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The Day the Rock Star Died

The Day the Rock Star Died

  • Premiered: 
    October 2, 2018
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  • Network: AXS TV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Biography
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

THE DAY THE ROCK STAR DIED is a half-hour documentary series that takes viewers on a guided journey of the extraordinary lives and unparalleled legacies of artists who each changed music forever and left an indelible mark on fans across the world. The series examines what made these artists so incredible and what makes their art so enduring, offering rare insights into their personal lives and re-tracing their tragic final hours. Featured icons include soulful songstress Janis Joplin; genre-defying showman David Bowie; guitar superstars Buddy Holly and Jimmy Hendrix; powerful percussionist Keith Moon; standouts Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston; rock n' roll king Elvis Presley; Country music titans Johnny Cash and Hank Williams; folk hero John Denver; pop trailblazers Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Michael Hutchence; and celebrated singer-songwriter Tom Petty. The series opener highlights the life and career of Tom Petty, who was the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He was also a co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys. He recorded many hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on AXS TV, THE DAY THE ROCK STAR DIED returned with new episodes, beginning with a profile on Amy Winehouse. Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter whose stunning voice easily followed in the footsteps of Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. Her debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 50th Annual Grammy Awards, and a record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night. Her album Back to Black posthumously became one the UK's best-selling albums of the 21st century.