Alan Yentob's 3 hour series The Story of The Guitar has been simultaneously fascinating and irritating. Fascinating because there are plenty of great stories and interviews along the way, and irritating because it's the same old Great Men of Rock as ever: music history as written by Q Magazine.
Posted by Tom Whitwell.
I would say Joy Division has had much more influence on contemporary guitar music than any other 80s band. I'm telling you this as an American. Also the MC5 of course. I'm saying in terms of paradigm sifts.
I realize the influence of American roots/spiritual/blues on it all.
...you forgot to add "And presented by an insufferably smug and self-promoting bell-end who has a history of getting his underlings to do interviews and then edits in shots of himself to make it look like he was actually working rather than pissing away our License fees down The Ivy"