Heroes of Rock and Roll (1979 TV Movie)
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Remember, this is before MTV, before the multitude of cable channels, and before even a million VCRs had been sold. This program was a true "blast from the past" because we'd not seen ANY of these clips since they'd ORIGINALLY aired! Considering disco was just loosening its deathgrip on the airwaves in 1979, this was WONDERFUL!
Most of the music pieces were short clips, but with only two hours (even less, since it had commercials) this program took rock from the raw beginnings to the top. (And back down, since it was released in 1979, meaning you experience Kiss, disco, and the beginnings of Punk).
But the rare footage of Chuck Berry and Elvis are exceedingly well done, and the treatment of 50's garage bands and 60's Folk Rock are wonderful. The Beatles and the British Invasion get lots of coverage, as well as the Stones. If you enjoy soul, it is all there, including a clip of Otis Redding from his last studio performance.
I have all the "big name" later releases - The 10 volume "History of Rock," Rolling Stone's "History," the six hour "Roots of Rock and Roll" put out a few years later, and various others. "Heroes" is CLEARLY the BEST Rock and Roll Documentary EVER.