See This! THE SPARKS BROTHERS

17 May 2021

A new documentary of the fabulous Mael siblings – Ron and Russell – called
THE SPARKS BROTHERS will be released next month – June 18 in North
American theaters – via Focus Features. More info here.

Watch the trailer featuring Beck, Jason Schwartzmann,
Todd Rundgren, Giorgio Moroder, RHCP’s Flea
, and more famous fans…

I know, I can’t help it. This still sounds a.w.e.s.o.me

DAVE GROHL And FOO FIGHTERS Documentary ‘WHAT DRIVES US’ Coming

13 April 2021

A Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters documentary
called WHAT DRIVES US is coming 30 April

Dave Grohl says: “This film is my love letter to every musician
that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it
all behind for the simple reward of playing music.

The docu features interviews with Ringo Starr, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson,
St. Vincent, Slash, and Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses, The Edge
and
other big names.

More info: here.

Here’s the trailer

FOO FIGHTERS: Facebook

LED ZEPPELIN LIVE IN LONDON 2007 – Movie

CELEBRATION DAY

Concert movie of a one-off Led Zeppelin show on 10 December 2007,
in the O2 Arena, in London, as part of an Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert
(Ertegun was a famous and highly praised music executive – founder of
Atlantic Records – who passed away in 2006). The film started a limited
cinema release on 17 October 2012, and came out on several home audio
and video formats.


(Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund)

According to the Guinness World Records issue of 2009, the concert holds
the world record for the “Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert
as 20 million requests for a ticket were registered online.

The explosive trailer

You can buy the CD/DVD via Amazon

Brand New In-Depth Documentary – ‘I AM A CLICHE: POLY STYRENE’

About old and new music movies…

10 March 2021

I AM A CLICHE – POLY STYRENE

Documentary about multi-faceted British punk legend Poly Styrene who introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s England, with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint.

Directed by: Poly’s daughter Celeste Bell (interview here under) and Paul Sng

Released: 27 February 2021 – Now streaming through independent cinemas in the UK
and Ireland and will premiere in North America at SXSW from March 16-20.

More info ‘to watch’, here via Modern Films.

Louder Than War wrote: “A dazzling documentary that will renew your faith in the
power of cinema to depict lives that aren’t so easily narrated… This film is so much more than a documentary. Certainly, it offers insight into Poly Styrene’s life and career in X-Ray Spex, and it brings together incredible commentary from voices that include Pauline Black, Ana da Silva, Kathleen Hanna, Rhoda Dakar, Don Letts, Neneh Cherry, Vivien Goldman, John Robb, Gina Birch, and so many others. But even more, it’s an elegiac rumination on a complicated yet beautiful life, and the power of narrative for those, like Bell, who do the storytelling.” Full review here.

The trailer

The cliché

Turn Up The Volume‘s numero uno X-Ray Spex cracker…

POLY STYRENE: Facebook


Rest in peace, heroine…

DAVID BYRNE’s AMERICAN UTOPIA

7 March 2021

AMERICAN UTOPIA (2020)

About: Live recording of a Broadway play with David Byrne
performing – alongside 11 musicians – several songs and
contributions from his long career (Talking Heads/solo work).

Director: Spike Lee/Screenplay by David Byrne

Trailer

DAVID BYRNE: Website


The play was named after his 10th solo album from 2018

WHITE RIOT – Documentary About The ROCK AGAINST RACISM Movement In 1976

4 March 2021

WHITE RIOT

Released (DVD and Blue-Ray): 2019

Story: Filmmaker Rubika Shah documents the rise of Rock Against Racism (RAR).
The movie focuses partly on co- founder Red Saunders, photographer and Agitprop theater purveyor. Eric ‘fucking hypocrite’ Clapton supported the racist ideologies at
the time. More about Clapton‘s jaw-dropping nonsense here.

Rock Against Racism was a political and cultural movement, started in 1976 in reaction
to a rise in racist attacks on the streets of the United Kingdom, supported by the far-right National Front. RAR activists organised Carnivals, tours, but also local gigs all over Great-Britain, uniting black and white music fans.

– Trailer –

– Soundtrack –
(with The Clash, Steel Pulse & more)

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Music Movies – THE LAST WALTZ (1978)

THE LAST WALTZ (1978)

The final concert of legendary Americana/rock/country group THE BAND
25 November 1976 (Thanksgiving Day) in Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Starring: The Band and an impressive cast of famous artist with Bob Dylan,
Van Morrison, Neil Young, Dr.John, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond and many more.

Director: Martin Scorsese

Trailer

Three top moments…

BABY LET ME FOLLOW YOU DOWN by BOB DYLAN

THE SHAPE I’M IN by THE BAND

SUCH A NIGHT by DR. JOHN

THE (Triple) ALBUM

Music Movies! BACKBEAT (1994)

BACKBEAT

Drama movie about The Beatles and their Hamburg days
where they learned how to rock ‘n’ roll. Focus is on Stu Sutcliffe,
the charismatic Scottish bassist of the Fab Four in the early days
who passed away due to a brain haemorrhage. He was only 21.

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Sheryl Lee and Ian Hart

1994

Trailer

Movie This! JOY DIVISION – A Documentary – 2007

23 February 2021

JOY DIVISION
A Documentary

What: this docu follows the unlikely rise of working-class lads Joy Division up to Ian Curtis‘s suicide with rare footage of the group and interviews with band members, their entourage and other Manchester punk celebrities of that era, as well as their moody and starkly photographed videos, capturing the essence of what made Joy Division so special and
so tragic.

Directed by Grant Gee – 2007

Film critic Philip French wrote: “Someone says in the film that the revolutionary step they made was to progress from the usual punk group’s angry statement: ‘Fuck you.’ Joy Division were the first to say: ‘We’re fucked.’ There is a particularly impressive sequence in which dark, despairing tracks of urban alienation and angst from the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures are accompanied by a speeded-up nocturnal journey around Manchester. It has the hallucinatory sci-fi feeling of Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville.”

The trailer

Full documentary…

JOY DIVISION: Facebook