When Albums Ruled The World

Friday 8 February



When Albums Ruled The World explores what is arguably the most important period in popular music history. For over a decade from the late 1960s to the early 1980s, popular music – from rock to soul, folk to reggae – swapped the sketch pad of the 45rpm single for the expansive canvas of the 33 1/3rpm album.

From Bob Dylan to the Beatles, The Who to Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye to Bob Marley, Pink Floyd to Fleetwood Mac, ideas became as important as melody, and music became art in the form of some of the most legendary albums ever recorded. With contributions from musicians, producers and personalities, this one-hour documentary for BBC Four remembers the rise and decline of the vinyl LP – and the slew of unforgettable masterpieces that graced its stereo grooves.

Part of the Golden Age Of The Album season across Radio 2, 6 Music and BBC Four.