Death of a Rock Star

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From Kurt Cobain to Whitney Houston, Michael Hutchence and Amy Winehouse, these are their stories - powerful, poignant and raw. This series will change how you feel about them.


Episode Date
Marc Bolan
00:28:45

Marc Bolan was the elfin prince of glam rock. He was bard of the British underground, spinning fairy fantasies of other worlds with made up words, an acoustic guitar and a set of bongos. This is the story of how he lived fast, but died young. And is forever fixed in the public imagination as a sexy, swaggering, glam rocking icon.

 

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Jan 14, 2021
Bob Marley
00:36:39

This is the unforgettable story of the last days of Bob Marley. When you come to the end, you think back to the beginning. You think to what made you and what you made. That’s Bob, a long way from Jamaica. Thinking: this was me. This is where I came from. This is what I saw.

 

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Jan 07, 2021
Elvis
00:28:20

He might be the most famous man who ever lived. He changed our world forever. But when you get that big, there’s always someone who wants to exploit you. You forget who you are and why you’re doing it. Until suddenly it’s too late.

 

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Dec 17, 2020
Jeff Buckley
00:29:18

It’s impossible to forget Jeff Buckley. Once you hear that voice, you fall into the myth and you keep going. But some things never make sense. Why didn’t he do more when he could? Why was he in the river that night? Did his life always have to end this way?

 

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Dec 10, 2020
Amy Winehouse
00:32:12

WARNING: this episode contains references to addiction and eating disorders.


In some ways, there’s not much to unravel when it comes to Amy Winehouse’s death. It’s the age-old tale of a person unable to cope with the pressures of stardom. All the old cliches. But why was something so precious not looked after better? Were we, as a society, maybe responsible too?

 

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Dec 03, 2020
Kirsty MacColl
00:28:37

This should be a sweet story about a sweet girl, an incredible singer and songwriter. But there’s nothing neat in the story of Kirsty MacColl, and maybe that’s why everyone cares so much. With Kirsty, you look for answers and you can’t always find them. That’s why her death touches so many, so deeply.

 

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Nov 26, 2020
Michael Jackson
00:31:41

In a strange, unforgettable, disturbing life, this maybe the strangest time of all. This is Michael Jackson, after his trial in 2005. Living in Bahrain, in Ireland, in Hollywood. Falling further into the darkness, hurtling towards the end.

 

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Nov 19, 2020
Dolores O'Riordan
00:26:32

Sometimes it feels like rock stars see the end coming, long before we do. Dolores O’Riordan says her biggest flaw is binge drinking, like she knows what’s coming. The drinking that starts for fun but keeps going. The beginning of a twisting road that leads to the end.


WARNING: this episode contains references to alcoholism. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find a list of people you can go to for help.

 

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Nov 12, 2020
Freddie Mercury
00:35:28

He should never have made it as a rock star, not where he came from and how he grew up. But Freddie Mercury was maybe the most natural front man of all – and the story of his life and death is one of the great unforgettable rock fables.

 

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Nov 05, 2020
Karen Carpenter
00:32:12

WARNING: this episode contains references to eating disorders.



It’s all about what’s hidden away, with Karen. She sings songs that are soft and gooey and sweet like a mouthful of candyfloss, but she makes them sound like loneliness. There’s always darkness, like a moving shadow behind everything else. Hers is a story you’ll never forget.


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Oct 29, 2020
Otis Redding
00:29:08

This is a story about a singer like no-one before or since - what his voice could do to you, how it still makes you feel, 50 years later. But it’s about much more, too: the American south, segregation, a dream that lived and then fell away. Otis Redding is the story of a life rushed.

 

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Oct 21, 2020
George Michael
00:29:49

George Michael’s unforgettable story is about lots of things – about being an immigrant’s son, about an awkward kid transformed by music. About a superstar with a voice that can make you happy and sad and all the shades in between, about a gay man in a world that sometimes wants to pretend everyone is straight. But it’s about freedom, more than anything else.

 

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Oct 14, 2020
Keith Flint
00:31:07

WARNING: this episode includes references to suicide.


He was maybe the last pop star who could scare grannies and make kids cry. Keith Flint looked like Johnny Rotten mixed with Freddie Krueger. He snarled rather than sang. The tabloids wanted his records banned. But the real Keith was a very different man - and the story of this lost kid’s life and sad death are both endearing and deeply moving.


If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find a list of people you can go to for help, or call the Samaritans at 116 123 (free to all UK numbers).

 

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Oct 08, 2020
Michael Hutchence
00:31:58

WARNING: this episode includes references to suicide.


Michael Hutchence seemed like the perfect composite front man: the hair, the lips, the moves, the habits. This is the story of how he became that star, but also the man he really was underneath - and why those two parts of him would come together in tragedy.


If you’ve been affected by any of the issues spoken about in this podcast, please go to crowdnetwork.co.uk/helplines to find a list of people you can go to for help, or call the Samaritans at 116 123 (free to all UK numbers).

 

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Oct 01, 2020
Whitney Houston
00:33:13

WARNING: this episode includes references to domestic violence and drug abuse.


Everything about Whitney seemed perfect - the voice, the looks, the records sold and the films. But that’s not how she saw herself, and it’s not how her life began to break down. Everything you thought you knew about Whitney is about to be thrown up in the air.


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Sep 30, 2020
Coming Soon (Trailer)
00:01:04

With a new episode each Thursday, Death of a Rock Star explores what it’s like to be adored by millions: how you do it, what it does to you, the rewards it brings and the price you pay. We go back to the start of rock ‘n’ roll, take in the great stars and the forgotten legends, the modern-day superstars – the ones you knew, the ones you’ll wish you had. And we explore their legacy today – how they continue to move us, and change us, and define who we are. 

 

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Sep 15, 2020