-fuelled breakdown, the two stay together, tied to one another through mutual instability and dependence.

In this episode of Superstar DJ's, Annie Mac gets to know Disclosure, AKA brothers Guy & Howard from Reigate, Surrey. Disclosure are the UK's youngest and fastest growing ...

In this episode of Superstar DJ's, Annie Mac gets to know Disclosure, AKA brothers Guy & Howard from Reigate, Surrey. Disclosure are the UK's youngest and fastest growing dance act today and Annie goes on a mission to find out why.

In this episode Annie Mac tracks down American DJ, Producer and record label head honcho Diplo. Annie travels to Miami to meet Wesley Pentz before he plays the main stage at ...

In this episode Annie Mac tracks down American DJ, Producer and record label head honcho Diplo. Annie travels to Miami to meet Wesley Pentz before he plays the main stage at Ultra Music Festival, one of the biggest electronic festivals in the world. She heads to Vegas to check out his new club residency and spends some time in the studio, uncovering how it all started for him, finding out why he's one of the most in demand producers going.

The Great Depression proves to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theatre emerges. Productions like Cole Porter's Anything Goes ...

The Great Depression proves to be a dynamic period of creative growth on Broadway, and a dichotomy in the musical theatre emerges. Productions like Cole Porter's Anything Goes offer glamour and high times as an escape, while others - such as Of Thee I Sing, which satirises the American political system, and the remarkable WPA production of The Cradle Will Rock, about a steel strike - deal directly with the era's social and political concerns.

This documentary chronicles the heavy metal band Metallica over a two year period focusing on the time of the recording of their album 'St Anger', their first studio album in ...

This documentary chronicles the heavy metal band Metallica over a two year period focusing on the time of the recording of their album 'St Anger', their first studio album in over five years. After being together as a band for over 20 years, the relationships between band members have become extremely strained resulting in long-time bass player, Jason Newsted, leaving the band. At the suggestion of their management, the band engages a therapist/performance enhancement coach, Phil Towle, to try and help them overcome their personal and professional problems.

The background of the punk era, from its anarchic beginnings in the litter-stacked back streets of London in the 70s, is traced in this uncut, unseen and unbelievable film by ...

The background of the punk era, from its anarchic beginnings in the litter-stacked back streets of London in the 70s, is traced in this uncut, unseen and unbelievable film by Julien Temple, charting the rise and fall of the band, the Sex Pistols.

Paul Simon returns to South Africa two and a half decades after visiting the country to work with local musicians. At the time, a cultural boycott was in place, which stirred ...

Paul Simon returns to South Africa two and a half decades after visiting the country to work with local musicians. At the time, a cultural boycott was in place, which stirred up anger amongst the forces opposed to the apartheid regime. Simon visited in 1985 and released Graceland in 1986. A year later, he was being praised for bringing South African musicians into the public eye.

This episode tells the story of the most elemental force in recording--electricity--and the musical revolution it sparked. Highlighting the way in which electricity has been ...

This episode tells the story of the most elemental force in recording--electricity--and the musical revolution it sparked. Highlighting the way in which electricity has been harnessed and channeled to create new and never-before-heard sounds, Going Electric traces both the chain reaction unleashed by the invention of the electric guitar and the evolution of synthesized music. From Delta blues to Chicago blues to The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, from Stevie Wonder and The Who to EDM, Episode Four looks at the process by which science and engineering becomes sound, and reveals the power of technology to continuously redefine what we mean when we say the word "music."

Come and join Richard O'Brien and special guests, Stephen Fry, Emma Bunton and Mel Giedroyc for a guaranteed party in this live-recorded 40th anniversary special. Still the ...

Come and join Richard O'Brien and special guests, Stephen Fry, Emma Bunton and Mel Giedroyc for a guaranteed party in this live-recorded 40th anniversary special. Still the world's favourite rock 'n' roll musical 40 years on, the sensational Rocky Horror Show is hailed by critics and adored by fans around the world. For this exclusive event, O'Brien returns to the cast for the first time in more than 20 years.

The last episode sees Annie Mac trace the evolution of the DJ, an overview of the series covering the past, present and future - most specifically the last ten years and where ...

The last episode sees Annie Mac trace the evolution of the DJ, an overview of the series covering the past, present and future - most specifically the last ten years and where the DJ is today. Speaking to everyone in the industry including promoters, agents, managers, punters and most of all DJ's. From Craig Richards to Carl Cox, Jamie Jones to John Digweed, Nervo to Magda, no stone is left uncovered.

