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50 Years of Heavy Metal was a Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) documentary film series on the history of heavy metal musics, from proto-metal to 1970 to the modern era until went Isolation during COVID-19 pandemic. And it's narrated by Sam Dunn.

Summary

50 Years of Heavy Metal is broken down into episodes about a different piece of metal history, including punk and alternative music hybrid. The series includes interviews with and about Alice Cooper, Slash, Lemmy, Phil Collins, Arthur Brown, Meat Loaf, Ted Nugen Rob Zombie, members of UFO, Uriah Heep, Megadeth, Metallica, Anvil, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Yes, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Kreator, Testament, Diamond Head, Scorpions, Thin Lizzy, Quiet Riot, Anthrax, Slayer, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, Motorhead, The Stooges, MC5, ZZ Top, Blue Oyster Cult, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Foghat, Ministry, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Live, Candlebox, Silverchair, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Skid Row, Extreme, Hardline, Helix, Poison, Journey, Kansas, Status Quo, Nazareth, Bon Jovi, Europe, Faith No More, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Alice in Chains, Manowar, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, White Zombie, Korn, Godflesh, Slipknot, Lamb of God, Godsmack, Kittie, System of a Down, Disturbed, Shadow Falls, Avenged Sevenfold, Venom, Bathory, Bullet for My Valentine, White Whizzard, Nightwish, Cannibal Corpse, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Soilwork, The Haunted, Black Flag, The Saints, Green River, Screaming Trees, Melvins, Pantera, Carcass, Accept, Pennywise, Green Day, Blink-182 and more, including celebrites speaks out of their influences.

Interviews

  • Adele
  • Steven Adler
  • Don Airey
  • Al Atkins
  • Phil Anselmo
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Babymetal
  • Sebastian Bach
  • Roy Thomas Baker
  • Travis Barker
  • Jimmy Barnes
  • Blaze Bayley
  • Jack Black
  • Ritchie Blackmore
  • Jason Bonham
  • Albert Bouchard
  • Joe Bouchard
  • Eric Bloom
  • Dave Brock
  • Ronnie Burns
  • Steve Buscemi
  • Kate Bush
  • Geezer Butler
  • Nicholas Cage
  • Phil Campbell
  • Xavier Campbell
  • Jim Carrey
  • Dana Carvey
  • Richie Castellano
  • Johnny Christ
  • Eric Clapton
  • Les Claypool
  • Phil Collins
  • Jennifer Connelly
  • Alice Cooper
  • David Coverdale
  • Pete Criss
  • Tom Cruise
  • Ice Cube
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Jonathan Davis
  • Paul Day
  • Buck Dharma
  • Paul Di'Anno
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Bruce Dickinson
  • David Donato
  • Robert Donway Jr.
  • KK Downing
  • Fred Durst
  • Emilio Estevez
  • Rod Evans
  • Jerry Ewing
  • Neil Fairclough
  • Marianne Faithfull
  • Richie Faulkner
  • Paul Fenech
  • Flea
  • Brendan Fraser
  • Ace Frehley
  • Edward Furlong
  • Nick Fyffe
  • Synyster Gates
  • Bob Geldof
  • Boy George
  • Janick Gers
  • Ian Gillan
  • Girlschool
  • Seth Green
  • Dave Grohl
  • Alex Van Halen
  • Eddie Van Halen
  • Kirk Hammett
  • James Hetfield
  • Ian Hill
  • Glenn Hughes
  • Billy Idol
  • Scott Ian
  • Tony Iomni
  • Mick Jagger
  • John Jarratt
  • Joan Jett
  • Elton John
  • Brian Johnson
  • Jeff Jones
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Frankie Kazarian
  • Stephen King
  • Kings of Leon
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Chad Kroeger
  • Adam Lambert
  • Allen Lanier
  • Geddy Lee
  • Tommy Lee
  • John Legend
  • Alex Lifeson
  • Meat Loaf
  • Reinhold Mack
  • Rami Malek
  • Post Malone
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Brian May
  • Nicko McBrain
  • Paul McCartney
  • Rose McGowan
  • Molly Meldrum
  • Bret Michaels
  • Lea Michele
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Danny Miranda
  • Tony Moore
  • Steve Morse
  • Dave Murray
  • Mike Myers
  • Dave Navarro
  • Vince Neil
  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Nancy SInatra
  • Gene Odom
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Tim Owens
  • Jimmy Page
  • Ian Paice
  • Trey Parker
  • Mike Patton
  • Joe Perry
  • Steve Perry
  • Robert Plant
  • Jessica Pimentel
  • Prince Harry
  • Suzi Quatro
  • Jules Radio
  • Norman Reedus
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Rob Reiner
  • Mark Ribowsky
  • Margot Robbie
  • Kid Rock
  • Robert Rodriguez
  • Bobby Rondinelli
  • Axl Rose
  • Mickey Rourke
  • Normie Rowe
  • Jordan Rudness
  • Doug Sampson
  • Adam Sandler
  • Rudy Sarzo
  • Joe Satriani
  • M. Shadows
  • William Shatner
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Burke Shelley
  • Gene Simmons
  • Nick Simper
  • Eric SInger
  • Slash
  • Gregory Smith
  • Dee Snider
  • Penelope Spheeris
  • Rick Springfield
  • Paul Stanley
  • Ringo Starr
  • Tim Staffel
  • Jory Steinberg
  • Tony Stewart
  • Matt Stone
  • Dennis Stratton
  • Kasim Sulton
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Roger Taylor
  • Tommy Thayer
  • Thunderstick
  • Toto
  • Glenn Tipton
  • Scott Travis
  • John Travolta
  • Robert Trujillo
  • Joe Lynn Turner
  • Liv Tyler
  • Steven Tyler
  • Brendon Urie
  • Zacky Vengeance
  • Vinnie Vincent
  • Brooks Wackerman
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Bill Ward
  • Cliff Williams
  • Bruce Willis
  • Steve Winewood
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Angus Young
  • Lindy Young
  • Roy Z

