On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives will be an eight-hour documentary series, shot in HD for fall 2010 and hosted by Sir George Martin, who produced The Beatles, and narrated by Kevin Spacey, whose musical propos include playing -- and singing -- Bobby Darin for his 2004 biographical film.
The series will feature hundreds of artist, interviews and archival performances to chart the industry's development.
As with most big-ticket productions, this will be far more than a TV show, with a companion Web site, CD box set, DVD set, books and even a companion radio show.
Martin and Wildheart have been developing the project for more than five years, PBS said.
Executive producers will include Martin, Maxim Langstaff and Michele Langstaff of Wildheart and Phil Quartararo, Virgin Records founder and former head of EMI and Warner Music executive.