After nine hours of the occasionally spotty, but nonetheless quality, documentary series "The History of Rock & Roll" things fall apart with the final installment, "Up from the Underground". Surely it paves the path that the series began with Fats Domino and James Brown to the contemporary hip-hop scene, but not only does it completely abandon it's own definition of rock music (Madonna is rock?) it also spends some time exploring MTV's impact on the music industry. This cursory examination of MTV and groundbreaking hip-hop leaves out a sizable chunk of rock music, especially "underground" and college radio music that might have been expected by the title. This is disjointed, uninspired, and downright boring viewing that is a poor excuse for a final act to the series.
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