Rock on TV

This page lists a selection of rockumentaries devoted to
specific artists who were active in the 1960's/early 1970's

The Rutles - All You Need is Cash
The Rutles - All You Need is Cash
The Rutles were a parody of the Beatles created by ex-Bonzo Dog Band Neil Innes and Monty Python member Eric Idle, they originally performed a skit on the comedy show "Rutland Weekend Television" in 1975. The spoof documentary loosely follows The Beatles own story and George Harrison makes a cameo appearance as a reporter, there are also interviews with Mick Jagger and the actual Paul Simon. Innes was responsible for writing all the songs and plays the Lennon equivalent Ron Nasty whilst Eric Idle is the McCartney-like Dirk McQuickly, Rikki Fataar (a multi-intrumentalist who had a spell as the drummer in The Beach Boys in the early-mid 1970's) plays the Harrison-ish Stig O'Hara and John Halsey (ex Timebox/Patto) is drummer Barry Wom.

UK TV Premiere:- BBC2 Easter Monday 27th March 1978, 8:45-9:49pm
2nd broadcast:- BBC1 Saturday 27th May 1978, 10:17-11:24pm
Home Video released 12th October 1983 by Palace Video as "The Compleat Rutles" (66 minutes)
3rd broadcast:- BBC2 Sunday 3rd March 1985, 11:46pm-12:52am
4th broadcast:- BBC1 Saturday 30th January 1988, 12:06am-1:12am
There have since been screenings on UK Satellite/Cable channels (UK Gold on 28th August 1996 being one)
Region 2 DVD released 21st January 2002 by Cinema Club
 

The Kids Are Alright

Archive and newly shot footage of The Who directed by Jeff Stein. The film had pretty much been completed by the time Keith Moon died in September 1978.

Film released 15th June 1979 (101 minutes)
Home Video released 1986 by Channel 5 (95 minutes)
Region 0 PAL DVD released 26th April 2004 (restored version, 2 disc edition includes new interviews with director Jeff Stein and Roger Daltrey)
 

No One Here Gets Out Alive
No One Here Gets Out Alive
US TV documentary on Jim Morrison including new interviews with Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.

First shown on US TV late 1981/early 1982
Home Video released in the UK in 1988 by Warner as "The Doors: A Tribute to Jim Morrison" (60 minutes) inlay scan
BBC4 Friday 25th September 2009, 9:50-10:30pm (repeated next day at 11:25pm)
 

The Compleat Beatles
The Compleat Beatles
An unofficial 2 hour documentary released straight to home video in 1982, the original idea for the video was to merely promote a large two volume book of the same name, but the finished production exceeded all expectations and went on to become one of the biggest selling musical video cassettes on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as original Beatles music and a fair amount of rare footage for the time, interviewees included George Martin, Bill Harry, Allan Williams, Tony Sheridan, Gerry Marsden, Billy J Kramer, Bruce Johnston, Marianne Faithfull, Billy Preston, Nicholas Schaffner and Lenny Kaye. It was directed by Patrick Montgomery, written by David Silver and narrated by Malcolm McDowell.

Home Video released October 1982 by MGM/UA Home Video (119 minutes) inlay scan / card insert, reissued at a budget price in October 1986
UK TV Premiere:- BBC2 Monday 30th December 1985, 7:03-9:01pm
There have been numerous screenings since, many on cable/satellite.
 

Beatlemania

A 50 minute BBC documentary about Beatles fans in the 1980's. Included interviews with Tony Barrow and Kenny Everett. Not to be confused with the BBC's 2007 documentary of the same name.

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Tuesday 4th January 1983, 8:11-9:00pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Tuesday 9th February 1988, 3:04-3:53pm
 

The Early Beatles
The Early Beatles - Granada TV 1984
A 45 minute compilation of Granada TV footage recorded 1962-1965 plus extracts from the Maysles brothers film of the band's first U.S. visit in February 1964.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 1st January 1984, 5:40-6:30pm
Repeat:- Central (ITV Midlands) Tuesday 15th July 1986, 11:30pm-12:20am
Repeat:- LWT (ITV London) Saturday 23rd August 1986, 1:35am-2:20am
 

Yoko Ono Lennon: Then and Now
Yoko Ono Lennon Then and Now
This 56 minute American documentary was written, produced, directed and narrated by Barbara Graustark (who had interviewed John Lennon for Newsweek magazine in September 1980). It included home movies of Yoko as a small child, never before seen Let it be film outtakes (including footage of Yoko jamming with John, Paul and Ringo), various clips from John & Yoko's numerous film projects and TV appearances plus exclusive new interviews with Yoko herself. It was a revelation at the time of its' release. In the UK the initial broadcast cut the first section detailing Yoko's life before she met John and the show was re-titled A Tribute to John Lennon.