In the final episode of The Blues, director - and piano player - Clint Eastwood explores his life-long passion for the piano blues. This episode contains a treasure trove of ...

In the final episode of The Blues, director - and piano player - Clint Eastwood explores his life-long passion for the piano blues. This episode contains a treasure trove of rare historical acts as well as interviews and performances by such living legends as Pinetop Perkins and Jay McShann, as well as Dave Brubeck and Marcia Ball.

We reveal the true story behind the first Indigenous opera. Composed by Deborah Cheetham, Pecan Summer is her discovery of what really happened to her family in 1939 and why ...

We reveal the true story behind the first Indigenous opera. Composed by Deborah Cheetham, Pecan Summer is her discovery of what really happened to her family in 1939 and why she never knew the truth.

The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of ...

The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of modernity. Visual artists also established impressionism and expressionism to new aesthetic parameters. Featuring Renee Fleming, Jamie Cullum, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and many more.

It really does go all the way up to 11. Iconic rock band Spinal Tap together with director Marti DiBergi combine big hair, big egos and big hits in this thrilling expose on ...

It really does go all the way up to 11. Iconic rock band Spinal Tap together with director Marti DiBergi combine big hair, big egos and big hits in this thrilling expose on the ugly beauty of rock 'n' roll. (From Spain & the US) (Movie) (1984) (Rpt) M

Both internationally acclaimed professionals in their own fields, musician Eddie Vedder and surfer Laird Hamilton are firm friends. In the first instalment of Iconoclasts, ...

Both internationally acclaimed professionals in their own fields, musician Eddie Vedder and surfer Laird Hamilton are firm friends. In the first instalment of Iconoclasts, screening on ABC2, viewers travel into the private worlds of these two famous icons, discovering how they take time out of their busy lives to nurture a tight friendship away from the spotlight.

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 ...

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.

The definitive story of the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Features a specially recorded version of Christine McVie's 'Songbird' and Lindsey Buckingham playing newversion ...

The definitive story of the making of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Features a specially recorded version of Christine McVie's 'Songbird' and Lindsey Buckingham playing newversion of 'Never Going Back'.

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". ...

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.

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the ...

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode six explores Tin Pan Alley and features Bing Crosby, Al Johnson and Gershwin.

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the ...

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode seven explores the Broadway Musical and features favourites from Chicago, Showboat and Oklahoma.

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the ...

This 16-part series directed by Tony Palmer charts the history of American popular music from early jazz to rock and roll. A brilliantly authoritative, historical study of the music which has shaped the world, each episode charts the development of a different genre of music, from ragtime, rhythm 'n' blues, musical theatre, folk, swing, country and western, rock'n'roll and beyond. The series features rare interviews with the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Episode eight explores the history of swing, including performances by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.

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 ...

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.

Imagine if Woodstock, the defining cultural event of the '60s, had continued to exist over the last three decades. How would it have changed, evolved and adapted to a world ...

Imagine if Woodstock, the defining cultural event of the '60s, had continued to exist over the last three decades. How would it have changed, evolved and adapted to a world which was being completely rewritten around it? How much of the idealism and communality of the original event would have survived? How much would the inexorable pressures of consumerism and corporate sponsorship have transformed the founding ethos of the event? And what a powerful mirror it would hold up to the extraordinary changes which have taken place in the way we live our lives in the last 30 years. Of course Woodstock and most of the other music festivals of the era did not survive. Only one did and its name is Glastonbury.

Tim Bergling, better known to his millions of fans as Avicii, is at 26 already one of the world's biggest and most loved DJs. He plays sold-out venues all over the world and ...

Tim Bergling, better known to his millions of fans as Avicii, is at 26 already one of the world's biggest and most loved DJs. He plays sold-out venues all over the world and his name on the line up guarantees an almost insane audience response. But Avicii is also an artist with a conscience and together with his manager Ash, he is dedicated to fighting global hunger. This film follows Avicii during his tour of Australia, where the profits went straight into their charity project "House for Hunger".

A documentary on fabled recording studio Sound City located in California. The studio served as the birthplace of many classic albums including Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Neil ...

A documentary on fabled recording studio Sound City located in California. The studio served as the birthplace of many classic albums including Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Neil Young's After the Gold Rush and Nirvana's Nevermind.

