SOUND ♫ TRACK
music n’ movies, music in movies
Standing In the Shadows Of Motown (2002)
Don’t forget the
The world has finally caught up with the Funk Brothers, the studio musicians behind a hundred and one Motown hits, “The Sound of Young America” in the early 1960s, the songs before only credited to the Four Tops, the Miracles, the Temptations, the Supremes…
As the label founder, he may have turned out to be a weasel (moving the entire operation to
without notifying the people he didn’t care to have follow) but Berry Gordy was a genius in assembling his
personnel. The Funk Brothers were never a group per se but out of dozens of
musicians there were a few anchors: James Jamerson (bass), Joe Hunter & Earl
Van Dyke (keys), Pistol Allen, Bennie Benjamin & Uriel Jones (drums), Bongo
Brown (percussion) and Joe Messina & Bob Babbitt (guitar). These guys were as
essential to their company sound as Atlantic
Records’ Muscle Shoals Wrecking Crew or Stax’s
Mar-Keys and Booker T & the MGs. L.A.
The Funks had to follow studio arrangements, of course but these were loose, allowing them to incorporate their own ideas consistently. Unbeatable in combination with the songwriting of Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield and the incomparable Holland/ Dozier/ Holland; with the voices of David Ruffin, Otis & Paul Williams & Melvin Franklin (the Tempts), the punchy soul of Gladys Knight (the Pips), the purring control of Mary Wells, the dramatic Levi Stubbs (the ‘Tops) and sweet-voiced Smokey himself (the Miracles).
Some black folk thought Motown (Hitsville USA) was too slick compared to Stax (Soulsville USA) and the gritty soul of Otis Redding or Wilson “the Wicked” Pickett-- and they were right; but never before had so many from-the-ghetto groups topped the white-dominated pop charts all at the same time.
Motown execs wisely demo’ed the songs through tinny transistor radio and factory-install car speakers to hear them like the record-buying kids would hear them. It paid off big time. This movie is another matter. Part documentary, part reenactment (the lamest parts of the movie by far) and part reunion concert, its uneven as hell. If not for the subject matter, no one would have given the rave reviews its garnered. The reenactments were throwaway moments in the story and served no purpose, while the MLK Freedom March shots have been done to death; no justice or new revelation was done to either here.
I couldn’t just stand up and dance in the middle of the theater but considered it; even so, the reunion footage got my feet tapping although the singers ranged from good to fair to dreadful. At the top was (believe it or not) Joan Osborne with the hottest cover ever of What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. Marvin-wannabe Ben Harper was horrid & wan and M’chelle Ngodosho should’ve been booted into the street for fucking up --oh, excuse me -- interpreting the vocal phrasings in such an off-the- mark way. It might work legitimately with other arrangements but it didn’t work with the classic Motown. As a singer, funk-legend bassist Bootsy Collins was notably un-good but so what--say yeah! its Bootsy!
Chaka Khan was just ok but too bad no one approached she’s-still-got-it Patti LaBelle who would’ve nailed them all perfectly. Even worse, apparently no one asked Martha Reeves who was in the damn movie and even expressed her wish to rejoin the Brothers on stage sometime! Somebody’s head ought to roll for that one.
Most importantly, though, here the Funks finally got the chance to show off their jazz chops. They weren’t pop guys, they weren’t rock and rollers but most of them were brought up on corn bread, beans, blues and boogie in the south. This background was key to what they brought to Motown and what made the music so distinct.
Two years after seeing in on the screen I found the saving grace for this doc in the DVD edition and it is solid gold: three jam sessions with the reunited Funks in the studio, beautiful pieces of jazz n’ soul with no vocalists to get in the way played by musicians who know where each other is gonna riff before they do it.
In execution, I’d vote this one of the least worst documentaries ever made but at least the Funk Brothers story has finally been told. Too bad the film makers don’t understand the vernacular.