First shown on US TV in 1984 and released on Home Video there on 14th October 1984
British TV Premiere:- ITV Saturday 8th December 1984, 11:45pm-12:30am (As "A Tribute to John Lennon")
Home Video released in the UK 19th December 1984 by Videoform Music (56 minutes), re-issued 9th July 1990 by Channel 5
Repeat:- LWT (ITV London) Sunday 8th December 1985, 12:30am-1:25am (As "Yoko Ono Lennon: Then and Now")
Repeat:- Yorkshire (ITV North) Monday 14th July 1986, 9:50-10:45am
Repeat:- Central (ITV Midlands) Friday 29th May 1987, 1:35am-2:35am
Repeat:- Anglia (ITV East) Saturday 28th November 1987, 11:05pm-12:05am
Repeat:- HTV (ITV Wales & West) Friday 4th December 1987, 12:15am-1:15am

See also Lennon/Ono on Home Video & DVD
 

The South Bank Show - Pete Townshend
The South Bank Show - Pete Townshend
Produced during the making of Pete's solo album "White City", he also talks about The Who.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 3rd November 1985, 10:30-11:35pm
 

The South Bank Show - The Velvet Underground
The South Bank Show - The Velvet Underground
Includes new interviews with all the original band members.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 27th April 1986, 10:30-11:30pm
 

McCartney
McCartney - 1986 BBC documentary
Paul McCartney talks to Richard Skinner, looking back on his solo career as he prepares to release the "Press to Play" album. Lots of archive footage of Wings.

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Friday 29th August 1986, 7:35-8:15pm (Short version)
2nd broadcast:- BBC2 Tuesday 30th December 1986, 10:30-11:30pm (Extended version)
Home Video released November 1987 by Video Collection (Extended version), re-issued April 1989 by Music Club
 

The South Bank Show - Eric Clapton
The South Bank Show - Eric Clapton
An interview with Eric in which he talks about his time in The Yardbirds and Cream as well as his solo career. There is also a reunion with Jack Bruce.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 6th December 1987, 10:35-11:40pm
 

Fleetwood Mac at 21
Fleetwood Mac at 21
Narrated by Trevor Dann, includes an interview with Peter Green as well as Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Monday 2nd May 1988, 10:00-10:50pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Wednesday 28th December 1988, 12:30am-1:25am
 

This is... The First 20 Years of Jethro Tull
This is... The First 20 Years of Jethro Tull
Presented by Anne Nightingale. Sadly there are only a couple of short clips from the classic Glenn Cornick era with everything else sourced from performances and promo's from 1977-1987, but Ian Anderson does talk a little bit about the early days.

Included clips of "To Be Sad is a Mad Way to Be" (Stockholm 09/Jan/1969) and "Teacher" (Get it Together, 16/May/1970)

Home Video released 1988 (80 minutes)
TSW / Ulster - 2nd April 1989, 4:00am-5:00am (Edited for TV broadcast)
Central - 30th September 1989, 4:00am-5:00am
TVS / Channel - 21st March 1990, 3:10am-4:10am
Yorkshire - 25th October 1990, 3:35am-4:25am
 

Imagine: John Lennon
Imagine: John Lennon
This official Yoko Ono sanctioned biopic was a timely antidote to Albert Goldman's notorious biography which had been published a few months earlier. Archive Lennon interviews provided the narration so that John was heard to tell his own story.

Film premiered October 1988
Home Video released in the UK 8th May 1989 by Warner (100 mins)
British Terrestrial TV Premiere:- BBC2 Wednesday 27th December 1991, 10:56am-12:10am (edited)
Repeat:- BBC1 Friday 7th October 1994, 12:15am-1:55am
Repeat:- BBC2 1st January 1996, Monday 1:15am-2:55am
Region 2 PAL DVD released 14th November 2005 by Warner (Includes some extras)

Lennon/Goldman: The Making of a Bestseller (Documentary about Albert Goldman's controversial biography)
TV Premiere:- Channel Four Friday 9th December 1988, 11:20pm-12:50am

