The Series

The Rock Family Trees TV programmes, sadly, are not
available for purchase as DVDs (we are working on it)
although they are often repeated at odd hours.

12 programmes were made for BBC 2 in total.
50 minutes per programme.

First series, initially transmitted on BBC2 June/July 1995

THE FLEETWOOD MAC STORY

DEEP PURPLE PEOPLE
inc Rainbow, Whitesnake, Gillan

THE BRITISH R&B BOOM
with Yardbirds, Cream, Manfreds, Mayall, etc

THE BIRMINGHAM BEAT
inc the Move, Moody Blues, ELO, Wizzard

NEW YORK PUNK
with Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, NY Dolls, etc

NEW MERSEYBEAT
Echo & B’Men, Teardrop Explodes, Frankie GTH, Dead or Alive

Second series, initially transmitted on BBC2 Sept/Oct 1998

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
Mamas & Papas, Lovin’ Spoonful, Blood Sweat & Tears

SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH
Ozzy etc

THE MERSEY SOUND
Gerry & P’makers, Billy J Kramer, Searchers, Big Three, etc

BANSHEES & OTHER CREATURES
Siouxsie, Public Image, Adam & Ants, Slits, etc

THE PROG-ROCK YEARS
with Yes, ELP, Nice, Asia, Arthur Brown, Buggles, etc

MANCHESTER
with New Order, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Happy Mondays, Factory

Luckily public spirited fans have done their best to make up for
the absence of DVDs by chopping up some of the episodes
and putting them on youtube. So here we go. We bring you
just the first part of each of the programmes listed below, but
the rest of each of them can lovingly be stitched together from
clips on youtube. And who knows. If you search long enough
maybe you’ll find the others too.

Fleetwood Mac in five parts
Black Sabbath in six parts
Deep Purple in six parts
And God Created Manchester in five parts
The New Merseybeat in five parts
Banshees and Other Creatures in five parts

Fleetwood Mac

Black Sabbath

Deep Purple

And God Created Manchester

The New Merseybeat

The Banshees and Other Creatures


The Other Stuff
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Pete Frame’s Story

Pete FramePete Frame started drawing his Rock Family Trees in Zigzag, Britain’s first rock magazine, which he founded in 1969.

They subsequently appeared in Sounds, NME, Melody Maker and Rolling Stone, on album sleeves and CD inserts. BBC Television broadcast two series of Rock Family Trees – plus further programmes based on his Monty Python genealogy and his Manchester United family trees.

Several volumes of his collected works have been published by Omnibus Press.