Defined by their powerhouse vocals, hard riffing and rabid live shows, AC/DC have chalked up album sales of hundreds of millions of units worldwide, in a career that has spanned four decades ... Booze, drugs, multiple line-up changes and the untimely death of the charismatic lead singer Bon Scott have not diminished their popularity. From performing as a covers band in the backwaters of Australia to playing the world's biggest venues, we go behind the scenes to discover the real AC/DC and how they stormed the globe with their unique blend of no nonsense Rock!
AC/DC: And Then There Was Rock charts the band's early years, up to the tragic death of their enigmatic front man, Bon Scott. This documentary takes the cameras where they have never previously preyed, interviewing AC/DCs original singer Dave Evans, original drummer Colin Burgess, school friends of Bon, Angus and Malcolm, Bon's lifelong friend Vincent Lovegrove, and AC/DC biographers Malcolm Dome and Clinton Walker amongst others. This is a fitting tribute to the memory of Bon Scott, containing rare footage of him in his earlier bands, previously unseen photographs and much, much more!
Although it wasn't until after the release of the Back in Black album that AC/DC became global superstars, the era most fondly remembered by fans of this extraordinary band is when Bon Scott was at the helm - between 1974 and 1980. And if there's one album from that time which illustrates best what the mighty 'DC were all about during those years, it has to be Highway to Hell .
This film puts the album under the spotlight and with the help of those who worked on the record, friends of Bon Scott, AC/DC biographers and others who were there at the time, discovers how the album was made, how it was received and how it still inspires musicians and fans alike to this day.
Featuring rare and classic footage of the group, interviews with Bon Scott and Angus Young, exclusive contributions from friends, colleagues, journalists and biographers, every track from the album reviewed and reappraised by a panel of esteemed experts and plenty more besides.
Today, America's music does what it has always done - bring people together. In American music every aspect of life, ethnicity and culture is merged, mixed and highlighted. The rich diversity of Amreican culture and life is reflected in its lively beat-filled rhythms. American music is the story of the country, a reflection of a nation alive with change, filled with curiosity and led by hope and excitement.
America's music legacy, be it Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock, R&B, or Folk are the songs and artists who have a special power to express what words alone cannot: hopes, fears, dreams, love, hate, anger, pride, aspirations and disappointments. Because songs span the breadth of human experience, they are uniquely able to communicate across time and space the beliefs and ideas held by their composers, performers and listeners.
The blues genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as specific lyrics, bass lines and instruments. Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from country to urban blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century. Best known are the Delta, Piedmont, Jump and Chicago blues styles. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of...
Jazz great William "Count" Basie comes back to life in this rich documentary, which traces the history of the pianist, composer, and bandleader over several decades. Filmmaker Gary Keys juxtaposes a roundtable discussion among old cats from the Count Basie Orchestra with recorded performances, including a cameo performance in the film, Blazing Saddles
Archival clips and a gallery of portraits and snapshots shows the ever-smiling face of a man as vivacious as the grooves he delivers - his good humor suffusing the music and the players going at it all around him, from Lester Young to Ella Fitzgerald.
Hailing from NYC, the Beastie Boys have somehow managed to stay at the top for almost 20 years. Starting off as a Punk outfit, they soon changed direction and exploded in the mid 1980's as foul-mouthed novelty rappers. They have supported Madonna, made spoof music videos, learned to play instruments, gone back to their roots and more recently have been involved in political and social issues. This is the band who have done it all! Nobody expected the Beastie Boys to last, but they've matured into one of the most intriguing and influential acts on the planet.
Beastie Boys: Horseplay tells their incredible story, via interviews, rare footage and much, much more. From the start these boys were labelled as "no-hopers", those least likely to survive the struggle to the top - but they proved their critics wrong. In a tale of breakdancing, beer cans and Buddhism, you can only expect one thing - the unexpected.
In 1968, under a haze of publicity, The Beatles opened their collective door to all manner of musicians, writers, artists, film-makers, inventors, designer, freaks and more than a fair share of opportunist sharks. But despite a hefty investment, little substance was forthcoming from these assorted misfits outside of the music that emerged from one division of the potential empire; Apple Records.
Even discounting those Apple platters that featured as artist the collective or individual names of the company's bosses, music that stands the test of time superbly was released under the stamp of this enterprise. Music which remains available still and both popular and exciting more than 40 years after they majority of it was produced.
Strange Fruit - The Beatles' Apple Records is the story of a record label which came to exist under extraordinary circumstances, produced extraordinary records and was operated under extraordinary guidelines.
Featuring new interviews with former label M.D. Tony Bramwell, members of Badfinger, The Iveys and Elephant's Memory, Jackie Lomax, Brute Force and David Peel, plus musician and Beatles expert Chris Ingham, author and journalist Mark Paytress and Apple biographer Stefan Granados.
The film also includes archive footage of Apple artists and...
Geneva 1994: The legendary New Morning club rose from its ashes for the duration of a memorable Jazz Festival. Among the heavyweights in the blockbuster line-up was Bob Berg. No one who heard him there has forgotten the white-hot saxophone, the intensity and the rough lyricism of this very scorsesean former Manhattan taxi driver. Backed superbly by Alvin Queen, Niels Lan Doky and Pierre Boussaguet, Bob gave one of his best concerts - ever ... On that evening, Berg was certainly still "The rebel with the angry saxophone" to whom Miles Davis had asked to join his comeback tour in 1984. But the rebel had learned to control his fiery spirit - fishing off Cape Cod had taught him the meaning of "zen" - and Bob had grown into a fully rounded artist, roaming majestically somewhere between Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz. Our friend Bob was on his way to the top (and to buying a pack of cigarettes) in 2002 when his path crossed that of a skidding truck on an icy mountain road ...
- In Conversation with Bob Berg (2001)
- Nancy With the Laughing Face (1994)
The Black Church is the treasure-house of black culture, a port in stormy seas, an engine for change, its music a conduit for the release of sentiments of sheer joy, sheer pain and the redeeming poetry of sacrifice.
Black Faith is in three parts:
A Mighty Voice - on the early history of Caribbean Christianity and the effects of immigration on faith and style of worship.
The Blood of Jesus - the Pentecostals form the largest group of black chuches and this episode explores their beliefs, forms of service and their plaice in society.
Last Boat to Salvation - looks at the attraction of the West African churches in the UK, how they are redefining the notion of holiness. It also touches on the interface between religious and political goals and agendas.
It's hard to believe, but Bon Jovi sprang into existence more than a quarter century ago, and over a quite extraordinary career have maintained a sound and style that owes little to the music fads and fashions that have come and gone during the same timeframe. To say this unique band are their own men, unfazed by the "competition", is an understatement in the extreme.
This film concentrates on the band's startling rejuvenation during the past decade - their contribution to the music of the third millenium. It was during this time the band released records as powerful and divers as Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day , and Lost Highway. There were also side projects (including further forays into the acting world by JBJ). All of the above and much more are covered in this programme which in completion provides a fascinating document of their work across this incredible period.
Despite never having been particularly fashionable or of great interest to the rock critics who worry about such things, Bon Jovi carry on year after year, releasing dynamic material and playing stunning live shows - and in the process remain amongst the most successful and best selling rock bands of all time; these guys must be doing something right!
Indeed, what they have done right since their emergence in the early 1980s is keep their fans delighted yet challenged, entertained and excited, and feeling part of the great Bon Jovi family at all times. And it is for those very same fans that this set has been created. This set tells the complete story of Bon Jovi, from their days working, night after night, in the nightclubs and bars of New Jersey, to their position today as prime movers in rock's elite class.
