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Rock Legends

Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, archival news footage and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
 

Schedule

  • Fri, Nov 22nd 3:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Jefferson Airplane
    Leading music critics cast a fresh light on the career of psychedelic pioneers Jefferson Airplane from helping define the San Francisco Sound to headlining some of the biggest rock festivals of the 1960s.
  • Fri, Nov 22nd 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Blood, Sweat & Tears
    Blood, Sweat & Tears (BS&T) is a Grammy-winning contemporary jazz and rock group from New York City. Although they took a hiatus from 1981-1984, they have otherwise been active since their founding in 1967. BS&T has changed members numerous times over the years, but has still issued over two dozen live, studio, and compilation albums.
  • Sat, Nov 23rd 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bon Jovi
    Classic music videos, news archives and leading music critics shine a spotlight on the long and storied career of New Jersy's Bon Jovi.
  • Sat, Nov 23rd 9:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Guns 'N' Roses
    Guns 'N' Roses shocked and awed upon their arrival on the 80s rock scene with the worldwide hits "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Paradise City".
  • Sun, Nov 24th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Genesis
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights form leading music critics tell the story of Genesis, from the band's beginnings as progressive rock pioneers to their later shift towards a more pop-oriented sound as music video icons.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 10:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Otis Redding
    Known as the voice of soul music, Otis Redding died in a plane crash at 26 years old. His song "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" hit No. 1 in 1968. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Otis Redding.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 10:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bryan Ferry
    Rock Legends Bryan Ferry tells the story of one of Britain's most enduring rock icons and features music videos and archive material.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Pretenders
    The Pretenders, originally three Englishmen and an American woman, emerged at the close of the '70s as one of the new wave's most commercially successful groups. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Pretenders.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 2:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Buddy Holly
    With his signature vocal hiccup and hits like "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On," "Peggy Sue" and "Not Fade Away," Buddy Holly was a rock & roll pioneer. His playful, mock-ingenuous singing, with slides between falsetto and regular voice, was a major influence on Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and numerous imitators. When he died in an airplane crash at 22, he had been recording for less than two years.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 2:45 PM ET
    Rock Legends - INXS
    Interviews, news archives, and performance tell the story of INXS, Australia's all-time most successful rock band, and one of its most important and best-known rock exports.
  • Sun, Nov 24th 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Psychedelic Rock
    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.
  • Mon, Nov 25th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Band
    With its rock-ribbed, austerely precise arrangements and a catalogue of songs that linked American folklore to primal myths, the Band - four Canadians and a Southerner - made music that was both earthy and mystical.
  • Mon, Nov 25th 1:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Meat Loaf
    Known for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums, Meat Loaf is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, as well as an accomplished actor. Interviews, archival news footage, and performances reveal this unique, iconic artist.
  • Mon, Nov 25th 6:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Grateful Dead
    Leading music critics tell the story of the Grateful Dead and how their blend of psychedelia, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, folk, and jazz came together to create their own unique sound.
  • Tue, Nov 26th 2:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - R.E.M.
    R.E.M. is one of the best-selling bands of all time. The trio, hailing from Georgia became a world conquering act selling 85 million studio albums while never compromising their roots. 18 million copies and is widely regarded as one of the best albums of the 90s. Featuring archive material, music videos and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists.
  • Tue, Nov 26th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Byrds
    The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, combining traditional acoustic music with early Sixties pop. The group's signature sunny melodies, lush harmonies, and ringing 12-string guitars - as well as their eventual exploration of psychedelic rock - made for some of the decade's best singles. The band continued to do strong work (including foray into country), establishing a sonic model for many of the Seventies biggest rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac.
  • Tue, Nov 26th 10:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Progressive Rock
    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.
  • Tue, Nov 26th 10:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - ZZ Top
    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."
  • Wed, Nov 27th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Kinks
    The Kinks were a key part of the 1960s British Invasion, and their early hits - especially "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" - paved the way for the next decade's hard rock.
  • Thu, Nov 28th 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bon Jovi
    Classic music videos, news archives and leading music critics shine a spotlight on the long and storied career of New Jersy's Bon Jovi.
  • Thu, Nov 28th 2:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Aerosmith
    A look back at one of America's biggest selling American rock band of all time and Aerosmith's journey through the years as well as exclusive insight and music videos including "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing."
  • Thu, Nov 28th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Run DMC
    Run DMC is a Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio from Queens, New York. Founded in 1981, they are considered among the most influential artists in hip-hop and helped usher in the genre's increasing popularity in the 1980s. Run DMC was the first hip-hop group to go platinum and double-platinum.
