Libertines, Manic Street Preachers and Suede members contribute to BBC’s ‘The Story Of Indie’

Three-part documentary series will chart history of the genre

BBC Four has announced a new series about the rise of independent music.

The Story Of Indie will attempt to tell the definitive story of the genre, from the inception of alternative music in the 1970s to critical acclaim in the ’80s and its commercial peak as Britpop exploded in the 1990s. The three-part series will also tackle indie’s legacy and influence in the current music scene in 2015.

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The series is presented by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Mark Radcliffe and features contributions from James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos, Carl Barât of The Libertines, Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder, Suede’s Bernard Butler, Pauline Black of The Selecter, Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Buzzcocks’ frontman Pete Shelley and Joy Divison/New Order’s Stephen Morris, plus key music industry figures.

Presenter Mark Radcliffe says: “This is really a story that’s been waiting to be told. We’re always hearing about the seismic shifts the music business is undergoing, but in many ways, this was the first – when the egalitarian independent spirit of punk and DIY broke the stranglehold of the men in suits in the posh offices of the major labels in that there London creating the soundtrack of our lives along the way.”

The three hour-long episodes will air on Fridays from early October.