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Episode Seventeen: Imagine...New Directions
Tony Palmer's acclaimed 17-part documentary series, 'All You Need Is Love' charting the history of popular music until it's broadcast in 1977. In the final episode of Palmer's history of pop music the programme looks at music as it was in 1976 concentrating on musicians who have `dropped out'. Jack Bruce has a remote island off Scotland; Toni Brown has a tree-house near San Francisco; rock group Black Oak Arkansas have built their own community complete with school, post office and stockade; Mike Oldfield lives in lives in total isolation.
Quite the most depressing episode of the series as it covers the pre-punk music industry which had become stale and bland with artists for the first time taking themselves too serious. With commercialism dominating the industry a young Richard Branson pontificates about the forty minute instrumentals by Mike Oldfield.
For the first time in the history of music the aging rockers who had stayed the course were fighting it out with new talent making it very difficult for these artists to break through strangling the life out of the industry.
Performances in the programme include Jack Bruce, Mike Oldfield, Electric Light Orchestra, Terry Garthwaite and the Baker Girvitz Army
Interviews in the show from Bruce, Manfred Mann, Richard Branson, Lester Bangs and Toni Brown.
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