  • Thu, Nov 28th 3:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Fleetwood Mac
    Rock Legends features archive material, music videos "Dreams" and "Landslide" to detail the storied career of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Fri, Nov 29th 3:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Sting
    After the huge success he had with The Police, Sting decided to go solo and released his first album in 1985 and has continued to release chart topping hits. Rock Legends features archival music videos and exclusive insights on one of the world's most popular musicians.
  • Fri, Nov 29th 5:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Earth, Wind & Fire
    Earth, Wind & Fire is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of all time. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Sat, Nov 30th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - George Michael
    This program features archive material, music videos "I Want Your Sex" and "Too Funky" and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists.
  • Sun, Dec 1st 3:15 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Aerosmith
    A look back at one of America's biggest selling American rock band of all time and Aerosmith's journey through the years as well as exclusive insight and music videos including "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing."
  • Sun, Dec 1st 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Pearl Jam
    Rock Legends Pearl Jam tells the story of one of the world's biggest bands, featuring insights from music critics and showcasing classic music videos.
  • Sun, Dec 1st 10:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Journey
    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.
  • Premiere Sun, Dec 1st 10:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Patti Smi
    Patti Smith (Patricia Lee Smith), born December 30, 1946, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
  • Sun, Dec 1st 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - ZZ Top
    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."
  • Sun, Dec 1st 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Psychedelic Rock
    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.
  • Mon, Dec 2nd 3:15 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Fleetwood Mac
    Rock Legends features archive material, music videos "Dreams" and "Landslide" to detail the storied career of Fleetwood Mac.
  • Mon, Dec 2nd 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Yardbirds
    The Yardbirds may not have been as famous as their British Invasion contemporaries the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who, but the pioneering blues-based combo introduced three of the most famous and influential guitarists of the rock era: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Their innovations - a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz paved the way for psychedelic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, Southern boogie and even punk.
  • Mon, Dec 2nd 1:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - INXS
    Interviews, news archives, and performance tell the story of INXS, Australia's all-time most successful rock band, and one of its most important and best-known rock exports.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 3:10 AM ET
    Rock Legends - INXS
    Interviews, news archives, and performance tell the story of INXS, Australia's all-time most successful rock band, and one of its most important and best-known rock exports.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Al Green
    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.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 1:25 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Byrds
    The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, combining traditional acoustic music with early Sixties pop. The group's signature sunny melodies, lush harmonies, and ringing 12-string guitars - as well as their eventual exploration of psychedelic rock - made for some of the decade's best singles. The band continued to do strong work (including foray into country), establishing a sonic model for many of the Seventies biggest rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Cher
    At the age of 16 Cher dropped out of school and moved to LA. Her determination to be famous would soon get her noticed. She’s a huge, iconic figure of music, film and TV that has seen her career span over 50 years.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 10:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Foo Fighters
    With a career of over two decades and album sales over 11 million, Foo Fighters are giants in the world of contemporary rock. Featuring archive material, music videos "Best Of You" and "Monkey Wrench" including exclusive insights from media critics.
  • Tue, Dec 3rd 10:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Pearl Jam
    Rock Legends Pearl Jam tells the story of one of the world's biggest bands, featuring insights from music critics and showcasing classic music videos.
  • Wed, Dec 4th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Chicago
    The self-described "rock and roll band with horns," Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups, and one of the world's best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1971, Chicago was the first rock act to sell out Carnegie Hall for a week.
  • Thu, Dec 5th 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - KISS
    Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, KISS rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances. Interviews, news archives and performances reveal the story of this iconic band.
  • Thu, Dec 5th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Diana Ross & The Supremes
    America's most successful female vocal group of all time was formed by four Detroit schoolgirls in the late 50s. Diana Ross, Betty McGlown, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson named themselves the Primettes in tribute to the local male group, the Primes - who themselves found fame in the 60s as the Temptations.
  • Thu, Dec 5th 1:25 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Journey
    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.
  • Thu, Dec 5th 9:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - American Rock
    American rock has its foundations firmly in rock and roll, and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War and protests across the country were widespread. It was during this period of unrest that the driving force behind many artists such as Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx and many others were formed.
  • Fri, Dec 6th 3:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - American Rock
    American rock has its foundations firmly in rock and roll, and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War and protests across the country were widespread. It was during this period of unrest that the driving force behind many artists such as Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx and many others were formed.
  • Fri, Dec 6th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Foreigner
    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.
  • Fri, Dec 6th 12:35 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Grateful Dead
    Leading music critics tell the story of the Grateful Dead and how their blend of psychedelia, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, folk, and jazz came together to create their own unique sound.