See also Lennon/Ono on Home Video & DVD
 

The South Bank Show - Jimi Hendrix

Included new interviews with Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell and Chas Chandler.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 1st October 1989, 10:35-11:45pm (apparently not seen in one area due to a transmitter failure)
Repeat:- ITV Sunday 20th December 1992, 10:35-11:50pm
 

25X5: The Continuing Adventures of The Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones 20X5 Documentary
Radio Times: "'Tonight we're on our best behaviour, but we're being rewarded for 25 years of bad behaviour.' Mick Jagger, 1989, at the Rolling Stones election to America's rock 'n' roll Hall of Fame. The phenomenal career of the Rolling Stones has taken them from being the bad boys of rock 'n' roll to becoming proteges of the establishment. They now tell their own story. The programme includes previously unseen performances from the Stones's own archive and is introduced and narrated by the band themselves."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Wednesday 27th December 1989, 10:00-11:45pm  (as an "Arena Special")
Repeat:- BBC2 Monday 31st December 1990, 5:10-7:00pm
Repeat:- BBC2 Saturday 27th August 1994, 12:00am-1:55am
 

Jimi Hendrix - Laughing Dice
BBC TV performances plus an Isle of Wight 1970 number and footage culled from the "Experience" film. 30 seconds of the rare "Late Night Line Up" run through of "Manic Depression" was also included.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Wednesday 5th September 1990, 6:50-7:20pm
 

Arena - The Strange Story of Joe Meek

Documentary on the ground breaking British record producer Joe Meek, responsible for "Johnny Remember Me" and "Telstar" in the early 1960's. Meek committed suicide in 1967, shooting both himself and his landlady.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Friday 8th February 1991, 9:30-10:30pm
Repeat:- BBC4 Wednesday 5th September 2007, 10:20-11:20pm
 

The South Bank Show - The Making of Sgt. Pepper
The Making of Sgt Pepper (1992)
Documentary on the 1967 album including new interviews with Paul, George & Ringo. This was effectively the forerunner to the long running "Classic Albums" series that began 5 years later.

UK TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 14th June 1992, 10:05-11:05pm
 

The Late Show - Frank Zappa Special
The Late Show - Frank Zappa Special
Includes a recent interview with Frank and archive footage.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Thursday 11th March 1993, 11:15pm-12:00am
2nd broadcast:- BBC2 Friday 23rd July 1993, 11:20pm-12:10am
3rd broadcast:- BBC2 Friday 17th December 1993, 11:45pm-12:25am (As "Frank Zappa: 1940-1993", BBC1 Wales showed this repeat 30 minutes later)

Frank Zappa in Concert (A collection of concert, claymation and TV performances 1968-1986)
TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 24th July 1993, 12:10am-1:45am
 

Pink Floyd The Story
Omnibus - Pink Floyd The Story
BBC "Omnibus" documentary narrated by Richard E Grant.

Radio Times: "This documentary charts the epic rise of one of the world's most successful bands, from its early days as a regular feature on the underground scene in the late 60s, through the heady years of the 70s when their classic 'Dark Side of the Moon' seemed assured a permanent place in the album chart, to their current reappraisal as fathers of ambient rock.
The programme includes interviews with the band members and rare archive footage. It explores the effects on the group of the mental disintegration of their legendary songwriter, Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd's subsequent reinvention as masters of concept rock and the struggle for power in the 80s which seemed destined to destroy them."

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Tuesday 15th November 1994, 10:15-10:55pm
 

My Generation
Without Walls - My Generation
Two mini series made by Granada for Channel Four's "Without Walls" slot. Each episode is a documentary on a British mod/pop band.

1st Series
The Animals - Channel Four Tuesday 21st March 1995, 9:30-10:00pm
The Kinks - Channel Four Tuesday 28th March 1995, 9:30-10:00pm
The Troggs - Channel Four Tuesday 4th April 1995, 9:30-10:00pm

2nd Series
The Small Faces - Channel Four Tuesday 7th November 1995, 9:30-10:00pm
Herman's Hermits - Channel Four Tuesday 14th November 1995, (cancelled and shown at a later date?)
The Yardbirds - Channel Four Tuesday 21st November 1995, 9:30-10:00pm
 

The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology TV series
The band's official documentary series.

The UK TV version was presented in 6 parts....

