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♪ everybody wants to rule the world ♪ ♪ rap is probably the most cultural event in the history of america. and a whole new generation of freaks. >> what guys seem to get off on. they like these high-energy sort of events. >> unless you are your sights and sounds, you can bet your bottom we got them, baby. >> unless you've been living in a sealed cave, you probably noticed that america's latest craze is disco dancing. >> this is punk rock, its purpose is to promote violence, sex and destruction in that order. >> rock and roll is pure stamina! ♪
>> jim morris, the lead singer for the rock music group, is dead. he was 27. t early years in music was sad because you lose people and you lose the beatles. >> this small gather something only the beginning. the event is so momentous that historians may one day view it as landmark in the decline of the british empire -- the beatles are breaking up. >> it was like a death for a lot of people. rock and roll as we understood in the 1960s was no longer with us. >> well, there will never be another beatles, never. >> you might know i lost my old band or i left it. ♪ imagine there's no heaven ♪ it's easy if you try
>> for so long, you kind of waited for the next beatles album to see where the music was going. and we just hoped that the music they would come up with individually would be that good. >> and i don't no longer have to, need the beatles album, you better go write 20 songs by tomorrow. i just write when i feel like it. >> you've been called the dragon lady who took the beatles apart. >> can we please give the credit for all the nice music that george made and ringo made and i made since we broke up. she did it. >> the fact is that yoko ono did not break up the beatles. time broke up the beatles, money broke up the beatles. business broke up the beatles. the desire to go off and do their own stuff broke up the beatles. >> he's a fleshier, heavier beatle these days. respectively married. and when the kids come to his concerts, they don't scream anymore. they listen.
the significant thing is both john lennon and paul mccartney made music in their own particular ways that was focused on the fact that they were deeply in love with a woman. ♪ but i'm not the only one >> mccartney went home and made the record where he plays all the instruments on his own. this kind of cozy domesticity, beautiful, wonderful, warm music. >> it's going to look roughly like this. this is our first showing of it. >> this is just the mock-up, folks. >> the new album. >> it's going to be called ringo's reviewer. >> i sell records, it doesn't matter if they've got the beatles or not. if they don't like the record, they won't buy it, you know? >> ringo, who to this day, people dismiss way too much, has tremendous success in the '70s and george harrison, who had been stockpiling these amazing songs, explodes like a supernova on an album called "all things must pass." may be the greatest solo album of all. ♪ you don't need no password and you don't need no reason ♪
>> over the years i had such a lot of stockpile of songs i wanted to do. i only had two tunes per album. >> were you held down by the other fellows? >> well very subtly, yes. ♪ ♪ alone in the pouring rain >> i would just like to thank you all for coming here. as you all know, it's a special benefit concert. ♪ >> ravi shankhar said a terrible thing is happening in bangladesh what can we do? that cated the first major superstar benefit concert ever done. >> the concert for bangladesh was the grandaddy of all issue-themed concerts. not only did you get george harrison, you got eric clapton. it got dylan out of hiding. it put two beatles on the stage again.
>> it was unparalleled at the time and it may still be unparalleled. ♪ >> a great deal of music of the '70s was people who succeeded in the '60s, finding new ways to express themselves in the '70s. >> have you any idea why your group particularly has lasted as long as it had? >> because we stay together i suppose. >> for a few years, the rolling stones had taken a lot of casualties. >> even brian felt like he wasn't going to be around. not everybody makes it. >> they were fighting for like where do we secure our foothold now? ♪ >> 1971, the rolling stones leave their home for tax
purposes to go live in france. and record this record. exile on main street. in a very hot, uncomfortable, muddy sounding studio. ♪ >> that record is the embodiment of a band making masterpieces on a daily basis. and i remember reading the review saying this was look a debauched album, i didn't know what debauched means, but i got to get some of this debauchery stuff. ♪ >> having come out of the '60s which was its own animal. the '70s had to show its old skin, it had to shed the old one.