  • Fri, Dec 6th 1:05 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Allman Brothers
    The Allman Brothers Band combined deeply Southern strains of music - blues, country, and gospel - with boisterous rock & roll and their jazzy, jam-oriented style. Thus, they created the "New South" sound, drafting a template to be used for decades by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band to My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers.
  • Sat, Dec 7th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Phil Collins
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists tell the story of Phil Collins from his time as a member of Genesis to his career as one of only three solo artists to sell over 100 million records.
  • Sat, Dec 7th 1:35 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Diana Ross & The Supremes
    America's most successful female vocal group of all time was formed by four Detroit schoolgirls in the late 50s. Diana Ross, Betty McGlown, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson named themselves the Primettes in tribute to the local male group, the Primes - who themselves found fame in the 60s as the Temptations.
  • Sun, Dec 8th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Radiohead
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists tell the story of Radiohead, one of the most influential bands of the modern rock era.
  • Sun, Dec 8th 10:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Coldplay
    Originally formed as Pectorals, Coldplay has gone on to worldwide fame and has had numerous successful hits.
  • Sun, Dec 8th 4:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Coldplay
    Originally formed as Pectorals, Coldplay has gone on to worldwide fame and has had numerous successful hits.
  • Sun, Dec 8th 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - American Rock
    American rock has its foundations firmly in rock and roll, and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War and protests across the country were widespread. It was during this period of unrest that the driving force behind many artists such as Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx and many others were formed.
  • Mon, Dec 9th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Glen Campbell
    Glen Campbell was a country music legend known for such hits as "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
  • Mon, Dec 9th 7:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Tina Turner
    Journalists examine the life and music of Tina Turner, who rose to fame in the 1960s alongside then-husband Ike Turner, before enjoying a highly successful solo career.
  • Tue, Dec 10th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Journey
    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.
  • Tue, Dec 10th 10:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Byrds
    The Byrds pioneered folk-rock, combining traditional acoustic music with early Sixties pop. The group's signature sunny melodies, lush harmonies, and ringing 12-string guitars - as well as their eventual exploration of psychedelic rock - made for some of the decade's best singles. The band continued to do strong work (including foray into country), establishing a sonic model for many of the Seventies biggest rock bands, including the Eagles, Tom Petty, and the latter-day Fleetwood Mac.
  • Tue, Dec 10th 10:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Yardbirds
    The Yardbirds may not have been as famous as their British Invasion contemporaries the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who, but the pioneering blues-based combo introduced three of the most famous and influential guitarists of the rock era: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Their innovations - a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz paved the way for psychedelic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, Southern boogie and even punk.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 2:10 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bee Gees
    The Bee Gees their first record deal in 1963 with Festival Records, March 1978 saw the Bee Gees occupy the two top positions on the US charts with "Night Fever" and "Staying Alive". Having won five Grammy awards for Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees were a worldwide sensation. Journalists and critics examine the rise of The Bee Gees.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Little Richard
    Known for his flamboyant performances, Little Richard's hit songs from the mid-1950s were defining moments in the development of rock 'n' roll.
  • Wed, Dec 11th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Genesis
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights form leading music critics tell the story of Genesis, from the band's beginnings as progressive rock pioneers to their later shift towards a more pop-oriented sound as music video icons.
  • Thu, Dec 12th 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Chuck Berry
    Chuck Berry was one of the most influential rock 'n' roll performers in music history. He's known for songs including "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode."
  • Thu, Dec 12th 2:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Aretha Franklin
    Multiple Grammy winner and "Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin is known for hits such as "Respect," "Freeway of Love" and "I Say a Little Prayer."
  • Thu, Dec 12th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Marvin Gaye
    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.
  • Thu, Dec 12th 9:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Birth of Metal
    Metal combined 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 a "10." During the 60s flower power movement, peace and love in music no longer reflected the lives of a generation. At the same time, de-industrialization was beginning. If you were angry, you didn't want to change the world. You just wanted to scream. This episode features artists such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Nazareth.
  • Fri, Dec 13th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Patti Smi
    Patti Smith (Patricia Lee Smith), born December 30, 1946, is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.
  • Sat, Dec 14th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Insights from music critics and showcasing their classic music videos.
  • Sat, Dec 14th 3:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Marvin Gaye
    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.
  • Sun, Dec 15th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - U2
    Rock Legends U2 tells the story of one of the world's biggest bands, featuring insights from music critics and showcasing classic music videos.
  • Sun, Dec 15th 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Birth of Metal
    Metal combined 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 a "10." During the 60s flower power movement, peace and love in music no longer reflected the lives of a generation. At the same time, de-industrialization was beginning. If you were angry, you didn't want to change the world. You just wanted to scream. This episode features artists such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Nazareth.