Featuring rare performance and interview footage of the group, contributions from those who have known them best - including friends, colleagues, fellow musicians and others with whom they have worked - location shoots, news reports, seldom seen photographs (many of which come from private collections and remain previously unpublished) and of course some of the best music made during the past 30 years.
As lead singer with one of the world's biggest Rock bands, Bono has exemplified the roles of consummate performer and extraordinary songwriter. As the most influential and pro-active artist to link pop and politics he has achieved the unthinkable; regularly holding court with world leaders and, stranger still, being taken seriously by them. Now, for the first time, this documentary traces the extraordinary life of Bono, from his humble beginnings and the formation of U2, to his role as philantrophist and spokesperson for educating and improving the lives of many.
Bono: God's Favourite Son tells the complete and unauthorised story of how one of the most extraordinary and benevolent figures in Pop music, has changed the face of modern music whilst maintaining his integrity and fighting to improve the lives of others.
With a career well into its fifth decade, David Bowie has achieved what most can only dream of, always managing to stay at the cutting edge, with both his image and his musical direction. This documentary charts Bowie's early career, from The Kon-Rad, The Manish Boys, The Buzz and Feathers, through his first solo works, and finally onto The Spiders From Mars. From the Long Hair Society to radical mime theatre, his ambiguous sexuality, music experimentation and changes of image, this video reveals all. This is the story of a living legend - the rise and rise of David Bowie!
Bowie - Origins of a Star Man tells the full story of the man who fell to Earth and rocked the world. Packed with interviews, this documentary film points the cameras where they have never previously preyed, revealing how even through all his images, characters and personas, there is only one David Bowie.
There were three distinct periods in the career of David Bowie during the 1970s. The first, of course, consisted of his Glam years, defined best by they startling Ziggy Stardust album. At the other end of the decade came the Berlin trilogy - three dark, industrial, yet ambient and often joyous records. But sandwiched between these is what has come to be known - via the man's own comments - as the Plastic Soul Era, an era just as creative, magnificent and popular as any other during Bowie's life so far, yet one rarely considered as a stand-alone and separate entitiy within his complete body of work.
All that changes with David Bowie - The Plastic Soul Review , as the albums David Live , Young Americans and Station to Station , and the performances that accompanied them, are here re-examined and newly appraised more than 30 years after they first appeared.
David Bowie's first record was issued as early as 1964 and so began, in the view of many, the most creative in the history of contemporary music. But it was in 1969 and the release of his startling "Space Oddity" that Bowie first gained the recognition that has accompanied his music since. And although it was not for another three years, when the Ziggy Stardust album hit the stores, that his name would for forever more be linked with pure, unadulterated genius, between '69 and late '71, the Thin White Duke made three albums that have not only stood the test of time, but for many fans, include his finest work.
The film documents Bowie associates from this period including drummer John Cambridge, guitarist and harmony vocalist John Hutchinson, guitarist Keith Christmas, Bob Solly from early Bowie outfit The Mannish Boys, early mentor John Peel (in one of his very last interviews), DJ and early Bowie champion Annie Nightingale, plus many others. The programme also includes rare archive, seldome seen footage and photographs plus a host of other features which all together make for the finest film yet on this period of David Bowie's life and career.
By the mid 1970s David Bowie was the biggest pop start in the UK, but his personal life was in trumoil. In a bid to escape the chaos of his drug problems and to flee from the media spotlight, the singer eventually found his way to Berlin, where he started to work on what would become some of the most memorable and critically lauded recordings of his entire career.
With Low, "Heroes", and Lodger , Bowie stopped moving from persona to persona as he had previously done, settling instead on being simply himself. He began to blend the music he was hearing in his adopted homeland (Krautrock, Kraftwerk) with thrilling and often avant-garde methodologies as used by his friend and colleague Brian Eno.
David Bowie - Under Review 1976-1979: The Berlin Trilogy features live and studio performances by Bowie, rare interviews, and a host of other features, all interspersed with independent review and criticism from a panel of esteemed experts. These include former members of both Neu! and Cluster (and key Bowie influences), Dieter Moebius and Michael Rother; broadcaster, journalist and author of The Ambient Century , Mark Prendergast; ex- Melody Maker/Mojo scribe and Reviews Editor at Wire , David Stubbs; music expert and author Daryl Easlea; style aficionado, Paolo Hewitt among...
This video portrays the man behind the myth of James Joseph Brown who was recognized by a plethora of titles, including Soul Brother Number One, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk, Mr. Please Please Please, The Boss, and the best-known, the Godfather of Soul.
A singer, songwriter, musician and performer of rare talent, Kate Bush is arguably England's finest ever female artist. And despite, these days, fairly long gaps between new albums, she has yet to release any work which does not stand up against the music she made in her heyday.
This documentary set is a fitting tribute to Kate's extraordinary career as it tells the story of her life and work from her beginnings, through her glory years of the 1970s and 1980s, and onto her more recent albums and less visible lifestyle.
Featuring rare footage, archive interviews, contributions from those who have known her best and some of the finest music ever made, as well as a host of other features, this set will prove a delight for anyone with even a hint of intrest in this quite astonishing woman.
While few would not agree that Eric Clapton is one of the finest guitarists of all time, it is sometimes forgotten just how pivotal, influential and downright startling his work was during the 1960s. And while, throughout the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s, Clapton has remained a musician and songwriter of rare ability with moments of glory present album after album, it was during the decade in which he emerged in public that his awesome skills were used most creatively. As an early member of the Yardbirds, a crucial part of the Bluesbreakers, a founder member of Cream and the-one-who-mattered-most in the short-lived Blind Faith, EC to many, really was a deity.
In this fascinating documentary his life and career throughout these crucial years is put under the microscope, and with the help of archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from friends, band mates and colleagues, rare and classic performance footage, seldom seen photographs, location shoots and period archive, plus ahost of other features, the story in question is told in a way it has never been told before.
Includes brand new interviews with musicians and performers John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuinness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly and Cream producer Bill Halverson,...
Billy Cobham is the uncontested champion of the drumming world. His incomparable instrumental mastery contributed immensely to putting "fusion" and jazz-rock into orbit. From Horace Silver, Michael and Randy Brecker to John McLaughlin, and right up to the great Miles, almost every important jazz musician of the past three decades is deeply indebted to his genius as an accompanist. The years have left hardly a trace on the dazzling technique and the hard-rocking, funky energy with an R&B edge of "the Man with the Golden Sticks". Together with his Culture Mix sidekicks - onstage at the New Morning club in Paris - Billy Cobham is reinventing and intensifying the miracle of an art form open to younger generations of musicians and music lovers from all horizons.
Although it can be difficult to detect the influences in the work of Leonard Cohen, as with all significant artists he was informed by a far-reaching list of performers, musicians, writers, poets and philosophies. And, when we look in the right places, his sources reveal themselves in the songs often considered to have emerged fully formed from their composer's pen.
In Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes , the scope and detail of his artistic inspirations are put under the microscope to quite fascinating result. Cohen's first love was poetry and in both the works of his fellow Canadian Irving Layton, and the Spanish bard Federico Garcia Lorca, he found the words that moved him to create his own verse. The beat writers too hit a positive note with Cohen and their work has lived with him throughout his career. While it may come as no surprise to find Bob Dylan and Judy Collins included in this fim, a less acknowledged genre of interest to Leonard is country music - but he was deeply affected by performers such as Hank Williams, Hank Snow and the country recordings of Ray Charles. And the fact that his records have always achieved greater success in Europe than in North America may be due in part to his love of Belgian chansonnier Jacques Brel. These and many other artists are...
