Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 11

Great American Rock Anthems: Turn It Up to 11
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Review

A shameless blowout of a rockumentary, celebrating the songs of the 1970s and 80s that made young white Americans pump their fists and drink weak beer until they forgot about their lives. It pinpoints School's Out as the harbinger of thrilling riffs and honking great choruses, although Alice Cooper is quick to credit You Really Got Me by the Kinks with having first mainlined adrenaline to a mass audience with an electric guitar.

Toto, Grand Funk Railroad, Joan Jett, Survivor and loads more hairy, powdered gods are worshipped in a smart programme that covers both the rock anthem's connection with blue-collar America (eg Livin' on a Prayer) and the mechanics of how to craft a radio monster. The explanation of how three different members of Journey contributed the three key parts of Don't Stop Believin' is especially pleasing, as is Meat Loaf's ludicrous performance of Paradise by the Dashboard Light – "like 18 chainsaws coming through your television", as he accurately describes it – on The Old Grey Whistle Test.

Summary

Huey Morgan presents the story of some of the greatest US rock anthems that emerged during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. A distinct sound evolved from blues and early metal, featuring loud drums, distinct guitar riffs and catchy lyrics, which produced a storm of feel-good tunes. The film focuses on tracks including Alice Cooper's School's Out, Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, Bon Jovi's Livin' on a Prayer and Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. With contributions by Dave Grohl, Toto, Foreigner and more.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Huey Morgan
Contributor Alice Cooper
Contributor Dave Grohl
Contributor Butch Vig
Contributor Meat Loaf
Contributor Todd Rundgren
Contributor Richie Sambora
Contributor Blue Oyster Cult
Contributor Journey
Contributor Survivor
Contributor Toto
Contributor Foreigner
Director Dione Newton
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Dione Newton
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