KINGS OF GLAM ? BILLING AND PRESS SUMMARY
BBC One ? Friday, March 3rd 10.35pm
?Kings of Glam? profiles the leading men (and one ballsy woman) behind many of the greatest Glam classics. Liza Tarbuck tells the story of MARC BOLAN, DAVID BOWIE, NODDY HOLDER, BRYAN FERRY, ELTON JOHN and SUZI QUATRO.
With a feast of glittering archive and a soundtrack of songs that remain some of pop?s most foot-stomping anthems, the programme celebrates one of the most colourful eras in British pop music.
The early 70s British music scene saw the discovery of a new teenage audience. The kids had had enough of the hippy, peace-loving musical brigade: they wanted their own style of music ? something they could dance to, something they could stomp to, and they wanted to see their pop stars having fun. More than just a style of music, Glam was an entire art form in and of itself ? the visual performance was every bit as enjoyable and evocative as the sound.
These rising stars had no intention of leading pedestrian lives: they wanted to be special, and escape the suburban life which was the lot of their peers. With a new freedom of sexuality in the air, it was time to dip into the dressing up box and indulge in some serious dabbling between the sexes. The boys were wearing make-up, and one woman in particular was proving that she could rock with the best of them.
Glam was simple, flash and throw-away?and from 1971 to 1975 it injected more fun into the pop mainstream than people knew what to do with.
The programme includes interviews with Noddy Holder & Suzi Quatro, fans Vic Reeves, Marc Almond, Kiki Dee & Alice Cooper and industry insiders including producer Tony Visconti, songwriter Mike Chapman & photographer Mick Rock.