The man an enigma wrapped in a mystery, his music, an acquired taste that appeals universally, and his life one of great art, astonishing experience, and myriad circumstance. Leonard Cohen was never going to be the man on the street. Leonard Cohen - Under Review 1935-1977 is a documentary film which reviews the poetry, music, performances and career of one of contemporary America's greatest artists.
By 1978 Leonard Cohen had already produced a staggering body of work that had firmly set the standard for the singer-songwriter genre and contained numerous classic songs within its canon. If, like many of his contemporaries his muse had abandoned him around this time, he would still today be regarded as a genius. But the 6 studio albums released between then and 2006 contained some of the finest work of Cohen's entire career and on tracks such as "First We Take Manhattan", "Dance Me To The End Of Love", "The Future", "I'm Your Man", "Ain't No Cure For Love", "Tower Of Song" and so many others, he augmented his music with a philosophy, wisdom and enlightenment that both delighted his existing fanbase and endeared him to new generations in a manner that few others could hope to achieve.
This film mixes rare performance footage, studio recordings, interviews, rarely seen photographs, location shoots and many other features with contributions from some of Cohen's closest colleagues and from experts on his life and music. Featuring his official biographer Ira Nadel; Cohen producers John Lissauer, David Gold and John Simon, journalists Robert Christgau, Anthony DeCurtis, and Nigel Williamson, authors Johnny Rogan and Jim Devlin and many others.
They're arguably the world's favourite group right now and they seem to be unstoppable in their assault on charts across the globe, but Coldplay are so much more than just a successful rock band whose fifteen minutes of fame has arrived.
This set is a visual celebration of Coldplay, the music they make, the unforgettable shows they perform and the incredible lives they lead. Featuring two separate documentaries covering different aspects of their career, in completion, the set offers an uncensored look at a truly astonishing band, and reveals what it is that made them what they have become. With rare footage throughout, exclusive interviews with group members and those close to them, contributions from the finest rock authors and journalists, seldom seen photos, location shoots, news clips and a host of other features, this set will prove a delight for the millions of Coldplay fans across the world as it provides for the most informative, enlightening, and downright entertaining document on the group yet to emerge.
Having emerged from humble beginnings become one of the biggest bands in the world, with a level of acclaim presently only matched by the likes of U2 and Radiohead, Coldplay are nothing short of a phenomenon. Creating music intersected with moments of delicate poignancy and striking euphoria, endearing the group to legions of fans the world over, this extraordinary band celebrate the culmination of their first decade of success with yet another collection of brilliant tunes all set to enter the public consciousness alongside those from their previous records, further reminding us that here is one of the very few acts around today who are guaranteed a bright future.
This set both documents and celebrates the first 10 years of Coldplay's career and charts their rise from student band to top drawer entertainers. Featuring multiple interviews with the guys themselves, we are here provided exclusive insight into the group dynamic, as they all talk with brutal honesty about all manner of subjects and topics. And with the aid of many close colleagues, friends and the best music critics around, plus archive footage, news reports, rare footage and seldom seen photographs, Coldplay - New Dimensions offers the viewer a close up and personal experience rarely obtained with acts of such...
Recordings from individual Beatles had appeared as early as 1966, with Paul McCartney and George Martin's Family Way soundtrack, but it wasn't until John Lennon's string of superb late 1960s singles that anything emerged which appealed to Beatles fans in droves and started the ball rolling for two quite fascinating and wildly creative solo careers.
Beetween the closing days of the Beatles through to the point at which McCartney had just formed Wings and Lennon had just left the UK to live in New York, some of their finest individual solo work appeared.
Composing Outside the Beatles - Lennon and McCartney 1967-1972 is an independent documentary film which reviews the music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as solo composers, during this first post-Beatles period. From the avant-garde, Yoko influenced, brace of Lennon/Ono albums, via some superb sigles and albums from both players, and culminating with the first Wings record from Macca, and Lennon celebrating his new city of residence with the most political songs he ever wrote, this film shows how and why they composed the music they did during this ear and illustrates their usage of old and new techniques as well as their continuance to borrow from each other despite being in both legal and personal disputes at the...
In the early 1970s John Lennon and Paul McCartney each carved out hugely successful solo careers - both critically and commercially. However, by the end of 1972 the pair had their lowest points since first finding success with The Beatles. 1973's output however put both of them back on the musical map and so began the final period during which John and Paul were recording and releasing music simultaneously - and which is the subject of this video.
John made only four more albums, his final set of songs released shortly before his brutal murder at the end of 1980. Paul made six further records with Wings and his second solo set, which appeared the summer before his former song-writing partner passed on.
Composing Outside The Beatles - Lennon and McCartney, 1973-1980 is an independent documentary film which reviews John and Paul's music during the second and final part of their parallel post-Beatles careers. From each of their comeback albums - Mind Games and Red Rose Speedway respectively, through Lennon's most successful phase and the enormity of the Wings phenomena, through to John's grand finale and Paul's bizarre but brilliant sophomore solo record.
With the aid of rare footage, archive and exclusive interviews, contributions from friends, colleagues and experts,...
The Beatles' music is more familiar to more people than that of any other group, artist or composer; there can barely be an adult on the planet who can't hum at least a couple of their tunes. And the composers of the vast majority of these timeless songs have arguably eclipsed the offerings of anyone who's penned a tune before or since.
Composing the Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney, 1957-1965 is an independent documentary film, which reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers. From the day they met in 1957 until the release of the Rubber Soul album at the end of 1965, the film dissects and contrasts, reassesses and ultimately provides one of the finest films made about the band during this period.
Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, this program discovers the true story of how those classic songs were written.
With contributions from friends Barry Miles, Klaus Voorman and Maureen Cleave; musicians Alan Moore and Chris Ingham; journalists Robert Christgau (Village Voice) and Anthony De Curtis (Rolling Stone); authors Johnny Rogan, Pete Doggett, Steve Turner and Nigel Williamson and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini.
By 1966, The Beatles were at the major turning point of their career. Having spent '65 both touring manically and recording the adventurous and critically acclaimed Rubber Soul , they knew they had to creatively progress in order to retain their position as the world's favourite group; that meant Messrs. Lennon and McCartney giving it everything they had.
They didn't disappoint with Revolver , indeed the more serious music critics previously viewing the group as irrelevant, now began to sit up and take notice. When they followed it with Sgt. Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour E.P., The White Album, Abbey Road, Let It Be and several non-album singles and B-sides all of which were magnificent, they had forged a reputation that has sealed their legacy ever since, and to most extents offered other songwriters no room to match their quite incredible achievements.
Composing the Beatles Songbook - Lennon and McCartney, 1966-1970 is an independent documentary film which reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers during this hugely creative period. From the first bars of Eleanor Rigby to the closing Abbey Road song-cycle, this film shows how and why they barely put a step wrong while making the most joyous music the world has ever witnessed....
Join an ecstatic audience at the renowned Harvest Jazz Festival at the Paul Masson Vineyards in California for a double bill concert sure to consume your soul.
Fronting his own quartet, Bobby Hutcherson performs a set that is simply brilliant. Being consumed and overtaken by the crowd's electricity, Bobby delivers a nearly 30-minute improvisational performance! As a stylist whose playing falls between hard pop and post bob, this vibraphonist has worked with all the contemporary jazz greats and delivers a sensational and electric performance!
Influenced by both traditional Brazilian singers and the improvisations of American jazz divas such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, Flora Purim demonstrates her musical diversity with unique live performances including an improvisation with Airto Moreira.
