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
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
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…
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
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
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
The movie is directed by D.J. Viola.
It will premiere on Sunday, June 27 and
Monday, June 28 from 9-11pm ET/PT.
Meanwhile, the band prepares for their final world tour. All dates (so far) here.
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
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.
Turn Up The Volume‘s numero uno X-Ray Spex cracker…
POLY STYRENE: Facebook
Rest in peace, heroine…