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Anybody not venturing out on a Friday night in the UK, you can usually fall back on BBC4 programming for some interesting music documentaries and concerts/sessions

Friday 29th Nov should be of particular interest, new series Blues America, so set those digi-boxes:-

20:00 BBC Four Sessions  Tom Jones
Sir Tom Jones in a session of folk, blues and beyond from LSO St Lukes in the City.

21:00 Blues America Woke up this Morning
1/2 How the early blues musicians used the latest media to bring their music to the public.

22:00 Blues at the BBC
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists from the BBC archives. (R)

23:00 Seasick Steve: Bringing It All Back Home
Bluesman Seasick Steve takes a trip back to his old stomping grounds in the Deep South. (R)

23:30 Glastonbury 2013, Seasick Steve
A performance from the West Holts Stage by US bluesman Seasick Steve. (R)

00:30 Blues America  Woke up this Morning
1/2 How the early blues musicians used the latest media to bring their music to the public. (R)

01:30 Blues at the BBC
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists from the BBC archives. (R)

02:30 Seasick Steve: Bringing It All Back Home
Bluesman Seasick Steve takes a trip back to his old stomping grounds in the Deep South. (R)

03:00 Glastonbury 2013, Seasick Steve
A performance from the West Holts Stage by US bluesman Seasick Steve. (R)

     

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If, like me, you’re going to miss this Friday’s BBC4 broadcasts because there’s some hot-shot blues player in town, then don’t worry; BBC4 are repeating the first part of their new Blues documentary on Sunday night, with another programme of interest. (See, they even cater for blues players…..)

21:00 The Man who Brought the Blues to Britain: Big Bill Broonzy
Biography of the bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, who would inspire a generation of musicians.

22:00 Of Gods and Men
Monks in Algeria must decide if they want to stay or leave as their safety is threatened.

23:55 Blues America Woke up this Morning
1/2 How the early blues musicians used the latest media to bring their music to the public. (R)


And the following Friday; 6th Dec, follows in the same manner:-

20:00 BBC Four Sessions Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt and her band perform songs including Love Has No Pride and Nick of Time.

21:00 Blues America Bright Lights, Big City
2/2 How blues conquered the world and the music moved from black to white audiences.

22:00 Later… with Jools Holland 02/05/2009
With BB King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Seasick Steve, ZZ Top and many more. (R)

23:00 In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey
Documentary about the legendary guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey.

00:00 The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Documentary about gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who influenced the early rockers. (R)

01:00 Blues America Bright Lights, Big City
2/2 How blues conquered the world and the music moved from black to white audiences. (R)

02:00 Later… with Jools Holland 02/05/2009
With BB King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Seasick Steve, ZZ Top and many more. (R)

03:00 The Godmother of Rock & Roll: Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Documentary about gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who influenced the early rockers. (R)

     

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Friday 21st Feb - should be of interest to forumees; featuring Riley “BB” King:-

21:00 BB King: The Life of Riley
How an orphaned young man came to carry the title of king of the blues.

22:35 Blues at the BBC
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists from the BBC archives. (R)

23:35 Blues America Woke up this Morning
1/2 How the early blues musicians used the latest media to bring their music to the public. (R)

00:35 Blues America Bright Lights, Big City
2/2 How blues conquered the world and the music moved from black to white audiences. (R)

01:40 BB King: The Life of Riley
How an orphaned young man came to carry the title of king of the blues. (R)

03:15 Sounds of the 70s 2 Troubadours - Peaceful Easy Feeling
3/10 Featuring Neil Young, America, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King and Eagles. (R)

Set them digi-boxes…...

     

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Friday March 28th - Bit of a mixed-bag, but what a bag!

21:00 Robert Plant: By Myself
Robert Plant discusses his musical journey from Stourbridge to superstardom. (R)

22:00 The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues and Beyond
Interviews, archive footage and performances celebrating the songs of Bert Jansch.