Part One:- ITV Sunday 26th November 1995, 8:00-9:00pm
Part Two:- ITV Sunday 3rd December 1995, 8:00-9:00pm
Part Three:- ITV Sunday 10th December 1995, 8:00-9:00pm
Part Four:- ITV Sunday 17th December 1995, 8:00-9:00pm
Part Five:- ITV Tuesday 26th December 1995, 10:00-11:00pm
Part Six:- ITV Sunday 31st December 1995, 10:00-11:00pm

British Home Video's Released:- 7th October 1996 by Apple/PMI (With lots more footage and now in 8 parts)
2nd broadcast:- (A repeat of the 6 part version) ITV Sunday 22nd December 1996 - Monday 30th December 1996
Region 0 PAL DVD released 31st March 2003 by Apple (5 discs including a Special Features disc)
 

The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart
The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart
Excellent BBC documentary narrated by John Peel.

Radio Times: "Don Van Vliet is regarded by many as one of the most original musicians to emerge from the rock era of the sixties and seventies. Now a highly-regarded landscape painter, he is a virtual recluse in his California home. John Peel examines the career of the man who performed as Captain Beefheart, and whose work continues to influence the likes of Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Beck."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Tuesday 19th August 1997, 11:15pm-12:10am
Repeat:- BBC2 Sunday 29th August 1999, 11:30pm-12:30am (As part of "John Peel Night")
 

Changes: Bowie at 50
Changes: Bowie at 50
Alan Yentob interviews Bowie in New York.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 4th January 1997, 10:00-10:45pm
 

Marc Bolan: Dandy in the Underworld
Marc Bolan: Dandy in the Underworld
A Granada TV production for Channel Four. Mickey Finn, Gloria Jones, Tony Visconti, Morrissey and Steve Harley are among those paying tribute.

Note: Parts of this documentary (about 15 minutes worth) was first broadcast on an edition of "N.W.A. With Trevor Ward" in the Granada region only on 21st August 1997, 10:40-11:10pm

TV Premiere:- Channel Four Tuesday 16th September 1997, 9:00-10:00pm
 

All You Need is Cash

Documentary about the Beatles finances (Not to be confused with The Rutles film of the same name).

TV Premiere:- Channel Four Monday 27th November 1995, 10:00-11:00pm
I think this was repeated by Channel 4 around six or so years later.
 

Classic Albums - Electric Ladyland

The very first edition of the long running intermittent series of programmes scrutinized the 3rd album release by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Mitch, Noel and Chas all contribute, as do Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and others involved in the making of the tracks.

UK TV Premiere:- BBC1 Monday 21st July 1997, 11:20pm-12:25am
Region 0 PAL DVD released 10th September 2001 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (75 minutes)
 

The Brit Girls - Marianne Faithfull
The Brit Girls
Marianne Faithfull was the subject of the 2nd programme in a series of 5 which also looked back at the careers of Lulu, Sandie Shaw and Cilla Black plus a final episode "Girls on Top" that recalled female artists who only enjoyed brief moments of fame (such as Helen Shapiro and Twinkle).

Part 2 (Marianne Faithfull):- Channel Four Saturday 6th December 1997, 9:00-9:30pm
 

John Cale
John Cale BBC Documentary
John Cale talks about his early life in Wales, of his time with The Velvet Underground and his solo career.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Friday 18th December 1998, 11:30pm-12:30am
 

Arena - The Brian Epstein Story
Arena - The Brian Epstein Story
Radio Times, Part One: "The first of a two-part documentary telling the story of Brian Epstein. Gay when homosexuality was illegal, a gambler, shopkeeper and failed actor, he was also the pop king with the Midas touch who, in the sixties, was as well known as the band he managed - the Beatles."

Part Two: "By the mid-sixties, the group's fame meant Epstein had little time to devote to the other acts under his control. He was also being increasingly lured into a lifestyle fuelled by gambling, sex and drugs. After the Beatles decided in 1966 to stop touring, Epstein began to lose touch with the group whose lives he had organised for five years. He set out to broaden the business interests of his company and bought a historic country mansion in Sussex. But. in August 1967, he was found dead in his London home - killed by a mysterious drug overdose aged just 32."

TV Premiere:- Part One BBC2 Friday 25th December 1998. 9:05-10:20pm
                     Part Two BBC2 Saturday 26th December 1998, 9:00-10:15pm

Repeat:- BBC4 Thursday 6th September 2007, 11:40pm-1:10am (edited version)
 

A Stranger Among Us: Searching For Nick Drake
A Stranger Among Us: Searching For Nick Drake
Radio Times: "In November 1974, young singer/songwriter Nick Drake was found dead in his bedroom, having just released his third album [sic]. Twenty-five years later, Drake has become a cult figure, yet he remains an enigma. Family, friends and fans help with this look at who he was and what made him an extraordinary musician."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Monday 1st February 1999, 11:15pm-12:00am
 

Can Documentary
Can Documentary
Documentary on the German band Can, the greatest band of all time.