  • Mon, Dec 16th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Pat Benatar
    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.
  • Premiere Tue, Dec 17th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Primal Scream
    Primal Scream is a Scottish rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie. The lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards), Simone Butler (bass), and Darrin Mooney (drums). Barrie Cadogan has toured and recorded with the band since 2006, as a replacement after the departure of guitarist Robert "Throb" Young.
  • Tue, Dec 17th 1:20 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Cream
    Fronted by Eric Clapton, Cream was the prototypical power trio, playing a mix of blues, rock and psychedelia while focusing on chunky riffs and fiery guitar solos. In a mere three years, the band sold 15 million records, played to SRO crowds throughout the U.S. and Europe, and redefined the instrumentalist's role in rock.
  • Tue, Dec 17th 10:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - KISS
    Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, KISS rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances. Interviews, news archives and performances reveal the story of this iconic band.
  • Premiere Wed, Dec 18th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Simple Minds
    Simple Minds formed in Glasgow in 1977 and became the most commercially successful Scottish band of the 1980s. They achieved five UK Albums chart number one albums during their career and have sold an estimated 70 million albums. Despite various personnel changes, they continue to record and tour.
  • Thu, Dec 19th 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - INXS
    Interviews, news archives, and performance tell the story of INXS, Australia's all-time most successful rock band, and one of its most important and best-known rock exports.
  • Thu, Dec 19th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Smokey Robinson
    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."
  • Thu, Dec 19th 1:25 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Phil Collins
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists tell the story of Phil Collins from his time as a member of Genesis to his career as one of only three solo artists to sell over 100 million records.
  • Thu, Dec 19th 9:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - British Metal
    Music offered an escape from the drudgery of real life, if not a direct route to fame and riches. They came from tough working-class backgrounds. Factory work or mining were starting to vanish. At the same time, British punk was born and spread outwards, its anger and nihilistic world view the antithesis of everything that had gone before. British Heavy Metal made itself known. This episode features bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon and Iron Maiden.
  • Fri, Dec 20th 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bee Gees
    The Bee Gees their first record deal in 1963 with Festival Records, March 1978 saw the Bee Gees occupy the two top positions on the US charts with "Night Fever" and "Staying Alive". Having won five Grammy awards for Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees were a worldwide sensation. Journalists and critics examine the rise of The Bee Gees.
  • Fri, Dec 20th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - ZZ Top
    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."
  • Fri, Dec 20th 6:15 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Allman Brothers
    The Allman Brothers Band combined deeply Southern strains of music - blues, country, and gospel - with boisterous rock & roll and their jazzy, jam-oriented style. Thus, they created the "New South" sound, drafting a template to be used for decades by everyone from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band to My Morning Jacket and the Drive-By Truckers.
  • Sat, Dec 21st 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Dusty Springfield
    Hailed as Britain's "best ever pop singer" by Rolling Stone, the English-born Dusty Springfield charted several 1960s hits, including "Son of a Preacher Man." Leading music critics cast fresh light on her career.
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 3:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Black Sabbath
    A behind the scenes look at heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, who created a sound so unique that it will live on forever.
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 3:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Guns 'N' Roses
    Guns 'N' Roses shocked and awed upon their arrival on the 80s rock scene with the worldwide hits "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Paradise City".
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Grateful Dead
    Leading music critics tell the story of the Grateful Dead and how their blend of psychedelia, blues, rock 'n' roll, country, folk, and jazz came together to create their own unique sound.
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 10:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Peter Gabriel
    Interviews, news archives, and performances explore the career of Peter Gabriel from his time in Genesis to his platinum-selling solo career.
  • Sun, Dec 22nd 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - British Metal
    Music offered an escape from the drudgery of real life, if not a direct route to fame and riches. They came from tough working-class backgrounds. Factory work or mining were starting to vanish. At the same time, British punk was born and spread outwards, its anger and nihilistic world view the antithesis of everything that had gone before. British Heavy Metal made itself known. This episode features bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon and Iron Maiden.
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 3:05 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Kinks
    The Kinks were a key part of the 1960s British Invasion, and their early hits - especially "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night" - paved the way for the next decade's hard rock.
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - American Rock
    American rock has its foundations firmly in rock and roll, and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War and protests across the country were widespread. It was during this period of unrest that the driving force behind many artists such as Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx and many others were formed.
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 1:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Foo Fighters
    With a career of over two decades and album sales over 11 million, Foo Fighters are giants in the world of contemporary rock. Featuring archive material, music videos "Best Of You" and "Monkey Wrench" including exclusive insights from media critics.