Filmed in Chicago and finished in 1959, The Cry of Jazz is film maker, composer and arranger Edward O. Bland's polemical essay on the politics of music and race - a forecast of what he called "the death of jazz". A landmark moment in black film, foreseeing the civil unrest of subsequent decades, it also features the only known footage of visionary pianist Sun Ra from his beloved Chicago period. Featured are ample images of tenor saxophonist John Gilmore and the rest of Ra's Arkestra in Windy City nightclubs, all shot in glorious black and white.
Hailing from a small town in the UK, The Darkness burst onto the scene injecting the "Rock" back into the 21st century. Merging a fresh new attitude with a style that many thought went out with the Ark, they have huge appeal for both the traditional Rock fan and new generations alike. With Justin Hawkins as the perfect frontman sporting a mammoth wardrobe, falsetto vocals, venomous tongue and a solid band of musicians behind him, this groundbreaking troupe have rocketed to instant celebrity. From the ashes of the past, get ready to accept The Darkness of the future.
The Darkness: Shadows and Light goes behind the scenes and reveals the truth about the biggest Rock band to emerge this decade. From penniless paupers to millionaires, from audiences in single figures to half a million, this video tells the story of how The Darkness rocked the scene and brought the much needed cabaret back into performing.
When four lads from London's home counties got together in 1980, sharing a love of David Bowie and all with a keen eye on the synthesizer sounds then just gaining ground in the UK via artists like Gary Numan and Ultravox, they could barely have envisaged the kind of impact they would have on the world music scene. But today Depeche Mode remain the most popular and successful electronic group ever, and have themselves influences a huge array of groups and artists in so becoming - stand up Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Pet Shop Boys, Linkin Park and the creators of thousands of dance and techno records.
This video celebrates the astonishing music and lengthy career of Depeche Mode by way of a stunning documentary film in which their extraordinary story is told in depth. Featuring an array of performance and studio footage of the band, numerous archive interviews with members past and present, contributions from those who know the group best - including Gary Numan, Thomas Dolby and OMD's Andy McCluskey - news reports, location shoots and seldom seen photographs, plus comment and review by the band's official biographer and the finest rock writers around. Throw into the mix some of the most outstanding music from the last three decades and the programme will prove a...
For over a quarter of a century Depeche Mode have been making some of the most affecting and groundbreaking music in existence. From the Synth-Pop innocence of their early eighties New Romanticism to the sombre "no wave" landscapes of their more recent output, this incredible group has been hailed as godfathers to Techno, Electronica and Industrial Metal. Having not only survived but also flourished, while virtually all of their contemporaries have disappeared, they now command a level of respect, from critics, consumers and musicians alike, that was unthinkable "back in the day".
Depeche Mode: Random Access Memory is a celebration of their extraordinary achievements and charts the astonishing career of Essex's finest. For the first time, this documentary goes behind the music and discovers what it took for this unlikely group from Basildon to remain such visionary pioneers of the Electronic scene for all those years. Using exclusive interviews, rare footage, previously unseen photographs and a host of other features, this film reveals virtually everything anyone could ever want to know.
Barry Feinstein was the exclusive tour photographer on Bob Dylan and The Band's legendary 1966 and 1974 World Tours. In this film, Feinstein and director Joel Gilbert chronicle these epic Bob Dylan tours, featuring over 150 selections of Feinstein's finest portraits - most reveleaed for the first time - in this extraordinary document of Bob Dylan and rock music history. For the years in between, Gilbert visits Woodstock and Greenwich Village, New York, where he investigates Dylan's secluded life before his return to the road in 1974. Gilbert recreates the singer-songwriter's 1966 motorcycle accident, pays a visit to Big Pink, examines Dylan's firts encounter with The Beatles, and even confronts fanatic Dylanologist A.J. Weberman. Interviews with filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker, rock journalism godfather Al Aronowitz, Band drummer Mickey Jones and others help reveal Bob Dylan's hidden history behind Feinstein's astonishing images.
After the Crash: Bob Dylan, 1966-1978 mixes rare historic footage with review and criticism from experts, friends, fellow musicians who played with Bob, and even the odd enemy... Writers and critics Clinton Heylin, Nigel Williamson, Patrick Humphries and Derek Barker proffer their thoughts and opinions while Jacques Levy, in his final interview, discusses his work with Bob on the Desire album. Musicians Ron Cornelius, Bruce Langhorne, Eric Weissberg, Kevin Odegard, Rob Stoner and Scarlet Rivera all talk of their experiences working with Bob Dylan in the studio and on the road and friend and journalist Al Aronowitz remembers his times with Bob while one of his closest confidantes. Ray Foulk, organiser of the Isle of Wight Festival, reveals for the first time how he managed to talk Dylan out of live retirement to perform at the UK's very own "Woodstock". And with legend himself, A.J. Weberman, recalling the events and conversations that took place between himself and a somewhat irritated Bob Dylan in 1971, this programme is the most informative, revelatory and downright entertaining document on this period of Bob Dylan's life yet to emerge.
By the end of 1978 most music fans - whether dedicated worshippers, casual listeners or outright dissenters - knew that Bob Dylan was nothing if not unpredictable. But nobody could have guessed what was coming next.
Dylan's adherence to Christian fundamentalism - and the three albums he released and shows he performed in its wake - assisted greatly in making the 1980s his most controversial decade. Loved by some, detested by others, Bob both lost and gained fans via this change of faith and the single-minded beliefs he now appeared to hold. But by 1984 his views had softened somewhat and during the rest of decade he largely released albums and performed gigs of mixed quality, but generally featuring standout tracks - many now revered as Dylan classics - amongst the less inspired cuts.
But despite it all, this period of Dylan's life and career is one of the most controversial, fascinating and misunderstood of all. This film reviews the years from late 1978 to the release of 1989's Oh Mercy - an album that was seen by many as a huge return to form. With the aid of rare Dylan footage, live and studio versions of the most pivotal songs, exclusive interviews with his closest allies from that time, contributions from Dylan experts, biographers and other commentators, this film...
With a career now in its fifth decade and an influence as far reaching as any in popular music, Bob Dylan remains the quintessential figurehead for intelligent, cutting edge music of the modern age.
This set is a documentary covering Dylan's life and music from his childhood and schooldays up to his conversion in the late 1970s to fundamental Christianity. With contributions from colleagues as diverse as his high school English teacher, his school friends, other members from his first bands, folk musician Martin Carthy, Dylan's first songwriting partner the late Jacques Levy, early 1960s Greenwich Village musicians, authors Clinton Heylin, CP Lee and Isis editor Derek Barker and many others, plus rare film footage, unseen photographs and a host of other features, this collection houses the ultimate document on Bob Dylan's life and music during this period.
At first called "Dylan's God-Awful Gospel" by his most loyal fans, Bob Dylan's Jesus Years are today regarded as among the best of his career. How did a Jewish folk singer from the Midwest come to Jesus? Finally, here is an insider's view of Bob Dylan's "Born Again" transformation, and its effect on his life and music.
In late 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. In his first-ever interview, Dylan's Bible class teacher, Pastor Bill Dwyer, details Bob Dylan's embrace of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Dylan then made three Gospel albums, winning a Grammy for Gotta Serve Somebody . However, Dylan's radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached apocalyptic messages from the Book of Revelation .
Director Joel Gilbert weaves the intimate story Inside Bob Dylan's Jesus Years through revealing interviews, including legendary Slow Train Coming producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, iconic San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selvin, award-winning songwriter Al Kasha, Jews for Jesus pioneer Mitch Glaser, and Dylanologist AJ Weberman. Included are rare photos and exclusive live concert footage from 1978-1981, while Bob Dylan himself explains...
