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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.
 

Check out this season’s lineup:

April 8 Lynyrd Skynyrd The Allman Brothers Band
April 15 The Who The Kinks
April 22 The Eagles Ramones
April 29 The Yardbirds The Byrds
May 6 Eric Clapton Cream
May 13 Blondie Joni Mitchell
May 27 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Blood, Sweat & Tears
June 3 Johny Cash James Taylor
June 10 Santana Chuck Berry
June 17 Ray Charles Buddy Holly
June 24 Run DMC Aretha Franklin

From the Rock Legends blog:

Rock Legends: The Ramones | Premieres April 22nd

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Schedule

  • Thu, Apr 19th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Coldplay
    Originally formed as Pectorals, Coldplay has gone on to worldwide fame and has had numerous successful hits.
  • Thu, Apr 19th 7:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Thu, Apr 19th 7:30 PM 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.
  • Fri, Apr 20th 4:00 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, Apr 21st 1:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Clash
    The Clash began their meteoric rise in 1976, growing out of the early punk scene of West London, The Clash were the ultimate, punk rock band. They combined intelligence with anger and with sheer poetry and beauty. The Clash still influences artists world-wide today.
  • Sat, Apr 21st 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Green Day
    Green Day first appeared on the California punk scene as the band Sweet Children. Friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed the group when they were only 15, playing gigs across the state, and the band are still going strong today.
  • Sat, Apr 21st 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Clash
    The Clash began their meteoric rise in 1976, growing out of the early punk scene of West London, The Clash were the ultimate, punk rock band. They combined intelligence with anger and with sheer poetry and beauty. The Clash still influences artists world-wide today.
  • Sat, Apr 21st 5:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Green Day
    Green Day first appeared on the California punk scene as the band Sweet Children. Friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed the group when they were only 15, playing gigs across the state, and the band are still going strong today.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 3:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Velvet Underground
    Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Velvet Underground and although they achieved no immediate success in their career, are now regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time and Nico, Cale and Reed each enjoyed solo success on the back of its legacy.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 4:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Clash
    The Clash began their meteoric rise in 1976, growing out of the early punk scene of West London, The Clash were the ultimate, punk rock band. They combined intelligence with anger and with sheer poetry and beauty. The Clash still influences artists world-wide today.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 4:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Green Day
    Green Day first appeared on the California punk scene as the band Sweet Children. Friends Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt formed the group when they were only 15, playing gigs across the state, and the band are still going strong today.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 5:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Velvet Underground
    Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Velvet Underground and although they achieved no immediate success in their career, are now regarded as one of the most influential bands of all time and Nico, Cale and Reed each enjoyed solo success on the back of its legacy.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 8:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Eagles
    With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of the Eagles.
  • Premiere Sun, Apr 22nd 8:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Ramones
    A group of "brothers" from Forest Hills, Queens, the Ramones helped invent punk rock by mastering a simple but extremely effective sound - a combination of speedy grooves, sing-along tunes and deadpan lyrics that achieved a kind of boneheaded genius. The sound influenced thousands of bands and proved so durable that the Ramones more or less stuck to it for their entire career.
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 11:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Eagles
    With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of the Eagles.
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 12:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Ramones
    A group of "brothers" from Forest Hills, Queens, the Ramones helped invent punk rock by mastering a simple but extremely effective sound - a combination of speedy grooves, sing-along tunes and deadpan lyrics that achieved a kind of boneheaded genius. The sound influenced thousands of bands and proved so durable that the Ramones more or less stuck to it for their entire career.
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Clash
    The Clash began their meteoric rise in 1976, growing out of the early punk scene of West London, The Clash were the ultimate, punk rock band. They combined intelligence with anger and with sheer poetry and beauty. The Clash still influences artists world-wide today.
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Beach Boys
    One of the most innovative bands ever, the Beach Boys invented California rock. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 5:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Tue, Apr 24th 2:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Tue, Apr 24th 4:00 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.
  • Wed, Apr 25th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Billy Idol
    English rock musician, Billy Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X as well as creating a successful name for himself as a solo artist. Using interviews, news archive and performance this episode reveals the unique aspect of this iconic artist.
  • Thu, Apr 26th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Duran Duran
    Duran Duran were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US. Using interviews, news archive and performances, this episode reveals the unique aspect of this iconic band.
  • Thu, Apr 26th 7:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Eagles
    With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of the Eagles.
  • Thu, Apr 26th 7:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Ramones
    A group of "brothers" from Forest Hills, Queens, the Ramones helped invent punk rock by mastering a simple but extremely effective sound - a combination of speedy grooves, sing-along tunes and deadpan lyrics that achieved a kind of boneheaded genius. The sound influenced thousands of bands and proved so durable that the Ramones more or less stuck to it for their entire career.
  • Fri, Apr 27th 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Iron Maiden
    With sales near the 90 million mark and a career spanning over four decades, Iron Maiden are giants of the metal scene. Featuring archive material, music videos like "Running Free" and "Run To The Hills," and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists.
  • Fri, Apr 27th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - No Doubt
    With Gwen Stefani as the lead singer, No Doubt have become one the of the most critically acclaimed ska bands world-wide. Discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives, and performances, this episode reveals the unique aspect of this iconic band.
  • Fri, Apr 27th 5:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
    The members of rock's first supergroup each had successful recording careers before coming together: Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Sun, Apr 29th 5:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Jethro Tull