  • Mon, Dec 23rd 6:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - American Rock
    American rock has its foundations firmly in rock and roll, and infused a variety of musical genres of the time. America was fighting the Vietnam War and protests across the country were widespread. It was during this period of unrest that the driving force behind many artists such as Boston, REO Speedwagon, Styx and many others were formed.
  • Tue, Dec 24th 3:10 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Prince
    A fascinating look at the life and music of Prince, the flamboyant singer-songwriter whose 1984 album Purple Rain sold more than 13 million copies in the United States.
  • Tue, Dec 24th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Birth of Metal
    Metal combined 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 a "10." During the 60s flower power movement, peace and love in music no longer reflected the lives of a generation. At the same time, de-industrialization was beginning. If you were angry, you didn't want to change the world. You just wanted to scream. This episode features artists such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Nazareth.
  • Tue, Dec 24th 11:35 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Journey
    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.
  • Wed, Dec 25th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - British Metal
    Music offered an escape from the drudgery of real life, if not a direct route to fame and riches. They came from tough working-class backgrounds. Factory work or mining were starting to vanish. At the same time, British punk was born and spread outwards, its anger and nihilistic world view the antithesis of everything that had gone before. British Heavy Metal made itself known. This episode features bands such as Judas Priest, Saxon and Iron Maiden.
  • Thu, Dec 26th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Progressive Rock
    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.
  • Thu, Dec 26th 5:40 PM ET
    Rock Legends - James Taylor
    Singer-songwriter James Taylor creates music that combines folk, rock and pop sensibilities. His hit songs include "Fire and Rain" and "Shower the People."
  • Thu, Dec 26th 9:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Progressive Rock
    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.
  • Fri, Dec 27th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Jazz Rock
    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.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 2:05 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Eric Clapton
    Rock Legends Eric Clapton tells the story of one of Britain's enduring rock stars, featuring insights from music critics and showcasing classic music videos.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Pretenders
    The Pretenders, originally three Englishmen and an American woman, emerged at the close of the '70s as one of the new wave's most commercially successful groups. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Pretenders.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 10:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Billy Joel
    Classic videos and leading music critics tell the story of Billy Joel, one of the world's most popular recording artists.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 11:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Police
    The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the band.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 12:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Prince
    A fascinating look at the life and music of Prince, the flamboyant singer-songwriter whose 1984 album Purple Rain sold more than 13 million copies in the United States.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 1:20 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Tina Turner
    Journalists examine the life and music of Tina Turner, who rose to fame in the 1960s alongside then-husband Ike Turner, before enjoying a highly successful solo career.
  • Sat, Dec 28th 4:10 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Genesis
    Archive material, music videos, and exclusive insights form leading music critics tell the story of Genesis, from the band's beginnings as progressive rock pioneers to their later shift towards a more pop-oriented sound as music video icons.
  • Sun, Dec 29th 7:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Jefferson Airplane
    Leading music critics cast a fresh light on the career of psychedelic pioneers Jefferson Airplane from helping define the San Francisco Sound to headlining some of the biggest rock festivals of the 1960s.
  • Sun, Dec 29th 10:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Cher
    At the age of 16 Cher dropped out of school and moved to LA. Her determination to be famous would soon get her noticed. She’s a huge, iconic figure of music, film and TV that has seen her career span over 50 years.
  • Sun, Dec 29th 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Progressive Rock
    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.
  • Mon, Dec 30th 3:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Bon Jovi
    Classic music videos, news archives and leading music critics shine a spotlight on the long and storied career of New Jersy's Bon Jovi.
  • Mon, Dec 30th 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - US Heavy Metal
    The US heavy metal sound has big hooks, melodic choruses, and monster ballads, with nearly every song featuring one guitar solo. Vocals are melodic, and high-pitched. They also include extensive use of harmonies, particularly in the ballads - slow, emotional songs that gradually build to a strong finale. Lyrics tended to deal with love and lust. This episode features Mötley Crüe, Poison & Ratt.
  • Mon, Dec 30th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Queen
    Queen has dominated musical charts, sold out arenas, and left a legacy of outstanding songs and videos that have shaped popular culture.
  • Tue, Dec 31st 2:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - KISS
    Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, KISS rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances. Interviews, news archives and performances reveal the story of this iconic band.
  • Tue, Dec 31st 8:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Singer Writes the Song
    Songwriters have their roots in the folk-acoustic traditions of Celtic European Troubadours from the Middle East and blues and country in the USA. This genre emerged in the 1960's again against the backdrop of political change, and would forge the careers of great artists such as Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, and James Taylor.

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