♪ ooh yeah >> i was never very confident of my voice as a singer. i thought rather than just sing, which would probably bore the pants off everybody. i would like to kind of, portray the songs. ♪ and i turn myself but face me ♪ ♪ and i never caught a glimpse >> david bowie has been a game changer. he has taken the promise of rock that the beatles kicked off and taken it all sorts of interesting places for others to follow. ♪ ch-ch-changes ♪ ch-ch-changes ♪ pretty soon you're going to get older ♪ ♪ time may change me ♪ but i can't change time ♪ i said that time may change me but i can't trace time ♪
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♪ oh make me feel good rock 'n' roll band i'm your biggest fan ♪ california i'm coming home >> you look to the horizon that you want to move toward. and that horizon was here in l.a. >> that's whe reere th companies were. there was lots of sun. >> the way i got tcalifornia was just really simple, i got there in a '57 chevy by skipping my finals that year in college. >> virtually nobody was from southern california. they're all drawn to the light. and the light is the troubadour club. >> things happened gradually until we played the troubadour club in los angeles. we hold 250 people. happened on the first night. >> every great songwriter, came through, jackson brown, j.d., linda ronstadt, joanie mitchell, james taylor. the big sea change was people writing their own songs and expressing themselves. >> is it difficult to reveal it constantly to so many people. why do you do this?
>> i feel an obligation to people and to myself to share myself, maybe as honestly as i can. ♪ i left my folk and friends with the aim to clear my mind out ♪ ♪ well i hit the rowdy road and many kinds i met there many stories told me all the ways to get there ♪ ♪ ooh ♪ so on and on i go ♪ the seconds tick the time out ♪ ♪ there's so much left to know well i'm on the road to find out ♪ >> everyone was just trying to do whatever came into their head. >> in the early days paul and i we wanted to be the group from england. they were very big those days. >> we had no idea who the people were, the mysterious mr. king
was. he wrote all these songs, chains the beatles did, and i'm into something good. we did discover this remarkable woman, carole king. >> carole king made the transition from being behind the scenes woman to a star in her own right. ♪ i feel the earth move under my feet ♪ ♪ i feel the sky tumbling down ♪ i feel my heart start to tremble when ever you're around ♪ >> carole king is the embodiment of what happens. because in the '60s she is trying to write hit songs for other people. then in the '70s with "tapestry" it's the definition of an album of self-expression. let me go into my house in laurel canyon and tell you about my life. >> after church you always went out for pancakes. if you were lucky enough to ride in one of the girl's cars, you
know what you are listening to? "tapestry." ♪ >> there were a lot of very important women whether were some of the most significant writers in music at the time. >> we are going to do a song written by john david sausser, a favorite california songwriters and one of my favorite singers. it's called "faithless love." >> she was in many ways my greatest collaborator. i became a professional song writer because of the best voice of my generation was doing my songs. ♪ faithless love ♪ like a river flows rops ain drg ♪ >> f my money, linda is still underrated just for sheer singing power and style and emotion.
♪ and the night falls in like a cold dark wind faithless love ♪ ♪ like a river >> there have been articles and things that identify me with the l.a. sound, me, jackson brown and the eagles. we need some new blood in this town. we're starting to get stale. ♪ ♪ but you love to love her >> the original fleetwood mac was a four-piece full-on blues band. >> an english band that became the dual citizenship band. they were as american as they were british. ♪ ever know taken by the wind
>> we had an album out, two years out, the buckingham nicks. nick really liked the music. they asked us to join. ♪ >> fleetwood mac, first, stevie and lindsey album for sure changed our lives. ♪ fomd arrived.♪ >> beside being rich and famous in california. >> this is it, kid. ♪ freedom ♪ freedom ♪ forever ♪ ever ♪ >> the records sometimes bore an audience. they're not going to have another hit. or this one isn't as good as that.
>> record companies, like frothing at the mouth, the image of the band was becoming a whole thing. so we were getting ready to make rumors with everyone falling apart. ♪ if loving you isn't the right to do ♪ ♪ how can i ever change things that i feel ♪ >> the band is five people, five independent, quite strong-minded quite stubborn individuals. ♪ if i could baby i'd build you my world ♪ >> two lovely couples, john and chris married. their marriage was on the rocks. and stevie and lindsey might as well have been married. that all was falling apart. ♪ you can go your own way ♪ go your own way ♪ you can call me under the lonely day ♪ >> we were testifying. and "rumors" became the church.
