Volume 1: Rock & Roll And The 1950's features six programmes made in the United States which have been released and are now available for the first time in three volumes. The first volume features the first and second programmes from the series. Included in these programmes are a number of televised personal appearances including BILL HALEY AND THE COMETS (performing "Rock Around The Clock" and "Rip It Up"), FATS DOMINO (performing "Blueberry Hill", "Need Your Lovin'", "You Win Again", Let The Four Winds Blow" and "When My Dreamboat Comes In") and THE PLATTERS (performing "Only You" and "Dance With me Henry"). In addition are newsreel clips, movie trailers and television advertisements from the period. Along the Way are glimpses of the Marx Brothers, Abbot and Costello, Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean in addition to the riotous arrival in London of BILL HALEY. This video dramatically illustrates many of the revolutionary of the 1950's from the drive-in movies to the hula hoop and, indeed, the part that rock and roll music played in them all.
Volume 2: The second volume of Rock & Roll And The 1950's includes the third and fourth programmes from the original series of six made and broadcast in the United States. Included on these programmes are personal appearances by JERRY LEE LEWIS, GENE VINCENT, the EVERLY BROTHERS, BOBBY DARIN and CHARLIE GRACIE together with newsreel coverage of such notable events in rock and roll history as the controversy surrounding the ill fated UK debut tour by JERRY LEE LEWIS and the media coverage of the death of BUDDY HOLLY, the BIG BOPPER and RITCHIE VALENS in a plane crash. Of equal interest is the newsreel coverage of both mid 1950's concerts by ELVIS PRESLEY and the incredible publicity surrounding his rise to stardom. Linking these items are a number of classic American television commercials from the period.