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Part 1: The Birth of Glam2010062920201017 (R2)

To complement the BBC's My Generation 70s season, another chance to hear Gary Kemp tell the story of glam. He considers how the flamboyant style of artists, such as like Marc Bolan, David Bowie and Roxy Music, influenced later generations of bands - not least his own Spandau Ballet. Glam was glorious. Brought on by rock's self-indulgent pretensions in 1970, when psychedelia and prog rock were at their peak, glam brought a satin and sequin-fuelled return to the basics of rock 'n' roll, and created the biggest, brightest, shiniest beast the music business had seen.

First broadcast in 2012.

Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet tells the story of glam rock. First broadcast in 2012.

Documentary on the classic glam-rock sounds.

Part 2: Dressed To Kill2010063020201024 (R2)

To complement the BBC's My Generation 70s season, another chance to hear Gary Kemp tell the story of glam.

In part 2: In Dressed To Kill, he highlights the most successful acts of the glam era and discovers why their influence is still being heard in many of today's new bands.

In the summer of 1972, as T-Rex released The Slider and David Bowie released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Roxy Music released their debut self-titled album and began touring their own version of glamorous art-influenced rock'n'roll. With stunning outfits created by designer Antony Price, Roxy became as influential as Marc and David. In fact Roxy Music and The Spiders From Mars shared the bill at several venues in 1972, playing to small audiences who, according to Phil Manzanera, "weren't quite sure what they were seeing, with all that glitz and glam."

Inspired by the chart success that glam artists were achieving, several rock bands who had been carving out solid but unspectacular careers for years, also decided to add satin and sequins to their stage outfits and suddenly the Sweet, Slade, Mud, Wizzard and Alvin Stardust were among those enjoying chart success. Along with 10CC, Sparks, Mott the Hoople, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Queen, Cockney Rebel, and even Suzi Quatro, who enjoyed chart success with the help of a bit of additional glitter. Even major acts like Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and Elton John dabbled in a bit of sparkly make-up. As Angie Bowie recalls, "thanks to David and Marc they all realised that girls like pretty boys".

First broadcast in 2012.

Gary Kemp highlights the influence of the most successful acts of the glam era.

Documentary on the classic glam-rock sounds.

01The Birth Of Glam20161001 (6M)Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp explores the emergence of glam rock.

Gary Kemp explores the history of glam rock.

02Dressed To Kill20161002 (6M)Gary Kemp highlights the influence of the most successful acts of the glam era.

Gary Kemp explores the history of glam rock.