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Heroes of Rock and Roll (1979)



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Credited cast:
Jeff Bridges ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Berry ... Himself (archive footage)
Fats Domino ... Himself
Bill Haley ... Himself (archive footage)
Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Muddy Waters ... Himself (archive footage)


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Documentary | Music







Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los héroes del Rock and Roll See more »

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Solt/Leo Productions See more »
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Best Rock and Roll Documentary EVER.
28 November 2004 | by rgifford-1See all my reviews

"Heroes" marked the 25th anniversary of the birth of Rock and Roll, and it brought footage out of the vault that hadn't seen the light of day since it was originally aired. Better yet, it re-mastered most of them so the quality was top notch.

Remember, this is before MTV, before the multitude of cable channels, and before even a million VCRs had been sold. This program was a true "blast from the past" because we'd not seen ANY of these clips since they'd ORIGINALLY aired! Considering disco was just loosening its deathgrip on the airwaves in 1979, this was WONDERFUL!

Most of the music pieces were short clips, but with only two hours (even less, since it had commercials) this program took rock from the raw beginnings to the top. (And back down, since it was released in 1979, meaning you experience Kiss, disco, and the beginnings of Punk).

But the rare footage of Chuck Berry and Elvis are exceedingly well done, and the treatment of 50's garage bands and 60's Folk Rock are wonderful. The Beatles and the British Invasion get lots of coverage, as well as the Stones. If you enjoy soul, it is all there, including a clip of Otis Redding from his last studio performance.

I have all the "big name" later releases - The 10 volume "History of Rock," Rolling Stone's "History," the six hour "Roots of Rock and Roll" put out a few years later, and various others. "Heroes" is CLEARLY the BEST Rock and Roll Documentary EVER.

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