The Joy of the Guitar Riff and Queen fashion in documentaries – coming soon





Music continues to sit at the heart of BBC Four’s story. Two new seasons sees the channel come together with BBC Radio to celebrate country music and music and fashion, as well as introducing an exciting new live strand that celebrates some of the greatest music venues in the UK….

The Joy of the Guitar Riff,
BBC4 60 minutes

The riff is the DNA of rock ’n’ roll, a telling Rubik’s cube of repetitive simplicity and fiendish complexity that provides the hook on which the history of rock is built.

Think Johnny B Goode, You Really Got Me, Smoke On The Water, Beat It and so many more.

This documentary is a celebration of this key building block of rock ’n’ roll, charting the evolution of the riff from the 50s to the present day, around 10 game-changing moments. Along the way, it discovers the evolutionary leaps made by the likes of Hank Marvin and Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine before winding up at every football terrace’s favourite riff, the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.

The cast includes Brian May, Tony Iommi, Joan Jett, Nancy Wilson, Robert Fripp, Dave Davies, Nile Rodgers, Hank Marvin, Tom Morello, Lita Ford, Kevin Shields, Richard Hawley and many more.

Also of interest….

Around London Fashion Week this September, BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music collaborate to create a bespoke collection of programming that celebrates the intimate relation between music and fashion. Central to the season is Oh You Pretty Things! (w/t), a three-part television series from Oxford Scientific Films, explores the relationship between British rock and pop music and the fashions that have accompanied it. From the mid-60s to the early 90s, it examines these two aspects of British creativity and identity through Cilla Black’s Biba dresses, Bowie’s androgynous glamour, Zandra Rhodes flamboyant designs for Queen, the Sex Pistols’ ripped-up style, the immaculate detailing of Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Siouxsie Sioux’s goth extravagance. Moving onto the highly-styled 80s music videos and the urban streetwear and club culture trends which followed in the 90s, the series looks at the enduring legacy which is still influencing artists, designers and the high street today.

It features artists and fashion gurus from the heart of the scene including Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki, Sex Pistol’s Glen Matlock, Jazzie B, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, Zandra Rhodes, Andy Mackay of Roxy Music, and Warren Gold plus many more. Each episode will be soundtracked by a 6 Music presenter, using their expertise of music with an alternative spirit to showcase the social history, sounds and looks from the decades covered. And the season will feature tailored programming and special guests across 6 Music exploring further the themes of the series.

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