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Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This hour-long made-for-television film starring The Beatles first aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the public and critics attacked the movie...

Marc

1 9 7 7 (UK) 6 x 30 minute episodes Following his mammoth success throughout the 70s with T. Rex, Marc Bolan's very own television pop show...

Midnight Special, The

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 8 1 (USA) Debuting on 2 February 1973, this Pop/Rock variety show aired on NBC from 12:30 AM to...

Mister Rock and Roll (1957)

There is very little story in this showcase vehicle for rock 'n' roll. Reporter Carole Hendricks (Lois O'Brien) is anxious for a story from DJ Alan Freed on...

Monkees, The

1 9 6 6 - 1 9 6 7 (USA) 28 x 25 minute episodes In an attempt to cash in on the popularity of The Beatles movies A Hard...

Monterey Pop (1971)

Monterey Pop was an excellent example of the definitive rock documentary movie in that it was able to stand back and film a concert and...

MTV

1 9 8 1 - Current (USA) The all-new 24-hour music video cable channel (originally commercial-free) debuted on 1 August 1981 with a transmission of The...

Nightmoves

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 4 (Australia) If Countdown was Australian music's televisual equivalent of AM radio, Nightmoves - which debuted on 13 May 1977 - was...

Oh Boy!

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 5 9 (UK) 38 x 25 minute episodes Everyone knows that Cliff Richard is hardly a bad boy, but back in 1958...

Old Grey Whistle Test, The

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 8 7 (UK) Late Night Line-Up's coverage of progressive rock outfits, alongside the expected jazz and classical ensembles, had...

Partridge Family, The

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 4 (USA) 96 x 30 minute episodes The Partridge Family was broadcast on ABC from 1970 to 1974. A modest...

Play It Cool! (1962)

A young heiress on a whirlwind tour of London's nightclubs with a rock & roll band learns the truth about the disreputable pop singer...

Pop Gear (1965)

There was no plot or story here, just a collection of lip-synched videos in colour from some of the bands that were part of...

Rage

1 9 8 7 - Current (Australia)

Ready, Steady, Go! 

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) For teenagers all over Britain, early Friday evenings were dominated by one programme - Ready, Steady, Go! -...

Revolver

1 9 7 8 (UK)8 x episodes Peter Cook played himself as the manager of a converted ballroom in this short-lived new wave style pop and...

Right On

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 7 8 (Australia) Music show Right On aired on Australia's Channel Ten at 4.00pm (sometimes 4.30) on weekdays, right after Bugs...

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)

Rock 'n' Roll High School is a musical comedy - a genre that all but died out in the 1960s. However, a soundtrack featuring The...

Rock All Night (1957)

When a pair of killers take refuge in a bar it takes the little man with the big chip on his shoulder to disarm...

Rock Arena

1 9 8 2 - 1 9 8 8 (Australia) This Aussie live music show, produced in Perth and broadcast on the ABC, was hosted by...

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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...