Music on Film & TV

Flame (1975)

British glam rock superstars Slade made their collective acting debut in this drama about a pop group's struggles with success. In the late 1960s, Barry (Dave Hill), Paul (Jim Lea) and Charlie (Don Powell) are musicians who are barely making a living playing pub dates, weddings, and socials in The DTs led by ineffectual and(...)



1 9 7 6 - 1 9 7 7 (Australia) 425 x 30 minute episodes This pop music-centric magazine show from the Australian ABC was hosted by Ray Burgess and Mike Meade. Mike Meade began life as a cameraman at STW 9 in Perth, Western Australia, while Burgess had achieved a modicum of fame in the(...)

Gadzooks! It’s All Happening/Gadzooks! It’s The In Crowd

1 9 6 5 (UK) Gadzooks! It's All Happening changed name mid-season (May 1965) to Gadzooks! It's The In Crowd, and ultimately (from 12 July) simply to Gadzooks!. A sequel to The Beat Room, the Monday evening show offered the same kind of fare - top pop acts and dance troupe The Beat Girls. Presenters were Alan David and Christine Holmes. Lulu(...)

Get It Together

1 9 7 7 - 1 9 8 1 (UK) Get It Together was a TV pop show featuring groups miming to their hits in front of a studio audience of kids, presented by Roy North (fresh from The Basil Brush Show) and Linda Fletcher. Guests were generally of the Cliff Richard/Showaddywaddy/Shakin' Stevens/Suzi Quatro ilk despite the prevalence of punk(...)

Get Yourself A College Girl (1964)

Student Mary Ann Mobley gets into trouble when she's exposed as the songwriter of some disreputable - but supposedly groovy - tunes. Fortunately, an ambitious senator (Willard Waterman) is around to help out - in exchange for some youth "cred" with the voters. This would-be fun teen picture is saved by the appearance of a(...)

Ghost Goes Gear, The (1966)

This 24-carat piece of 60s pop trivia was made as a showcase for the popular British blues-soul band The Spencer Davis Group. The band are spending the summer as entertainers on a pleasure steamer plying the Thames near Windsor. While packing up their instruments after the show one day, Peter York's drum falls into the(...)

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Gimme Shelter follows The Rolling Stones on their 1969 US tour, catching them at their absolute apex. Interspersed with the live concert footage we see the negotiations between lawyers and promoters who must find a last-minute alternative venue for a free concert scheduled in San Francisco. They decide on the Altamont Speedway. All events in the film lead to(...)

Girl Can’t Help It, The (1957)

This rock 'n' roll comedy starring Tom Ewell and the pneumatic Jayne Mansfield is witty, stylish, clever and (by today's standards) extraordinarily sexist. Tom Miller (Ewell), a small-time theatrical agent, is given the task of turning glamorous Jerri Jordan (Mansfield) into a top rock 'n' roll personality. The problem is that Jerri doesn't want to(...)


1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 6 (Australia) In 1964, the new Australian ATV0 Network (now Channel Ten) decided it would enter the Rock & Roll field and the hugely successful Go!! began life as a weekly show on Mondays at 7:00pm (the timeslot soon changing to 6:00pm Saturdays). The resident band on Go!! was The Strangers, and(...)

Godspell (1973)

A rock gospel according to Saint Matthew, David Greene's Godspell derived from a successful stage show. David Haskell played a brightly dressed character who was a composite of John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot.

Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, The (1980)

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's self-aggrandizing rewrite of recent history. His beloved Sex Pistols figured only as puppets, with McLaren tugging the strings. Punk was portrayed not as a movement of working-class kids discovering their own power, but as a tour de force of cultural terrorism perpetrated by the arch-strategist McLaren according to(...)


1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 5 (Australia) Today, music shows on television are as common as bread and butter. But in 1969, the Australian ABC network made music and pop culture history with a groundbreaking, revolutionary music show that had never been seen before on television. That show was GTK (which stood for "Getting To(...)

Happening ’68

1 9 6 8 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) Imitating his earlier show, Where the Action Is, Dick Clark again employed Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere, both of Paul Revere and the Raiders, to host this daytime variety show. Premiering first as a Saturday show, it was eventually broadcast on weekdays as well, where the title(...)

Head (1968)

America’s most successful pop-group The Monkees fractured their cheeky TV-image (and anticipated much of MTV’s self-deprecatory style) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes to make arguably the quintessential 60s movie. Co-written by director Bob Rafelson (who had been the brains behind the Monkees concept) and and LSD-inspired Jack Nicholson, it's all dippy philosophising(...)

Help! (1965)

Fresh from the success of A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles had the world at their feet and pitched to follow in the globetrotting wake of fellow Cool Britannia icon James Bond. This time they are pursued by an Eastern mystic sect because Ringo has a sacred ring stuck on his finger. The plot opens as(...)

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