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  (in credits order)

Gary Busey ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chuck Berry ... Himself (also archive footage)

Pat Boone ... Himself (also archive footage)
Ruth Brown ... Herself (also archive footage)

Ray Charles ... Himself (also archive footage)

Bo Diddley ... Himself (archive footage)

Fats Domino ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Haley ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Buddy Holly ... Himself (archive footage)

Louis Jordan ... Himself (archive footage)

Little Richard ... Himself (also archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself (The Doors)
Carl Perkins ... Himself (also archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Big Joe Turner ... Himself (archive footage)

Tina Turner ... Herself (also archive footage)
Muddy Waters ... Himself (archive footage)
Hank Williams ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Andrew Solt 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Solt 

Produced by
Quincy Jones .... executive producer
Robert B. Meyrowitz .... executive producer (as Bob Meyrowitz)
Jeffrey Peisch .... producer
Andrew Solt .... executive producer
Film Editing by
Tim Tobin 
Sound Department
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Kent Gibson .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Russell Frazier .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
David Park .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Michael Rivers .... assistant editor
Ray Wolf .... on-line editor
Other crew
David Auerbach .... production executive
David Naylor .... researcher
Mary Sherwood .... talent coordinator

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admirable beginning to series, 16 April 2007
Author: postmanwhoalwaysringstwice from usa

The ten episode series of documentaries, "The History of Rock & Roll" jumps off well with one entitled "Rock N Roll Explodes". During the sixty minute run of the program many legendary artists and otherwise recognizable names from the rock and R&B end of the music industry discuss the significance of the inception of rock music, as well as the possible meanings behind the phrase "rock & roll". The interview segments are intercut with a fantastic variety of archival footage from the true beginnings of rock music in the mid-1940's and early 1950's. This episode covers this period until the early years of Elvis Presley's popularity in the late 1950's. This first hour of the series shows promise for what should come from the following nine episodes, and stands as a good introduction to early rock music.

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