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Rock Documentary Godfather - Tony Palmer

Rock Documentary Godfather - Tony Palmer

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Playing tracks by

Mamas & Papas, Leonard Cohen, Jefferson Airplane, Cream .

Tony Palmer is the Godfather of Music Documentary film making.
His ground-breaking 1968 film All My Loving, made for BBC TV, cocked a snook at
traditional documentary film making, not only in terms of content, but also through it's radical structure and visual style. At this juncture Palmer was also 'the music critic for the Observer'. He went on to televise 'Cream's Farewell' concert at The Royal Albert Hall in 1968, subsequently making films about Cream's Jack Bruce ('Rope Ladder To The Moon', 1969) and Ginger Baker ('Ginger Baker In Africa', 1971) before making his 1975/76 17 hour epic 'All You Need Is Love', a history of Popular Music, for ITV's LWT. (Out on Jungle DVD). His 'fly-on-the-wall' film of Leonard Cohen's 1972 european tour 'Bird On The Wire' is now fully remastered, and out on DVD. Palmer has made over 100 documentaries, and recently made the first documentary film about the life of Gustav Holst for BBCTV.

Tony Palmer's full filmography is at


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I love Tony Palmer and I wish he were recognized more in the usa.

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