25 Years of Rock

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25 Years of Rock
Genre Radio Broadcast
Running time 1 Hour
Country England
Language(s) English
Home station BBC 1
TV adaptations The Rock 'n' Roll Years
Producer(s) Trevor Dann
No. of episodes 25
Other themes "Oh Well" by Fleetwood Mac

25 Years of Rock was a 25-part radio series broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 22 June to 7 December 1980. Each hour-long episode featured music and news stories from a year, starting with 1955 and finishing with 1979. The series encapsulated the period from the birth of rock and roll in 1955 to the post-punk era of the late seventies, and charted social and political events with a rock soundtrack. The series was repeated in 1981 between 4 April (1955) and 19 September (1979). [1]

The series was produced by Trevor Dann. Its theme music was the instrumental section of "Oh Well" by Fleetwood Mac.[2]

Taking 1955 as its start – the year "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets hit the British Top 20 – the series focussed on music and the events up to 1979.

Related Media[edit]

"The Rock 'n' Roll Years" was a television show that was adapted from the radio show. It was aired on the BBC.[3][4]

An extended version, 30 Years of Rock, was on Radio 1 in 1985. This consisted of the original series plus five new episodes covering 1980 to 1984. “30 Years Of Rock” was broadcast on BBC Radio 1 from 1-2pm each week, between 20 April (1955) and 16 November (1984). A one-week gap was made due to the live broadcast of “Live Aid” on 13 July. The series was most recently repeated on BBC Radio 6 Music between 2 December 2014 and 3rd January 2015.

  • "25 Years of Rock"

A companion book by the same name was published by Hamlyn in 1980. (ISBN 0-600-37638-9)

Original broadcast dates[edit]

  • 1955 - 22/06/80
  • 1956 - 29/06/80
  • 1957 - 06/07/80
  • 1958 - 13/07/80
  • 1959 - 20/07/80
  • 1960 - 27/07/80
  • 1961 - 03/08/80
  • 1962 - 10/08/80
  • 1963 - 17/08/80
  • 1964 - 24/08/80
  • 1965 - 31/08/80
  • 1966 - 07/09/80
  • 1967 - 14/09/80
  • 1968 - 21/09/80
  • 1969 - 28/09/80
  • 1970 - 05/10/80
  • 1971 - 12/10/80
  • 1972 - 19/10/80
  • 1973 - 26/10/80
  • 1974 - 02/11/80
  • 1975 - 09/11/80
  • 1976 - 16/11/80
  • 1977 - 23/11/80
  • 1978 - 30/11/80
  • 1979 - 07/12/80

References[edit]

  1. ^ 25 years of rock bbc radio 1. google.com.np. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "» Timeline 1978 to 1992". radiorewind.com.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Watch The Rock 'n' Roll Years Free Online". ovguide.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Various– 25 Years Of Rock 'N' Roll 1981 - Volume 2". discogs.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013.