How did rock and roll become a multibillion dollar business and wind up as the sound of eternal youth? In this three-part BBC documentary
, Born to Be Wild: The Golden Age of American Rock,
all the strings are pulled together in a mostly smart video history of the rock album and tour. If there's a knock, some of the history seems built more around the artists they could get on camera rather than accurate research. Nevertheless, interesting stuff.Here's
Part 1 on the 1960s... Here's
Part 2 on the 1970s...
Part 3 on the 1980s...
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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