Over the past forty-plus years British film director Tony Palmer has established himself as one of the country's foremost directors of documentary and factual films. One of Tony Palmer's first successes was the film All My Loving, which was released in 1968. Some seven years later Tony had the idea, encouraged by John Lennon, to document the history of popular music. The result was the groundbreaking and award-winning series of films made for television under the title All You Need Is Love.
The full series of films was released in 2008 to great critical and commercial acclaim.
In this episode we turn our attention to The Beatles, possibly the most famous popular music group of all time
The story of The Beatles begins in Liverpool and to the world via Hamburg.
"They were very scruffy" recounts Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager, as he describes The Beatles' early escapades in Hamburg and Liverpool. Soon Brian Epstein appeared on the scene, although he didn't like the sound The Beatles made. Nor did any record producer, and even George Martin now admits that he never believed they would make worldwide hit songwriters. There was a cost, of course, which eventually had to be paid for this extraordinary euphoria. But, at the time, no-one seemed to care.
All The Beatles are interviewed along with key people such as George Martin, Derek Taylor and Brian Epstein. Many artists who were also influenced by The Beatles such as The Beach Boys, Roger McGuinn and Donovan are also interviewed.
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