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us. ♪ when i had to tell myself that i didn't want you around ♪ ♪ no pretty face to standout in a crowd ♪ >> how long you been singing? >> three years. >> see you went to grab it right away. snatch it right out of my hand. >> michael was precocious, he knew hwas cute you would watch him go from that to cmanding a stage in front of 15,000 people. amazing. ♪ ooh baby give me one more chance ♪ ♪ won't you please let me back in your heart note ♪ ♪ oh darling i've been trying to let you go ♪ >> the only american group to have four consecutive number one records. ♪ oh oh oh ♪ i want you back >> for the first time young black kids had their beatles. >> you don't know.
the jackson five. >> that's us. and that's no jive. >> the jacksons were the last act from the classic mowtown hitsville system. >> motown was unique. record companies were run by businessmen. we had a music man at the helm. berry gordy was a songwriter. ironically, he was trying to make the best music in the world. >> here he was trying his best to make black music that would cross over to the white world. ended up making the greatest black music ever. >> he created a machine. where you take the artist, polish them up. and a great package they can play the "ed sullivan show." and kill. >> marvin gaye wanted to be frank sinatra. >> he was svelte, clean haven. shaven. and all that changed in the '70s. >> why can't i make a record
like the beatles? i'm selling records like they sell. why can't i have that artistic expression? ♪ punish me with brutality ♪ talk to me ♪ when you can see ♪ what's going on ♪ what's going on ♪ yeah what's going on ♪ tell me what's going on ♪ ooh >> marvin gaye was affected by the vietnam war. his brother was in vietnam. he is hearing all these stories about what is going on over there. he sees the protests here and it changed him. >> he holds up a more are to america, mirror to america. look at yourselves, america. >> he is talking about the war, poverty. marvin is an artist that berry gordy is not super happy about. ♪ everybody thinks we're wrong they do ♪ >> initially, berry did not want
marvin to do "what's going on." >> motown was supposed to be nonthreatening and you have marvin gaye making a protest record about the war. that could ruin good money. you don't lightly talk about the government. ♪ yeah, i want to know what's going on right now ♪ >> ultimately when he agrees to put out "what's going on," berry tells marvin, okay, if you're right, i'll learn something. if i'm right, you will learn something. and of course, as berry will say, i learned something. >> every artist at motown was suddenly also wanting to try their chance at freedom. >> when people say, so, they put you in one category. they say, he is a soul artist. that's all they expect for you to sing. that's all they want you to sing. that's not true. soul is being able to express yourself.
>> stevie wonder negotiated his creative freedom. and he used every bit of it. ♪ every superstition ♪ writing's on the wall >> stevie wonder making some of the greatest records anyone has ever made in popular music in america, back to back to back. ♪ writing's on the wall >> it's the equivalent of shooting a perfect shot from half court with your eyes closed. oh, he made it. music in my mind. oh, my god he did it. and then suddenly -- oh, my god, he did it. and then he is on ricki lake. ♪ >> what the beatles did in the '60s i feel stevie wonder was the person to dot for music in the '70s.
♪ [ applause ] >> hi there, welcome aboard. you are right on time for a beautiful trip on "the soul train." if the sight and soul is your pleasure, what is your pleasure? and what's your treasure? bet your bottom we got them, baby. >> "soul train" finally offered america its first view of afrocentricity. a new idea to say black is beautiful. >> we ran home from church to see "soul train." it was the one reliable place to see the artists you loved. >> there's no question soul train broke a lot of artists and introduced a lot of artists to audiences that they had never performed for. ♪ >> ten years before he did the moon walk, michael jackson debuted the robot in 1973 on "soul train."
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rock, music that infuriated so many people in the '50s and '60s. the music so many people thought was too loud, vulgar, somehow dangerous to our marls. rock has not only refused to go away. it's become an institution. ♪ hart was a big deal. because in the decade dominated by a type of rock 'n' roll that rhymes with rocknd begins with a "c," but i won't go on further. they were willing to play with the guys and succeed on their terms. >> the stuff from the '60s, that's way too hippy now we have to up it a notch. ♪ >> the audience had come to
expect a better standard of performance. a better quality of lighting and sound and staging. they have come to expect a show. ♪ we still have time and i still defy a troublemaker on a high ♪ >> the groups became more theatrical. they realized just giving them the music isn't enough. we have to give them something to look at. >> mr. naked people. more misbehavior, more over the top stuff going on. just, just more. ♪ oh ♪ no time >> playing stadiums was too unreal. it would just be a sea of faces into infinity. ♪ with your sweet bag of lies ♪ crazy crazy crazy ♪ oh yeah ♪ crazy >> stadium tours put a lot of
people near music. what they also do is force the musicians to play to the back of the hall. in the '70s that distance between the performer stage and that audience grew. if you went to any big arena rock shows, it was always about the star up here and the audience down here. and this sort of, iconography of the rock star as this huge figure. ♪ crazy crazy on you >> it was bound to happen but it comes as a shock nevertheless. in a poll taken by a leading pop music magazine in england, the beatles came in second. the most popular rock group in england today is led zeppelin. >> in their 20s, they're rich, powerful, temperamental, and pampered. they're led zeppelin, the group on tour, where they're nearly as big as nothing, zeppelin is very big.
