Aroview: Prolific arts filmmaker Tony Palmer oversaw this landmark, encyclopedic history of modern pop and rock – prescribed viewing for anyone who’s ever loved music!
Across 17 installments, the series covers every branch of the musical tree, from its origins and early development, through to its popularization and rebel streaks. Broadcast in the seventies, its only glaring omission is the punk movement (reluctantly excluded by its director due to budgetary constraints). The final episodes are also notable for live-fast-die-young rock critic Lester Bangs' excoriating (if rather naive) commentary on the state of rock music in the 1970s.
17 episodes across five discs:
Disc 1: Introduction
Disc 2: God’s Children (Beginnings); Jungle Music (Jazz); Who’s That Comin’? (Blues);
Disc 3: Rude Songs (Vaudeville & Music Hall); Always Chasing Rainbows (Tin Pan Alley); Diamonds as Big as the Ritz (The Musical); Swing That Music! (Swing).
Disc 4: Good Times (Rhythm and Blues); Making Moonshine (Country Music); Go Down, Moses! (Songs of War and Protest); Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll! (Rock and Roll).
Disc 5: Mighty Good (The Beatles); All Along the Watchtower (Sour Rock); Whatever Gets You Through the Night (Glitter Rock); Imagine (New Directions).