Walk on By

The Story of Popular Song

BBC Specialist Factual Bristol/Bravo Channel


Director: Andrew Graham-Brown

Editor: Rick Holbrooke

Series Producer: William Naylor

Executive Producer: Michael Poole


What's in a song? A work of art penned by genius or the cynical creation of a machine-age hack desperate to exploit our natural sentimentality? One thing is certain: the best songs have the ability to capture our dreams, emotions and aspirations unlike any other art form. The truly great songs continue to do this for millions of people the world over.

Walk On By tells the story of these great songs and the world that created them. The journey begins with Thomas Edison's first cylinder recordings and the birthplace of modern music - New York's legendary Tin Pan Alley, and continues through London's West End and New York's Broadway musical revivals of today, via the hugely diverse heritage of modern musical forms, from ragtime to hillbilly, rock to jazz, and punk to rap.



Hugh Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual 2001

Montreux Film Festival.


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