The outrageous and unsung characters that gave rock’s greatest songs their vital spark.

Stream Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire - The Story of Sidemen on BBC Select

Some of the most iconic musical moments in rock’n’roll history weren’t created by those whose faces were on the record sleeves.

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Rock 'n' Roll Guns for Hire: The Story of the Sidemen on BBC Select

Sidemen – and women – were guns for hire who dropped in filthy beats, mesmerizing solos or funky hooks that elevated tracks from boring B-sides to undeniable bangers. Earl Slick shines a light on the geniuses that made the likes of Prince, Bowie and the Stones look good.

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