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British Steel: How British Heavy Metal Conquered the World


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2/2. Justin Lee Collins tells the story of British heavy metal. He continues with 1977, by which time much of the music had become overblown and pompous. Punk spiked the genre with attitude and a DIY spirit, kick-starting the chart careers of Iron Maiden, Motorhead and Def Leppard, with smaller bands such as Saxon, Diamond Head, Venom, Angel Witch and Girlschool getting into gear up and down the country. Metal surged in the 1980s, when the Americans dominated the field. Featuring rare sessions and archive material, plus new interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Budgie, Saxon, Diamond Head and other bands.


Presenter: Justin Lee Collins

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British Steel: How British Heavy Metal Conquered the World

BBC Radio 2, 3 October 2009 22.00

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