to get around, zeppelin uses a chartered 707. the kind of plane president nixon uses. ♪ the president's plane doesn't have an organ or 15-foot mirrored bar or in private quarters two bedrooms and a fireplace. >> i'm a bit upset it doesn't have a pool table on board. apart from that i think this is the best way to travel. >> americans are now spending $2 billion a year on music. that's $700 million more than the movie industry grosses from about three tis the amount of money taken in by all spectator sports. >> i'm telling you rock 'n' roll is no different than ibm, xerox, sara lee, chevrolet, supply and demand, it's the same business. >> rock 'n' roll had been a gritty novelty business. it was not the center of the world in the '50s and '60s. in the '70s it becomes the main event.
it has repercussions in all sort of positive and negative ways. >> the total cost of this tour is $3.5 million. now the gross of the tour is in the region of $11 million. so -- yeah, it's a living. >> it was so decadent and over the top and money just -- whoo -- being thrown against the wall. >> feel like a hypocrite, if you are consistently up voccing the idea of young people, bouncing off the idea of young people, taking young people's money and putting it in your pocket, you know, and really what you are is a middle-aged family man. and it is only the hypocrisy i'm worried about. ♪ >> bruce springsteen was trying to reclaim the soul of rock 'n' roll by going back to basics. >> using him from the past and being discarded at that point. ♪ every day you sweat out on the streets on the wrong way ♪
>> using a sound that was not on the radio. and not what was mainstream rock. ♪ on a highway now ♪ stepping out over the line ♪ whoa >> bruce springsteen created his own counterculture. it just speaks exactly to the american spirit. you couldn't hit it on the head more than bruce springsteen did. ♪ baby we were born to run ♪ yeah yes we were >> "born to run" was a statement in the middle of the '70s. the cover of "time" and "newsweek." >> bruce didn't like it at the time. me on the other hand. my friend is on the cover of "newsweek." this is cool. >> when "born to run" comes out in 1975 it is the desire to escape the claustrophobia of the
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i thought that was one of the most utopian scenes i had ever encountered in music. >> mancuso is one of the guys who took the art form of playing the records and how he curated the records. >> he may play an isaac hayes record. he may play a salsa record. it wasn't so much about a style as it was an an aesthetic of music. >> you can go up and down. you can get high. and stay here all night. >> why are people dancing again? i wish i knew. but i'm glad it's happening. ♪ >> what we now know as disco really starts with a band called the tramps. the drummer, earl young, invents the idea with eight on the high
hat. so everything is -- ♪ burn baby burn >> that's the sound of disco. ♪ burn baby burn ♪ burn baby burn >> i loved disco. i always loved dance music anyway. whatever i did as a producer was always danceable. >> we need the melody. >> george meroudder working out of munich, put together technology and soulful vocalists. donna summer being the biggest embodiment. and they make some of the biggest records of all time. ♪ ooh love to love you baby ♪ ooh love you love you baby >> "love to love you baby" was four minutes of singing. 14 minutes of -- a lot of not singing. ♪ oh love to love you baby ♪ oh love you love you baby >> i always wondered for the life of me was he just in the
booth, more passion more -- >> actuashoolly i verybody out of the studio, switched the lights off, made sure that the tape is running, and i said, okay, let's do it. and i think she did it in ten minutes. ♪ oh >> the donna summer records were some of the biggest records of all time. and they kicked off a revolution. ♪ >> unless you have been living in a sealed cage you probably noticed america's latest craze is disco dancing. that's dancin' without the g. >> fluffy, where have you been?
