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How The Brits Rocked America: Go West BBC4, 9pm

The Seventies was a decade of rock 'n' roll excess.

Groupies would indulge bands' every whim, hotel rooms would be smashed up, and Leo Sayer routinely consumed a whole bottle of Tizer before going on stage.

How The Brits Rocked America, celebrating the 50-year history of British popular music in America, looks at this decade of change when FM radio emerged as an experimental frontier, concerts attracted never-seen-before crowds of more than 200,000 gig-goers (that's the lure of Brotherhood Of Man), and a new rock royalty including Black Sabbath and Deep Purple begin to cash in.

Decadence ensued (personalised jets with dancefloors were the order of the day) as the 70s produced a cosy cartel of monolithic rock bands that looked like they were here to stay.

Cream may have paved the way but it was Led Zeppelin who come to own the USA, conquering it in less than a year.

Contributions come from Sir Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jimmy Page, Nick Mason, Tony Iommi and many more, plus there's archive footage of their respective bands The Beatles, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. The Wombles were unavailable.

Don't expect mention of one famed incident of Seventies excess, however. The story that, at the height of Queen's fame, Freddie Mercury hosted a party at which the waiting staff included dwarves with bowls full of cocaine strapped to their heads, is in fact an urban myth.

From: This Is Staffordshire

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