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.
Robert Elms discusses the amazing body of music video work from Bjork. Featuring interviews with directors Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze, and videos All is Full of Love, It's Oh So Quiet and Bachelorette.
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.
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.
A pioneer of indie music, Sarah Blasko walks the line between commercial success and artistic integrity with dignity. Narrated by Sarah herself, this film is an intimate portrait of the artist as she writes her new album.
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.
This film explores the unique set of circumstances in 1970s Brisbane that fostered the Saints; the sweaty rebellion of Brisbane's oppressed youth as the counterculture challenged Queensland's notorious police force.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
DJ Edith Bowman embarks on a mission to find out what is THE best song to have sex to, taking us on a journey into art, science, history and pop culture - and finding out along the way if her own favourite can be trumped.
Through 20 years of archival footage and interviews with Kathleen Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
The Loved One traces INXS' rise from Sydney bars and clubs to stadiums all over the world. Featuring interviews with many of Hutchence's close friends, family and contemporaries who share their personal memories of Michael.
Cilla's success with Anyone Who Had a Heart is soon followed by her second successive number one, You're My World. However, a failed attempt to break into the American market; her tumultuous relationship with Bobby and the unravelling of Brian's private life threaten to derail her success.
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.
Blood + Thunder is a tale of two families and the music they made. The Alberts - an elegant, well-to-do dynasty from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and the Youngs - an unruly clan of Ten Pound migrants from the tough suburbs of Glasgow. They were from different planets. But through music they locked together in a blood pact - fiercely determined to produce an Australian sound that would conquer the world.
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.
The inmates of a Darwin prison are shown in a completely new light in Australia's first ever documentary musical Prison Songs, as they share their feelings, faults and experiences in an extraordinary way - through song. Darwin Correctional Centre is the largest correctional centre in the Northern Territory. Originally designed to hold 115 prisoners when it opened in 1979, by 2014 it is overcrowded and bursting with more than 800 male and female inmates. 80% of the prisoners here are Indigenous Australians. Granted unprecedented access to film inside Berrimah before its decommission in late 2014, Prison Songs offers a rare glimpse into life in a contemporary Australian prison.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The final part of the unique music documentary series, Great Australian Albums. Powderfinger released Odyssey Number Five in 2000. The Brisbane group had formed in the late 1980s, on the fringe of the alternative rock scene. Powderfinger took their name from a Neil Young song and they replicated Young's style of classic rock with an edge.
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.
In Episode 8, Sam Dunn chronicles the rise and fall of nu-metal; starting with its ancestry: pivotal artists like Rage Against The Machine, Faith No More and Tool and their fiery amalgam of hard, heavy distorted rock and post-Prince funk.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
Iconoclasts is a series that pairs up innovators from film, literature, architecture, fashion, food, music and business, who respect and admire each other. Here actor/filmmaker Sean Penn and author/adventurer Jon Krakauer travel to Alaska to retrace the fateful journey of a young man Krakauer wrote about in his book Into the Wild, which Penn adapted for the screen and then directed.
Colin Darcy, an Aboriginal man, grew up in Whyalla in country SA. He has had his fair share of knocks, but now Colin, 24, is making a new start in life as he and his two best mates form a hip-hop group called Shadows.
Oscar award-winning director Alex Gibney chronicles the musical ascension of the hardest working man in show business who forever changed the face of American music. The documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, featuring rare and never-before seen archival footage and photographs along with current interviews.
This revealing and trailblazing biography show allows two well-known celebrities to open up about their private and professional lives to each other. Thanks to the series' innovative style, audiences are given a rare chance to witness some of the world's most talented entertainers talking face-to-face - with no studio audience or chat-show host, conversations are more honest and uninhibited than ever before.
From the much-loved Stephen Fry talking with Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, to a heart-to-heart between illusionist Derren Brown and film composer Hans Zimmer, this program offers personal access to celebrities on the top of their game for surprisingly intimate one-on-one conversations.
Tales from childhood, early careers, successes and failures all combine to reveal how their journeys through wealth and fame have shaped their lives. Breaking from the conventional interview style, this program grants unparalleled access to some of the world's most popular and lively personalities across the arts, cinema, theatre, literature, music, sports, fashion and politics.
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.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the world's best albums. Eric Clapton and the original Cream band members review their classic 1967 album Disraeli Gears track by track. Features archive footage of the band.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. This final episode investigates the behind-the-scenes impresarios and star-makers who broke the rules and created British pop as we know it.
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.
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.
This four-part series tells the untold story of British pop, as reflected through artistic mediums beyond music. This episode looks at the fashions that accompanied British pop, and the people who had the look.
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.
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".
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.
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.
On 15 August 1969, 500,000 music lovers descended on a rural community in upstate New York for three days of love, peace, respect, drugs, mind expansion and the largest rock concert ever staged. This series, directed by legendary music documentary director D.A. Pennebaker, is the definitive celebration of the event.