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Starring  Herbie Hancock
Original language(s)  English
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Running time  25 minutes
Created by  Educational Broadcasting Corporation
No. of episodes  8 (Series 1) 8 (Series 2)

Rockschool was a television series aired by the BBC and PBS on 1 November 1983. The series explored the history of rock music and gave instruction in popular performance techniques.


Aired in the United States by public television station WNET, Herbie Hancock was brought in to host the series for the American market. Hancock presented various topics in a studio classroom setting, interspersed with short lessons from the "Rockschool Band" and interview segments with well-known musicians.

The series was produced by the Educational Broadcasting Corporation and distributed in the U.S. by Lorimar Productions in 1987, as six volumes on VHS tape.

Volume listing

  • Rockschool Volume 1: Elementary Equipment and Basic Technique
  • Rockschool Volume 2: Blues to Heavy Metal
  • Rockschool Volume 3: Funk, Reggae & New Music
  • Rockschool Volume 4: Digital Age Hardware
  • Rockschool Volume 5: Melody and Soloing - The Lifeblood of Rock
  • Rockschool Volume 6: Arrangements - Putting It All Together
  • Companion books

    Two volumes titled Rockschool 1: Guitar, Bass & Drums and Rockschool 2: Electronics, Keyboards & Vocals were published in the U.S. in 1987 by Fireside Books (Simon & Schuster). Volume 1 was previously published in Great Britain by the BBC in 1984. The books were edited by series producer Chris Lent.


    Host: Herbie Hancock (U.S. series)

    The Rockschool Band

  • Guitar: Deirdre Cartwright
  • Bass guitar: Henry Thomas
  • Drums: Geoff Nicholls
  • Keyboards: Alastair Gavin (Series 2)
  • Produced and directed by: Chris Lent

    Guest demonstrators

  • Tony Banks
  • Graham Bonnet
  • Bill Bruford
  • Vince Clarke
  • The Communards
  • John Entwistle
  • Omar Hakim
  • Jan Hammer
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • James Ingram
  • Danny Johnson
  • Gary Moore
  • Carl Palmer
  • Ian Paice
  • Midge Ure
  • Performances

  • Bronski Beat
  • Depeche Mode
  • Thomas Dolby
  • Japan
  • Freddie King
  • Annie Lennox
  • The Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Motörhead
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Bootsy Collins
  • The Smiths
  • U2
  • Rick Wakeman
  • References

    Rockschool Wikipedia

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