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There are some great documentaries. Particularly like the one about New York in the 70s which charted the birth of punk, disco and hip hop - Once Upon A Time In New York.
'How the squalid streets of '70s New York gave birth to music that would go on to conquer the world - punk, disco and hip hop.
In the 1970s the Big Apple was rotten to the core, yet out of the grime, grit and low rent space emerged new music unlike anything that had gone before.
Inspired by the Velvet Underground, a new wave of 'punk' rock emerged in lower Manhattan including The New York Dolls, The Ramones and the Patti Smith Group. Meanwhile, downtown loft parties held by gay New Yorkers heralded the birth of disco, which would eventually spawn the ultimate club for the privileged few: Studio 54. The swanky mid-town discos were out of bounds to black New York so in the Bronx DJs such as Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa created their own parties, heralding the birth of hip hop.
With David Johansen, Patti Smith, John Cale, Richard Hell, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Nile Rodgers, Chuck D, Tommy Ramone, Chris Stein, Fab 5. Freddy, Lenny Kaye, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, Syl Sylvain, Nicky Siano, David Mancuso, DJ AJ, David Depino, Jayne County, Leee Childers, Nelson George, Victor Bokris and Vince Aletti.'
^That's quite a list
the kraftwerk one the other night was alright (When paul morley wasn't on it)
they keep showing the same episode/compilation of old grey whistle test though
but I do find that sometimes the docs can be a bit weighted towards whatever bands they have BBC footage of (for the following '...at the BBC' programme) than those which are necessarily the most important / relevant / interesting.
to be fair to the Beeb, they did manage to get some of the most 'important' bands in to do sessions on (e.g.) OGWT or appear on ToTP.
very enjoyable though. Must be harder and harder to do those TOTP look-backs when half the presenters have turned out to be sex offenders.