Forget this one on your home screen but in the theater, it sucks you into the techno groove and makes you wonder why you’re not out eating Ecstasy and getting your thing on with a young & cute candy-raver.
Run Lola Run (1999)
The first movie to effectively use techno on a soundtrack, Run Lola Run was also lauded as the picture that was going to revolutionize film-making, ushering in an era of interactive flicks with multiple endings to choose from, echoing the video-game experience. Thank god it hasn’t come to pass.
Is that really what the art form needs, an audience of guys who spend their free time in virtual worlds of killing sprees and grand theft auto? When travesties like Terminal Velocity and American Pie pull in the crowds do you honestly think anyone from those audiences could make an intelligent or thoughtful choice of endings or plot threads? Everything would either end in orgies or bloodbaths--most likely both simultaneously. Or their equally insipid girlfriends would drag & drog Viggo Mortensen into The Wedding Planner. Its bad enough to have DVD releases restoring outtakes that lead nowhere, drop the pace of the film dead in its tracks or show off the indulgence of vanity “director’s cuts”. Restoring films like Welles’ Touch of Evil to their proper and coherent form makes sense; even having a chance to see Michael Cimino’s indulgently beautiful Heaven’s Gate is alright but no one (no one!) needs to see Ashton Kuchter in the long version of Just Married.
It is good that the “future of film” that Lola was supposed to inspire hasn’t happened…yet. It does however stand as one of the few modern movies where the score was integral and integrated beautifully. Run Lola Run was also one of the last (if not the last) whose soundtrack album was actually music from the film and not old & tired classic hits tied in with the marketing department of the record label that the studio also owns.
Kill Bill (2004)
Quentin Tarantino is a derivative hack who would best serve the film world by quietly going back to where he came from: behind the counter in some video store. This because he knows good cinema when he sees it; he just can’t create it.
Waiting for the cameo appearance of Japanese girl garage band the 18.104.22.168.s was the only thing that kept me from walking out of the piece of junk that was Kill Bill. The 22.214.171.124.s are also derivative but have class in a trashy way and unlike Tarantino hold no pretension in what they do.
the Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
Card games and curvy dames. Dirty dealing and a dope addict drummer tryin’ to kick, all to a jazz beat by Elmer Bernstein. Not a great movie but mid-50s
idea of underbelly reality. Overacted by everyone including the Oscar-Nominated
(huh?) Frank Sinatra, the wooden but hubba-hubba looker Kim Novak and fakin’-it
cripple Eleanor Parker. Still I watch it
anyway just to see two-time loser Frankie Machine battle his need for a fix and
ambition for drum sticks. Although Billy Wilder’s 1945 The Lost Weekend is the mother of all cold-turkey
movies, this flick is more enjoyable than it ought to be. Maybe because 1955
censors wouldn’t allow all the puking and shitting-your-pants that goes along
with kicking the habit. Hollywood
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This documentary is from a time when niggers were badass instead of today’s chickenshit gangstaz. It’s on-the-streets commentary and a concert to commemorate the 1965 Watts riots (or
depending on which side you’re on). Among many Stax/Volt artists it features Isaac “the
Black Moses” Hayes; the funky, funky Bar-Kays;
the styling Dramatics; a searing sexy performance by the overlooked and under-rated pre-disco Johnnie Taylor; and the daddy of ‘em all Mr Rufus Thomas and daughter Carla,
all from when the Soul was stacked as
high as the ‘fro on a brother’s head. Fuck Tupac. Can you say “dignity”? It’s
all up in here. Even young Richard Pryor is looking good!