While Eurovision captivated the world's attention earlier this year, there was one act in particular who captured the hearts of viewers at home - Finnish punk-rock band Pertti ...

While Eurovision captivated the world's attention earlier this year, there was one act in particular who captured the hearts of viewers at home - Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat. Formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys, the documentary film follows the band's journey from their rehearsal room to cult success - which took them all the way to the world stage at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

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Classic Albums: Steely Dan - Aja

Season 2  |  Episode 5  |  STUDIO  |  December 14, 2012
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the world's best albums.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the world's best albums.

SBS access all areas with a string of premiere documentaries exploring the lives of the world's biggest music legends, including Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, George ...

SBS access all areas with a string of premiere documentaries exploring the lives of the world's biggest music legends, including Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, George Harrison and David Geffen. The line up of legendary musicians begins with a man who has helped to shape American popular culture over the last four decades; agent, manager and producer David Geffen.

From myth to legend Rowland S Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and ...

From myth to legend Rowland S Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat, the unique distinctive fury of his guitar style shot him directly into the imagination of a generation.

Legendary as the abominable snowman, notorious producer David Merrick re-conquers Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street. But soon the ...

Legendary as the abominable snowman, notorious producer David Merrick re-conquers Broadway in 1980 with a smash adaptation of the movie musical 42nd Street. But soon the biggest hits are arriving from an unexpected source - London. Producer Cameron Mackintosh redefines the business of show business as Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon become international blockbusters.

The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changes the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking Oklahoma! in 1943, featuring a ...

The new partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II changes the face of Broadway forever, beginning with the record-breaking Oklahoma! in 1943, featuring a landmark ballet by Agnes De Mille. Carousel and South Pacific then set the standard for decades to come by pioneering a musical where story is all-important. For challenging the country to confront its deep-seated racial bigotry, South Pacific wins the Pulitzer Prize.

Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes discuss the creation and impact of Duran Duran's most iconic music videos, including Rio and Girls on Film.

Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes discuss the creation and impact of Duran Duran's most iconic music videos, including Rio and Girls on Film.

This Ausmusic Month, ABC will present one of Australia's most loved songwriters, Paul Kelly, as he makes his long-awaited return to rock'n'roll, performing live from the ...

This Ausmusic Month, ABC will present one of Australia's most loved songwriters, Paul Kelly, as he makes his long-awaited return to rock'n'roll, performing live from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House.

The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of ...

The 20th century is a century of extremes; technical revolutions and two World Wars. Challenged by Jazz, classical music became a weapon of reaction, but also a vision of modernity. Visual artists also established impressionism and expressionism to new aesthetic parameters. Featuring Renee Fleming, Jamie Cullum, Yoko Ono, Leonard Bernstein and many more.

Jimi Hendrix became a superstar rock'n'roller, smashed the colour barrier and shocked the nation, all before his 27th birthday. This riveting film tells the story of Jimi's ...

Jimi Hendrix became a superstar rock'n'roller, smashed the colour barrier and shocked the nation, all before his 27th birthday. This riveting film tells the story of Jimi's short but spectacular life.

Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments - the human voice - the third episode of Soundbreaking surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. At ...

Celebrating the most powerful of all instruments - the human voice - the third episode of Soundbreaking surveys the range of ingredients that go into a perfect vocal track. At once the most fundamental component of a song and the most challenging to capture, the vocal track is the product of a complex collaboration between performer, producer, and sound engineer - a titrate of artistic commitment, compelling concept, and technical wizardry that, at its best, turns a lyric into the soul of the song. Featuring rare studio footage of some the world's most renowned vocalists - from blues divas to suave crooners to rock star screamers - the show considers the gamut of tricks and techniques that can both enhance and alter the human voice, and explores the ineffable emotional quality that makes a vocal track truly great.

On April 1st 1994 Kurt Cobain jumped over the wall of the drug rehabilitation centre he was staying at in LA. On April 8th an electrician discovered his body at his home in ...

On April 1st 1994 Kurt Cobain jumped over the wall of the drug rehabilitation centre he was staying at in LA. On April 8th an electrician discovered his body at his home in Seattle. During those seven days Kurt was officially listed as a missing person. This documentary speaks to some of the people who saw or met up with him in that last week. The woman who watched him lick his plate clean, and fail to sign a cheque, in his local restaurant; Duff Mckagan, former bass player of Guns n Roses, who sat next to him on the plane back to Seattle; his drug counselor from rehab. There are also those who claim to have seen him in those last few days, to have touched the hem of his cloth. And there is Brant, who saw him in a dream the night before he died. It is a film about the generation of a myth. Of the deification of Cobain and the eerie silence that fell over Seattle in the days following his death, when his ghost wandered the city.