Bob Dylan's creative genius reached a crescendo as he hit the road with a rag-tag band of folk troubadours in the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. Appearing unannounced in small venues, the Revue culminated in "The Night of the Hurricane" benefit at Madison Square Garden for wrongly-convicted boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. In his first interview in 30 years, "The Hurricane" tells all. Folk legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot, violinist Scarlet Rivera, bassist Rob Stoner, and Ms. Jacques Levy reveal the inside story of the Desire album, Joey Gallo, the Rolling Thunder Revue and the maligned tour film, Renaldo and Clara .
Following his reinvention as "The Entertainer" in 1978, Bob Dylan fell into the Arms of the Lord through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church. Dylan made three Gospel albums, winning a Grammy for "Gotta Serve Somebody." However, his radical new direction alienated fans and enraged critics as he preached evangelical messages from the Book of Revelation. In his first-ever interview, Dylan's Bible class teacher, Pastor Bill Dwyer, describes Dylan's born-again transformation. Legendary Slow Train Coming producer Jerry Wexler, background singer Regina McCrary, keyboardist Spooner Oldham songwriter Al Kasha, San Francisco Chronicle rock reporter Joel Selvin, AJ...
Elvis has been found alive! After visiting Graceland, Director Joel Gilbert made a Freedom of Information Act request for US government files on Elvis Presley. Incredibly, documents arrived from the FBI revealing an address for Federal Agent "Jon Burrows," Elvis' 1970's alias, in Simi Valley, California. After a brief confrontation, Elvis agreed to chronicle the secret history of his life and "death" in an exclusive interview.
In Elvis Found Alive, Elvis reflects on his early life and career, and describes his admiration for his look-alike, comic book hero Captain Marvel Jr. He explains that social unrest in the late 1960s and terrorism by they Weather Underground drove him to ask President Nixon to make him a Federal Agent. "If I could help save America, maybe it was my true destiny that God had prepared me for."
Elvis reveals that he battled Weatherman Bill Ayers and the Mafia crime families during the 1970s, leading to a faked death to go undercover. What followed was a long struggle to return to his singing career, and an Obama administration that is preventing it to this day. Elvis Presley remains the single Elvis Presley remains the single most influential and respected figure in the history of Rock and Roll music. Today he is a symbol of America, as recognizable as...
Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno - Brian to his friends, Eno to the rest of us - defies categorisation. Musician, composer, record producer, music theorist, singer and visual artist covers some of what he does, but he's probably best known for his early work with Roxy Music, his production duties for U2 and Coldplay and as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. But however he's pigeon-holed, this remarkable, creative visionary remains amongst the most influential individuals to have ever worked within the music industry.
This documentary film - the first ever about Eno - explores his life, career and music between the years 1971 and 1977, the period that some view as his golden age, others as just one era in a long, extraordinary and very eclectic career.
15 singers, two countries and the music of Mozart. The stage was set for an incredible journey between two music shools - Louisville, Kentucky and Katowice, Poland - thousands of miles apart in both distance and language to put on a show! The show, Marriage of Figaro , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's comic opera, would the language that would unite both casts. Extensive filming throughout the production's three-month period not only provides insight into the rigorous schedule of its performers, but also highlights behind the scenes footage of the talented team responsible for bringing the house to its feet!
Close to 15 years after Dave Grohl's enforced departure from Nirvana, The Foo Fighters remain one of the very finest American rock bands in existence. And while the Foos will never achieve the once-in-a-lifetime impact of Grohl's former group, they remain hugely influential, increasingly creative and, most crucially, downright entertaining.
The Foo Fighters Collector's Box is a visual celebration of Dave Grohl and both his current and previous bands. Consisting of two separate films which cover his entire career in music, and featuring never before seen footage of his Washington DC based pre-Nirvana collectives, exclusive Nirvana films, Foo Fighters in performance and in interview, and with contributions from a panel of close colleagues, friends, fellow musicians and hand selected esteemed experts.
Attempting to pick up where Nirvana left off, Dave Grohl and his ever changing line-up were doomed to failure upon the release of their debut in 1995. But Grohl was always more than a drummer and his Foo Fighters were a band on an immediate mission to prove themselves. Five albums, numerous singles and a string of awards down the light, it seems the Foos have nothing left to prove. This is their story.
Foo Fighters: Guardian Angels is the first documentary to chart the swift rise of this phenomenal band and its charismatic front man. Tracing their roots to the Washington DC punk scene of the mid 1980s, when Grohl drummed in a series of locally successful hardcore bands, through his days in Nirvana and the tragic death of Kurt Cobain, via his struggles with the Nirvana legacy and onto the huge success of the Foo Fighters today. This documentary goes behind the scenes to reveal the truth about this extraordinary band.
GP are you wit me? This is the infamous hook shouted by gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, from his hit tune Stomp . It's quite amazing how none of the most popular gospel artists could break into the main stream, but somehow, someway Franklin managed to set the trend. After bringing out one gospel hit, then a Christmas album, which did exceptionally well, his new fame allowed him to cross over giving him recognition as the Garth Brooks of gospel.
Since his early days growing up in Texas and living uder his religious aunt's roof, she is credited with introducing him to the world of music, which he beagan to appreciate. Nevertheless the young Texan who had a church background was not always a saint. In fact, he was criticized for becoming a back slider. Franklin also ran in the streets, seeing his close friend lose his life to gunfire which affected him dramatically and caused to re-evaluate his life. Kirk Franklin's story is a living testimony how one can go from good to bad, then back to being righteous.
The world's most successful punk band, Green Day's transformation from San Francisco cult heroes to global rock phenomena is as staggering as it is captivating. From a scene credited with introducing the American public at large to Punk Rock in the early 1990s, the group were quick to establish themselves as the most vital of their peers, with majoy label debut Dookie going on to sell 20 million copies worldwide. Over the following decade, a series of further massive selling albums, numerous sold out world tours and a never ending array of awards kept Green Day in the limelight. But with the release of 2004's extraordinary American Idiot the band crossed into another dimension and opened themselves up to a whole new audience.
Green Day - The DVD Collector's Box celebrates the astonishing career of this glorious band. Including one video which charts the band's rise to the top, featuring exclusive interviews with ex-band members, friends, and those who know them best, plus archive footage and a host of other features, this film reveals an inspirational and insightful story. The second film consists of an in-depth analysis of Green Day's recorded output. Featuring live and studio performances, rare footage, contributions from colleagues an peers and expert opinion from...
Bursting out of the LA rock scene in the late 1980s, Guns N' Roses have come to epitomise everything that a rock n' roll band should be. And the fans love them for it. What other group could go almost 10 years without a new album and still pull massive crowds for every live event? On Sex N' Drugs N' Rock N' Roll we go behind the scenes to discover what it took for Guns N' Roses to become such icons of the genre. Taking the cameras where they've not previously been, we present an uncensored look at a truly exceptional band.
Released simultaneously in September 1991, the brace of albums making up the Use Your Illusion double set made history before most fans had heard a note - never before (and never since) had any group or artist occupied the Billboard chart positions one and two in the same week. But this is Guns N' Roses we're discussing - a band who never do things by halves.
This is a documentary film about those albums - the people who made them, the process of making them, the tour that surrounded them and, most crucially, the awesome music they contained.
Featuring rare footage of the band from that time, including exclusive backstage film rarely seen before; lengthy interviews from musicians and vocalists who were there working on the records and the tour; comment from friends of the group and scenesters from the L.A. rock underground; insight and critique from biographers, journalists, and DJs who championed Guns N' Roses throughout their career, and many other notable contributors.
They have come to epitomise Rock 'n Roll with glorious excesses and captivating showmanship that assures that Guns N' Roses will forever be thought of as one of the world's most iconic bands. Since roaring out of LA in 1987 with their debut album Appetite for Destruction they have sold over 100 million records worldwide and created just as many newspaper headlines, and as line ups have come and gone, the legend of Guns N' Roses has continued to grow exponentially.
