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Caught this while channel hopping on Saturday evening; caught my attention for 2 reasons. Firstly, my folks were big rock’n'rollers in their day and loved this sort of stuff. Secondly, I’m still on a bit of a high from the evening with Earl Slick wo mentioned being a part of this show (catching this was purely coincidental) and how the line-up he was playing with made him feel like that 12y old kid watching the Ed Sullivan Show again….The line up? Lead by Dave Edmunds, included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and several other familiar faces.. (Earl, on the far end, dressed in black but with a bit of a footwear crisis.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsTH1tgIh2E

If you can’t be bothered to wade through it all:-
0:00:00 - Boppin’ The Blues w/ Dave Edmunds & Lee Rocker
0:03:06 - Put Your Cat Clothes On w/ Dave Edmunds & Lee Rocker
0:05:18 - Honey Don’t w/ Ringo Starr
0:08:30 - Matchbox w/ Eric Clapton & Ringo Starr
0:11:44 - Mean Woman Blues w/ Eric Clapton
0:15:00 - Turn Around
0:18:02 - Jackson w/ Rosanne Cash
0:21:19 - What Kind Of Girl w/ Rosanne Cash
0:23:31 - Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby w/ George Harrison
0:26:04 - Your True Love w/ George Harrison
0:29:10 - The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise w/ George Harrison
0:30:49 - Medley w/ Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Lee Rocker
0:38:17 - Gone, Gone, Gone w/ Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Lee Rocker
0:40:57 - Blue Suede Shoes w/ Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Rosanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Lee Rocker

 

     

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Why-aye man….. an’ aboot time time….

After a seemingly lengthy hiatus in suitable programmes for the discerning Blues afficionado, something new..

BBC 4 - Friday 28th Feb 9:30pm - 10:30pm (then on catch-up)
Eric Burdon; Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal
Born in 1941, Eric Burdon was – along with his band The Animals – one of the most important standard bearers of the British Invasion of America, right after The Beatles and ahead of The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Kinks. Their 1964 interpretation of House of the Rising Sun was a global hit and inspired Bob Dylan (who recorded an acoustic version on his first album) to go electric and hit the stage from then on backed by a rock band.
Eric Burdon is a street kid from Newcastle upon Tyne. He burnt the midnight oil in the nightclubs on the docks. Had music not intervened, he might well have slipped into a career as a petty criminal, the kind of English gangster so aptly parodied by Guy Ritchie in films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. But Burdon’s voice was his ticket to escape that bleak industrial destiny, and his We Gotta Get out of This Place went on to inspire Springsteen’s Born to Run.
Burdon was always an incurable hothead, prone to rages and no stranger to breaking contracts, a situation that would make him a lifelong underdog and impede his path to world stardom. By the end of the 70s he was so broke that he was living in a car on Sunset Strip.
Burdon regularly changed both his band and musical style. Alongside his passion for original American blues, he got together in the late 60s with black LA band War – itself a political statement in the Black Panther era – and, inspired by Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, expanded his musical spectrum with jazz and funk. Burdon was involved in discovering Jimi Hendrix in Greenwich Village and they remained friends right up to the literal end (the pair spent the night before Jimi’s death together).
Eric Burdon’s creative output has made an important and profoundly authentic contribution to popular culture. Together with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, he counts as one of that legendary generation’s last men standing. This film will convey the zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, while revealing Eric Burdon’s personal vision and moving us all with his retrospective ruminations on triumph and failure.

     

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Friday 13th March - 23:00 - 00:00

Slipknot Unmasked - All Out Life
A unique and fascinating insight into the career and controversies of one of the most successful and contentious heavy metal bands of all time; Slipknot. The film combines new interviews, backstage access and an exclusive live session from the nine-piece group, performing six career-defining tracks at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in front of an intimate audience.
The six tracks, one from each of the band’s albums, transports the group, acknowledged by many as one of the most extreme live acts ever, from their usual arena sized shows to a uniquely intimate and intense setting. The film highlights the group’s phenomenal 25-year career, revealing how one of the most relentless and intense-sounding groups ever have struggled with drink, drugs, depression and the death of a band member, topped the charts, outsold their peers and picked up a Grammy along the way, whilst staying as bold, fearless and exhilarating as ever.