Soundbreaking begins where a recording does--at the intersection of inspiration and execution. There stands the enigmatic figure of the record producer, the person charged ...

Soundbreaking begins where a recording does--at the intersection of inspiration and execution. There stands the enigmatic figure of the record producer, the person charged with the critical task of both realizing an artist's vision and capturing it for posterity. Profiling some of the most accomplished and revered producers in the recording industry, Episode One offers a study in contrasting styles and approaches: between the inspired guidance of George Martin in his work with The Beatles and Phil Spector's dictatorial insistence on his signature sound; between the gentle coaxing with which Rick Rubin brought Johnny Cash back to greatness, and the fierce creative independence of artist-producers such as Joni Mitchell and Sly Stone. In the process, The Recording Artist underscores the way in which any music recording is the product of a delicate and infinitely variable balance between man and machine.

Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, this series tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and ...

Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, this series tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today.This episode proceeds from the once-preposterous notion that music is a visual art form. Chronicling the era in which MTV forged an indelible and inextricable link between recorded music and the newly emergent music video, Sound and Vision considers what it means to see music as well as hear it. Offering unprecedented exposure to artists with a knack for the form-- Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Idol, the Eurythmics--MTV turned singles into smash hits and musical performers into international celebrities. It also created new expectations of musical entertainment and imposed new burdens on recording artists. Tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, Episode Seven tells the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist and audience, and illuminates the music video's role in the popular music of today.

The directorial debut of Mike Myers, aka Austin Powers, is a star-packed look at a legendary showbiz figure. Shep Gordon is the quintessential talent agent, a mover and a ...

The directorial debut of Mike Myers, aka Austin Powers, is a star-packed look at a legendary showbiz figure. Shep Gordon is the quintessential talent agent, a mover and a shaker who fell into the job when he met Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix on his first day in LA. His first client was Alice Cooper, his second Pink Floyd. From the weird (he once shared custody of a cat with Cary Grant) to the sublime (he once dated Sharon Stone), his stories are endlessly entertaining. His clients have some tales to tell too - Michael Douglas, Teddy Pendergrass, Sylvester Stallone, Blondie to name a few. Gordon stays on good terms with them all - including playing golf with Alice Cooper. Above it all, everyone says he's a nice guy, a person of integrity and honour, and this spirit shines throughout Myers' lively debut.

Myleene Klass and Alan Titchmarsh present the new series Popstar to Operastar. In this first episode, eight chart topping singers take to the stage to perform well-known opera ...

Myleene Klass and Alan Titchmarsh present the new series Popstar to Operastar. In this first episode, eight chart topping singers take to the stage to perform well-known opera songs accompanied by a live orchestra, in an attempt to battle it out for the nation's votes as they attempt to make the transition from pop stars to opera stars. They are under the watchful eyes of their Mentors, international mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and world class tenor Rolando Villazon and Critics, International award winning rock star Meatloaf and TV presenter and Classic FM host Laurence Llewlyn Bowen.

The episode of Soundbreaking looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling--a kind of musical equivalent ...

The episode of Soundbreaking looks at a musical revolution that was not only inspired by recording but born from its history: the art of sampling--a kind of musical equivalent of Adam's rib. Beginning with the pioneers of hip hop (Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, Rick Rubin), the episode tracks the way in which the practice of borrowing fragments from existing records created a new genre--a potent musical form that emerged from the margins, up-ended the establishment, and set in motion a controversy over copyright that has yet to be resolved. As we survey the development of sampling and its multiple, varied incarnations over the years since, Episode Six explores the complex sonic landscapes which, by their very existence, pay tribute to the art of recording itself, and examines the eternally blurred line between theft and homage.

In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After 10 years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally ...

In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After 10 years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother Tom to join the tour's crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom - who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal - decided to bring his camera along. Tom's all at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother's shadow brings out the younger sibling in him - he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a truly hilarious and touching film about brothers and about making something of your own.

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Encourage your students to develop their musical skills by exploring, imitating and recognising elements of music, including dynamic, pitch and rhythm with this collection. (ACAMUM080, ACAMUM084, ACAMUM088, VCAMUR020, VCAMUR024, VCAMUR028, VCAMUR032)
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