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  • Great Performances: Stevie Wonder: Live at Last
    June 1, 2009
    Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, the legend (who signed with Motown at the age of 12 as "Little Stevie Wonder") performed his first-ever concert recorded for television. Viewers couldn't wait to sing along to "Signed, Sealed Delivered," "Sir Duke," and other hits. (Photo: Courtesy Universal Music)

    » Stevie wows the White House
  • Great Performances: Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival
    December 1, 2004
    In the summer of 2004, Eric Clapton (pictured here with legend Buddy Guy) held his first three day guitar festival to benefit the non-profit substance abuse treatment center he founded. Great Performances was there to capture Carlos Santana, B.B. King, John Mayer and the many other guitar greats who showed up. (Photo: Dave Allocca, Starpix)

    » Step inside the nuts and bolts of guitar evolution
  • SOUL!
    1968 - 1973
    From 1968-1973, THIRTEEN was the place to be to find some SOUL! This variety/talk show played host to some of the finest musical acts of the era including Patti Labelle, Tito Puente, B.B. King, Miriam Makeba, Bill Withers and others. (Photo courtesy WNET.ORG)

    » Put some SOUL! in your life - watch full episodes
  • American Masters: Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
    September 26, 2005
    When one of the greatest filmmakers (Martin Scorsese) of our time produced a documentary on one of the best American songwriters of all time, millions tuned in and were rewarded with a rich and personal look at Bob Dylan, with previously unreleased footage and a wealth of insight from the master himself. (AP Photo)

    » Dylan on Dylan - read an excerpt of his autobiography
  • Live From the Artists Den: Alanis Morissette
    February 5, 2009
    The newest addition to the Public Television Rocks Family introduces music fans to popular performers playing in offbeat, intimate locations. In the series premiere, Alanis performed favorites like "Ironic" and "Hand in My Pocket" at the Judson Memorial Church in lower Manhattan. (Photo: Taylor C. Crothers)

    » Alanis rocks the Artists Den
  • How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin
    November 9, 2009
    Despite rumors to the contrary (and the tile of the program), the fab four never made it to the Soviet Union. The program looked at the extraordinary efforts Soviet citizens underwent to get their hands on black market Beatles records and how their music ultimately helped undermine the communist system. And they loved it da, da, da! (Photo: Courtesy Blakeway Productions)

    » Keep Beatlemania alive - watch the full program
  • Great Performances: Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions
    July 5, 2006
    For Proud New Jersey natives, summer officially arrives when the Boss performs one of his legendary shows. In 2006, Bruuuuce toured off his recently released an album of Pete Seeger covers, paying tribute to the folk legend. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    » More on the unforgettable night of folk
  • Great Performances: The Police: Certifiable
    March 5, 2009
    While fans couldn't stand losing them, it was time for these legends of rock to say goodbye and they chose THIRTEEN and WLIW21 as the beneficiaries of the proceeds to their final concert, held at Madison Square Garden on August 7, 2008. Great Performances was there to record an earlier stop of that memorable final tour. (Photo: Danny Clinch)
  • American Masters: Ray Charles
    May 17, 2006
    Jazz, country, rhythm and blues, gospel and, let's not forget, rock and roll. Ray Charles did it all - overcoming racism, blindness and a heroin addiction to emerge as one of the greatest influences on popular music. Beloved hits like "What'd I Say", "Georgia On My Mind" and "Hit the Road Jack" are forever burned into the minds of music fans. (Photo: Victor Diaz Lamich - Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.)

    » Read a bio of the piano master
  • American Masters: Neil Young
    June 10, 2009
    The rare Canadian featured on (North!) American Masters, the normally private artist told his life story in this documentary, from his early days with Buffalo Springfield, through the CSNY and Crazy Horse eras. More recently, the film found Neil still doing things his way, like playing an anti-Bush song to a conservative audience in the South. (Photo: ©1971 Joel Bernstein)

    » Neil Young takes Toronto in 1971 - watch concert footage
  • Austin City Limits: R.E.M.
    June 27, 2008
    They'd been playing for nearly 30 years before finally making their way to the famed ACL stage. Michael Stipe and Co. rocked their Texas "destiples" with classic hits like "Losing My Religion" and "Man on the Moon". (Credit: Scott Newton)

    » Rock with the ACL crowd - watch the full episode
  • American Masters: Paul Simon
    March 14, 1993
    From his longtime collaboration with Art Garfunkel through his pioneering work with South African performers in the 1980s, songs like "Sounds of Silence" and "Mrs. Robinson" provided a soundtrack to a film (The Graduate) and the folk-loving '60s generation. (AP Photo/Nancy Kaye)

    » More on the guitar-pickin' legend
  • American Masters: Les Paul
    July 11, 2007
    There have been guitar innovators and engineers and there have been masterful performers - Les Paul was both. The "Wizard of Waukesha" produced a string of hits in the early '50s, and today is best known for the Gibson guitar that bears his name. A man who lived for playing music, he ignored the pain from his arthritic hands and came out of retirement to perform weekly gigs into his '90s at New York City clubs. (Courtesy: Chris Lentz)

    » A moving tribute to Les Paul
  • American Masters: the Doors: When You're Strange
    May 12, 2010
    They were the band that broke all the rules, from their early days through their sold-out shows. This documentary on The Doors provided an intimate look at their musical collaboration and often impulsive offstage lives in this film narrated by Johnny Depp. (Photo: Paul Ferrara)

    Watch a preview and interviews with band members

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  • comments (9)
  • BenInBrooklyn

    Austin City Limits on PBS is one of best, most authentic music shows on tv. Johnny Cash, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers … there have been some amazing live performances.

  • JC

    It might be more blues or country than rock, but a Chet Atkins show earlier this year had Chet and Mark Knopfler playing Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life” – great stuff

  • David

    A Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “In The Spotlight” Special, when the great Bo Diddley, one of the founding fathers of rock & roll, joins Tom and the band on-stage at the San Francisco Fillmore for a performance of the Bo Diddley classic “Mona”. After the song, Tom informs the audience: “Elvis is King, but Diddley is Daddy!”

  • Joanne Theodorou

    “Raphael Sadiq” at the Harvard Club in Boston (Live from the Artist’s Den) a fabulous entertainer I was not familiar with and “Pink Martini”, another outstanding sound which came to my attention only via PBS. Trust public television to present and expose a new audience to the unique, not as familiar, but certainly talented, artist!!

  • jim morresion

    well done……………………………well done

  • Louis Paul Toscano

    Willie Nelson has always been a constant on both Austin City Limits and PBS. By the way, how about showing Austin City Limits at a more godly hour instead of past midnight?

  • verna miller

    why you never had MJ (Michael Jackson) rock 13 is beyond me.

  • Rick

    The Ploice. The Eagles, Stevie… tough to choose.

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