Rock ’n’ Roll Guns for Hire

There’s no room for ego in this un­told story of the side­man

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Doc­u­men­tary / 9.00pm / BBC4

Ladies and gen­tle­men, the Rolling Stones! Mick. Keith. Char­lie. Ron­nie… and Bernard? If you’ve seen the Stones live in the past 30 years you’ll likely have clapped eyes on singer Bernard Fowler.

His story and those of other side­men and women are told in this ex­cel­lent doc­u­men­tary pre­sented by Earl Slick, David Bowie’s ‘sidey’ for 40 years. Back­ing vo­cal­ists, gui­tarists, key­board play­ers – these un­sung heroes’ job is to be in­vis­i­ble and let the star shine. Fea­tur­ing Prince col­lab­o­ra­tors Wendy and Lisa, Booker T and the MGS gui­tarist and Stax main­stay Steve Crop­per and more, plus in­ter­views with those whose names sell the tick­ets, in­clud­ing Mick Jag­ger and Billy Joel.

Earl Slick playedh with David Bowie Bernard Fowler sings with the Rolling Stones Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Colvin worked with


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