Archives Interviews

  • Peter Allen
  • Tommy Bolin
  • John Bonham
  • David Bowie
  • Eri Carr
  • Steve Clark
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Chris Cornell
  • John Deacon
  • Ronnie James Dio
  • Peter Fonda
  • George Harrison
  • Sandy Harbutt
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Dennis Hopper
  • Mark St. John
  • Lemmy Kilmister
  • Sam Kinison
  • Bruce Kulick
  • Allen Lanier
  • John Lennon
  • John Lord
  • Freddie Mercury
  • George Michael
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Yoko Ono
  • Iggy Pop
  • Neil Peart
  • Steve Priest
  • Noel Redding
  • John Reid
  • Bill Rieflin
  • Little Richard
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Adam Schlesinger
  • Bon Scott
  • Triple H
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • Wendy O. Williams
  • Malcolm Young

Episodes

Pilot Season

# Title Year Period Genres Original airdate
1 The Creation of Music 14,000 BC-Pre 1964 Classical music, Folk music, Opera music, Orchestra
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2 Trailblazers of Blues 1890s-???? Blues music, Country blues, Delta blues, Electric blues, Gospel blues, Jazz music, jug band, ragtime, Spirituals, Work songs
Featured artists: Ma Rainey, Frank Stokes, Sleepy John Estes, Robert Wilkins, Joe McCoy, Casey Bill Weldon and Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Skip James, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson, Mamie Smith, Lucille Bogan, Bessie Smith, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson
3 The Bygone Broadways: Part 1 1905-1960s Jazz music, Gospel music, soul music
Featured artists: Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller
4 The Bygone Broadways: Part 2 Early 20th Century Traditional pop

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Featured films: King Kong (1933)