Besides being a landmark concert event, (a crowd of 90,000 black faces in the LA Coliseum including all roadies, security and support personnel? you bet it scared the crap out of the honky city fathers!), this is one of the first and finest music documentaries, leaving every other contemporary one --
the Mayor of Sunset Strip (2004)
Rodney “Rodney on the ROQ” Bingenheimer has hung with everyone from the Monkees and Sonny & Cher, through Bowie and LA rock impresario & predator Kim Fowley, all the way up to No Doubt and Coldplay. In other words, he’s been on the music scene of everything (commercially) happenin’ since about 1965. The first to spin on air among others, the Ramones and Blondie (and yes Coldplay, and No Doubt), Rodney’s been on the scene with an uncanny knack of “breaking” bands and knowing who’s gonna be important in music show biz, like playing Oasis on cassette before anyone stateside ever heard the yobs.
And its all been for the love of the music. Once a mainstay of KROQ (which now specializes in nu-metal proto-rave; sadly nobody gives a shit anymore when Brian Wilson is the on-air guest), the man’s been demoted to be a once-a-week graveyard two-hour show, drives his mom’s old Chevy Nova and lives in a modest (crappy) suburban house; he didn’t make no fortune for loving and promoting the rock. True, at home, he’s surrounded by piles of memorabilia like Beatles gold records and Elvis’ driver’s license that’s worth mega-bucks but this stuff won’t hit the collector market until Rodney’s stone cold in his grave.
This excellent film makes him out to be a sad & pathetic overlooked, lonely little man --which he is--but c’mon: he’s been places done things with people the average star-struck bastard can only dream about as well as having more than his share of young and supple nubiles. Monkee Davey Jones’ stand-in? The owner of Rodney’s English Disco where Bowie and Iggy hobnobbed? The subject of more than one rocknroll song? Bingenheimer might be a geeky music fan but in all, he isn’t doing so bad at all.
Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, tv commercial (2004)
This one impresses the hell out of me. Christian “rockers” Sixpence None the Richer license their year 2000 hit There She Goes to a birth control commercial? Outstanding! A band that was actually adequate alt.rock ten years ago (check their 1995 release This Beautiful Mess), Sixpence made it big on the Christian Rock circuit but can still think for themselves. It’s a turn of events that just has to be giving Born-Again’s epileptic fits.For that, I truly praise Jesus.
|this is not a poster but a lobby card. back in ancient times, a multitude of these (on heavy card stock) were distro'ed to theatres which would display them behind glass frames in the (duh) lobby.|
Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Musically and cinematically, Elvis Presley immediately became history when this film hit the screen. Originally conceived as a throwaway by United Artists who only wanted the movie to cash in on a soundtrack LP, it was the picture’s and the Beatles’ good fortune that director Richard Lester was picked for the project. The Fab Four didn’t give a toss about his oeuvre but were impressed by his early association with Spike Milligan and The Goons (an inspiration to all of Monty Python) and which lent a goofy flavor to Hard Day’s Night.
Written off as fluff by conservative anti-Beatle ranks and over-shadowed by teen Beatlemania, most viewers at the time failed to notice the sharp black and white compositions (UA didn’t want to spring for costly color on a ”fad” flick) and inventive camerawork that made up for the money Lester didn’t have to spend.
It still stands up today, capturing the giddiness of the period and forever establishing each Beatle character: Ringo loveable and gullible, John wise & witty etc. For the most part, the music was worked into the script --the band rehearsing and playing the climactic show or a song’s theme echoing the onscreen mood.
Too bad the 1965 follow-up Help! was allowed a bigger budget since now that the Fab Four was big business, it also hobbled Lester who turned in a piece of junk, more like what Beatle detractors thought Hard Day’s Night would be. Help! spawned the Pre-Fab Four--the Monkees-- to cash in on the “loveable lads in goofy adventures” thing. At least it gave Texan Michael Nesmith (y’know, the Monkee with the hat?) a chance to sneak in a few overlooked and under-rated country-flavor bubblegum classics like The Kind of Girl I Could Love and You Just May Be the One.
the End of The Century: the story of the ramones (2004)
OneTwoThreeFour! Not only the best Ramones doc ever made but a good film as well: smart, sharp, crisp, well constructed and a decent amount of footage of “da brudders” that you haven’t seen much, if at all. Sadly the most recent interviews were done after Joey blitzkrieg bopped but, timely, before Johnny and Dee Dee did likewise. Tommy gets a fair amount of play as well, the most level-headed Ramone of all (one out of six isn’t so bad I guess). You’ll cheer, you’ll boo and hiss, you may even cry but you’ll surely be smiling as well as laughing along with--okay, let’s get real--laughing at poor ol’ Dee Dee.
