Popular music is now an essential part of our daily lives. Yet we know comparatively little about it - where it came from, how it developed, how it has influenced or been influenced by social change. Today, the popular music industry controls billions of dollars; it has a greater revenue than the combined efforts of cinema, theatre, sport and all the other entertainment industries put together. Yet that industry depends, ultimately, on the creative talents of a group of remarkable individuals. The story of popular music, therefore, is a story of the struggle by these individuals to survive the demands of an avaricious, thieving and capricious industry. This critically acclaimed TV series, originally broadcast worldwide between 1976 and 1980, is featured here in its entirety - 17 episodes contained on 5 discs, encompassing ragtime, blues, jazz, vaudeville, the musical, folk, swing, country and western, rock 'n' roll and beyond.