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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to...

A Whole Scene Going

1 9 6 6 (UK) A Whole Scene Going was the first real teenage lifestyle programme with features on Carnaby Street fashions, the London club scene...

ABBA: The Movie (1977)

Unashamed and supremely slick commercial for the group, maintaining a gentle air of self-parody while at the same time being a celebration of all...

ABC Rocks

1 9 8 4 - 1 9 8 5 (USA) One year after the debut of NBC's Friday Night Videos (network television's first attempt to respond to the...

All You Need Is Cash (The Rutles) (1978)

Starting out as a two-minute sketch on Idle's post-Monty Python comedy show, Rutland Weekend Television, The Rutles took on a life of their own when Saturday...

Alright Now

1 9 7 9 - 1 9 8 0 (UK) Running for two seasons between 1979 and 1980, Alright Now was an ITV music series featuring the very...

American Bandstand

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 8 9 (USA) American Bandstand became a powerful symbol of American teenage culture with its nearly four-decade look at the...

American Hot Wax (1978)

"This is Alan Freed  . . . and this is rock'n'roll." With these words, the young hearts of New York beat fast as the celebrated radio...

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles in Hamburg provide a colourful backdrop for the story of Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), the original Beatles bassist...

Bandstand (Australia)

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) Bandstand was the longest running Australian pop television show of its time, and throughout its fifteen years,...

Beach Movies

The rise of Surf Music in the early 60s, coupled with the general surfing craze that was sweeping the USA, inevitably began to spawn...

Beat Club

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Beat Room, The

1 9 6 4 (UK) BBC2's The Beat Room - billed as "thirty minutes of non-stop beat and shake" - delved more deeply into the R&B...

Beatbox

1 9 8 5 - 1 9 8 7 (Australia) Though ostensibly a music TV programme, this Saturday afternoon show from the Australian ABC network was...

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to...

Big Beat, The (1958)

Fresh out of college, John Randall (William Reynolds) tries to persuade his father into releasing rock and roll along with the other lame records...

Blues Brothers, The (1980)

Universal were so confident in The Blues Brothers that they poured a record $27 million into the movie. One scene alone called for six camera crews, five...

Born To Boogie (1973)

Born To Boogie was, first and last, a celebration of the phenomenon of Marc Bolan. There was no plot, no message, no subliminal undertone;...

Breaking Glass (1980)

Singer Kate (Hazel O'Connor) claws her way into the charts, with help from spiv manager Danny (Phil Daniels), only to find the glitter tarnished and the...

Buddy Holly Story, The (1978)

A first-rate, realistic film biography of Buddy Holly - the talented rockabilly composer-musician who introduced such 1950s hits as That'll Be The Day and Peggy Sue. Lanky, toothsome...

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“5” Royales, The

The "5" Royales began life in the 1940s as a gospel group called The Royal Sons Quintet but rechristened themselves The Royals after going...

10,000 Maniacs

10,000 Maniacs (named after the low-budget horror movie Two Thousand Maniacs) was formed in Jamestown, NY, in 1981 by singer Natalie Merchant and guitarist John Lombardo. The...

101’ers, The

Primarily known as the band Joe Strummer was in before he joined The Clash, The 101'ers were part of the last wave of British...

10cc

Vocalist/guitarist Graham Gouldman was a songwriter of pop hits during the 1960s. Amongst his many compositions are some pure classics: For Your Love (The Yardbirds), No Milk Today (Herman's...

13th Floor Elevators

Featuring the yelping vocals and visionary - occasionally demented - lyrics of Roky Erickson, The 13th Floor Elevators were one of the original acid-rock...

1910 Fruitgum Company

The 1910 Fruitgum Company began life as Jeckell and The Hydes in New Jersey in 1965. They signed to Buddah Records in 1967 and released...

1927

1927 formed in Melbourne, Australia, in 1987. Guitarist and keyboardist Garry Frost had left Moving Pictures after their second album, Matinée (Frost had co-written Moving Pictures'...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...