In the mid-1970s, at the suggestion of John Lennon, celebrated journalist and film director Palmer decided to document “The Story of Popular Music” and set about interviewing and filming all the major players in the industry. Even in the mid-70s, this was seen as a monumental task, but despite the scale of the undertaking, Palmer made a series of films that set a standard for all subsequent music biographers and documentary filmmakers.
The result was “All You Need Is Love,” a 17-episode, critically acclaimed TV series, originally broadcast worldwide between 1976-80, featuring episodes on ragtime, blues, jazz, vaudeville, the musical, folk, swing, country and western, rock n’ roll and beyond.
Included are interviews with Lennon, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stephen Sondheim, Benny Goodman, Bing Crosby, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Sam Phillips, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Richard , Roy Rogers, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Phil Spector, Bill Monroe, Bill Graham, Bill Wyman, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton and many, many more.
The show has been long unavailable, neither re-released on TV or made available on home video. Now, MVD Visual has packaged the groundbreaking series in a lavish five-disc box set, with all 17 episodes, for a list price of $99.99 (though you can by it at the MVD site or at Amazon for less). Available Tuesday, May 13.