But it was with the release of their albums Use Your Illusion I and II - now more than 20 years ago - that the band cemented their place in musical history, proving these LA reprobates were far more than one trick ponies and in the process becoming the first group ever to occupy the top two positions on the Billboard 200 chart.
Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion Special Edition is a documentary set offering the definitive review of these record breaking albums, whilst also providing an unparalleled insight into the band themselves. With the help of some notable contributors, the first video looks exclusively at the two 1991 releases, exploring their creation, reception, subsequent tour and most importantly, the music itself. The second video chronicles G & R's full career, with unrivalled access and exclusive...
Jimi Hendrix is unquestionably the greatest guitarist to have emerged during the Rock Era. He remains the most important influence on up-and-coming players, and with flamboyant stage shows and psychedelic lyrics, he proved to be the ultimate icon for the Love Generation.
But the story of Jimi Hendrix is much more than that of drug-taking hippy who knew his way around a fretboard ... and this film shows it all!
Using exclusive interviews with his closest friends, associates and fellow musicians, this fascinating documentary finally reveals what was behind the greatest musical talent of our time.
Back in 1976, nobody really knew that there was an old wave of British Heavy Metal. But within two years of their formation, Iron Maiden had spearheaded what came to be abbreviated the NWOBHM, and as with punk the year before, a new generation of performers, musicians, and show-offs in genereal brought in a New Wave of the rock genre - and in the process made loud, raw, heavy music the global phenomenon it is today.
For the first time, this film investigates the New Wave - the bands, the records, the media and the series of unconnected events that led to the unfolding of this astonishing, durable and still hugely relevant form - which is heard even today on so many new records. Focusing on Maiden and the other pivotal bands of the time, such as Saxon, Samson, Praying Mantis, Diamond Head, Tygers of Pan Tang, Girlschool and many others, this programme is the ultimate exposé of a style which may not get as much press as Punk, but is equally as relevant to the music of the third millennium.
Often imitated - but never matched, Britain's greatest heavy metal group Iron Maiden are arguably the best rock outfit in the world. With over 25 years in the business, and a string of number one albums and singles under their belts, they are truly the stuff of legend.
On Iron Maiden: The Legacy of the Beast we go behind the music to discover what it took for this unlikely group of headbangers to remain Kings of the Metal Scene for two decades (and counting!). Packed with interviews, this documentary tells the story of how it all happened.
They've been in the business almost 35 years and remain amongst the world's favourite rock bands, still selling out stadiums and scoring top 10 records regularly. But Iron Maiden's history ha not been an easy journey; despite the group making their ongoing popularity appear effortless, blood, sweat and tears have all been shed in the band's passionate desire to remain at the top of their game for this incredible period.
This independent documentary collection reveals much previously unknown about Iron Maiden and its personnel, and with the assistance of rare archive, exclusive and vintage interviews, contributions from close collaborators, contempoaries and the finest rock journalists, plus seldom seen footage and photographs, draws an accurate picture of what it has taken for this giant amongst rock bands to achieve so much over such a long time.
Michael Jackson - Fan's Camera Footage is a two-hour programme culled from over 45 hours of private collectors fan's cam footage worldwide. Through the fan's eye, a private and more revealing insight into the true world of Michael Jackson the superstar is shown.
Adored by millions worldwide, wherever Michael went, the fans were waiting, whether out shopping, in hotels or travelling, the fans captured these intimate moments portraying more of the real person than the media myth ever could.
The Interview Collection has numerous rarely seen interviews which show why Michael was, and is loved by so many worldwide. There was only one Michael Jackson, the performer, the superstar and the giving person who we all came to know through his music and dance.
When a king dies, the heir or a peer takes over the throne. The passing of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is a different case. Michael is irreplaceable. He was born on 29 August 1958 in Gary, Indiana to a working class family, and he died on 25 June 2009 as the undisputed King of Pop.
Michael's last days and the Memorial Service are captured in this engaging film that pays respect to the King. As the world celebrates Michael's life and legacy, it is easy to see why he was the brightest star. As an artist and entertainer, he still looms larger than life. The King will live forever through his music.
Genius. Legend. Enigma. These are just a few of the superlatives used to describe the man often referred to as "The King of Pop". From performing at the age of four in his family home, to becoming one of the most famous people on the planet, Michael Jackson has spent almost his entire life in the public eye.
Michael Jackson: A Remarkable Life goes behind the scenes to discover what it took for a boy with a passion for music to dominate the pop charts the world over for more than 30 years and counting. Packed with interviews, this documentary takes you where cameras never previously preyed to achieve a no holds barred look at this remarkable man.
There's very little left to say about Michael Jackson that, by now, hasn't been said a million times. So after the media frenzy in which every micro-second of his tragically short life has been put under the microscope, every controversy and indiscretion has been magnified and every word he ever uttered in public has been repeated again and again, all we can say is, "Thank you for the Music".
Because ultimately that's why Michael Jackson was, and still is, universally loved and why, despite often being seen as less than orthodox in his general behaviour, at the time of his sad passing his life was celebrated around the world in a manner that, among pop performers, has previously only been witnessed for Elvis Presley and John Lennon.
This film celebrates the joyous and timeless music of Michael Jackson from his first recordings with the Jackson 5 through hit after hit from the seventies, the eighties and the nineties, right up to his most recent cuts, and in so doing tells the story of a true pop genius, the way it really happened.
Featuring rare performance and interview footage of Michael, archive material featuring Jackson in a number of seldom seen settings, contributions from friends, those who have worked closely with him and the finest industry broadcasters and...
Not always credited with such, Mick Jagger has been equally as pivotal to the Rolling Stones as his song-writing partner and bandmate for almost 50 years. Indeed the differences in style, character and philosophy between Mick and Keith, make for probably the greatest union - albeit often far from harmonious - in the history of popular music.
This film concentrates on Jagger's life and career both within and without the Stones, across the period during which he was in his twenties. The same period that for most fans was the band's heyday, during which they produced music of quite staggering quality.
Ben Sidran has been a major force in the modern day history of jazz and rock and roll having played keyboards with or produced such artists as Steve Miller, Mose Allison, Blue Mitchell, Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Phil Upchurch, Tony Williams, Jon Hendricks, Richie Cole and Van Morrison.
It's been a long and varied journey from playing boogie woogie piano as a six year old in Racine, Wisconsin to growing up to play boogie woogie piano around the world and despite the reality that Sidran is better known in Europe and Japan than in America, "a fact of life for most jazz musicians", Ben Sidran is an international superstar.
Only a few times in history has a musician been singled out as the world-calss master of his instrument. Billy Cobham is one of those few artists. For over 30 years, he has received international acclaim as the total consummate drummer.
Billy Cobham's explosive technique powered some of the fusion genre's most important early recordings - including groundbreaking efforts by Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra - before he became an accomplished bandleader in his own right. At his best, Cobham harnessed his amazing dexterity into thundering, high-octane hybrids of jazz complexity and rock 'n roll agression. He was capable of subtler, funkiner grooves on the one hand, and awe-inspiring solo improvisations on the other.
For four decades, Chuck's boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy have characterized his love affair with music and the resulting admiration of his audience.
He joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players as Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, before going solo and receiving a Grammy nomination for Land of Make Believe . His album Feels So Good became a worldwide mega hit thanks to its self-titled single, which features one of the most recognized melodies in the world and he has continued recording and performing music of a standard that has made him an influential contemporary Jazz icon.
