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This show gives viewers more information of the lives of those that are famous rock musicians. The viewers will get to learn about their early life as well as the rise to fame. Musicians that have been featured on this show include Mick Jagger.

Mondays 8:30 PM et/pt on AXStv
10 Seasons, 121 Episodes
June 3, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Music
7.6/10
Cast: Cal Seville, John Aizlewood, Will Hodgkinson, Joe Forrester
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Rock Legends Full Episode Guide

  • With The Cars, Go-Go's, and Huey Lewis and the News. New Wave and post-punk were the successors of the raw nihilism of punk. New Wave was brighter, more pop, synth-heavy, and very dance-able. The Pop Rock sound of the 1970s and 1980s was a tune heavy blend of punk minimalism, art rock synthesizer and pop melodies.

  • With The Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction, and Soundgarden. Emerging from the independent music underground of the 1970s, Alt Rock became widely popular in the 1980s. The music was unified by collective debt to the musical style and/or the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which laid the groundwork for alternative music. Throughout the 1980s, magazines, college radio airplay, and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock. With the breakthrough of Nirvana, grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, it entered the mainstream.

  • With Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, and The Seekers. An orally transmitted musical heritage of a culture, in the 1930s, this genre enjoyed a resurgence during the Great Depression following stock market crash, as droughts and dust storms encouraged farmers out of the dust bowl to California and New York State. The American folk music revival began with performers like Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Paul Robeson. Breakthrough act The Weavers sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, labor songs, and American ballads and their style inspired the commercial folk boom that followed them into the 1960s.

  • With The B-52's, Devo, and The Pretenders. New Wave is a form of rock music encompassing numerous pop-oriented music styles rooted in mid-1970s punk rock. Its engendered subgenres and fusions, and displays characteristics common to pop music rather than the more "artsy" post-punk. Incorporating the original punk rock sound and ethos, it also exhibits greater complexity in both music and lyrics, with the use of synthesizers and electronic productions, and a distinctive visual style featured in music videos and fashion.

  • Featuring the Motown Sound, the defining sound of the 1960s pop, rhythm and blues, and soul music. The distinctive musical style, all tambourines, driving bass lines and gospel-influenced vocal harmonies, became synonymous with the Detroit studio where the songs were recorded and the stars who sang them.

  • The sound of psychedelic rock involved electronic instruments, guitar effects, oriental instruments, unconventional song structures, lyrics that referenced drugs or fantasy books, with extended instrumental sections. The genre bridged the transition from early blues and folk-based rock to progressive rock and hard rock. This episode features The Moody Blues, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Traffic.

  • During the 1960s, rock n roll splintered into a rainbow of genres - musicians were experimenting. Soft rock began as a blend of the progressive rock quest for musicianship and the songwriter's love of pop. It originated in the late 1960s in Southern California and the United Kingdom. The style relied on simple, melodic songs with big, lush productions. This new genre established bands such as Supertramp, ELO & Barclay James Harvest.

  • Women have sung on jazz, pop and soul tracks since the 1930s, but when it came to rock, however, there were few women in the 1950s who wrote and performed their own songs. In the 60s, artists such as Grace Slick and Janis Joplin were fronting A-list bands. All-female garage bands, such as The Runaways and Fanny, achieved limited success. As rock developed in the late 60s and 70s alongside the women's liberation movement, women refused to be just the pretty singer or the manufactured glam groups. This episode features bands such as Heart, Suzie Quatro and The Bangles.

  • The origins of the British Rhythm & Blues were in the jazz, skiffle and folk movements of the 1950s. Chris Barber was one its early figures helping establish the Marquee Club, the key venue for British R&B bands. The 1958 visit of Muddy Waters influenced Blues Incorporated, with other bands emerging including the Animals from Newcastle, the Spencer Davies Group and the Yardbirds from London. British R&B had a harder edge born of black American blues with a gritty, syncopated sound and guitar-heavy mix.

  • Songwriters have their roots in the folk-acoustic traditions of Celtic European troubadours from the Middle East and blues and country in the United States; the genre emerges again in the 1960s against the backdrop of political change.

  • The US heavy metal sound has big hooks, melodic choruses, and monster ballads, with nearly every song featuring one guitar solo; they also include extensive used of harmonies, particularly in the ballads.

  • Jazz rock generally grew out of the artistically ambitious rock subgenres of the late 1960s and early 1970s; psychedelia, progressive rock, and the singer-songwriter movement. Jazz rock includes extensive improvisation and features soloists with distinctive sounds. This program explores the music of artists Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, and Boz Scaggs.

  • By the dawn of the seventies, progressive rock freed bands of the limitations of four-minute songs, allowing musicians to evolve a single track over a whole side of vinyl, draw on classical sources and create music in more complex, time signatures. Moog Synthesizers were portable and affordable, allowing bands to create orchestral effects. Such devices added a spectrum of new sounds and possibilities for musicians. This new world brought artists such as Rush, Yes & Atomic Rooster into the mainstream.

  • Known for his flamboyant performances, Little Richard's hit songs from the mid-1950s were defining moments in the development of rock 'n' roll.

  • Pat Benatar was born on January 10, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. After high school, she married her boyfriend and moved to Virginia. Unhappy with domestic life, the couple divorced, and Benatar moved back to New York. She worked the club scene and found her guitarist and future husband Neil Giraldo.

  • Foreigner is an English-American rock band, originally formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex-Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.

  • Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 19, 1940, Smokey Robinson is second to only Berry Gordy in the founding of Motown. A prolific songwriter, he is credited with 4,000 songs and 37 Top 40 hits, including "Tears of a Clown," "Tracks of My Tears" and "Love Machine."

  • Born in 1939, in Washington, D.C., Marvin Gaye sang in his father's church and in the Moonglows before signing with Motown. He recorded songs by Smokey Robinson before becoming his own producer on the protest album What's Going On. Gaye was killed in 1984 during a domestic dispute with his father.

  • Al Green is known for the hit song "Let's Stay Together," and for leaving his musical career at its height in the 1970s to become a reverend at his own church.

  • Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987.

  • The Steve Miller Band is an American rock band formed in 1966 in San Francisco, California. The band is led by Steve Miller on guitar and lead vocals. It is best known today for a string of (mainly) mid-to late-1970s hit singles that are staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier psychedelic rock albums.

  • Glen Campbell was a country music legend known for such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."

  • ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Groves, Texas. The band has, since 1970, consisted of bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard. "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers", according to musician, critic and collector Michael "Cub" Koda. "Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom, while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support."

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