Last year Sky Arts documented how 2016 was a watershed in the history of popular music. We lost an unusually large number of music legends and were shocked by the untimely deaths of superstars such as David Bowie and Prince. The year seemed to announce something important about the life-span of rock and pop: that we are now in the twilight of the rock and pop gods. 2017 has confirmed this to be the case. Before the year had even started we were knocked sideways at Christmas by the early death of George Michael. What followed was the steady disappearance of musicians who have written the soundtrack to our lives: Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell, Tom Petty.
This documentary celebrates those we have lost and reflects on their significance in music history and their enduring legacy. We focus on George Michael, Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Glen Campbell, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit from Can, Walter Becker from Steely Dan, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, and Tom Petty.
With tributes from Ronnie Wood, Steve Cropper, Joe Elliott, KT Tunstall, Vernon Reid, Charles Berry Jr, Ashley Campbell, Margo Price, Nick Heyward, Dee C. Lee, Jah Wobble, Gary Katz, Paul Humphreys, Ben Waters, Lionel Shriver, Ian Tregoning, Sam Carter, Tom Bryant, Barney Hoskins, Neil McCormick, David Arnold, Kate Mossman, David McAlmont, Kathryn Flett, David Hepworth.