Peter Frame (born 10 November 1942 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England) is an English music journalist and historian of rock music.

He has produced outlines of the history of rock bands for various magazines, such as Sounds, NME, Melody Maker and Rolling Stone.[1] In 1969, Frame founded the English alternative rock magazine ZigZag. He was its editor,[2] from its beginning until February 1973, and again from March 1976 until July 1977.[3] He was also an A&R man for B&C Charisma Records, and the manager of the band, Starry Eyed and Laughing.[4]

Five volumes of his Rock Family Trees have been published; the first two were joined as The Complete Rock Family Trees. He is also author of Rockin' Around Britain.

In October 2007, his 500-page book, The Restless Generation - How rock music changed the face of 1950s Britain, was published by Rogan House.

Television series

The Rock Family Trees books were used as the basis for the BBC Television series Rock Family Trees in the 1990s,[5][6] narrated by John Peel.

Series one

Series two



  1. ^ "The Family of Rock » The Family". Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  2. ^ Taylor, Pete (1985) Popular Music Since 1955: A Critical Guide to the Literature, Mansell Publishing, ISBN 978-0-7201-1727-1, p. 17
  3. ^ Beppe Colli. "An interview with Peter Frame (1999)". Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  4. ^ "SE&L Characters". Starry Eyed and Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Rock family trees". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Rock Family Trees on BBC 2". BBC. Retrieved 2 February 2016.