Seven Ages of Rock

Martin Bailey mbailey at
Wed May 16 11:36:35 CDT 2007

There's a new documentary about Rock starting on UK TV this Saturday.  I read somewhere else that the series cost around £1m, and took a few years to make.

Writeup below.


Seven Ages of Rock
Sat 19 May, 9:10 pm - 10:10 pm  60mins BBC2
1/7. The Birth of Rock

Rock music today is in its healthiest state since the 1970s. Fans are attending more gigs and more festivals than ever before and the guitar is definitely back as the weapon of choice. So what better time to launch a celebration of the genre?

This is the first episode of a major new landmark series that travels through the Seven Ages of Rock - a journey that takes us from sweaty clubs to vast stadiums, from the crackly 45 to the MP3 download. Along the way, the genre's greatest performers, writers and producers tell us how rock emerged, grew, and gave voice to each new generation that embraced it. 

This episode looks at 1966. A young American guitarist called Jimi Hendrix arrives in Britain to find a music scene on the brink of major change. Artists like The Beatles, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and The Who are all eager to move in new directions. But it's Hendrix who has the musical pedigree and the vision to ignite the revolution that will deliver to the world a new, hard-edged music of attitude - Rock. 

This is the story of that rock revolution of the 1960s, as seen through the life and music of Jimi Hendrix. We see how he became the first - ultimately doomed - icon of rock. Delta bluesman, Dylan-esque poet and technological prophet, Hendrix was the synthesis of everything that had gone before him and all that was to come. [AD,S]

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