Irmin Schmidt, speaking in 1971: "Television is immensely interested in the political opinion of beat musicians, because they cannot talk. TV is not at all interested in the political opinion of other people, who also want socialism and a more human society, since they can spell it out. I am insecure, I know much too little... so that television can preach: "Look, they do not know what they want!". As I said, I should take a manipulated position and this as easily as possible. That means I should simplify an immensely complicated economic process, so that it can be consumed. This is an alibi for television. Television knows that a 'little bit', only a little bit can be included, but that this bit of the revolution that we want is included in the music, so you can destroy this little bit when you manipulate the musicians in such a way - That they are forced to interpret their music with words."

Home Video released 15th March 1999 as part of the "Can Box" which also included two CD's of live material and a book.
 

Reputations - Jimi Hendrix
Reputations - Jimi Hendrix
Radio Times: "Both a barnstorming showman and a misfit, Jimi Hendrix was a jumble of contradictions. A black guitarist ensnared by the trappings of fame that a white audience had given him, he became an icon of peace but adopted a pro-military stance. Friends and fellow musicians remember Hendrix against the backdrop of footage from the guitarist's short life."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 5th June 1999, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Classic Albums - Who's Next
Classic Albums - Who's Next

Region 0 PAL DVD released 1st October 1999 by ILC (60 minutes)
UK TV Premiere:- ITV Saturday 4th December 1999, 11:15pm-12:20am (STV & Grampian regions showed it at the later time of 12:30-1:30am)
 

Close Up - Marianne Faithfull
Close Up - Marianne Faithfull
Radio Times: "The song 'As Tears Go By' catapulted Marianne Faithfull to stardom in the early sixties. By the decade's end, however, she had become a victim of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. Thirty years later, the ultimate survivor of the music business talks candidly about her personal and professional life."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Thursday 7th October 1999, 9:30-10:20pm
 

South Bank Show - Yoko Ono
The South Bank Show - Yoko Ono
Melvyn Bragg interviews Yoko Ono.

TV Premiere:- ITV Sunday 5th December 1999, 11:15pm-12:20am
 

It's Slade!
It's Slade!

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Thursday 23rd December 1999, 10:35-11:25pm
 

Reputations - Janis Joplin: Southern Discomfort
Radio Times: "The embodiment of sixties sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, Janis Joplin seized fame by the throat. But her time at the top was to be cut tragically short - by 27 she was dead. The programme offers an intimate portrait of the star, with recollections from, among others, Tom Jones."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Tuesday 13th June 2000, 9:00-9:50pm
 

The Real Keith Moon
The Real Keith Moon - Channel 4 (2000)
Narrated by John Peel. Includes new interviews with Chris Stamp, Larry Smith (who was with Keith on the night of the fatal accident with his driver) and Keith's girlfriend at the time he died, Annette Walter-Lax.

British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Saturday 26th August 2000, 10:15-11:20pm

Note: Only two years later the BBC made a similar documentary on Keith for their "Living Famously" series and scheduled it for transmission in early 2003, but for some reason it was shelved (though it was broadcast in Australia in 2005).
 

The Real Yoko Ono
The Real Yoko Ono

British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Sunday 7th January 2001, 10:35-11:40pm
 

The Miles Davis Story
The Miles Davis Story

Part One:- Channel Four Saturday 14th April 2001, 8:05-9:05pm
Part Two:- Channel Four Sunday 15th April 2001, 7:10-8:40pm
Region 2 PAL DVD released 3rd March 2003 by Smv (125 mins)
 

Wingspan: Paul McCartney Hits and History
Wingspan

British TV Premiere:- Channel Four Saturday 19th May 2001, 10:00-11:35pm
Region 2 PAL DVD released 19th November 2001 by Capitol/MPL (120 minutes)
 

Reputations - Timothy Leary: The Man Who Turned On America
Reputations - Timothy Leary: The Man Who Turned On America
Radio Times: "The acknowledged guru of psychedelic drugs, Timothy Leary claimed to have learnt more about himself the first time he ate magic mushrooms than in all his years as a psychologist. Described as 'the most dangerous man in America' by the judge who imprisoned him in 1970, his mission was to turn America on to psychedelics. This programme explores the motives, morals and influences of the man who urged a generation to 'turn on, tune in, drop out', and became demonised in the process."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Sunday 26th August 2001
 

Omnibus - Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond
Omnibus - Syd Barrett: Crazy Diamond
Fabulous documentary which Syd apparently watched at home and found a little too noisy.

