Told through countless archive clips, numerous celebrity interviews and a narrator, the eight-episode BBC series tells the story of one hundred years of popular song. Starting with the thesis of popular song developing through the joining of the musical traditions of European Jews and African blacks in USA in early 20th century, the series continues to cover the jazz era singers, the birth of rock'n'roll, the new-found role of the pop producer, the multiple style developments from Britain and America in the 1960's, the country music blossom period, the use of popular music on stage and on screen, and the background of the modern-day manufactured pop artist. Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
In 1964, if you had said to anybody, even the musicians themselves, that this was an art form they would have laughed. And in 1969, if you had said to any of the musicians that this isn't an art form they'd have hit you.
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