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Liev Schreiber ...  Himself - Narrator 3 episodes, 1995-1996
Hoss Allen Hoss Allen ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Al Aronowitz Al Aronowitz ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Joan Baez ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995
Jeff Barry ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
David Bartholomew ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Chuck Berry ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Sonny Bono ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
David Bowie ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
James Brown ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Paul Burlison Paul Burlison ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
John Cale ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Ray Charles ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Marshall Chess Marshall Chess ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Phil Chess Phil Chess ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Chuck D ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Eric Clapton ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jack Clement Jack Clement ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
George Clinton ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Alice Cooper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Steve Cropper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
David Crosby ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Dick Dale ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Bo Diddley ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Lonnie Donegan Lonnie Donegan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Tom Dowd Tom Dowd ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Donald Dunn ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Bob Dylan ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jerry Garcia ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Allen Ginsberg ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Berry Gordy ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Grandmaster Flash ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Rick Hall ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Debbie Harry ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995
Brian Holland Brian Holland ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Eddie Holland Eddie Holland ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
John Lee Hooker ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Mick Jagger ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Johnnie Johnson Johnnie Johnson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Booker T. Jones ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Ken Kesey ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Ben E. King ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Carole King ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995
Frankie Knuckles Frankie Knuckles ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Al Kooper Al Kooper ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jerry Leiber ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Larry Levine Larry Levine ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jerry Lee Lewis ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Little Richard ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
George Martin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Darryl McDaniels ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Roger McGuinn ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Bill Medley ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Scotty Moore ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Van Morrison ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jimmy Page ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Sam Phillips Sam Phillips ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Wilson Pickett ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Robert Plant ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Iggy Pop ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Lloyd Price Lloyd Price ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Lou Reed ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Martha Reeves ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995
Keith Richards ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Robbie Robertson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Rick Rubin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Ravi Shankar ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Russell Simmons ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Phil Spector ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Mike Stoller Mike Stoller ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Derek Taylor Derek Taylor ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Rufus Thomas ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Ike Turner Ike Turner ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Bunny Wailer Bunny Wailer ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Jerry Wexler ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Brian Wilson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Mary Wilson ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1995
Bill Wyman ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Yarrow ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1995
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This 10-part documentary mini-series traces the history and evolution of rock and roll music, from its rhythm and blues, country, gospel and jazz roots in the early 1950s, through the advent of folk rock, soul, psychadelia, heavy metal, glam, funk, punk, and reggae, to the emergence of rap in the early 1990s. Written by yortsnave

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24 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Rock 'n' roll - tarut ja tarinat See more »

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A very insightful mini-series that glosses over a few key musical contributions, but effectively explores the social effects of the music it presents.
14 May 2014 | by qabalaSee all my reviews

The more you love music, the more you'll love this series. It not only presents the music, it presents the context for each musical movement. Unfortunately, it is regularly compared to "The History of Rock 'N' Roll" and this review is no exception. The comparison is necessary for you to fully appreciate it.

Many people take issue with how this series presents the bigotry and social upheaval these songs formed the soundtrack for. The assumption is that bigotry inspired all of these movements. I think they are looking at it from the wrong perspective.

This series was not just meant to document the history of rock. It was meant to deify rock in all of its' forms. It has been said that rock did more to help end racial tension than all politicians combined. The best way to deify rock is to present the social upheaval it affected. This series does this and more.

To fully appreciate this series, it's important to understand that it approaches the history of Rock & Roll from a British perspective. That means, for Americans, there will be a disconnect in which bands were more central to rock's future. The other thing to keep in mind is that British documentaries tend to expect you to have a passing knowledge of the subject. This is where I say, if you can get this series, I recommend that you get "The History of Rock 'N' Roll" at some point as well. They compliment each other quite well giving you a fuller picture of the times in which these styles evolved.

It's also important to understand when both series were made. In the early 90's grunge revolted against the glam & metal sounds, and by the time of this production, metal was seen as passe and almost an embarrassment. A similar attitude seemed to apply to the disco movement. Both series overlook the contributions of both.

Even if you prefer the other series, I highly recommend picking this up if you find it. It's very rare. My copies are actually the VHS copies I taped off of the PBS broadcast.


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