(May 25, 2004 – Burbank, CA) – This summer, America will celebrate fifty years of rock ‘n’ roll, and Warner Home Video (WHV) has the ultimate DVD to mark the momentous anniversary. WHV’s “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be released for the first time ever on DVD on July 6, 2004 for $99.98 SRP. “This DVD collection is the definitive documentary on the people and music that built rock ‘n’ roll into one of America’s cultural pillars,” said Christine Martinez, WHV Vice President, Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “'The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is a must-have for any music lover and Warner Home Video is thrilled to be releasing this title on DVD just in time for the 50th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock historians worldwide have declared the official beginning of rock ‘n’ roll to be July 5, 1954, the day Elvis Presley recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio in Memphis. This pivotal moment in rock history is considered “the big bang” in the dawn of the rock ‘n’ roll era, launching a movement that would change the spirit and culture of America forever. This year on July 5th, Memphis will lead the nation in a celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock with a “Global Moment in Time,” a nationwide radio tribute where radio stations across the nation will simultaneously play Elvis’ “That’s All Right,” the song that started it all. Since 1954, rock ‘n’ roll has become the most popular and enduring form of music in America, and “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the definitive documentary on the stars, songs and history that have made the past fifty years so memorable. With nearly 10 hours of exclusive interviews, classic footage and unforgettable concert performances from rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars, fans can experience their favorite rock moments all over again and get an inside look at all the moments they didn’t see. Features exclusive interviews with Mick Jagger, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter, Paul & Mary, B.B. King, and many, many more era-defining artists whose personalities and music styles have dominated the airways and the culture of America. The DVD set includes ten episodes, beginning with the early rock ‘n’ rollers of the fifties and the opposition they faced in defining this never-before-heard style. The program then journeys through the ‘60’s, with the British musical invasion, soul music, and the counterculture bands that emerged late in the decade. In the ‘70’s and ‘80’s the show explores the great guitarists of the day, the backlash against disco, punk and much more, ending with an inside look at the MTV revolution and the rise of superstars like Prince and Madonna. “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” was executive produced by Quincy Jones (“Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel,” “68th Annual Academy Awards”) and is narrated in part by Gary Busey (“The Hand Job,” “Fallacy”). Originally released in 1995 in VHS format, the collection has become known as the definitive documentary on rock ‘n’ roll. “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” on DVD will be essential for any music lover and DVD collector. About Warner Home Video With operations in 89 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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