5 Antecedents: Part 1 1946-1955 Doo-wop, Memphis blues, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Traditional pop
Artists: Billy Haley, Joe Hill Louis, Willie Johnson, Pat Hare, James Cotton, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, The Platters
6 Antecedents: Part 2 1956-1963 Rock and Roll, Surf rock, Garage rock
Featured artists: Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Link Wray, Dick Dale, The Beach Boys, The Kingsmen, Them
7 The British Invasion Explodes 1957-1965 Beat music, British Blues, British rock and roll, Nederbeat
Featured artists: Alexis Korner, The Dave Clark Five, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Petula Clark, The Beatles, The Fortunes, Golden Earring, Chad & Jeremy, The Hollies, The Zombies, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies, The Honeycombs, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, The Animals, The Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithfull, Herman's Hermits, The Ivy League, The Hullaballoos, Small Faces
8 The Vietnam War 1962-1972 Folk rock, Psychedelic rock
Featured artists: Bob Dylan, Phil Orchs, Barry McGuire, Tom Paxton, The Animals, Nancy Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Donovan, Barry Sadler, Pete Seeger, Buffalo Springfield, Junior Wells, Joan Baez, The Monkees, Bob Seger System, The Byrds, The Doors, King Crimson, Steppenwolf, Ewan MaColl, Joni Mitchell, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Glen Campbell, The Plastic Ono Band, Ronnie Burns, Tommy James and the Shondells, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Guess Who, The Hollies, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Edwin Starr, Marvin Graye, Don McLean

Season One (1964-1970)

# Title Year Period Genres Original airdate
1 The Origins 1964-1967 Various
Featured artists: The Kinks, The Who, Lynynd Skynrd, Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, The Troggs, Small Faces
2 Peak Years of Garage Rock 1964-???? American garage rock
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3 Beat Boom Down Under 1964-1969 Australia beat music, Australian garage rock, Australian protopunk, Australian Rhythm and Blues
Featured artists: Bee Gees, The Easybeats, Little Pattie, Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Bobby & Laurie, Ray Brown & The Whispers, the Twilights, the Loved Ones, the Masters Apprentices, MPD Ltd, Mike Furber & The Bowery Boys, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, Max Merritt, Dinah Lee, Normie Rowe, The Groop, the Groove, The Wild Colonials, Lynne Randell, Johnny Young, John Farnham, Doug Parkinson, Russell Morris, Ronnie Burns, The Missing Links, Purple Hearts, Wild Cherries, The Creatures, and The Throb
4 Clapton is Gold 1965-1969 Various
Featured artists: John Mayall & the Bluebreakers, Cream, Blind Faith
5 Crossroad Blues 1965-1969 British blues rock, British hard rock, Electric blues
Featured artists: Jokers Wild, Stack Waddy, Steamhammer, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
6 Spaghetti on Wheels 1965-1971 Exploitation Films, Spaghetti western
Featured films: The Wild One (1953)A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965)Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Motorpsycho (1965), Django (1966), The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966), The Wild Angels (1966), Hallucination Generation (1967), Riot on Sunset Strip (1967)Teenage Mother (1967), The Love-Ins (1967), The Rebel Rousers (1967)The Trip (1967), The Born Losers (1967), Hell Angels on Wheels (1967), Something Weird (1967), Angels from Hell (1968), Just for the Hell of It (1968), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Psych-Out (1968), She-Devils on Wheels (1968)The Hellcats (1968), The Mini-Skirt Mob (1968), The Savage Seven (1968), Wild in the Streets (1968), Easy Rider (1969), Love Camp 7 (1969), Run, Angel, Run! (1969), The Big Cube (1969), The Sidehackers (1969)Hell's Belles (1969), Hell's Angels '69 (1969), Naked Angels (1959)Wild Angels (1969), Nam's Angels (1970)Angel Unchained (1970), C.C. and Company (1970)The Cycle Savages (1970), The Losers (1970)The Hard Ride (1971), They Call Me Trinity (1970)Chrome and Hot Leather (1971), Werewolves on Wheels (1971)
Mentioned Films: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), Them! (1954), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Godzilla (1954), Tarantula (1955)The Deadly Mantis (1957), The Fly (1958), The Giant Behemoth (1959), Gorgo (1961), Reptilicus (1961)Invasion of the Triffids (1962)Age of Consent (1969), Women in Cages (1971), Pink Flamingos (1972), Black Mama, White Mama (1973), Coffy (1973), Alvin Purple (1973), Caged Heat (1974), Foxy Brown (1974)Stone (1974), Death Race 2000 (1975), The Devil's Rain (1975), Plugg (1975), Switchblade Sisters (1975), Mad Max (1979), Roadgames (1981)Turkey Shoot (1982), Dead End Drive-In (1986), Wolf Creek (2004), Wild Hogs (2007), Rogue (2007), Death Proof (2007), Planet Terror (2007), Zombie Strippers (2008), Machete (2010), Django Unchained (2012)
7 The Jimi Hendrix Experience 1966-1970 Various
Featured artists: Curtis Knight and the Squires, Jimmy James and the Blue Flames, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fat Mattress, Road
8 Summer of Love 1967 Psychedelic rock, Folk rock
Featured artists: The Beach Boys
9 1968: Heavy Metal Thunder 1968
Featured artists: Steppenwolf, Blue Cheer, The Beatles, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
10 The New Yardbirds Refurbishment 1968-1969
Featured artists: Led Zeppelin
11 International Expansion 1969
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13 Black Sabbath and the Birth of Heavy Metal 1969-1970 Heavy Metal
Featured artists: Black Sabbath
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Season Two (1970-1975)