Few musicians in the history of jazz have made such a lasting popular and world-wide impression such as pianist George Shearing. Deified in the 1950s by Jack Kerouac in the novel On the Road , Shearing moved from early success in his native Britain to postwar New York where he captured the spirit of successive jazz generations and created a permanent place for himself in the Hall of Fame with his quintet's September in the Rain and his own quintessentially hip compostition Lullaby of Birdland . The artistry of Shearing's leagendary bluesy, "locked-hands" style is as fresh and appealing as ever.
In Shearing we have a jazz artist who has seen and heard it all. His influences range from boogie-woogie to stride to bebop, and he incorporates all of those distinct styles into one that sounds like ... George Shearing. Shearing is one of a handful of jazz legends still giving us the benefit of their experience. Overlook George Shearing at your own risk.
Primarily recognized as an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, Mike Mainieri's equally remarkable talents as producer, arranger and composer have contributed to shaping the cutting-edge in music. Throughout his career, Mike has collaborated with the world's most formidable jazz players, produced numerous albums and discovered a host of innovative, young talent.
At the age of 14, his own jazz trio was touring with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; by 17 he was playing and arranging for Buddy Rich's sextet - a tenure which continued up until 1962 - and at the age of 18, he won the International Jazz Critic's Award. In 1962, he joined the ground-breaking jazz/rock group Jeremy & The Satyrs and performed with such monumental figures as Frank Zappa, Richie Havens and Jimi Hendrix. From 1969-1972, he was an integral part of the White Elephant Orchestra that created so many musical directions for the decades to follow.
During the late '70's, Mainieri founded the pioneering jazz-fusion group Steps Ahead, delving into contemporary sounds while maintaining experimentation and compositional integrity as a launching-pad for young talent and new musical ideas; and, subsequently, NYC Records. An extension of himself, the independent label is a vehicle for exposing new ideas grounded in the jazz...
As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk's contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective has also proven partly responsible for entire genres to emerge - electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three.
This film reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their inception in the late 1960s (as pre-Kraftwerk ensemble Organization), through their most celebrated period in the mid-1970s, and culminating with their resurgence during the 1980s with the popularity of synth-pop and techno. The film further explores how Kraftwerk both fitted into and pulled away from the electronic wing of what is often lazily referred to as "Krautrock". Sparing time also for many of the group's contemporaries from the same field, and tracing the unfolding of electronics in German contemporary music generally, this programme presents a fascinating story previously untold on film.
As a band who produced some of the best selling albums of the time and whose shows have sold out arenas across the globe, Led Zeppelin have pretty much done it all. The timeless music of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham caused waves throughout the rock scene whilst earning them a place in musical history. With the band's music still as relevant today as it ever was, this documentary is a timely reminder of one of the greatest bands of the 20th century.
On Led Zeppelin: The Making of a Supergoup we take you behind the music to discover what it took for this unlikely foursome to become one of the biggest selling groups of all time. Packed with interviews this documentary film takes you where the cameras never previously preyed to achieve an uncensored look at a truly legendary band.
Despite having split up close to 30 years ago - following the death of drummer John Bonham - Led Zeppelin remain, arguably, the most important rock band ever. And as musical fads come and go and the allegiances of fans change, the mighty Zep continue to delight and amaze every new and up-and-coming generation.
This video is a visual celebration of Led Zeppelin, the astonishing music they made, the unforgettable shows they performed and the incredible lives they led as Britain's most succsessful group. Featuring one film which charts the story of the band's origins and roots, concentration on the members' pre-Zep solo careers and taking the story up to the release of their debut album in 1969; and another which follows the rise and rise of Led Zeppelin proper, through their glory years and on to their tragic conclusion in 1980. With rare footage throughout, interviews with the band and those close to them and numerous other features, this set provides for the most informative, enlightening, and downright entertaining documentary on the group yet to emerge.
By 1973, Led Zeppelin was the most popular rock band on the planet. Having already played to the largest audiences ever to attend a music event and achieved sales across their first five albums in figures previously unheard of in the music industry, the band were still thinking big. So, when Physical Graffit hit the stores two years later, it was greeted with a sense of awe and astonishment - Led Zeppelin had gone one better than anyone thought possible by making what Rolling Stones magazine called "their Tommy, Beggar's Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one".
This is a documentary about the build up to, the making and release of and - crucially - the music contained on this most revered of albums. With the aid of rare and classic performances, scarce interviews, seldom seen photographs and contributions from those involved in the making of the record - plus the review and critique from a panel of Led Zeppelin experts - this programme finally lifts the lid on what many believe to be Led Zeppelin's very finest offering.
With contributions from the album's engineer, Ron Nevison; former Yardbird, Chris Dreja; Swan Song recording artist, Maggie Bell; author of The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin , Nigel Williamson; Tight But Loose editor, Dave Lewis; Classic Rock...
A full three decades since they initially exploded on to the American metal scene, Metallica have remained at the forefront of the genre, testament to their pioneering spirit, enormous talent and enduring legacy. This is a band that have consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation, altering the musical landscape on a number of occasion, and not only within their own genre elect, but within the music industry as a whole. With an influence that is undeniable, Metallica have achieved that hallowed combination of commercial and critical success, confirming their standing as the most iconic of metal acts.
Metallica Collectors Box is a set celebrating 30 years of the band's superb music. The first disc offers a perfect retrospective of their career, starting right back at the beginning of their incredible journey and carrying through to their recent activites, packed with interviews, footage, rare archives and contributions from those closest to the group. The second video considers their beginnings, musical evolution, as well as their impact on the Heavy Metal genre. Both films feature interviews with the band plus the inclusion of other Metal acts who remain influenced by this most prominent of groups.
They're the most important and influential metal band ever, and more than 25 years into an incredible career they still have the power, energy, talent and creativity to produce the most enthralling rock music in existence; Metallica are nothing if not a phenomenon.
This set is a documentary review concentrating on Metallica's music and career, from their earliest days as pioneers of the American thrash metal scene right up to their status today as global superstars and godfathers of the genre they still reign over.
The film includes rare and classic performance footage of Metallica and of their influences, interviews with the band and those who know them best, exclusive contributions from friends, associates and the finest rock journalists and writers, location shoots and news clips, seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band, formed in October 1981, this video reveals why they are such a huge phenomena in the Metal world but have still managed to keep their feet fixed firmly on the ground regardless of all the massive media and fans attention heaped upon them.
The footage shows many never seen before interviews revealing the true live of these larger than life metal heroes, with sales of over 90 million albums, this makes them one of the most commercially successful heavy metal acts ever. U.S. interrogators exposed Iraqi POWs to Metallica tracks for prolonged periods during the second Gulf War in an attempt to make them talk!
Every effort has been made to provide the highest possible picture and sound quality allowing for the availability of the original masters.
No single figure in American music so dominated a genre as Bill Monroe did bluegrass. This film stands alone as the most intimate and detailed portrait of this unique musical innovator, creating an experience akin to having a one-on-one conversation with the bluegrass master.
A star of the Grand Ole Opry from 1939 until his death in 1996, he created bluegrass music out of his deep Kentucky roots, fusing the fiddle tunes and Scotch-Irish ballads learned from his mother Malissa and Uncle Pen Vandiver with the "old Southern blues" taught him by black blues guitarist Arnold Schultz. The result was brand new yet timeless, a distinctly personal sound that influenced generations of musicians, from his sidemen in the original bluegrass band - Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chubby Wise and Howard Watts - to Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury (himself a former Blue Grass Boy) and modern superstars like Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek.
Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music is a dynamic music documentary combining historic interviews with rare musical performances by Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Lester Flatt, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, the Osborne Brothers, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, John Hartford and a once-in-a-lifetime Blue Grass Boys reunion featuring Del...
