1980s Radio, 25 Years of Rock



I nearly threw a huge pile of old cassettes out the other day.
I was never the type to buy many pre recorded tapes, so most of my collection are blanks that I recorded my own compilations onto, subsequently i expect any music on these tapes to be bad quality audio of music I already have on record or CD.
However I did notice a few that actually contain recordings of old TV or radio programs long lost & forgotten.There’s lots of garbage, but amongst the rubbish there are some memorable moments worth listening to again, Old Kenny Everett Radio Shows, Diddy David Hamilton 'everything stops for tea', Steve Wright in the afternoon (on Radio One) and other stuff.
If you live outside the UK a lot of it will mean nothing to you but if you are over 40 you might
In the early 80`s the BBC broadcast a weekly radio show called 25 years of Rock.
This almost documentary style 25 week program starting in the mid 50`s and ending in 1979 highlighted a different week of music and news for each year.
This is a common theme on all radio stations nowadays but seemed new to me at the time.
Interestingly this series had no DJ talk in between the records. Instead using actual Archive radio news broadcasts as well as old newspaper clips being read in newsreader style for that particular year, sandwiched between the records played.
I do remember I enjoyed listening each week and i seem to remember it spawned a TV version for a while, i think it was broadcast after the chart show on a Sunday night (about 7pm). Anyhow, imagine my surprise at finding a copy of the final show on an old cassette.
UPDATE : FOR MORE INFO ON THIS SERIES TRY HERE

29 comments:

k12robert said...

One of the best radio programmes ever. Remember avidly tuning in each week.
Dont suppose you could send me a copy of the one you have. Ta.

Anonymous said...

I still have almost the whole series on tape. Quality is poor (but listenable) and I was using C30s, so the program was split over both sides.

Anonymous said...

I still have almost the whole series on tape. Quality is poor (but listenable) and I was using C30s, so the program was split over both sides.

kim.wilkins said...

I don't reckon anyone will ever read this (posted 11/03/2010). Would like to hear 25 Years of rock radio show again. Can you help me?

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for this programme for so long... Think my sister, brother and I taped it on c30's too but lost them years ago. Is it possible to get this show from the bbc..???

Would love to listen to it again..

palo_di_canio@hotmail.com

robssmith said...

This was a great series - the best rock education money could by - taught history too. Id love to hear the series again. I know I taped some of the episodes, and the cassettes may still be in the loft. Ill have a look - not sure how to get them to mp3 though.

papasmurf5 said...

I have all the years except 1971.
Can anyone help?

papasmurf5 said...

How to get them from Tape to MP3?
run a stereo jack lead from the headphone out of your tape player to the line in socket of your computer. Download Audacity and record it
John

propstand said...

Have 1957 to 1984 recorded on C120's in quite good quality. Am in the process of making them into mp3's to share. This series Rocks! If anyone has 1955 and 1956 would dearly love to add these years.

propstand said...

Have most from 1955 to 1984 recorded on C120's in quite good quality. Am in the process of creating mp3's to share them. Would dearly love to find 1955,1956 and 1966 which I missed. This series rocks!

Anonymous said...

Hi - joining the party a bit late, but did you ever rip the tapes?

I used to have a few tapes, but having looked for them they seem to have disappeared, resulting in the google search that led me to here.

mike said...

So far I have mp3'd 1957 to 1962. Will do the lot when I have time and put them up for sharing.

Michael said...

For more info you might like to try here.
http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/orderform.php
You can order missing episodes of this series and there are more audio clips to hear

Anonymous said...

There's a new series on Radio 2 called "Sounds of The 20th Century". The episodes are in exactly the same format as 25 years of rock. It started about 3 weeks ago and 1953 is still available on the BBC i-player.

mike said...

Did anyone record the 1951 and 1952 episodes of 'Sounds of the 20th Century'? This new radio series is just like '25 Years of Rock'. I missed these first 2 episodes and would like to share them. I have saved 1953-1955 so far if anyone would like them.
Thanks

Alex Glass said...

I have all from 1955-79 except 1959. I have got it transferred to mp3 as well. happy to share if anyone is interested.

Stingray said...

I have 1960 through to 1972 (except '71). They were recorded on reel to reel then copied to TDK 120s. The sound quality is very good for + thirty year old recordings. I recently had them transferred to CD as I was concerned about their continued playing and didn't want them to snap or stretch. The subject matter never fails to grab my attention and I have since introduced them colleagues who have also taken great interest in them. Would love to have the complete set.

propstand said...

I've got the entire 35 years' on C120's. Am slowly in the process of digitising so I can share this fab series.

ppmoore said...

I also have the complete original series, except for 1960. Can anyone help. Drop the MP3 onto Dropbox?

Thanks,
Paul

Asli Jat said...

Good news for all lovers of this series, BBC Radio 6 are now re-broadcasting it, check out the link below.
:-)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04sy3f3

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know of a painless method of recording these before they disappear again ?, thanks

propstand said...

You can record each episode in real time using recording apps such as Free Sound Recorder, or Audacity.

I have saved the now deleted early episodes, and can share with anyone who needs them.

dxt1989 said...

If anyone have the episodes 1955 - 1962 to share i would be very grateful.

Ian Colman said...
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Ian Colman said...

If anyone is able to upload to somewhere and share the link if be eternally grateful. I've caught some of the late ones on iPlayer but BBC have taken them down. A link here or to colmanian@hotmail.com would be amazing :)

Anonymous said...

Dec 2015. Both Sounds of the 20th Century and BBC 25 (30) years of rock are currently being repeated on bbc 6 music and the episodes are available onthe Iplayer. If you have some software like audacity which is free to download you can record from a 3.5mm jack input and convert into mp3 files.

Philanderer said...

I would be delighted to get hold of 1963 to 1970 if anyone can help cd format for preference!

mike said...

Philanderer, You can download what you need from this link.
It's 160kb/s CBR mp3 format, not bad quality.

mike said...

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/0482w04szzu88/25_Years_of_Rock

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