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British Rock: The First Wave (1985)

A history of the rise of rock and roll in England from the 1950's through 1970 and its effects on American popular music.


Patrick Montgomery


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Credited cast:
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Rolling Stones ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Who ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Hollies ... Themselves (archive footage)
Manfred Mann ... Themselves (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Animals ... Themselves (archive footage)
Cream ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Dave Clark Five ... Themselves (archive footage)
Gerry and the Pacemakers ... Themselves (archive footage)
Herman's Hermits ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Kinks ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Yardbirds ... Themselves (archive footage)


A history of the rise of rock and roll in England from the 1950's through 1970 and its effects on American popular music. Includes performances by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Freddy and the Dreamers, Manfred Mann, The Hollies, Cream and others. Narrated by Michael York Written by Patrick Montgomery

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1985 (USA) See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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Riding The Wave...
2 October 2007 | by newkflSee all my reviews

I thought this was a great collection of young rock 'n' roll artists from the fifties and sixties. It was fun to see bands like The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones before they became household names today. These bands were so young, with long hair and just appealed to the crowds with their types and styles of music. The video was mostly in black and white and I could appreciate some of the great quality that was used back in that time. I think one of the best shots in the video was when it catapulted to the present and was making comparisons of how the rock 'n' roll music was affecting the United States of America. The United States would certainly become the focal point because this was were those bands would get the riches, fame and fortune that they worked so hard to achieve. This video was a great look back at old school rock 'n' roll and I really enjoyed it.

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