One for the diary, as Psychedelic Britannia looks well worth catching.
It’s a documentary on the British music scene from around 1965 to 1970, a time where the beat bands of the era grew their hair longer and generally started experimenting – not least with the music.
What started as a ‘bohemian underground’ moved into the pop mainstream and made the careers of some bands. That included the likes of Soft Machine and Pink Floyd, with other more established names getting in on the act too – the Small Faces, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Procol Harum and the Moody Blues to name just a few. Not just beat, folk acts like the Incredible String Band and Vashti Bunyan were very much in the mix too.
This newly-produced film is narrated by Nigel Planer ands according to the BBC has contributions and ‘freshly-shot performances’ from artists who lived and breathed the psych era such as Paul McCartney, Ginger Baker, Robert Wyatt, Roy Wood, the Zombies, Mike Heron, Vashti Bunyan, Joe Boyd, Gary Brooker, Arthur Brown, Kenney Jones, Barry Miles, the Pretty Things and the Moody Blues.
The screening date is Friday 23rd October at 10pm. Catch up on iPlayer later of course.