Seven Days That Rocked The World

Stuart Maconie presents a seven-part series highlighting some of the most influential days in the history of rock.

Episodes

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01Rock Around The Clock20000517

In the first programme, he looks at how Bill Haley and the Comets' record `Rock around the Clock' - as featured in the film `The Blackboard Jungle' - became a huge hit all over the world and catalysed the birth of rock 'n' roll.

02You F'ing Rotter2000052420070919 (6M)

Stuart Maconie assesses the impact of the notorious TV interview that earned the Sex Pistols their first headlines.

The Sex Pistols And Bill Grundy

In this second programme, he looks at the furore created by the Sex Pistols' appearance on Bill Grundy's TV show.

With contributions from Siouxie Sioux, Bob Geldof, Malcolm Mclaren and Richard Branson.

03The Beatles On Sullivan20000531

This third programme focuses on the Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, watched by a record audience of 73 million people.

With contributions from Mike Nesmith, Gary Valentine, Bernie Leadon, Dennis Locorriere, Ed Sullivan and Mojo journalist Johnny Black.

04Electric Dylan2000060720120925 (6M)

Stuart Maconie examines how Bob Dylan shocked the audience at Newport Festival in 1965.

Stuart Maconie examines how Bob Dylan shocked and thrilled the audience at the 1965 Newport Festival when he appeared on stage with a full electric band. Things would never be the same again as Dylan brought to pop a lyrical intensity it had not seen before. Repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Live Music.

This programme examines how Bob Dylan shocked and thrilled the audience at the 1965 Newport Festival when he appeared on stage with a full electric band.

Things would never be the same again as Dylan brought to pop a lyrical intensity it had not seen before.

05Altamont20000614

This programme looks at how the hippie dream of peace, love and optimism came to a violent end at the rolling stones' Altamont show.

The Hell's Angels employed by the band to act as security - paid with $500 worth of beer - turned on the crowd, halting the show with a terrifying outbreak of violence and murder.

06Live Aid2000062120120928 (6M)

Stuart Maconie focuses on the Live Aid concerts organised by Bob Geldof in London and Philhadelphia, which attracted a TV audience of 1.4 billion in 170 countries.

The 70 million pounds which came in for famine relief remains the most money raised for charity by a single event.

With Michael Buerk, Roger Taylor, Johnny Black and Bob Geldof. Repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Live Music.

This sixth programme focuses on the Live Aid concerts organised by Bob Geldof in London and Philhadelphia, which attracted a TV audience of 1.4 billion in 170 countries.

With Michael Buerk, Roger Taylor, Johnny Black and Bob Geldof.