Radio Times: "An account of the disintegration of the Pink Fioyd founder member whose excessive use of drugs such as LSD in the sixties led to his breakdown and departure from the band, and left him fighting his own demons in the intervening years. Barrett's name has passed into rock folklore and his legacy remains highly influential. Here, the remaining members of Floyd describe how he continues to haunt their lives and their music. Presented by Kirsty Wark."

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 24th November 2001, 7:25-8:15pm
Region 2 PAL DVD released 24th March 2003 by Direct Video  (Interview outtakes as extras)
 

A Skin Too Few, Days of Nick Drake
A Skin Too Few, Days of Nick Drake
Includes interviews with Nick's sister Gabrielle Drake, record producer Joe Boyd and strings arranger Robert Kirby. The film also includes the only known moving footage of Nick, cine film taken when he was a young boy.

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 25th October 2002, 9:10-10:00pm
 

Baader-Meinhof: In Love With Terror
Documentary on the German left-wing militant "Red Army Faction" founded in 1970, a communist and anti-imperialist urban guerrilla organisation engaged in armed resistance against the state. 1970's Can music provides the soundtrack.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Monday 18th November 2002, 9:00-10:10pm
 

Classic Albums - Machine Head
Classic Albums - Machine Head
Deep Purple's 1972 LP.

Region 2 PAL DVD Released December 2002 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (100 minutes)
 

Free Will and Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story
Free Will and Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 17th January 2003, 9:00-10:10pm
 

Richard Thompson: A Solitary Life
Richard Thompson: A Solitary Life
Profile of the Fairport Convention lead guitarist.

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 7th February 2003, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Classic Albums - Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums - Dark Side of the Moon
An in-depth look at Pink Floyd's 1973 classic.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Sunday 4th May 2003, 12:40am-1:30am
Region 0 PAL DVD Released 31st October 2005 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (Much longer than the broadcast version, 84 minutes)
 

Alchemists of Sound: The Radiophonic Workshop
Alchemists of Sound: The Radiophonic Workshop
Documentary about the BBC's innovative sound effects unit.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Sunday 19th October 2003, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Miles Electric: : A Different Kind of Blue

Miles Davis' 38 minute performance at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival plus new interviews with Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Carlos Santana and the people who played with Miles that day.

Region 1 DVD released 16th November 2004 by Eagle Rock (87 minutes)
Region 2 DVD released 1st December 2008 by Eagle Rock (73 minutes)
 

Originals - John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad
Originals - John Martyn: Johnny Too Bad
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Saturday 29th May 2004, 11:35pm-12:35am
 

Originals - Vivian Stanshall: The Canyons of His Mind
Vivian Stanshall - The Canyons of His Mind
Documentary on the Bonzo Dog Band front man. Neil Innes is among those interviewed.

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 11th June 2004, 10:00-11:00pm
 

Originals - John Mayall: Godfather of the Blues
Originals - John Mayall: Godfather of the Blues
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 9th July 2004, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Beatles Biggest Secrets
Beatles Biggest Secrets
Narrated by Bernard Hill.

TV Premiere:- Channel 5 Wednesday 29th December 2004, 9:00-10:35pm
 

You're Gonna Miss Me : A Film About Roky Erickson
You're Gonna Miss Me : A Film About Roky Erickson
Documentary on the 13th Floor Elevators frontman.

Film premiered March 2005
Region 1 DVD released 10th July 2007 by Palm Pictures / Umvd (91 minutes)
 

Originals - Ivor Cutler: Looking for Truth With a Pin
Ivor Cutler: Looking for Truth With a Pin
Paul McCartney and Billy Connolly are among those paying tribute to the Scottish poet, songwriter and humorist.

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 15th April 2005, 10:00-11:00pm
Region 0 PAL DVD released 3rd July 2006 by Cherry Red
 

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan
In two parts, telling Dylan's story up to 1966.

