'Groundbreaking 60's TV documentary finally makes it to DVD Acclaimed at the time of its original broadcast on the BBC in 1968 as 'a psychedelic experience which 10 years from now will be the definitive document of its time', it's only now that acclaimed documentary filmmaker Tony Palmer's landmark film on the social and cultural significance of the then emerging pop culture is getting its first commercial release. Very much a product of its time, All My Loving uses the then contemporary arts documentary style with its rapid cutting juxtaposing interviews with Paul McCartney, Frank Zappa, Pete Townshend, Donovan, Eric Burdon and Jimi Hendrix with live, on the road and behind the scenes footage of the Beatles, Cream, Pink Floyd, the Who, Hendrix and, by way of a historic counterpoint, newsreel images of the Vietnam war. Additionally, a supporting cast of miscellaneous music biz movers, shakers and personalities including Lulu, George Martin, Derek Taylor, Manfred Mann, Kit Lambert, Anthony Burgess, George Harrison's mum and the Maharishi are all glimpsed, however, the film's most incisive comments come from messrs Zappa and Burdon. On top of the original 55 minute film the DVD's bonus features include an interview with Tony Palmer and a gallery of vintage Ralph Steadman cartoons. All said, All My Loving survives as a fascinating historical artefact especially when viewed with the hindsight of the subsequent complete corporatisation of what was once considered the counter culture.'
Grahame Bent (Record Collector)
Telegram from Paul McCartney:
'This is just great; absolutely what we meant'
'If Mr. Palmer's intention was to disturb, he succeeded brilliantly. It was absolutely chilling.'
'It said more about pop than a year of Top Of The Pops.'
'With hideous, clamorous force, Tony Palmer's film about the pop world burst out of the TV screen last night - a disturbing piece of televisionwhich no parent could afford to miss. It was certainly not a film which will die,a psychedelic experience which 10 years from now will be the definitive document of its time. How often does TV really make you sit on the edge of your chair?'
Disc & Music Echo
'Magnificent - honest, accurate, unbiased and totally frank. As a comment on today, it was
horrific and powerful, and as a protest it was stunning. Director Tony Palmer offered no
personal comment. Questions were raised and thoughts recorded, but no editorial explanation or reason was forced on us. The conclusions were our own. It was absolutely superb'
'Brilliant and frightening.'
'Remarkable...I have no doubt that wherever it is shown the film will win professional acclaim.'