Seven Ages of Rock

Seven Ages of Rock is a BBC music documentary series charting the emergence and re-emergence of rock music as a global force. The series consists of seven episodes, each of which deals with a different genre of rock music: blues-based Rock, art rock, punk, heavy metal, stadium rock, alternative rock, and indie. Showcasing these genres with time period, the series tells the history of rock music and how the various genres impacted and shaped our pop culture.


Episode 1 - The Birth of Rock
Blues-based Rock 1963 - 1970: This episode looks at the rock revolution of the 1960s seen through the life and music of Jimi Hendrix, and also explores the influence of rhythm & blues on a generation of British musicians.

Episode 2 - White Light, White Heat
Art Rock 1966 - 1980: From the pop-art multi-media experiments of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground to the sinister gentility of Peter Gabriel's Genesis, this episode traces how rock became a vehicle for artistic ideas and theatrical performance.

Episode 3 - Blank Generation
Punk 1973 - 1980: This episode tells a tale of two cities, London and New York and the birth of punk. Each city created a bastard child that marked the biggest and fundamental shift in popular music since Elvis walked into Sun Studios.

Episode 4 - Never Say Die
Heavy Metal 1970 - 1991: This episode tells the story of the longest surviving and certainly the loudest genre of rock, heavy metal. With no sign of disappearing, metal has been the most controversial and misunderstood of all rock genres.

Episode 5 - We Are the Champions
Stadium Rock 1965 - 1993: Following the development of some the biggest names in Rock, this episode shows how, through events such as Live Aid and the rise of MTV, rock achieved a global influence on culture and politics.

Episode 6 - Left of the Dial
Alternative Rock 1980 - 1994: This episode looks at the rise of alternative rock in the USA, tracing the history of the network of fans, clubs and fanzines that sustained the scene and launched the careers of bands like REM and Nirvana.

Episode 7 - What the World is Waiting For
Indie 1980 - 2007: This episode tells the story of British indie, beginning with The Smiths, the archetypal indie group, and follows The Stone Roses as the heirs to the indie crown, Suede's dark sexulaity and the media saturation of Brit-pop's Blur v Oasis.

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Seven Ages of Rock - wikipedia
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