# Title Year Period Genres Original airdate
1 After the Sabbath: Part 1 1970 Various
Featured artists: Black Widow, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, Queen, Uriah Heep, Hawkwind, UFO, Lucifer's Friend, Steppenwolf, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Sir Lord Balitmore
2 After the Sabbath: Part 2 1970-1971 Various
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3 Stairway to Heaven 1970-1973 Various
Featured artists: Led Zeppelin
4 The Shrimp on the Barbie 1970-1973 Australian hard rock, Australian progressive rock, Australian pub rock
Featured artists: Tamam Shud, Chain, Tully, Spectrum, Tin Tin, Zoot, Blackfeather, Company Caine, Daddy Cool, Kahvas Jute, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs, Buffalo, Headband, Coloured Balls, Marcus Hook Rock Band, Ariel, Ayers Rock, Jeff St. John & Copperwire, Madder Lake, The Dingoes, The La De Da's, Ted Mulray Gang, Stevie Wright, Wendy Saddington
5 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 1971-1975 Heavy metal
Featured artists: Black Sabbath
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11 Class of 1973 1973
Featured artists: Aerosmith, Bahcman-Turner Overdrive, Cheap Trick, The Dictators, Journey, JPT Scare Band, Kiss. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montrose, New York Dolls, Primevil, The Stooges, Suzi Quatro, Vardis, Witchfynde, ZZ Top
12 Triple J and the Origins of Acca Dacca 1973-1975 Various
Featured artists: AC/DC, Cold Chisel, Skyhooks, Hush, Buster Brown, The Keystone Angels (Later as The Angels)
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Season Three (1975-????)

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1 Bohemian Rhapsody and Victim of Changes 1975-1977 British hard rock, British heavy metal, proto-power metal
Featured artists: Queen, Judas Priest, Rainbow, Scorpions
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3 Highway to Hell 1976-1979 Australian hard rock, Australian pub rock, Australian punk rock
Featured artists: AC/DC, Skyhooks, Little River Band, Richard Clapton, Ol' 55, Rose Tattoo, Jon English, Cheetah, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, The Angels, The Sports, Midnight Oil, The Radiators, Australian Crawl, Dragon, Ross Wilson's Mondo Rock, The Saints, Radio Birdman, Marcia Hines, Renée Geyer, INXS, Men at Work
4 Safety Pin Classics 1976-1978 British punk rock
Featured artists: The Ramones, The Damned, Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys
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Upcoming Episodes

  • Saftey Pin Classicas
  • Screamo in the Ears

Songs

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

  • Songs: "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)" by Queen, "Sweet Lover" by Queen, "Victim of Changes" by Judas Priest, "The Ripper" by Judas Priest, "Dreamer Deceiver/Deceiver" by Judas Priest, "Stagrazer" by Rainbow, "Starstruck" by Rainbow, "Catch a Train" by Scorpions, "Virgin Killer" by Scorpions
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