15 March 2022
Vivienne Westwood (aged 80), punk-fashion artist and widow of the late New York
Dolls and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren stars alongside her son Joe Corré in
a new documentary called WAKE UP PUNK.
The docu is directed by Nigel Askew who says:“’Wake Up Punk was ignited because
of the establishment’s misappropriation of Punk, a fightback from the heart of the
In 2016 Joe Corré, torched an alleged five million quids worth of punk memorabilia.
Older punks were to collectively lose their shit and the media described the event
as a senseless stunt by an agent provocateur. This event was the inspiration for
a retrospect of the essence pf punk back then, but also now.
Westwood 10 years ago…
The official release is on 9th May in Glasgow.
Cinema posters of Turn Up The Volume’s favorite films
6 March 2022
Movie: MULHOLLAND DRIVE – 2001
Story: “A mysterious woman escapes a traffic accident with a bag full of money, but without her memory. Meanwhile, Betty Elms has appeared in L.A., hoping to start a film career. When Betty finds the nameless woman in her apartment, she decides to help her. The two women embark on a bizarre quest for the truth.” (Music Meter)
Actors: Naomi Watts – Laura Harring – Justin Theroux
Director: David Lynch
TUTV: All the great Lynch characteristics – (ir)reality, hallucination, delusions, fiction, absurdity, fantasy, nightmares – come together here and turn your mind upside down. Perplexing stuff. And the Rebekah Del Rio performance – see below – is heart-stirring.
When American singer/songwriter Rebekah Del Rio, who has a three-octave vocal range, sings Roy Orbison‘s melodramatic song Cryin’ in Spanish, titled Llorando, in an obscure theatre watched by the two main role actresses, confused and in tears. Every single time (read: tons of times) I saw/see this fragment shivers go down my spine.
1 September 2021
The long awaited documentary by TODD HAYNES about the ultimate
iconic indie rockers THE VELVET UNDERGROUND will play on Apple TV+
from 15th October on.
Content: It documents the history of the innovative, eccentric and brilliantly
chaotic jingle jangle band and their legacy, through newly-conducted interviews
and various recordings and never-before-seen performances.
Talking about sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. VU lived it 24/7. The documentary
will be accompanied by a soundtrack, The Velvet Underground: A Documentary
Film By Todd Haynes.
While waiting for the men and women, here’s the trailer…
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: History
Paul Weller stars in new movie…
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
23 February 2021
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
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.”
JOY DIVISION: Facebook
THE PUNK ROCK MOVIE
Docu about the wild London punk scene
in 1978. With all the key players. Johnny
Rotten, Billy Idol, Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Strange,
Catwoman, Joe Strummer and much more.
Director: Legendary London punk artist
and observer Don Letts. Musician himself,
DJ, filmmaker & videographer for The Clash.
THE DAMNED: DON’T YOU WISH WE WERE DEAD
A crazy mix of archival, interview and contemporary footage
of punk legends The Damned. The film also discusses the hot
rivalry between members Captain Sensible and Rat Scabies with
their disagreement over unpaid royalties.
Happy B. to guitarist/songwriter Brian James.
He celebrates his 66th birthday today.
Give him a new rose…
THE DAMNED: Facebook
17 February 2021
Title: THE VELVET UNDERGOUND
What: In-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never before seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol
films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”
Director: Moviemaker Todd Haynes who already made some music movies in the past, like Velvet Goldmine (about glam rock) and I’m Not There (about Bob Dylan)
“Because although there’s very little traditional footage of them playing like you’d see in other rock docs, what you have is the exquisite Andy Warhol films that they played a part in, that he often shot in order to project them on the stage over them while they performed. And so, it really uses the language of those films. It’s just stuffed with the most gorgeous experimental film and photography, and what I hope is that it will take the audience back to that time and also let you hear the music in that context and hear it anew,” said Haynes in a statement.
Release: This summer via Apple TV+
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Biography – Discography
Great posters of music movies from the past…
Story: Part fiction, part rockumentary, tells the story
of Ray Gange. A young The Clash fan who leaves his
dead-end job in a sleazy Soho sex shop to become
a roadie for the band.
Starring: Dave Armstrong, Barry Baker, Terry Barry