West Side Story (1961)
This one may seem quaint by today’s standards but in 1961, the idea of a color
musical filmed on location in the streets of sans flashy costumes was like a
slap across the face, a wake-up to the possibilities of cinema that the
majority of television-obsessed 1950s New York City had forgotten all about.
Director Robert Wise and choreographer Jerome Robbins turned a hit melodramatic
Broadway play into a uh melodramatic movie complete with Leonard Bernstein’s
jazzy score and Stephen Sondheim’s jarring-for-the-time lyrics. Its all about
the context at the time of its release and the industry responded by honoring
crew & cast with a sweep at the
Oscars, including the sassy and hot Rita Moreno. America
It feels and reads very much like the stage but the musical numbers bring it alive without a trace of camp or novelty. Watch this one through the eyes of its time & place, try not to let the sappy love song numbers bother you and you’ll soon be slipping down the mean streets, snapping your fingers and whistling When you’re a Jet.
The disastrous Sex Pistols USA tour interspersed with clips of pub-punters Sham 69, a still-worthy Generation X before Billy Idol believed his name, the under-rated pre-Pere Ubu band the Dead Boys and the band that mystified most punkers even then (saxophone?!) the great X-Ray Spex. Music as raw and as fucked up as the footage of Sid nodding off while sod-girl
tries to revive him for an interview. This
was the period when punk rock truly deserved its name. Watch this movie long
enough and you’ll be gobbing at the screen. Nancy
Personally I think you have to be an idiot to enjoy tribute bands (I never wanted to see the real Sabbath, Priest, Yes or Kiss in the fucking first place) but even worse are the musicians with failed careers who justify their existence in mistaking the fans’ misplaced worship for appreciation of their own miserable talent. This is one of the rare times I’d rather see a musician making Subway sandwiches for a living than getting paid for prolonging this sort of drivel. The real head-scratcher here is the Guided By Voices tribute band. For god-sakes, guys, let Robert Pollard drink himself to death in peace!
|i always wondered who responded to these ads. when the cover story in the comic book involved,say, giant gorillas with green kryptonite vision, you had to wonder about the audience.|
Off the Charts (2002)
When I was a child there used to be ads in the back of comic books promising to Set Your Poems To Music! with the implication that stardom --or at least royalty checks --were yours to be had and all for a low, low fee. Of course dumb little kids aren’t expected to know any better --we were the fifth-graders mailing in four quarters taped to a piece of cardboard for a pair of X-Ray Specs and, no, we didn’t care about any of that “see your skeleton” jazz but classmate
Pauline Duddy’s sprouting tits. The Spex usually never arrived anyway but
when they did, they didn’t work. We got rooked!
Yup, we were taken in, just as countless adults who ought to know better (probably even some that we had to obey!) paid upwards of fifty bucks to have a 45 single cut of their godawful “poetry” by a (ha-ha) vocalist and (ha-ha-ha) band who cranked out hundreds of these things, sometimes dozens in a few hours.
