Tony Palmer: All You Need Is Love. Swing That Music! - (2 DVD)
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . An astute, fine-tooth-combing through popular music in all its hues and ages. . Linda . Laban . Country music was, originally, home-made music. . It described the births, marriages and deaths that happened in every community. . It celebrated love, just as it bemoaned the ill-fortune that came to every man or woman. . It was music with which all felt they could identify. . As such, it occupied a unique place in white culture. . The music was not originally manufactured, as in . Tin . Pan . Alley, nor originally sophisticated and this episode describes how a grotesque change came about. . Finally, we will be backstage at the . Grand . Ole . Opry during one of its regular nationwide broadcasts, with a blessing to finish from . Grand . Ole . Gospel . Time.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . a monumental achievement that has influenced every music documentary since . New . Classics . For most of its history, popular music has rarely been that which most people like. . Jazz, for instance, has always been a minority interest. . But in the era which was dominated by swing, the music and its popularity were equally matched. . White musicians became bored with the asinine popular music they were expected to play, music pumped out by . Tin . Pan . Alley, and tried to emulate the style and freedom of their black counterparts. . Most of them were too intelligent as musicians to indulge in mere imitation. . What they created was the first white music based on black music which was not stolen from black music.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon . A treasure trove for music lovers. . . Giant . Magazine . In the late forties, white record companies labelled commercial black music race music. . Eventually, . Jerry . Wexler, then working at . Billboard magazine as a reporter, thought of the phrase rhythm and blues and it caught on. . Before long, numerous other descriptions appeared - . Motown, the . Philadelphia . Sound, . Soul - but all had in common that the music expressed the rising aspirations of the ghetto. . Meanwhile, a curious imitation of black gospel appeared called white gospel . And among those who loved the sound were two remarkable men; one a record producer, . Sam . Phillips, who wanted to create a sound which had the discipline of white gospel but with the abandon of black rhythm and blues; the other was . Elvis . Presley.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. Revealing, provocative and controversial, the documentary was all those things and more and still has the power to enthral and entertain some 30 years later. . The . Beat . Magazine . The show pops with original and archival interviews. . Rich . Heldenfels . The story of rock n roll begins and ends in . Memphis, . Tennessee, in the tiny studio of record producer . Sam . Phillips. . He tells of how he discovered . Elvis . Presley and of the struggle he had to get . Presley accepted. . It was not the overnight success story that is popularly believed. . Before long, however, . Presley came to symbolize the spirit of an entire generation. . How did this happen, and why? . Or was it simply the product of . Sam . Phillips imagination and . Presleys stage presence?
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . This is a priceless education - and euphoric brilliance - worth every penny. . . John . M. . James, . Positively . Yeah . Yeah. Thanks to the hit movie, . The . Sting, everyone reckons they know about . Ragtime. . But do they? . This episode includes the oldest known piece of film (1898) showing what the . Cakewalk was really like. . Also extracts from . The . Royal . Ballet production based on . Scott . Joplins music, . Elite . Syncopations. . Also extracts staged by the . Houston . Grand . Opera of . Joplins only surviving opera, . Treemonisha. . There is also rare early film of . Irving . Berlin (Alexanders . Ragtime . Band) as well as film of . Joplins birthplace and of the madhouse where he died. . Although reference is made to other early ragtime composers, this episode is essentially the story of . Scott . Joplin - an extraordinary tragedy of failure, frustration, pride, of the black mans struggle to achieve for himself a proper place in . American society.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. This exhaustively researched and brilliantly edited work, includes revealing glimpses of a whos who of modern music. . Darryl . Sterdan, . Winnipeg . Sun. This is a story of how a remarkable and very different number of theatrical elements were welded together into something also remarkable and very different called the musical. . From operetta, vaudeville, variety, burlesque, revue and most importantly . British music hall, came the musical. . But it did not come about by accident. . It was the deliberate and conscious achievement of lyricist . Oscar . Hammerstein (who wrote, among others, . Showboat and . Oklahoma) and the director . Rouben . Mamoulian. . Against considerable opposition, both critical and commercial, they created a new art form which was unique and yet familiar.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. Music buffs, rejoice! . British documentary . TV maker . Tony . Palmers energized and enlightening history of popular music has finally landed on our shores. . Jonathan . Takiff, . Philadelphia . Daily . News. Blues is a word you have to think about before it can be understood. . Contrary to popular belief, blues - as a form of music - does not appear until 1910 or so, that is after ragtime and jazz. . Blues is not, therefore, the cornerstone of popular music. . Rather, it has become an emotional response, through music, to a variety of oppressive social conditions. . The episode begins in the delta ofthe . Mississippi and follows the progress of itinerant blues musicians to the steel mills and automobile factories of . Chicago; from harmonica and fiddle, to electric guitar and fashionable nightclub. . Finally, the episode shows how blues phrases and harmonies were stolen by white rock n rollers in need of a new gimmick.