♪ i want to put on my my my my my boogie shoes and dance with you ♪ >> what they generate with the records, we are talking about an estimated 4 billion, with a b, $4 billion a year. >> i remember really being upset about this word disco. it was r & b music to me. i felt like they stripped it and gave it a new name and weren't giving credit where i think the credit was supposed to go. >> to bring that -- to bring that sound in that's great. one, two, three, four. >> the beegees always liked r&b and soul. >> they were pop stars too. they really got the zeitgeist of what was going on. ♪ ah ah ah ah staying alive ♪ ah ah ah ah staying alive [ applause ] >> this is the scene outside a new york disco called studio 54. this is the place that's in with the disco crowd. >> i have been to goat ropings
and space shots. i've been a lot of strange places and seen a lot of strange thing, but nothing stranger than studio 54 at the height of its popularity in the '70s. ♪ >> it's where you come when you want to escape. it is really escapism. >> in the front door of that spot was insane. i sometimes would walk by to watch the people not get in. because that was fun, too. >> oh, you are not shaved. no way you can get in. it doesn't matter if you are not shaved. listen, just go home. >> you had to be selected. you had to be chen to get in. we cat let in everybody who wants to comin. i wish we cod. ♪ oh freak out >> the great sheik, go to studio 54 to get in. and they don't. so they write a song. ♪ i guess you heard about the new batch craze ♪
♪ listen to us i'm sure you'll be amazed ♪ >> studio 54 rejected them. the part where they say freak out. actually began as something else. ♪ freak out >> it went from something off to freak off to being freak out. ♪ just come on down to the 54 ♪ out on the floor ♪ oh freak out ♪ no freak so chic >> that was probably the best thing that ever came out of studio 54, was that song. >> disco was a revolutionary force. >> probably the best thing that ever came out of studio 54 was that song. >> disco was a revolutionary force. funk marries disco and it lead to hip-hop.
>> it's 1979, i heard "good times" come on. i kept hearing somebody talk over the song. ♪ you don't stop ♪ bring it what you hear ♪ ♪ the beat and me and the groove and my friend are going to try to move your feet. >> that's where hip-hop gets its name from. >> we didn't know the name of the song was called rapper's delight. >> so when people talk about it what's that hip-hop song and it was the first hip-hop song to crack the top 40. it changed everything. >> rapper's delight 1979 opens this incredible door to the last new american art form which is hip-hop. but then i talked to my doctor about humira,
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coming back. it's garage rock. it's minimalist and very often it's loud and obnoxious. ♪ >> punk rock was so f'ing scary to us because here we are with our big majestic songs and here comes punk. ♪ >> the ramones get started as a reaction of everything else going on. people see them and go this is the answer. ♪ let's go >> this is how rock and roll is supposed to be done. >> how should it be done? >> no pyrotechnics. it's pure rock and roll. pure guts. pure stamina.
♪ >> real and raw and there's no crap involved as opposed to the standard schlap we hear on the top 40. >> it reminds us of one part of a wider new york scene. >> patty smith -- >> i'm an artist. the new york dolls. >> the dead police. >> rock and roll anybody can play. >> and richard hell. >> richard hell cut his own hair. ripping his clothes and safety pinning them together. >> he was king of the punks. the safety opinion thing is his. it's pretty clear he invented that. >> ultimately the united states es a musical aberration. statemenwhat music is. in england punk rock is not a musical statement. it's a social one. >> if punk has a home territory
it's here on kings road, the same street that launched the miniskirt and the swinging '60s. >> what's this like? >> nothing. ain't got me a job. >> there isn't any future for a kid now. i mean there isn't. >> there is an anger and frustration that drove punk rock on and got a lot of young people behind it. ♪ >> you are said to be a political group. >> yeah. some have said it. it's true. >> maybe we would be singing about loving and kissing. >> the clash is the best of the lot. doesn't sound like traditional punk but doesn't sound like anybody else either.
>> punk was a wide umbrella and that wider scene included people who were more complex in their musical performance style. people won't buy something that you call it punk. they might buy it if you call it new wave. >> you hear about punk rock these days. can we have your thoughts on that? >> it's best to call it a new wave, really. by defining it as punk you're automatically putting a boundary on what's possible. bands like talking heads are excellent. >> talking head can was the ultimate college band. they did a sophisticated, spiky music that reflected who they were. it particularly reflected the fascinating individual david burn would emerge to become. >> i wrote a song about urban guerillas and about their daily lives instead of about their politics. ♪ >> this area of new wave music is where stars of the 1980s are going to come from.
>> what makes the '70s so special is that there's still a sense of naivete, the innocence that music could really make a difference in your life. ♪ >> you pick any genre you like and the best music made in that genre was made in the 1970s. you'll have a hard time proving me wrong. >> what was great about a me decade, it allowed the greatest artists of or times to do some of their greatest work because they were really exploring. that's as deep as popular art ever gets. ♪