Tuesday December 07th 2010, 1:06 pm
Movie Lounge: Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution
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“Inside Pop – The Rock Revolution” is a fascinating CBS News TV documentary hosted by the celebrated composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein,  who at the time was the music director of the New York Philharmonic. This special 60-minute program was broadcast across America on April 26, 1967 on a Tuesday night at 9pm and features interviews with numerous musicians including Frank Zappa, the Byrds’ Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash of the Hollies, and members of the Gentle Soul, Herman’s Hermits, Canned Heat and Tim Buckley, who is seen performing at New York’s Cafe Au Go Go. The highlight of “Inside Pop,” however, might be the rare solo piano/vocal performance by Brian Wilson of his song “Surf’s Up,” which he’d recently co-written with Van Dyke Parks. The video player is set up like a playlist, so when the first clip stops, the next clip will automatically start. Read more about the doc after the jump.
Click here to watch the sixth and final part.

During the show, Bernstein carefully and methodically deconstructs a “strange and compelling scene called pop music” as though he’s trying to assuage a fearful post-25 year old generation, who were perhaps sitting at home at the time, with their teenage kids, and who probably weren’t quite sure what to make of all this new-fangled music that didn’t sound anything like their comforting Mantovani LPs. It’s a treat to see Bernstein, sitting at a piano, talking about then-contemporary songs like the Beatles’ “Good Day Sunshine” or the Left Banke’s “Pretty Ballerina,” explaining some of the lyrical themes favored by youthful songwriters whose words, he admits, were probably good enough that they could be in “any good poetry book.”

Speaking of youthful, it also features 15-year old Janis Ian performing her recently released single “Society’s Child,” which concerns an interracial romance. The song had been banned by a few radio stations at the time, but after this TV performance, Ian’s single climbed upward in the pop charts making the young singer-songwriter something of an overnight sensation.

Enjoy!



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[...] even the so-called Establishment took notice: In April 1967, CBS News aired a documentary called “Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution,” hosted by New York Philharmonic conductor Leonard Bernstein, which showcased — among other [...]

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