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Bad Company – The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary Review




This is the latest in a regular series of special Classic Rock Magazine releases focusing on a particular individual band- they usually consist of a magazine and accompanying CD or DVD. Bad Company are a name familiar to many rock fans and as this release is to mark their 4Oth anniversary have endured legendary status. Although I was familiar with their hit singles(I mean who isn’t!!)I have never actually owned a vinyl or CD album by the band.Definitely a shameful public confession.

As a regular reader of the Classic Rock magazine I noted that they had featured interviews in a recent issue of the magazine and indeed already covered the bands history. Primarily this DVD provides visuals to the bands story-shedding light on their origin, demise , break up and modern resurrection. As an official release it has interviews with all the surviving band members. The course of their story takes in Mott The Hoople, Led Zeppelin the hedonistic lifestyle of those times, and acrimony. Also featured are the bands many musical by products and musical ventures from Queen to The Four Tops! It also illustrates the reunions of recent years and also creates a sense of optimism for the future of Bad Company.

I am not usually a fan of this form of documentary as entertainment, but with the background music accompanying the story it maintained a nice flowing balance. It certainly awoke a personal interest for me to pursue the bands “classic”back catalogue and add those releases to my extensive vinyl collection. I think to both fans and even people like myself just familiar with the hits it satisfies on all levels of both aural and visual entertainment. Packaged with a well structured and great magazine and four art card prints it is a worthwhile and reasonably priced purchase.

Written    by    Mark



Press Release






One of the most acclaimed bands in rock, Bad Company, celebrate an incredible 40 years of rock ‘n’ roll with the release of their official 40th anniversary DVD documentary directed by Jon Brewer. The DVD is available as a Classic Rock Collector’s Pack and also a standalone DVD.

Filmed over 3 years on the road and on two continents, Bad Company: The 40th Anniversary is surprisingly the only fully authorized documentary film to be made on this iconic Rock and Roll band.

Released on 3rd March, the limited edition pack includes a brand new DVD documentary movie directed by Jon Brewer – Bad Company: The Official Authorised 40th Anniversary Documentary. Featuring live concert footage, TV performances and unplugged versions of the band’s classics Feel Like Makin’ Love, Shooting Star and their anthem Bad Company. The collector’s pack will also come with a 132-page magazine that has been produced with the full cooperation of the band and offers an insightful retrospective look through the bands incredibly vibrant and successful past.

The Bad Company DVD & Magazine Collector’s Pack is exclusively available to pre-order now

The collector’s pack will include:

100% official DVD documentary directed by Jon Brewer
132 page magazine
Collectable art cards

The 132-page magazine includes:
Brand new exclusive interviews with all three surviving original Bad Company members: singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke
An exclusive celebratory memorial to their late bass player, Boz Burrell, including interviews with his wife, Cathy, godson, Mike Patto Junior and those musicians and friends that knew Boz best
An exclusive interview with Jon Brewer
Hundreds of rare and previously unseen pictures from the bands 1970’s heyday
Exclusive inside features on their legendary manager Peter Grant
Every album reviewed
The ultimate Bad Company Jukebox!
Eye-witness accounts of their major US tours
Inside the studio with the band

April will then see the DVD released as a stand alone by Universal Music.

Formed in 1973, Bad Company originally consisted of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell, and Simon Kirke and was managed by legendary manager of Led Zeppelin Peter Grant. In a career that has seen them release an incredible twelve studio, two compilation and four live albums, six have been certified platinum/multi-platinum and eight Gold in the US and UK, with top 10 albums and singles worldwide. They have an extensive tour through the US this summer.

About Jon Brewer:
Director/Producer of Bad Company: The 40th Anniversary, Jon Brewer is a well-established music & media industry veteran with a career in Music, Film and Television spanning 4 decades. He began in management with names such as David Bowie, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Gene Clarke, Yes, Gerry Rafferty and before moving into publishing and the burgeoning video industry, where he was at the helm of the 3rd largest video distributor in the UK. Film Production soon followed, and Brewer produced several studio pictures that went on to be big earners leading his career completely into film and television, where he ultimately applied his knowledge, contacts and experience into making the most authentic series of music documentaries made with the full participation of the icons of Rock and Roll (The Classic Artists Series) distributed worldwide. Brewer recently produced and directed BB KING: The Life of Riley, narrated by Morgan Freeman, which has been proclaimed as a masterpiece, prompting the Nat King Cole Estate to commission him to make the (real) story of the life of Nat King Cole, just completed and entitled Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark.

About Classic Rock:
The world’s most revered and respected hard rock media brand. Every month Classic Rock magazine goes behind the scenes to bring the real stories of the rock legends from Led Zeppelin to Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and far beyond. Written by the world’s leading rock experts and featuring rock’s most renowned photographers, Classic Rock unearths the reality from the myths and brings you the latest in 21st century rock. Classic Rock is brought to you by the same people who also publish Classic Rock Presents Prog and Classic Rock Presents AOR. Every issue is packed with exclusive interviews and features on rock’s biggest names, and includes the heftiest and most trustworthy rock reviews section on the planet. Classic Rock: the world’s only high-voltage rock’n’roll brand.


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