Sunday 4th May at 8.30pm
Whether you need a refresher course, or you’re simply too young to remember each era, this definitive BBC series will ensure instant promotion to pub-trivia genius on all things rock. Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack of a popular culture and defined each generation since the 60s, charting the story of rock music from the suburb to the stadium, from the crackly 45 to the MP3 download. Tonight, Alternative Rock 1980-1994. From America’s underground punk scene in the 1980s to the grunge explosion of the 90s, this episode traces the rise of alternative rock heroes like R.E.M. and Nirvana and unsung pioneers like The Pixies. Kurt Cobain, rock’s reluctant idol, is at the heart of this story… and his triumph and tragedy continues to cast a powerful shadow. Also featuring Black Flag, Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth and The Replacements.