The recently announced partnership between LiSTNR and the BBC see the best of the BBC’s Pop Docs available on the LiSTNR app. From the legacy of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, to Kiss’s Gene Simmons, Kylie Minogue and the legendary David Bowie, the Pop Docs series reinforces SCA’s commitment to growing LiSTNR’s music programs and content.
The Pop Doc series is a collection of individual music documentaries that celebrate music as a living and developing art form. It includes Classic Singles: David Bowies Heroes, in which Blondie’s Debbie Harry explores Bowie’s towering, melancholic, anthem which is one of the most popular and influential singles ever released. This is not a countdown but an in-depth examination of the most important tracks of our time.
In Legends of Rock: Metallica, we hear the rollercoaster ride of music and emotions, all in the band’s own words from their wild early days to the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton in 1986, how they reached the top in the early 90s, and how challenging it was to remain there.
The BBC’s Steve Lemacq slices open the Kurt Cobain myth in After Nirvana – The Legacy of Kurt Cobain. The podcast tracks Cobain’s progress from his homeless teenage years, living under bridges and in friends’ living rooms, through his incubation in Seattle’s underground music scene, to mega-stardom, his death and the fall out afterwards – the fans, the lawyers and the corporate music industry.
In an in-depth interview, Kylie reveals all: The Language of Kylie details everything from Jason to Kermit, from pop princess to indie girl, and from hotpants to scorching singles, Jason Donovan, Pete Waterman and the Hit Factory, Michael Hutchence, escaping to the Deconstruction record label - this is Kylie on Kylie. The program also features the music of Kylie including her biggest hits.
Bohemian Rhapsody, Queens extravagant, existentialist six-minute pop production, first topped the charts in 1975. Rhapsody in Bohemia looks at how the song has become woven into our musical, visual and literary fabric. Other musicians and writers - including the classical singer Jane Manning, tribute band 'Freddie Mercury' Rob Comber, singer-songwriter (and unrepentant Queen fan) Andy Watts, film buff Tommy Pearson, broadcaster Andrew McGregor and the composer and former pop band member Joby Talbot - evaluate the song's cultural legacy in this award-winning feature.
Gene Simmons, bassist and founding member of Kiss – legendary for their pyrotechnics and theatrical stage shows – is known for his tireless work ethic, and his savvy business mind. In this BBC series I Love It Loud: The Gene Simmons Rock Show, he shares his passion for Classic Rock. Spinning tracks from Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Cream and Bon Jovi.
All these Pop Docs and other BBC programs are available now on the LiSTNR app.
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