     

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One for the Brit nostalgia crowd:-
Fri 20th March
9:00 - 10:00pm - The Story of Ready, Steady Go!
The story of Britain’s iconic 1960s music show, Ready Steady Go! The programme revolutionised television ‘for the kids’ and coincided with the tremendous explosion of British pop talent that took the world by storm. It championed emerging talent like The Beatles, The Who, Sandie Shaw, Cilla Black, Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones.
This definitive documentary covers every aspect of a pioneering show. Its style rewrote the rulebook for music programmes, with its intoxicating blend of performance, celebrity interviews and items on fashion. It often featured cameras in shot, live mishaps and the young audience interacting with their pop star heroes.
We go behind the scenes and speak to the people who made it all happen, including original producer Vicki Wickham and the programme’s pioneering director, Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Plus further contributions from Annie Nightingale, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Paul Jones, Gerry Marsden and Jools Holland.

10:00 - 11:00 - The Best of Ready Steady Go!
Documentary that features the very best bits of Britain’s first authentic 1960s pop show, Ready Steady Go! The iconic programme was an exciting combination of music performances, fashion commentary, celebrity interviews and mime competitions – all of which kids were thrilled to watch.
Kicking off in 1963, for over three years music fans around the country would religiously tune in to watch unmissable performances from some of the top recording artists of the time. Each week, the line-up offered an evocative snapshot of the British pop scene.
This priceless archive has rarely been seen and includes some of the most memorable performances from the greatest stars of the day. Tune in to see The Beatles perform Twist and Shout on a moving stage, The Rolling Stones presenting their very own episode, and Otis Redding’s sensational duet with Chris Farlowe and Eric Burdon. Other acts include Cilla Black, Lulu, and Martha and the Vandellas. Dusty Springfield also takes centre stage.

Friday 27th March

21:30 - 22:30 - Rock n Roll Island - Where legends Were Born
Award-winning documentary that celebrates the incredible musical history of Eel Pie Island, a small island in the Thames in south west London which became the epicentre of rhythm and blues in the 1960s.
In its heyday, the likes of The Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Long John Baldry and many others cut their teeth at the venue before becoming legends of the music industry.
Interviewed guests include Rod Stewart from The Faces, Top Topham from The Yardbirds, Mick Avory from The Kinks, Steve Hackett from Genesis, Dave Brock from Hawkwind, Andy Bown from Status Quo, Martin Turner from Wishbone Ash, Phil May from The Pretty Things, Don Craine and Keith Grant from The Downliners Sect, Geoff Cole from the Ken Colyer Band, Bob Dwyer from The Southern Stompers, Cleo Sylvestre from Honey B Mama, Blaine Harrison from The Mystery Jets, Paul Stewart from The Others, Sam Cutler, former tour manager with The Stones, as well as numerous fans known as Eelpilanders and island resident and inventor Trevor Baylis.
Combining these interviews with original black and white images and archive footage from the era, the documentary explores the unique experiences of the people who either played at the Eel Pie Island Hotel or went there to listen to music and dance on the famous bouncing dance floor.
Cheryl Robson, who created the project, says, ‘You can feel the incredible fondness for the Eel Pie experience when talking to those who actually went there. There was definitely something in the water in south west London, which affected all those who went, played, sang or danced. The energy was infectious.’
Narrated by actor Nigel Planer, who was once a resident of Eel Pie Island.

     

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Friday 1st May 9:30 - 10:30pm BBC4

The Shadows At Sixty
A look back at the incredible story of The Shadows as they celebrate their 60th anniversary. Starting from where they began as The Drifters to then becoming the backing band of Cliff Richard and enjoying huge success in their own right, the programme celebrates The Shadows’ achievement at a time of constant change across the social, cultural and musical landscape.
The Shadows were at the forefront of the UK beat boom generation and were the first backing group to emerge as big stars in their own right. Using unseen archive, personal testimony, interviews wiht the band and those they have influenced, Brian May, David Gilmour, Pete Townsend, The Shadows At Sixty is not just a trip down memory lane but an in-depth, often emotional story of a group’s journey through 6 decades.

     

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