Part One:- BBC2 Monday 26th September 2005, 9:00-10:55pm
Part Two:- BBC2 Tuesday 27th September 2005, 9:00-10:30pm
Region 2 PAL DVD released 3rd October 2005 by Paramount
 

Who Killed the Rolling Stone
Who Killed the Rolling Stone?
Documentary about Brian Jones who, on 2nd July 1969, was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool just three weeks after being sacked from the band he started. The film promised to unearth fresh evidence to cast a new light on the disputed circumstances of his death and included interviews with Anna Wohlin (Brian's girlfriend at the time he died) and Tom Keylock (the Stones 'fixer') who claimed Brian's builder Frank Thorogood had confessed to murdering Jones shortly before he died in 1994.

TV Premiere:- Channel Four Monday 7th November 2005, 11:00pm-12:05am
 

Classic Albums - Disraeli Gears
Classic Albums - Disraeli Gears
An in-depth look at Cream's 2nd album released in 1967.

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Friday 3rd February 2006, 11:35pm-12:25am
Region 0 PAL DVD released 13th February 2006 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (Much longer than the broadcast version, 96 minutes)
 

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Official site

Film premiered in the USA September 2006
British Terrestrial TV Premiere:- BBC2 Friday 30th March 2007, 11:35pm-1:10am
Region 2 PAL DVD released 2nd April 2007 by Lionsgate

See also Lennon/Ono on Home Video & DVD
 

George Clinton, Tales of Dr Funkenstein
George Clinton, Tales of Dr Funkenstein
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 27th October 2006, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Imagine... The Beatles in "Love"
Imagine... The Beatles in Love
Documentary on the Cirque du Soleil "Love" project including new interviews with Paul, Ringo and Yoko Ono.

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Wednesday 27th December 2006, 10:30-11:25pm
 

Beatlemania

Documentary about the touring years (Not to be confused with the BBC's 1983 documentary of the same name).
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Friday 12th January 2007, 9:00-9:50pm [As part of Timewatch series]
Region 0 DVD released 22nd January 2007 by Liberation Entertainment (under the title "The Unseen Beatles" with extra footage)
Repeat:- BBC2 Saturday 5th September 2009, 7:45-8:35pm (BBC2 N.Ireland at 9:40pm)
 

Hawkwind: Do Not Panic
Hawkwind: Do Not Panic
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 30th March 2007, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Yes - Classic Artists

DVD released 18th June 2007 by Image Entertainment (300 minutes)
 

Which One's Pink? The Pink Floyd Story
Which One's Pink? The Pink Floyd Story
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Wednesday 12th December 2007, 10:45-11:45pm
 

Marc Bolan: The Final Word
Marc Bolan: The Final Word
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 14th September 2007, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who
BBC link

Region 2 PAL DVD released 5th November 2007 by Universal (2 discs, 237 minutes)
TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 18th April 2008, 9:30-11:30pm
 

Classic Albums - The Doors
Classic Albums - The Doors
BBC link

Region 2 PAL DVD released 7th April 2008 by Eagle Rock Entertainment
TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 25th September 2009, 9:00-9:50pm
 

Classic Albums - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Classic Albums - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
BBC link

Region 0 PAL DVD released 28th April 2008 by Eagle Rock Entertainment (Includes extra interviews not included on the TV broadcast)
British TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 9th July 2010, 9:00-9:55pm

See also Lennon/Ono on Home Video & DVD
 

Jethro Tull - Their Fully Authorised Story - Classic Artists

DVD released 23rd June 2008 by Pinnacle Vision (200 minutes)
 

The Beatles On Record
The Beatles On Record
Tie-in documentary with the 09.09.09 CD re-masters. All of the material on this programme (and more) was inluded on the CD's as mini documentaries, one for each album.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 5th September 2009, 8:35-9:35pm (BBC2 N.Ireland at 10:30pm)
2nd broadcast:- BBC4 Sunday 6th September 2009, 9:00-10:00pm
3rd broadcast:- BBC4 Friday 11th September 2009, 10:30-11:30pm
 

How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin
The Beatles impact on the U.S.S.R.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Sunday 6th September 2009, 8:00-9:00pm (As part of Storyville series)
2nd broadcast:- BBC4 Monday 7th September 2009, 10:30-11:30pm
3rd broadcast:- BBC4 Saturday 12th September 2009, 1:30-2:30am
 

More Than This: The Roxy Music Story
More Than This: The Roxy Music Story
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 19th September 2008, 9:00-9:55pm
 

Peter Green: Man of the World
Peter Green: Man of the World
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 8th May 2009, 9:30-11:00pm
 

