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
Max Martin knows what he's doing. He has studied Abba who in turn studied every pop model they could get their hands on from Phil Spector to The Beatles. Who in turn studied, you know, Little Richard and Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael who in turn probably studied Stephen Foster who in turn studied, you know, whatever the farm heads on his neighborhood farm was singing. You know, there's always continuity here.
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