There’s interviews with collectors of these wretched mementos (I’m glad somebody’s keeping these for pop culture posterity but thank god it ain’t me) as well as the musicians and promoters who aren’t so stupid as to pretend they were actually doing anyone any favors. But flat-out pathetic are the characters who had their “songs” recorded and are actually pleased with the results. One or two of them are uh shall we say playing their 33’s at 16 RPM but most seem like ordinary folks, proving once again that ordinary folks are the ones you really have to watch out for.In any case, these clowns got what they deserved. Me too I guess but damn I sure wish those spex had really worked…
Caribbean Lines tv commercial (2004)
Whatever Gen-X ad-exec thought to use the Iggy Pop/David Bowie written Lust For Life on this commercial had to know what he was doing but a song (edited of course) with lyrics about sleeping on the sidewalk and liquor and drugs for a Disneyesque family fun on a cruise ship? Its simply a mind-fuck, especially for the people who’ve never heard the entire song.
American Dreams (2004, tv series)
Dick Clark--the teenager that wouldn’t die--is behind this shallow-minded series. The background for the one-dimensional events that befall a “typical” American family is his show American Bandstand where two high school girls, best friends, dance each week, solving problems like integration, police brutality and
while gyrating to the latest hits. The weekly casting of the musicians is
horrendous: Leeann Rimes as Connie Francis, Duncan Sheik as Bobby Darrin, HilaryDuff as the Shangri-La’s Mary Weiss and most insulting, Macy Gray as the First
Lady of Stax, Carla Thomas. Liz Phair as Jackie DeShannon was mildly
acceptable. Viet Nam
Its an awful show but one guaranteed an audience of my fellow baby-boomers who (due to constant rehashing in the media) believe that we were all personally present at every generation-defining event: King, Kennedy and
And all boomers too believe that they watched Bandstand
weekly without fail. Me, sure I watched it some but was much more enamored of Where The Action Is, hosted by Paul Revere and the
Raiders who created more goofy excitement in their silly costumes than anemic
and lackluster Dick Clark could even if he were passing out one-hundred dollar
bills. If there was any justice in the world in those days, Kent State Clark
would’ve been the one assassinated instead of JFK.
the Life Aquatic (2004) submitted by Marvel Girl
As somebody who believes the words “David Bowie” to be synonymous with “wimpy crap” I found myself slightly disappointed that this masterpiece of a movie consisted of a mostly Bowie-based soundtrack. The Portuguese renderings of the songs, however, made them more beautiful. And the point at which our protagonist takes back his dignity and power is highlighted by a transition from
to the Stooges- pure genius, raw power. Bowie
Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll! (1998) contributed by Obenjyo
I thought that when I was going to write for this I would be doing Magical Mystery Tour, but as John Lennon says in the opening of Hail! Hail! " If you were to try to give rock 'n' roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry”. Right. In the 1950's a whole generation worshipped his music and when you see him perform today, past and present all come together. The message is hail! hail! rock 'n' roll, right on! So I changed my mind after seeing this one. Lennon says it all and this tape proves it. And I feel it needed to be, while everyone has been jacking off to the Hives, the White Stripes, Nirvana, the Clash, the Pistols, Sabbath, the Stones, Dylan, or even the Beatles, it is unfortunate that Chuck Berry is left out.
This documentary was made in '88, the cover box and the intro commercial for the film and soundtrack made me dread wasting two hours of my life. I really hate when people try to translate other decades into their own time, via film, t.v., music or art. It almost always comes out wrong. Also in the film
is 60, so general wisdom suggests that he is going to be old and tired.
Passable at best. Well it's quite the opposite. All the music is performed live
and Berry is
still, remarkably, a bad ass. The man is limber and still has great moves. He
plays great, sharp and articulate. Even when he screws up his power
carries him. I would even say his personality is regal in comparison to his
reputation. Which Berry
will not allow his "past" into the film, which tries to creep
in. A strange character as Keith Richards points out that the more you
know about him the less you know. Berry
Guest interviews include Roy Orbison, Everly Bros., Jerry Lee Lewis, Eric Clapton, Lennon, Willie Dixon, and
Interesting conversations between Berry ,
Little Richard, and Bo Diddley. And a great story by, of all people, Bruce
Springsteen. Also Johnny Johnson who was Berry 's
original piano man, is also interviewed and apparently it is suggested that he
have not played together for 20 years until '88. Somehow Berry Keith Richards arranged this, the film, and the show
finale which is an all star performance.