Arena - Brian Eno: Another Green World
Arena - Brian Eno: Another Green World
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 22nd January 2010, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Classic Albums - Paranoid
Classic Albums - Paranoid
An in-depth look at Black Sabbath's 2nd album released in 1970.
BBC link

Region 0 NTSC DVD released 28th June 2010 by Eagle Vision (97 minutes)
TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 29th October 2010, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child
This American film tells Hendrix's story in his own written words read by Bootsy Collins
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Wednesday 22nd September 2010, 10:45pm-12:00am
Region 0 Blu-ray released 9th July 2012 by Sony Legacy
 

Hendrix: The Guitar Hero
Hendrix: The Guitar Hero
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 24th September 2010, 10:05-11:35pm
 

The Culture Show Special - Keith Richards
The Culture Show Special - Keith Richards (BBC 2010)
A really good interview with Keith who was promoting his autobiography "Life", the whole programme is devoted to the period up to the end of the 1960's.
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Thursday 28th October 2010, 7:00-8:00pm (BBC2 N.Ireland first showed it at 11:50pm)
 

Robert Plant: By Myself
Robert Plant: By Myself (BBC 2010)
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 6th November 2010, 10:15-11:15pm (BBC2 N.Ireland at 10:30pm)
 

LENNONYC

BBC link

First shown on US TV on Monday 22nd November 2010
British TV Premiere:- BBC1 Tuesday 12th July 2011, 10:45pm-12:10am (As "Imagine... Lennon: The New York Years". BBC1 in Wales and N.Ireland showed it 30 minutes later)
 

Imagine... Ray Davies - Imaginary Man
Imagine... Ray Davies - Imaginary Man (BBC 2010)
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Tuesday 21st December 2010, 10:35-11:55pm (BBC1 Wales at 11:35pm)
 

Dave Davies: Kingdom Come
Dave Davies: Kingdom Come (BBC 2011)
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 15th July 2011, 9:00-10:15pm
 

George Harrison: Living in the Material World
BBC link

Region 2 PAL DVD released 10th October 2011 by Lions Gate (210 minutes)
Part One:- BBC2 Saturday 12th November 2011, 9:45-11:20pm
Part Two:- BBC2 Sunday 13th November 2011, 9:00-10:55pm (BBC2 NI 10:30pm-12:25am)
 

The Ballad of Mott the Hoople
BBC link

DVD released 8th November 2011 by Redeye Label (101 minutes)
TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 8th March 2013, 10:00-11:00pm
 

The Doors: Mr Mojo Risin' - The Story of LA Woman
BBC link

Region 0 NTSC DVD released 23rd January 2012 by Eagle Rock (94 minutes)
TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 30th March 2012, 10:20-11:20pm
 

Beware of Mr. Baker
Official site

Film premiered March 2012
DVD/Blu-ray released July 2013 by Curzon Film World (102 minutes)
 

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 25th May 2012, 9:00-10:00pm
DVD released 25th June 2012 by Eagle Vision (85 minutes)
 

David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 22nd June 2012, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Quadrophenia: Can You See The Real Me?
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 29th June 2012, 9:00-10:10pm
 

Fairport Convention: Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 14th September 2012, 9:00-10:00pm
 

1962 - Love Me Do
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC1 North West Monday 1st October 2012, 7:30-8:00pm (half-hour edit for this regional opt-out)
Extended version:- BBC4 Sunday 7th October 2012, 10:00-11:00pm
 

Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane
BBC link

Part One:- BBC2 Saturday 17th November 2012, 10:15-10:00pm
Part Two:- BBC2 Saturday 24th November 2012, 9:45-10:45pm
DVD/Blu-ray released 7th January 2013 by Eagle Rock (142 minutes)
 

David Bowie - Five Years
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 25th May 2013, 9:20-10:50pm
 

Tubular Bells: The Mike Oldfield Story
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 11th October 2013, 9:00-10:00pm
 

The Who - The Making of Tommy
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 25th October 2013, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC1 Tuesday 29th October 2013, 10:35pm-12:05am
 

Lou Reed Remembered
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Sunday 15th December 2013, 9:00-10:00pm
 

Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 10th January 2014, 10:00-11:00pm
 

The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC4 Friday 14th March 2014, 9:00-10:30pm
 

Genesis: Together and Apart
BBC link

TV Premiere:- BBC2 Saturday 4th October 2014, 9:15-10:50pm

Last updated 4th December 2014

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