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C4 commissions music docs for big gigs

C4 commissions music docs for big gigs
Pippa Considine
25 November 2013

Ten Alps, Sharp Jack Media and Somethin' Else are behind documentaries featuring as part of a raft of Channel 4 music programming for the autumn season celebrating rock, gay pop culture and folk.

December’s Rock Night will be introduced by Alice Cooper with his guide to being a rock star. This night of special programming will include 50 Years of Rock Excess: Amps, Whips and Rebel Riffs, a documentary which tells the story of how The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath spawned the rock genre and the the excessive lifestyle that went with it. Also featured will be musical talents Josh Homme, Andrew W.K. and Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward. Produced by Somethin' Else, the producer/director is Paul Bernays and the executive producer is Ian Sharpe.

Continuing the rock theme the channel will show Josh Homme's performance in Queens of the Stone Age at the 2013 iTunes Festival. Plus Queen Live at Wembley 1986.

Later in December, Queer as Pop (working title) from Sharp Jack Media details how the gay clubs and scene have inspired and influenced the music mainstream over the last 40 years. The documentary shows how music has been influenced by the political and social liberation of gay men, from the repealing of laws banning homosexuality leading to disco through to the David Bowie inspired New Romantics. Producer/ director is Nick Vaughan-Smith, executive producers are Elliot Johnson and Amanda Wilson.

Nile Rodgers, Paul Oakenfold, Jake Shears and Erasure’s Andy Bell will talk through the evolutionary music scene spanning disco, new romantics, house through to Gaga, and beyond.

As part of the night and continuing the theme of musical glitz and glamour two gigs from two acts with roots in the gay scene will air: Chic Feat Nile Rodgers Live at iTunes Festival and Kylie Showgirl Tour London 2006.

More 4 will celebrate how Folk became cool in a production by Ten Alps. Get Folked: The Great Folk Revival features Ade Edmondson, Bob Geldof, Frank Turner, Jake Bugg and Billy Bragg explain the enduring appeal of this music genre and why it’s recent resurgence is so perfectly timed. With acoustic performances from The Unthanks, Jake Bugg and Newton Faulkner. Produced and directed by Sam Bridger, with executive producer Neil Grant and editor Dave Atkinson.

To continue the folk celebration More 4 will be showing a folk special from the iTunes Festival that includes a compilation of the best folk and acoustic performances from this year’s festival with Jack Johnson, Jake Bugg, The Lumineers. As well as Big Easy Express, a feature documentary with folk stars Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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