Every generation finds its own beat, and every scene has been caught on camera. This toe-tapping tour guides us through pop's glorious past.
From the dawn of rock 'n' roll, music and film have been inextricably linked. This wildly eclectic collection explores the sometimes peculiar history of (mostly) pre-video pop music in Britain, starting from the 1950s and taking in the Mersey beat explosion, hippy dreaming, punk pogoing, reggae rebellion and more besides. Ephemeral, of-the-moment, and sometime quickly knocked up, many of the toe-tapping titbits you'll see and hear in this classy collection were never meant to endure. Some have since slipped off the cultural radar altogether. They re-emerge now as fascinating pop artefacts, splendidly stuffed with groovy sounds and casually-captured social history. Straight from the fridge, dad!
197948 mins Location: Belfast
The Undertones and Stiff Little Fingers play live in this vivid music doc capturing all the vibrancy of the 1970s Northern Irish punk scene.
The Bonzo Dog Band freak out at the farm and strange sounds abound in this cheery, charmingly childlike stream-of-consciousness music short.
Performance19515 mins Location: Minnis Bay
Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails in the company of organ maestro Nick Olson, tickling the ivories at Uncle Tom's Cabin, Minnis Bay, Birchington.
News197310 mins Location: Norwich
Well and truly steering the helm at The Jolly Butchers pub in Ber Street, Norwich is Antoinette Hannent better known as 'Black Anna'.
Amateur film19642 mins Location: Ipswich
This is one Halloween night that certainly was one big scream as the Fab Four played the Ipswich Gaumont (then Regent).
Prepare to be freaked out big time by a thoroughly theatrical 1970s psych-prog-folk-rock fairy tale from English eccentrics Jethro Tull.
Performance music video19595 mins
Two pop promos from ace American crooner Brook Benton, including his 1959 crossover hit, 'It's Just a Matter of Time'.
Music video19622 mins
Snake-hipped popster Shane Fenton - later reborn as Alvin Stardust - sings 'n' twists to his biggest 60s hit in this fab full-colour jukebox film.
Amateur film197813 mins Location: London
Fascinating amateur footage of London punks, and a glimpse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, filmed on the King's Road in 1978.
Documentary197025 mins Location: Notting Hill
Spaced-out sitar music and the prog rock grooves of Quintessence soundtrack this psychedelic flashback to Notting Hill Gate in 1970.
Non-Fiction196921 mins Location: Camden Town
Join distracted onlookers at a protest “be-in” at Camden’s Roundhouse –alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.
Amateur film196310 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A delirious 60s jazz dance night at a legendary Newcastle nightspot, the Majestic Ballroom, scene of the Beatles first gig in the city.
Performance196645 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.
Amateur film19746 mins Location: Barsham Hill
In the 70s, Barsham Faire on August Bank Holiday became a tradition for many to celebrate things 'medieval' and raise funds for local arts events. It put Barsham on the map.