Although I prefer the more intimate performances at the beginning of the film, it's a good tribute. No updating
for the 80's and
the guest performers are respectful. No showboating. Berry is the star and the King of rock 'n'
roll. If you haven't seen this film it will change how you look at Chuck Berry. Berry
Cocksucker Blues (1972)
Pretty crappy as film and barely even home-movie quality --or maybe it was the print of this hard-to-find, multiple-generation-duped flick? But its worthy of a screening nonetheless, being mostly the Rolling Stones fucking around behind and off-stage on tour at a crucial moment in their never-ending career : post-Gimme Shelter (their finest hour if you ask me) but just after Exile On Main Street (their last hurrah, also if you ask me).
As expected, there’s plenty of sex and drugs in addition to the rock and the roll (and not just a little nodding out). While there’s footage of people shooting & snorting dope, film-maker Robert Frank was smart enough to edit out any actual footage of the Stones themselves breaking the law. Don’t forget, just a few years previous Scotland Yard’s Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher (immortalized as “Semolina Pilcher” in John Lennon’s I Am the Walrus) was making a name for himself by drug-busting various Beatles and Stones as well as Donovan and Marianne Faithful.
There’s a few scenes of groupies and various hangers-on getting fucked up -- and just plain fucked: its more than a little disturbing to watch a girl on a private jet not quite willingly stripped and screwed by some guy while the “lads” play bongos and cheer him on.
This movie is all that rock n’ roll decadence you’ve heard so much about all these years. But its also the just plain boring moments between what is likely Mick and
ultimate high: onstage in front of
thousands of people going crazy for the traveling Jagger-Richards
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
It seemed like a good idea, to make a life-action (va-va-voom!) version of Archie Comics’ spin-off Josie and the Pussycats. The first mistake though was updating the pre-fab bubblegum soul of the original cartoon series -- of course this was to be expected.
But updating the Pussycats to an alt.rock sound in 2001 was more than a few years too late (even though someone had the sense to get Kaye Hanley of short-lived alterntive rock phenoms Letters To Cleo as the songwriter/vocals for Josie). And worst of all (or maybe this is a sad comment about me) the comic books Pussycats are way hotter than Rachel Leigh Cook, Tara Reid or Rosario Dawson.
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
Art design somewhere between Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Lang’s Metropolis, like Kenneth Anger remaking Eisenstein’s Potemkin on the same film stock used for Griffith’s Way Down East and pushing the f-stop as far as it will go in either direction, this is not-quite a musical. A global variety of musicians compete for a $25,000 grand prize in Depression-era
to make the
saddest music in the world. Full to the brim of a beer stein with racial
stereotypes, lust, betrayal, lager bathing and the wonderful Isabella
Rossellini supported by a great performance by Mark McKinney. Words fail. The
music mystifies. The images skew. Winnipeg
Capital One credit cards tv commercial
Not only is it an insult to the great Isley Brothers to use their 1962 Nobody But Me for a lowly credit card ad but an insult as well to the chart-topping 1967 cover by party-rockers the Human Beinz. Even moreso since the promo spot features dickhead twerp David Spade.
About three-quarters of way through this life story of the noted folksinger Hudie Ledbetter (always misclassified as a bluesman), I realized it was no ordinary skim-the-surface rags-to-riches story (or in Leadbelly’s case, rags-to-better-rags).
Director Gordon Parks is more interested in details and mood. For example, when Leadbelly escapes the chain gang, the chase lasts for a good twenty minutes. Any other
Hollywood biopic would have done
with it in five, just another stop along the way to the obligatory fame and
acclaim. Parks dispenses with Leadbelly’s own actual happy ending, finally
recognized as a international treasure, awarded his own 1940s radio show and
influencing the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who in turn helped usher
in the 1960s folk revival (by the grace of God, Leadbelly died in 1948 long
before he could witness the gutless and anemic Kingston Trio became the USA’s
most popular folksingers).
