“Dancing In The Street”: the best rock-music documentary series?


The above is the ninth episode of “Dancing In The Street“, a ten-part BBC documentary series made in 1995, on the history of rock music. The above is just an example, but to me, it’s fucking enthralling. To see Alan Leeds, the Tour Manager for James Brown, talk about how Brown fined musicians for playing a bum note or missing Brown’s physical moves that prompted different responses from the musicians…it’s fun. Or how Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell met and fell in love (at first bite!) with George Clinton…brilliant. And how hip-hop started.

There’s a lot more to find of the series on YouTube, et cetera, but I dearly wish it’d be reproduced. It was only ever sold on VHS.

1. Whole Lotta Shakin’
2. Be My Baby
3. So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star
4. R.E.S.P.E.C.T
5. Crossroads
6. Eight Miles High
7. Hang On To Yourself
8. No Fun
9. Make It Funky
10. Planet Rock

Here’s a little playlist with a bunch of the episodes:

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