23:30 Fleetwood Mac: Don’t Stop
The story of one of the biggest-selling bands of all time, told in their own words. (R)

00:30 BBC Four Sessions Bert Jansch
Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist Bert Jansch performs with star guests. (R)

01:30 Robert Plant: By Myself
Robert Plant discusses his musical journey from Stourbridge to superstardom. (R)

02:30 The Genius of Bert Jansch: Folk, Blues and Beyond
Interviews, archive footage and performances celebrating the songs of Bert Jansch. (R)

 

     

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Don’t know if anyone caught last Friday’s (March 24th) hasty re-shuffle from Rolling Stones to Mike Oldfield programmes on BBC4, but there was a bit of a treat. There was an early “live” studio performance of Tubular Bells (pt 1)from 1974 which featured Mick Taylor and Steve Hillage on “electric guitars”: worth keeping an eye out for should it come round again. There were also some snatches of (very) young Mr Oldfield doing some acoustic folk guitar work, and wow, he was good; seriously good.

     

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18th April - Folks reckon this guy is a bit good on the ol’ geetar… see what you think:-

21:00 imagine…  Winter 2013, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’
The story of how a shy, former private became the greatest rock guitarist of all time. (R)

22:30 Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock
The definitive documentary record of one of Jimi Hendrix’s most celebrated performances. (R)

23:30 Guitar Heroes at the BBC Part II
2/6 With Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Peter Green, Johnny Winter, Ry Cooder and Angus Young. (R)

00:30 Later… with Jools Holland Guitar Heroes
Featuring Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend. (R)

01:30 imagine…  Winter 2013, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’
The story of how a shy, former private became the greatest rock guitarist of all time. (R)

03:00 Jimi Hendrix: The Road to Woodstock
The definitive documentary record of one of Jimi Hendrix’s most celebrated performances. (R)

     

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For those who don’t have SKY+ or the like; if you didn’t manage to see the programmes above on Hendrix, they’re going to be repeated again on BBC4 on Oct 10th. (Except they’re replacing Guitar Heroes with Guitar Riffs at the BBC).

     

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BBC4 - Friday 17th October,

They’re going to be showing Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters (what’s wrong with “Band”?) set from this year’s Glastonbury as well as Jeff Lynne’s ELO performance at Hyde Park from this summer as well as documentaries about both artists.

Check BBC4 schedules page for timings.

     

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BBC4 - Friday 28th Nov;

This may interest the Capt’n; documentary on the history of Marshall Amps….

22:00 Play it Loud: The Story of the Marshall Amp
The history of the iconic black box that has come to define the sound of rock.
(repeated at 02:00 Sat)

“One iconic black box has probably more than anything else come to define the sound of rock - the Marshall amplifier. It has been, quite literally, behind some of the greatest names in modern music.

It all started in 1962 when drum shop owner Jim Marshall discovered the distinctive growl that gave the electric guitar an exciting new voice. Music got a whole lot louder as young musicians like Clapton, Townshend and Hendrix adopted the revolutionary ‘Marshall Sound’. The electric guitar now spoke for a new generation and the genre of rock was born.

Soon Marshall stacks and walls were an essential backdrop of rock ‘n’ roll. The excesses of rock machismo were gloriously lampooned in the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap. In an extrodinary piece of reverse irony, it was this comic exposure that rescued the company from financial meltdown.

With contributions from rock legends like Pete Townshend, Lemmy and Slash, plus an interview with the ‘Father of Loud’ Jim Marshall, this documentary cruises down the rock ages with all the dials set to ‘eleven’.”

     

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Friday 16th Jan:-

For those of us who won’t be jamming with Aynsley & band on the first of this year’s Guitar Week-end workshops, we can take solace in this:-

BBC4 - 23:00 - 24:00 Blues @ The BBC
Collection of performances by British and American blues artists on BBC programmes such as The Beat Room, A Whole Scene Going, The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Late Show.

