All You Need Is Love All You Need Is Love is subtitled "The Story of Popular Music," and it really is, in nearly 15 hours, on five discs. For this… All You Need Is Love All You Need Is Love is subtitled "The Story of Popular Music," and it really is, in nearly 15 hours, on five discs. For this…
DVD Review

All You Need Is Love (2008)

HISTORICAL RECORD(S) All You Need Is Love chronicles the story of popular music, from pop standards to Elvis to Broadway
HISTORICAL RECORD(S) All You Need Is Love chronicles the story of popular music, from pop standards to Elvis to Broadway
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Details Release Date: May 13, 2008; DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008

All You Need Is Love is subtitled ''The Story of Popular Music,'' and it really is, in nearly 15 hours, on five discs. For this made-for-British-TV series, documentarian Tony Palmer compiled remarkable, rarely seen performances and interviews with everyone from Hoagy Carmichael to John Lennon. There are entire episodes on the blues, jazz, and Broadway musicals (the scriptwriter for the latter? Stephen Sondheim). Palmer makes the point too often that white pop frequently stole from black rhythms — he's right, but it gets repetitious — yet if that's my biggest quibble, how great must this be? See for yourself. A

Originally posted May 30, 2008 Published in issue #995-996 Jun 06, 2008 Order article reprints
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