All My Loving

Lennon and McCartney had suggested to Tony Palmer, who was mainly concerned with classical music (he was responsible for ‘The Art of Conducting’ and ‘Benjamin Britten & His Festival’), that he make a documentary on the world of rock music. Burgess, who had described Lennon and McCartney’s efforts as ’emetic little songs’, was asked by Palmer to speak on pop vacuity and gormlessness: ‘Youth is youth, pop is pop, there’s no need to progress, there’s no need to do anything. Let us sit down and smoke our marihuana – an admirable thing in itself, but no end of anything – let us listen to our records, and life has become the single moment, and the single moment is eternity. We are with God. Finis.’

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