Includes the seminal slide guitar of Son House, the British R&B of the Kinks, the unmistakable electric sound of BB King and Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and John Lee Hooker, as well as less familiar material from the likes of Delaney and Bonnie, Freddie King and Long John Baldry.

Those of you who are jammin’ with the capt’n, you can always set your digi-boxes….

 

 

     

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The late Motorhead frontman Lemmy believed he was going to hell - because “you can’t imagine a pool table in heaven”.

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Lemmy, real name Ian Fraser Kilmister, passed away on December 28 just days after he turned 70.

A new iPlayer programme titled Lemmy: In His Own Words will take a look back through the BBC vaults, bringing together performances and interviews from across his 50-year music career.

In one interview unearthed for the programme, he mused: “Do you go out like a little candle? Or do you re-incarnate? Do you go and live with Jesus? ... I don’t think so.”

Speculating on the afterlife, he added: “I think it is all wonderful and we all go and live in Snowden at the top by the bar.

“I’m going to hell anyway, that’s where the pool tables are. You can’t imagine a pool table in heaven can you?”

Lemmy was a pool enthusiast, with a Rolling Stones interview in 2014 noting that his pool table was a present from his friend Slash.

The BBC Music programme draws on interviews from documentaries and programmes including I’m In A Rock ‘N’ Roll Band! (2010), Forever Young: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Grew Up (2010), Heavy Metal Britannia (2010), Riverside (1982), Later ... With Jools Holland (2000), The Young Ones (1984), French & Saunders (1990), and Whistle Test (1985).

The programme will also feature classic Top of the Pops studio performances, as well as some material never previously broadcast.

James Stirling, editor of BBC Music, said: “Lemmy was a colossal figure in British music and he had a unique approach to both his songs and the industry he found himself in.

“There was a smart sense of humour at the heart of everything, something clearly demonstrated through his interviews and performances we’ve uncovered from the BBC Music archive.”

:: Lemmy: In His Own Words will be available on BBC iPlayer from Friday January 22 at 9pm.

     

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Feb 5th - BBC4

22:00 The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses
Documentary made with rare video footage of Guns N’ Roses in their formative years.
It was 1985. Guns N’ Roses were soon to be known as the last mammoth rock entity to come out of LA after selling over 100 million albums. Jon Brewer brings alive never-before-seen video footage of Guns N’ Roses in their earliest days as a fledgling band, filmed and meticulously archived over the years by their close friend. They became known as ‘the most dangerous band in the world’ and retained the title for reasons this film portrays, via interviews with band members and those who were there on, and off, tour. Venture down seedy Sunset Strip to the Whiskey, the Rainbow and the Roxy, all known as ‘the Jungle’.

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Feb 12th - BBC4;  22:00

22:00 AC/DC and the Story of Aussie Rock
How a family-run music company launched one of the world’s great rock bands.
Film about one of the world’s greatest rock bands - AC/DC, or Acca Dacca as they are known in Australia. It is also the story of the legendary Australian music company, Albert Music, that launched them onto the global rock music scene.
Back in the 1970s when Australia was in the midst of a deep recession, a rough and ready pub rock sound emerged, characterised by bands like the Easybeats and Rose Tattoo who were promoted by family-run company, Albert Music. The raw power and fat guitar sound that characterised Aussie rock was pioneered by the Alberts and took Australia and the world by storm.
The sound of Aussie rock really exploded when the Albert family, a well-to-do family from the Sydney suburbs, joined forces with the Youngs, a Glasgow family who had emigrated to Australia. The result was AC/DC.
The film tells the story of how brothers Angus and Malcolm Young were produced by their older brother George and fellow Easybeats member Harry Vanda. Vanda and Young produced the band at Albert Studios and they were soon joined by the wild and charismatic lead singer Bon Scott.
Head of Albert Music was Ted Albert - a quietly confident risk taker. He backed AC/DC for many years with rock-solid conviction when their type of music and fashion seemed completely at odds with a UK and US music scene dominated by punk.
Then, in 1980, AC/DC’s Back in Black album was a massive success around the world and the rest is history. The film retraces the band’s explosion in popularity, the relentless touring and the tragic death of Bon Scott.
Even after Bon’s death the band went from strength to strength and remain hugely popular and one of the world’s most legendary bands. Today, the Albert family remains a potent force in Australian music.

