When Albums Ruled the World

When Albums Ruled the World

"one of the best documentaries of recent years"   The Observer

"a fantastic documentary...with a stellar list of contributors"  The Times

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvass of the album. The LP allowed popular music to become an art form: from the glorious artwork adorning gatefold sleeves, to the ideas and concepts that bound the songs together and the unforgettable music itself. Built on the stratospheric sales of albums, these were the years when the music industry exploded to become bigger than Hollywood. From pop to rock, country to soul, jazz to punk, all of music embraced what ‘the album’ could offer. But with the collapse of vinyl sales at the end of the 70s, and the arrival of new technologies and formats, the golden era of the album couldn’t last forever.

With contributions from Roger Taylor, Ray Manzarek, Noel Gallagher, Guy Garvey, Nile Rodgers, Grave Slick, Mike Oldfield, Slash and a host of others, this is the story of When Albums Ruled the World.

BBC Four, February 2013, 1 x 90 min.

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