Synopsis by Hal Erickson
A half century of popular music is covered in this breezy made-for-TV documentary, originally telecast May 31, 2000 on the VH1 cable network. Each decade's worth of songs, film clips, and interviews is introduced and hosted by a different show-business icon, including Isaac Hayes, Johnathon Schaech, Billy Baldwin, and Olivia Newton-John (who performs "Video Killed the Radio Star," ironically the first tune ever heard on VH1's principal rival MTV). In addition to presenting the music, the documentary endeavors to analyze the impact of rock & roll on American society. The TV release of It's Only Rock and Roll coincided with the issue of a tie-in CD collection, courtesy of Rhino Records.