This three-part documentary series explores the history of soft rock music and is the untold story of soft rock, whose artists dominated pop music worldwide in the ‘70s, only to crash and burn in the ‘80s, eventually experiencing one of the most unlikely comebacks in music history. The series presents all-new interviews with some of soft rock’s biggest legends, like Air Supply (“All Out of Love”), Dan Hill (“Sometimes When We Touch”), Kenny Loggins (“This Is It”), Ray Parker Jr. (“A Woman Needs Love”), Rupert Holmes (“Escape: The Piña Colada Song”) and Toni Tennille (“Love Will Keep Us Together”) and many more. Through candid and poignant stories, these stars lead a celebration of the underappreciated music that continues to have a lasting impact on American culture.
The connective stories that propel the series are augmented by exclusive interviews with dozens of classic and contemporary musicians like Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, John Ondrasik, LA Reid, Richard Marx, Robert “Kool” Bell, Sheryl Crow, Stewart Copeland, Susanna Hoffs and Verdine White; extremely and rarely seen archival interview and performance footage; host commentary that embraces the impact of soft rock while acknowledging the cringey excesses that sometimes led it astray; and a review of its continuing power over a new generation found everywhere from hip hop samples and radio remakes to superhero soundtracks and TikTok posts.
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Episode 1 of 3 “Reign” Air Date Jan 03, 2023: After Vietnam and Watergate, the musical question of a generation morphs from “Are You Experienced?” to “Have You Never Been Mellow?” As America gets in touch with itself, major artists of the era and today relive the ’70s tsunami of soft rock. (45 Minutes)
Episode 2 of 3 “Ruin” Air Date Jan 03, 2023: Trashed by the music press, ridiculed in pop culture, left as roadkill by MTV, soft hits rock bottom in the 1980s. Air Supply and Rupert “Piña Colada” Holmes deal with milquetoast accusations as careers plummet and soft rock descends into irrelevance. (49 Minutes 55 Seconds)
Disc 1 of 2 Running Time 1 Hour 34 Minutes 55 Seconds
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Episode 3 of 3 “Resurrection” Air Date Jan 03, 2023: The most fantastic resurrection in music history begins when Warren G samples Michael McDonald then Yacht Rock sets sail. Now a staple of hip hop, movies, TV and social media, soft rockers are finally getting the respect they’ve always deserved. (49 Minutes 14 Seconds)
Disc 2 of 2 Running Time 49 Minutes 14 Seconds
Total Running time for the 2 DVD Set: 2 Hours 37 Minutes
Full Cast and exclusive interviews with: Dan Hill, Kenny Loggins, Ray Parker Jr., Rupert Holmes, Toni Tennille of The Captain and Tennille, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Air Supply, Ambrosia, the Carpenters, Sheryl Crow, Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, LA Reid, Richard Marx, David Gale, Stuart Copeland Drummer of The Police, Robert “Kool” Bell, John Ondrasik, Verdine White, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from RUN-DMC and Lionel Richie.
Sound is Dolby Digital