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon . Theres no shortage of ambition in this 17-episode series directed in 1977 for . British . TV by music journalist and filmmaker . Tony . Palmer. . Subtitled . The . Story of . Popular . Music, this is the closest we will ever get to a definitive portrait of such a sprawling topic. . Sean . Axmaker . Jazz is not a black music, nor a white music. . Nor is it structureless improvisation. . Nor did it originate in . New . Orleans. . As created at the turn of the century throughout the . American south, it had a quite specific and limited meaning. . Its form was strict, as were the morals and musical principles which guided its early exponents. . This film will seek to examine the origins of jazz, and show how these were exploited and eventually lost by greed. . Jazz is a story of apartheid in music in which a unique blend of white musical discipline and black sensibility was compromised and laid waste.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. For an entertaining and informative history of popular music up through the mid-70s, you could not do any better than this engrossing series. . Curt . Fields . Washington . Post. This episode takes place almost entirely on stage; fans are always seen from the performers point of view. . Thus, we begin to feel and experience first hand the pressures being put upon various individuals by the music industry. . We are backstage with . David . Bowie as he makes himself up for a performance. . We watch . Alice . Cooper ritualistically smashing up a doll, while the fans shriek for more and more. . We are with . Ian . Anderson of . Jethro . Tull as he prepares to face a screaming crowd. . We watch . Eric . Clapton before drugs, during drugs and after drugs. . We are on stage with . Keith . Emerson as he hurls his electric organ at the audience.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . its the definitive musical history lesson for anyone interested in discovering just how dozens of different threads of sound can come together into one massive, magnificent musical tapestry. . Neil . Pond . American . Profile. . this is one of the music . DVD releases of the year . Irish . Times. It is generally assumed that . American popular music comes from the coastalregions of . Africa; that the slaves brought drums to the . United . States; that jazz originated, somehow, in . New . Orleans; that the blues developed in the . Mississippi . Delta, and later became the cornerstone of every thing from rock n roll to ragtime. . All of these assumptions are untrue, and this episode will seek to uncover the real story - in . Africa, on the edge of the . Sahara; in . Austria and the . Salzkammergut; in the . Ozark mountains of . Arkansas; in . New . Orleans and in . Texas.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . Unspeakably ambitious, immensely satisfying and indescribably essential. . Bernard . Perusse . Montreal . C. а. z. е. tt. е. Tin . Pan . Alley existed to make monkey. . It organized and rationalized an embryonic music industry for the mutual benefit of these who did the organizing. . Tin . Pan . Alley brought to popular music a collective sense of purpose. . Songs were no longer the creative prerogative of a few gifted composers. . They could be written to order, in ten minutes, for all combinations of instruments and voices. . Its organization included pluggers, copyists, demonstrators and arrangers. . Song were written by committee, by number, and by rote. . They were product, and the greater the product the greater the profit.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. After . Nashville had raped . American country music, it might seem that the folktraditions this music embodied had been lost. . Not so, because these traditions had a purpose other than to entertain. . We shall see how folk music used popular melodies to spell out unpopular themes, how during the . American . War of . Independence filthy words were penned against the . British . Crown, but all to the tune of . God . Save . The . King. . The same happened during the . American . Civil . War - different words, depending on whether you were from the . North or the . South, but to the same tune. . Song has been used by such as . Joan . Baez and . Bob . Dylan, . Pete . Seeger and . Leonard . Cohen as a passionate weapon for peace. . The effect these singers managed to achieve in the sixties was one of the stronger causes of the . American defeat in . Vietnam.
. A mighty achievement. . Thank you. . John . Lennon. . interviews, backstage footage and amazing performances that explore the prejudice and commercialistion of pop . Time . Out. . A must for serious music aficionados. . Jeffery . Sisk . In . Tune. Music . Hall, as a description, means exactly what it says. . A hall, usually at the back of a tavern or pub, in which music was performed by local entertainers for financial gain. . It is thus the earliest example of a popular music industry. . In a sense, through all its manifestations, music hall or vaudeville or variety has remained true to this original description. . Thus, the film begins and ends in . Las . Vegas (with . Judy . Garland), a palace of varieties to end all palaces of variety. . En route, we travel via . Londons . Palace . Theatre, the . Palladium and the . Windmill.