    Named for no apparent reason after an 18th-century British agronomist who invented the machine drill for sowing seed, Jethro Tull has been one of the most commercially successful, and eccentric, progressive-rock bands. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the band’s career.
  • Premiere Sun, Apr 29th 8:00 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.
  • Premiere Sun, Apr 29th 8:30 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.
  • Mon, Apr 30th 12:00 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, Apr 30th 12:30 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.
  • Mon, Apr 30th 4:00 PM 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.
  • Tue, May 1st 4:00 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.
  • Wed, May 2nd 5:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - James Brown
    James Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of James Brown.
  • Wed, May 2nd 4:00 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.
  • Thu, May 3rd 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Black Eyed Peas
    Interviews, news archives and performances highlight the story of the Black Eyed Peas, one of the world's best-selling groups of all time.
  • Thu, May 3rd 7:00 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.
  • Thu, May 3rd 7:30 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.
  • Fri, May 4th 4:00 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.
  • Sun, May 6th 5:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
    The members of rock's first supergroup each had successful recording careers before coming together: Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Sun, May 6th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Sun, May 6th 8:00 PM 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.
  • Premiere Sun, May 6th 8:30 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.
  • Mon, May 7th 12:00 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.
  • Mon, May 7th 12:30 AM 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.
  • Mon, May 7th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Cure
    Interviews, news archives and performances tell the story of The Cure from its formation in 1976, through the increasingly dark and tormented music of the early 1980s, to the present.
  • Mon, May 7th 5:00 PM 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."
  • Tue, May 8th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Beach Boys
    One of the most innovative bands ever, the Beach Boys invented California rock. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Tue, May 8th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
    The members of rock's first supergroup each had successful recording careers before coming together: Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with the Hollies. Leading music critics cast fresh light on their career.
  • Wed, May 9th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Eagles
    With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of the Eagles.
  • Wed, May 9th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Jethro Tull
    Named for no apparent reason after an 18th-century British agronomist who invented the machine drill for sowing seed, Jethro Tull has been one of the most commercially successful, and eccentric, progressive-rock bands. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the band’s career.
  • Thu, May 10th 1:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Rod Stewart
    Rod Stewart took to the blues circuit early in his career and became the first solo artist to achieve the number 1 position in both the US and the UK after releasing his 3rd album, Every Picture Tells A Story. Rock Legends Rod Stewart tells the story of one of Britain's enduring rock stars.
  • Thu, May 10th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Who
    The Who were the godfathers of punk and pioneers of rock opera, and were among the first rock groups to integrate synthesizers. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Who.
  • Thu, May 10th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder is an American musician and a former child prodigy who became one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Stevie Wonder.
  • Thu, May 10th 7:00 PM 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.
  • Thu, May 10th 7:30 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.
  • Fri, May 11th 4:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Janis Joplin
    Janis Joplin rose to fame in the late 1960s and was known for her powerful, blues-inspired vocals. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of Janis Joplin.
  • Fri, May 11th 4:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - The Doors
    The Doors, one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the 1960s, were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 by UCLA film students Ray Manzarek, keyboards, and Jim Morrison, vocals; with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the career of The Doors.
  • Sat, May 12th 11:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Iron Maiden
    With sales near the 90 million mark and a career spanning over four decades, Iron Maiden are giants of the metal scene. Featuring archive material, music videos like "Running Free" and "Run To The Hills," and exclusive insights from music critics and journalists.
  • Sat, May 12th 1:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Elton John
    This documentary follows Elton John’s journey from budding songwriter to his 70s peak as the one of the most prolific artists of his generation, his flamboyant costumes and classic songs and closing with being one of the very few musicians who can still top the charts 45 years into their career.
  • Sat, May 12th 8:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Elton John
    This documentary follows Elton John’s journey from budding songwriter to his 70s peak as the one of the most prolific artists of his generation, his flamboyant costumes and classic songs and closing with being one of the very few musicians who can still top the charts 45 years into their career.
  • Sun, May 13th 12:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Elton John
    This documentary follows Elton John’s journey from budding songwriter to his 70s peak as the one of the most prolific artists of his generation, his flamboyant costumes and classic songs and closing with being one of the very few musicians who can still top the charts 45 years into their career.
  • Sun, May 13th 8:00 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Blondie
    The perfect punk pop band fronted by the most iconic woman in music. Always creating, never following, always setting trends. After forming in the 1970s, Blondie continue to make music and tour the world.
  • Premiere Sun, May 13th 8:30 PM ET
    Rock Legends - Joni Mitchell
    Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi," is widely considered 1960s and '70s folk royalty. Leading music critics cast fresh light on her career.
  • Mon, May 14th 12:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Blondie
    The perfect punk pop band fronted by the most iconic woman in music. Always creating, never following, always setting trends. After forming in the 1970s, Blondie continue to make music and tour the world.
  • Mon, May 14th 12:30 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Joni Mitchell
    Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, responsible for hits such as "Both Sides Now" and "Big Yellow Taxi," is widely considered 1960s and '70s folk royalty. Leading music critics cast fresh light on her career.
  • Mon, May 14th 5:00 AM ET
    Rock Legends - Amy Winehouse
    Despite living a tragically short life, Amy had a significant impact on the music industry and is a recognized name around the world. Her unique voice and fusion of styles left a musical legacy that will live long in the memory of everyone her music has touched.

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