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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Don Kirshner ...
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Ian Whitcomb ...
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Mary Ellin Barnett ...
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Jeff Barry ...
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Gerry Beckley ...
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Dewey Bunnell ...
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Mike Chapman ...
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Samuel Charters ...
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Nik Cohn ...
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Richard Coles ...
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Fred Ebb ...
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David Evans ...
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Will Friedwald ...
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Gary Giddins ...
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Peter Guralnick ...
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Bill Haley ...
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Don Helms ...
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Chris Hillman ...
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Barney Hoskyns ...
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Robert Hunter ...
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John Kander ...
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Tom Kelly ...
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Robert Kimball ...
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John Lahr ...
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Mickie Most ...
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Larry Nager ...
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Anita O'Day ...
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Jon Pareles ...
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Gene Pitney ...
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Storyline

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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Neil Tennant: In the 1990s the pop song was under threat in a way it had never been before because dance music became so prominent. And it wasn't about songs, a lyric would just get in the way. (... ) And then suddenly at the end of the 90s one strenght of the boyband thing, you know, is that it kept songwriters going, I suppose.
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