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Musician Frank Zappa was born on Dec. 21, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland. His work was intentionally shocking and politically charged. In the early days, he performed as the Mothers of Invention and released his first album in 1966 called Freak Out! He made more than 60 albums during his 30-year career. Two years after his death, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. (www.youtube.com)

The life and times of the rock band Queen - told in two parts covering in part one the 1970's and in part two the 1980's and beyond. (www.youtube.com)

How do the images we surround ourselves with today come from a world that is thousands of years old? (www.bbc.co.uk)

Nigel Planer narrates a documentary which traces the origins and development of British heavy metal from its humble beginnings in the industrialized UK Midlands, to its proud international triumph. Contributors include Lemmy, Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Ian Gillan from Deep Purple, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden and Saxon's Biff Byford. (www.youtube.com)

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1985. Guns N' Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock 'n' roll, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal, heir late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a "hedonistic rebelliousness" reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones. (www.wikipedia.org)

Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. Marley's music was heavily influenced by the social issues of his homeland, and he is considered to have given voice to the specific political and cultural nexus of Jamaica. (www.wikipedia.org)

Famed for its wealth, cultural treasures, and spirituality, India has for centuries beckoned the outsider. Many have vied for control of this fabled and diverse land. Two great empires, one established by invading Moguls, the other by the British, flourished on this vast subcontinent. (www.youtube.com)

Piece By Piece documents San Francisco's graffiti culture from the early 1980s to 2004. It is narrated by San Francisco graffiti artist Senor One, better known as Renos. The San Francisco Bay Guardian's Cheryl Eddy singled the film out as the highlight of the 2006 Hi/Lo film festival, calling it "an educational experience" and "a thoughtful document". In a full review for that same paper, Johnny Ray Huston said it was "a thorough history that still makes time ... for abstract, lyrical flowing passages".

t the British Museum, a collection of artefacts from the Muslim world is on show which tells the history of a journey to Mecca always forbidden to non-Muslims. It features a succession of examples of the rich visual language of Islamic culture past and present, artwork created to reflect the powerful experience for any Muslim making the Hajj pilgrimage to Islam's most sacred city and its most sacred building, the Ka'aba.

Da Vinci's Code - Is It Real? - National Geographic Channel

The documentary seeks to uncover the truth behind these claims including claims of whether Mary Magdalene may have been the wife of Jesus. The episode includes interviews with Father William Stetson, a member of Opus Dei who wishes to have the novel banned, and various authors of books like 'Holy Blood Holy Grail' which theorise on such similar possibilities.(www.youtube.com)

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