An Evening of Rock & Roll Legends

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pictured: Beatles matrushka dolls.

Credit: Courtesy Blakeway Productions

The rock stars we love and the man behind the camera.

This Rock Star studded evening kicks off with the king of rhythm and blues, American Masters "Marvin Gaye" at 7 p.m., followed by the Fab Four How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin at 8 p.m. and finally legendary rock photographer, Robert Knight in Rock Prophecies at 9 p.m., Friday, October 1 on PBS World (cable 524/DT21.2).

American Masters "Marvin Gaye"When Marvin Gaye died in 1984, he left behind one of the great legacies in American music. More than a superb vocalist and subtle composer, he was a visionary who expressed the tenor of his times. Both radical and romantic, a self-taught singer with a flair for autobiographical revelation, he thrived on confession and loved candor. Marvin had the unique talent of turning the listener into a confidante, of making you feel his immediate presence. His aura combined spiritual and sensual essences. In his music, the combination worked wonders; in his personal life, the two strains clashed. He succeeded in translating his contradictions into complex and beautiful music.

How the Beatles Rocked the KremlinThe extraordinary and untold story of how Beatlemania punctured the Iron Curtain. In a personal journey through Russia, award-winning director Leslie Woodhead relates, through first-person accounts, a secret revolution that contributed to the fall of communism.

Rock PropheciesRock Prophecies explores legendary rock photographer, Robert Knight's amazing career and follows him on his quest to help Tyler Dow Bryant a 16-year old guitar phenom from Texas he's convinced he may have found the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. The two then set off on an unbelievable journey to take their own shot at making history.

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