New Documentary: ‘OASIS AT KNEBWORTH 1996’

13 July 2021

Documentary: OASIS AT KNEBWORTH 1996

About: The Manchester legends’ (2) gigantic
shows at Knebworth, UK in 1996 – 25 years ago

Content: Made up of never-before-seen archive
concert and backstage footage from the gigs, with
additional interviews with the band and concert
organisers.

Out: 23 September 2021

Press statement: “The Jake Scott-directed film is “a joyful
and at times poignant cinematic celebration of one of the most
iconic live concert events of the last 25 years, driven entirely by
the music, and the fans’ own experiences of that monumental
weekend”.

Liam Gallagher: “Knebworth for me was the Woodstock of the 90’s.
It was all about the music and the people. I can’t remember much
about it, but I’ll never forget it. It was Biblical.”

An idea of what happened…

OASIS: Facebook

The BLACK CROWES Brothers Released A Reunion Film Called ‘BROTHERS OF A FEATHER’

10 July 2021

Band: THE BLACK CROWES
Who: Americana blues rockers from Marietta, Georgia
with the Robinson brothers as the key members.
Active: 1984–2002, 2005–2015, 2019–present / 8 studio albums.

Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson used to fight each other regularly
back in the aftermath of THE BLACK CROWES‘s most successful years,
with jealousy and envy as the key causes.

Rich about the feud: “I couldn’t abide the demand of my brother to give up
my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original
partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to
a salaried employee”.


Debut LP ‘Shake Your Money Maker

But the brothers made peace a few years back. And now they released a
movie to celebrate the band’s 2020 reunion for the 30th birthday of their
debut album Shake Your Money Maker in a movie called Brothers Of
A Feather
via The Coda Collection, Amazon’s prime’s streaming video
channel.

Here’s the trailer

Press statement about the movie: “Never seen in full, Brothers Of A Feather captures Black Crowes founders Chris and Rich Robinson performing as a duo at an intimate, sold-out concert from San Francisco on March 6, 2020 — about a week before the pandemic shutdown.

One of my favorite Black Crowes rockers (the lead single from that debut album)…

THE BLACK CROWES: Facebook

They Were Made For Loving You – New Documentary ‘BIOGRAPHY: KISStory’ Premieres In June

24 May 2021

Celebrating one of the most iconic bands of all time, A&E announces
the new definitive documentary film Biography: KISStory telling the
stories behind the KISS phenomenon.

A two-episode, four-hour film will feature interviews with Gene Simmons,
Paul Stanley, Dave Grohl
, Tom Morello and more.

“After 50 years of rocking and rolling all night and partying every day,
the #1 Gold Record selling band of all time, KISS, shares their story of
success before finally smashing their last guitar and extinguishing the
fire-breathing demon.”

The movie is directed by D.J. Viola.
It will premiere on Sunday, June 27 and
Monday, June 28 from 9-11pm ET/PT.

The trailer

Meanwhile, the band prepares for their final world tour. All dates (so far) here.

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