Eight-episode series depicting 100 years of history of popular song, from early pioneers to rock'n'roll revolution and modern-day pop.

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Jerry Wexler ...
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Ellie Greenwich ...
Edward Jablonski ...
Don Kirshner ...
Barry Mann ...
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Ian Whitcomb ...
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Mary Ellin Barnett ...
 Herself 1 episode, 2001
Jeff Barry ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Gerry Beckley ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Dewey Bunnell ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Mike Chapman ...
Samuel Charters ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Nik Cohn ...
Richard Coles ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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Fred Ebb ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
David Evans ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Will Friedwald ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Gary Giddins ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
Peter Guralnick ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Bill Haley ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Don Helms ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Chris Hillman ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Robert Hunter ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
David Jasen ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
John Kander ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Tom Kelly ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Robert Kimball ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
John Lahr ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself - Interviewee 1 episode, 2001
Fonce Mizell ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Mickie Most ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Larry Nager ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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 Herself 1 episode, 2001
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Gene Pitney ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
Nolan Porterfield ...
 Himself 1 episode, 2001
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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

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14 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Popular Song: Soundtrack of the Century  »

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1.33 : 1
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Robbie Robertson: There was no tricks. It was all about just writing songs that would have that timeless quality. This was like, "Okay, this is really who we are. Here it is. There's no thrills, there's no tricks, there's no nothing. It's just the real shit." You know, and that's as much as any of us ever really wanted out of music.
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