This documentary about the history of popular music in America focuses on the influences of British artists like the Beatles, who had a dramatic effect on the sounds of American rock.
All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music is the name of a 17-part television documantary series on the history of modern pop music directed by Tony Palmer, originally broadcast worldwide between 1976 and 1980.
This documentary focuses on the influences of British artists like the Beatles, who had a dramatic effect on the sounds of American rock in what was known as the "British invasion." Artists featured in concert footage and interviews include George Harrison, Donovan, Bill Graham, and more.
This episode turns the attention to The Beatles, possibly the most famous popular music group of all time. The story of the Beatles begins in Liverpool and to the world via Hamburg. "They were very scruffy" recounts Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager, as he describes the Beatles' early escapades in Hamburg and Liverpool. Soon Brian Epstein appeared on the scene, although he didn't like the sound the Beatles made. Nor did any record producer, and even George Martin now admits that he never believed they would make worldwide hit song writers. There was a cost, of course, which eventually had to paid for this extraordinary euphoria. But, at the time, no-one seemed to care. All the Beatles are interviewed along with key people such as George Martin, Derek Taylor and Brian Epstein. Many artists who were also influenced by The Beatles such as The Beach Boys, Roger McGuinn and Donovan are also interviewed.