Hard living, hard-fighting, hard-drinking, hard-fucking, Hudie Ledbetter was not a saintly man, having been convicted of (and serving time for) killings, stabbings and carrying weapons no less than four times. Parks concentrates on Leadbelly leaving his
home at age 16 into his third prison term in his late forties. Louisiana
Nothing fancy as cinema, it remains mostly quick-paced in spite of the two full hour running time. The performances however were a trifle disturbing. Maybe its just residual of my white liberal upbringing ( read : uneasy guilt) but the entire cast seemed guilty of tomming, cooning and plenty of Buckwheat-isms, ala the eyepopping 1930-40s black actors Stepin Fetchit and Mantan Moreland. Even that dreadful TV show In Living Color’s Homie the Clown has more dignity than this film’s characterization of lesser known but equally great blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson (who posthumously lent his name to a
rock group first known as Blind Jefferson Airplane). San Francisco
And speaking of blues legends, an early scene showed Ledbetter in a barroom playing with a kid blowing harp. In the final credits my astute ears were rewarded (thank you very much) by the confirmation that the actual riffs were indeed played by Sonny Terry, the Jimi Hendrix of the blues harmonica, ten years before his death at age 75.
Since all of Ledbetter’s catalogue was recorded on 78 rpm shellac, a studio musician was used instead since the quality wouldn’t have matched a modern theatre sound system. But as one who was buying Leadbelly records when I was 14, I couldn’t help being disappointed in not hearing the originals.1980’s Coal Miner’s Daughter is the only musical biopic where the soundtrack voice (Sissy Spacek) matched and at times outdid the subject’s (Loretta Lynn).
Faults or not, this film is rarely seen and deserves wider revivals.
Rock & Roll (1995)
I’ve watched and re-watched (and re-re-watched) this legendary five part doc (BBC and Boston’s WGBH) on poorly taped VHS cassettes I made when it originally aired on PBS . Despite clocking in at ten hours it’s a populist history , giving short shrift (if any shrift at all) to obsessed fan favorites ( what do you mean there was no room for The Rezillos?! ). However it remains the best rock history ever filmed. Never commercially available, it can be viewed online and in vaguely acceptable qualitybootlegs.
DO NOT confuse this with Time-Life's similar five part series, The History of Rock 'n' Roll (2004) unless you want to hear the pontificating Bono and other what-the-hell-is-he-doing-here commentators offering useless “insight”.
DO NOT confuse this with Time-Life's similar five part series, The History of Rock 'n' Roll (2004) unless you want to hear the pontificating Bono and other what-the-hell-is-he-doing-here commentators offering useless “insight”.
Like a bad movie sequel, SoundTrack #2 is even worse than #1 and took three years to complete. It was hardly worth the wait…
Sound♫Track #2, May 2005 is a member of the WigWamBam family of hack publications and may be found anywhere I choose to leave it whenever I damn well feel like writing an issue.
Respectfully and appreciatively dedicated to
Keif and Peter (the punks of cinematic appreciation!)
at the Guild Cinema 3405
Central Ave. NE Albuquerque,
where I saw almost half of the movies dissected here
Pumpernick Eggburger & staff at the long-defunct Elgin Cinema
(Eighth Avenue, Chelsea, NYC, NY) where I spent many a teen-age hour and many days on end watching the month-long Buster Keaton revival, the all-night Kurosawa /samurai festival. Sex! (Roger Vadim’s Barbarella; my first onscreen popshot (In the Realm of the Senses); adventure! (the original Zatoichi the Blind Swordsman series) and everything else from John Ford to El Topo where one might rub elbows with William K Everson ( author and NYU film prof), and dozing bums ( that's what we called homeless back then) all the while possibly inhaling second hand marijuana smoke.