Rock Legends will return to Foxtel Arts. this week with season 10.
A documentary series that explores the careers and lives of famous rock musicians. We discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Interviews with well-known music critics, news archive and performance.
Thursday October 24 at 8pm – American Rock
Its foundations are firmly in rock and roll and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War, protests across the country were widespread.
Thursday October 31 at 8pm – Singer Writes The Song
Songwriters have their roots in the folk, acoustic traditions of Celtic, European, Troubadours from North Africa, Blues & Country in the USA. This genre emerged in the 1960s, against the backdrop of political change.
Thursday November 7 at 8pm – Birth of Metal (Episode 3)
Overdriven guitars with heavy drums, bass lines working with and against guitar lines and vocals from voices at the limit of their power. In metal, everything is at 10. The 1960s flower power movement – peace and love in music no longer reflected the lives of a generation. At the same time, de-industrialisation was beginning. If you were angry, you didn’t want to change the world. You just wanted to scream. Featuring artists such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Nazareth.
Thursday November 14 at 8pm- Women who Rock (Episode 4)
In the ’60s, artists such as Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, were fronting A-list bands. Garage rock, all girl bands sprang up across the US in the 1960s and were playing rock ‘n’ roll on their own terms whilst breaking new ground. As rock developed in the late 1960s and 1970s alongside the women’s liberation movement, women refused to be just the pretty singer fronting a group. This episode features bands such as Heart, Suzie Quatro and The Bangles.
Thursday November 21 at 8pm- Songs For The People (Episode 5)
Protest songs about the conditions experienced in the 1920s and 1930s were written using traditional folk hillbilly/bluegrass traditions. Acts such as The Freedom Singers overthrowing 50s attitudes, bringing issues such as the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s into focus. This gave folk music a tremendous strength in the US creating such legends as Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.