     

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BBC4   March 25th   21:00 - 22:30

Janis Joplin; Little Girl Blue

This extraordinary documentary brings to life the paradox of Janis Joplin - both insecure and brazen, with interviews from old band members, unseen audio and video, plus readings from Janis’s letters home to her parents. It offers new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.

Janis Joplin is one of the most revered singers of all time. She thrilled millions of listeners with her powerful, soulful voice and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1971 at the age of 27. The film includes some of her most iconic performances which embodied the musical and cultural revolution of the 1960s.

Yet her onstage bravado and uninhibited sexual persona hid hurt and insecurity stemming from her childhood in conservative Texas. On relocating to San Francisco and discovering the blues, Janis found an outlet for her loneliness and fell into a community that would embrace and celebrate her talent.

 

     

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April 15th….
Only one item of interest on today’s menu; not so much any one band or musical genre, but more a social history thing….

21:00 - The People’s History of Pop (rpt 01:00)
The Birth of the Fan
Episode 1 of 4
Twiggy celebrates the 60s, meeting skiffle musicians, fans of the Shadows, Liverpudlians who frequented the Cavern Club at the height of Merseybeat, Beatles devotees, Ready Steady Go! dancers, mods, lovers of ska, bluebeat and Millie Small, and fans of the Rolling Stones.

Unearthed pop treasures include a recording of John Lennon’s first ever recorded performance with his band the Quarrymen.

     

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(Opposite of “Jedi Day”)  May 6th…...

Okay, not Blues but still interesting:-

22:00 When Pop Went Epic: The Crazy World of the Concept Album
Rick Wakeman presents a documentary exploring the history of the concept album.

It’s possibly one of the most denigrated inventions in the history of music; the greatest signifier of rock star pomposity. Indeed, in some quarters, the very mention of it is likely to provoke sniggering derision, conjuring up images of quadruple-gatefold album sleeves, songs that go on for weeks and straggly-haired rockers prattling on about mystical lands, unicorns, goblins and dystopian futures. But - back when people actually took the time to sit down and listen to records from beginning to end - for many, nothing delivered a more rewarding experience than the concept album. And for some, it’s still a format that provides rock music with its high watermark moments.

This documentary explores the history of a musical format - usually based around a structured narrative, though sometimes tied together by a loose theme - that developed to become the equivalent of rock ‘n’ roll theatre, often on an operatic scale. The legendary cape-wearing keyboardmeister Rick Wakeman - himself the creator of several of history’s most, ahem, ‘elaborate’ long players - presents this insightful and playful exploration of the greatest examples of the art form.

From social commentary to collected songs of loneliness, heartache and introspection, from tales of intergalactic rock stars to anthems of isolated youth, the film takes us on a journey - examining the roots of the concept album in its various forms, unpacking some of the most ambitious - and ridiculous - projects of the past fifty years, from Woody Guthrie’s Dustbowl Ballads to Tales from Topographic Oceans by Yes; the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to George Clinton’s Mothership Connection; The Wall by Pink Floyd to The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

Some of the mavericks who made the maddest and most memorable big ideas happen are here to provide their own perspectives, including Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull); Laura Marling; George Clinton; Wayne Coyne (Flaming Lips); J Willgoose Esq (Public Service Broadcasting); Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg (Fairport Convention); Fish (Marillion); Tony Asher (co-writer of lyrics on Pet Sounds); graphic artists such as Roger Dean (designer of Yes album sleeves) and Aubrey Powell of design partnership Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Animals, and Genesis’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway).

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