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Brian Pern: The Life of Rock/A Life In Rock/45 Years of Prog Rock (BBC) [DVD]
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'Brian Pern: A Life in Rock' is a British comedy documentary following ageing rock star Brian Pern, former front-man of the legendary 1970s progressive rock group Thotch.
The Three series; The Life of Rock, A Life in Rock and 45 Years of Prog and Roll follow Brian as he develops as an artist through the ages. Brian claims to have invented world music, come up with the idea of Live Aid and to be the first musician to use Plasticine in videos . An affectionate parody of Peter Gabriel, Brian Pern features a whole host of recognisable faces from Rock and Pop.
The Complete Series includes the nine episodes from all three series including a whole host of extra footage.If there's a funnier show than Brian Pern: a Life in Rock, I'll be staggered - The Guardian
A wealth of extras including:
Deleted/Extended scenes from series 1-3
Bonus Episode: Brian Pern at the BBC (a collection of Brian's videos and Top of the Pops performances)
Original Brian Pern webisodes
The original unseen Pilot filmed in Rhys' bedroom with Simon
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This is all three series of the brilliant spoof fly-on-the-wall "rockumentaries" following, Brian Pern (Simon Day), former front man of public-school prog-rock group "Thotch", pioneer of world music and the first man to use plasticine in music videos!
There is just so much to enjoy here, it would be impossible to cover it all. It is brilliantly written and there is a host of great characters, beautifully played, with everyone in on the joke. While there are far too many to cover, my favourites included, Michael Kitchen, (of Foyle's War, fame) a superb turn as the no nonsense "straight talking" manager John Farrow, Paul Whitehouse as "Thotch" lead guitarist, Pat Quid and a very funny performance by Nigel Havers, playing against his usual suave persona, as keyboard wizard, Tony Pebble (sorry, Pebblé). I also thought Lucy Montgomery as "Pepita Sanchez" (a sort of Kate Bush to Day's Peter Gabriel) was very good indeed. In fact Peter Gabriel appears in every series, which shows what a good sport he is. (I wonder what the other members of the original "Genesis" thought about it?)
There are three series;
The Life of Rock with Brian Pern: this is where we are first introduced to Brian (and Thotch) as Pern narrates a history of rock, with some terrific interviews and set pieces.
Brian Pern: A life in Rock. Which covers more of his life, including his acrimonous split from Thotch, more on the other band members and his solo career.
Brian Pern: 45 years of prog and roll. Brian reappears after his heart attack with, let's say, a new look.Read more ›
However, it all looks fabulous and is acted with a decent amount of conviction by a group of very talented and, again unlike Spinal Tap, seriously famous faces. But thank God for BBC4 and it's huge archive of classic and not-so classic cuts; because of that, there's tons of stuff available to dissect and re-stitch together in weirdly recognisable forms. The swearing is of course copious, but it fits the world-weary nature of our former prog-rock gods perfectly (they're always seriously p.o. about something, usually each other). And the story of Brian's life - both on the road and behind the scenes with his vulture/manager and bitterly estranged/untalented family - and the many musical turns it has taken since starting out, hangs together very well indeed.
VERDICT: Made with considerable skill and inventiveness, Simon Day headlines a classy and, above all else, funny 'rockumentary' that will stand the test of time (and repeated viewings).
I am that child and I have followed Brian around the world since I was old enough to wear a Stewardess uniform. I have bought all the albums, the merchandise and every copy of this disc ever sold. I have also tried to contact my mother but understand she had gender reassignment in 1987 and is happily living as Bernard, a baker in Yeovil, and is very happy baking especially long baguettes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many others I watched and loved reflecting back on the life of the great man.. but only now, now we've lost him, do I truly realise what a gem we had amongst us. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kevin Trebell
I LOVE British comedy. Here in Australia, we are exposed to both American and British comedy shows. It's a nice change actually, because Australian comedy is absolutely pathetic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Scott K
I can't help thinking that The life of rock was aimed at a niche audience, thus missing a trick in appealing to all. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A laurel.......andhardyhandshake
Hilarious biog of fictional artist Brian Pern .Michael Kitchen as Brian's manager is superbPublished 4 months ago by Eduardo