Van Morrison - Under Review, 1964-1974 is a documentary film which covers this extraordinary performer's music and career during that period. From the formation of Them, through Van's classic solo period - taking in album such as Astral Weeks, Moondance, St. Dominic's Preview, Tupelo Honey, Veedon Fleece and It's Too Late to Stop Now - this was a time of quite startling creativity in a musical career that has rarely failed to delight fans and critics alike.
This programme looks again at these records, and the man who made them, and in doing so provides the most enlightening, revealing and entertaining Van Morrison documentary yet to emerge.
Morrissey's influence as a performer, songwriter and cultural icon far exceeds the sales of his records. The living embodiment of Alternative Guitar Rock, he has been worshipped with a near-religious intensity by his fans, while suffering vitriolic abuse from non-believers. Adored by vegetarians, Mexicans and J.K. Rowling, loathed by judges and a musician or two, here is is story.
Morrissey: The Jewel in the Crown documents how he hit the big-time first with the Smiths and later as a solo performer. It details his battles with both the media and the people he worked with, after his big mouth struck again and again. It tells the story of his exodus from the grey UK to sunny LA, and how after seven years hibernating, Morrissey achieved such a triumphant comeback.
By 1993, Nirvana was in a state of disarray. Having kick-started the grunge phenomenon two years earlier, the band were now keen to return to their roots. The extraordinary music which resulted from this impluse was the most "punk-rock" they ever recorded.
In Utero - A Classic Album Under Review is a documentary film which revisits and re-assesses this startling record, and with the use of archive footage and contributions from those around at the time, concludes that Nirvana's final studio work remains arguably their finest of all.
With the memory of "Brit-Pop" is a distant one, and one that prompts the names of very few bands to trip off the tongue, the mighty Oasis have long survived the genre they were almost single-handed in creating - something they've achieved through unquestionable talent, mind blowing performances and songwriting skills that go way beyond the call of duty.
This video is a documentary review concentrating on Oasis's music and career, from their days in the early 1990s as Manchester's favorite Stone Roses wannabees, right through to their global position today as godfathers of guitar-based music for millions of fans. Also featured is the fully documentary based around their classic Morning Glory album, a film which won Vodafone's "DVD of the Year" in 2007.
Also included are rare and classic performance footage of Oasis and of their influences, interviews with the band and those who know them best, exclusive contributions from friends, associates and the finest rock journalists and writers around, location shoots and news clips, seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.
It's October 1995, and Oasis are riding high on the back of what has already been dubbed the "greatest debut of all time" in certain quarters. Never known to hide their light under a bushel, the band unleashed their second set of killer tunes with Morning Glory , which takes the charts by storm, and becomes the focal point in the phenomenon now known as Britpop. The album goes on to rank as many fans' favourite, and is home to some of the most memorable singles the group has ever released.
Oasis: (What's the Story?) Morning Glory - A Classic Album Under Review is a documentary film which revisits and re-assesses this powerhouse of a record. With the use of archive footage, long forgotten videos and contributions from those around at the time, this program uncovers why the band's second album is arguably their most satisfying.
While Ozzy Osbourne has always been one of the High Priests of Heavy Metal Music, it has only been the recent chain of events that has finally allowed him to lay claim to the Papacy. With some 35 years in the business and a string of controversies under his belt, ranging from the oral decapitation of small animals to bladder relief on one of the USA's most sacred monuments, Ozzy has truly encapsulated the rock 'n' roll lifestyle. On this film we go behind the scenes and discover what it is that has driven this Brummie dropout to become Lord of the Manor, King of the Heap, and The Crown Prince of Darkness.
The loudest and most disturbing act to have ever hit the Billboard Chart, Pantera remain arguably the best metal band of all time. And in the late Dimebag Darrell they certainly had the very finest rock guitarist since Ritchie Blackmore. This astonishing group rewrote the rules of heavy metal and their live performances had the power to change lives forever.
This documentary film is a review of Pantera's career and music, and a tribute to the band and their sadly missed guitarist. Featuring rare archive footage of the group, filmed interviews with band members and their legendary producer Sterling Winfield, contributions from orignal vocalist Terry Glaze, opinion, review and enlightenment from experts such as Dimebag's biographer Zac Crain and Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas, location shoots, film of the annual "Ride for Dime" event and a host of other features, all of which makes for the best documentary yet to emerge about Pantera.
In the summer of 2005, a package arrived at the Hollywood offices of Highway 61 Entertainment from London with no return address. Inside were two mini-cassette audio tapes dated December 30, 1999 and labeled "The Last Testament of George Harrison". A voice eerily similar to Harrison's tells a shocking story: Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash in November of 1966 and replaced with a double! British intelligence, M15, had forced the Beatles to cover up McCartney's death to prevent mass suicides of Beatles fans. However, the remaining beatles tried to signal fans with clues on album covers and in songs.
Until now, the "Paul is Dead" mystery that exploded worldwide in 1969 was considered a hoax. However, in this film, the mysterious voice on the tapes reveals a secret Beatles history, chronicling McCartney's fatal accident, the cover up, dozens of unknown clues, and a dangerous cat and mouse game with "Maxwell", the Beatles' M15 handler, as John Lennon became increasingly reckless with the secret. The voice also claims that Lennon was asssasinated in 1980 after he threatened to finally expose "Paul McCartney" as an imposter!
Highway 61 Entertainment has investigated this stunning new account of the conspiracry to hide McCartney's tragic death and produced this unauthorized...
Since bursting out of the Seattle scene in 1991 with their multi-platinum selling debut Ten , Pearl Jam have not just remained one of that city's truly great acts, they have also become - over the intervening two decades - one of the very finest rock bands in the world today. Famously labelled "grunge sell outs" by Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam went on to become, by 1992, the biggest selling music artists in the USA. This success did not, however, sit easily with the group. After sophomore album Vs went on to become the fastest moving American record of all time, Eddie Vedder and Co. set about reconstructing their sound while launching a campaign against what they perceived to be the more unjust aspects of the music industry. And even now, after 20 years in the game, Pearl Jam refuse to rest on their laurels, constantly exploring new musical directions while remaining as fiercely loyal to their fans as ever.
Pearl Jam - Under Review documents this extraordinary band's rise to glory and explores how they have confounded fans and critics alike, maintaining their status among rock's elite while refusing to compromise their artisitic and ethical values. Includes archive interviews with the band themselves from across their career, contributions from their closest allies and from...
Despite being on an indefinite hiatus since 1996, Pink Floyd remain one of the most critically and commercially acclaimed bands of the rock era. Having forged a reputation built on constant innovation, masterful musicianship nad superlative songwriting, their influence and legacy is assured as long as people enjoy first rate music.
This video covers the band's early years, from thier inception and across the period during which the extraordinary talent that was Syd Barrett led the band, through the first few post-Barrett albums, before focusing on what many consider to be the first "real Pink Floyd album", Meddle .
Essentially, this two-part film covers the period before Pink Floyd became a household name, prior to their huge global success, and in advance of the massive worldwide tours which later took up so much of their time and energy.
Featuring interviews with Floyd members and those who know them best, rare archive footage, live and studio recordings of the best known tracks from this era, as well as numerous other features, The Early Pink Floyd is the most detailed, enlightening and entertaining documentary on this part of Floyd's astonishing career yet to emerge.
In the history of modern American music there are few bands like the Pixies. Theirs ws an unparalleled musical path, influencing countless others despite modest financial success. In 1992, their chief songwriter and vocalist Black Francis announced his intention to quit via a blunt facsimile. That, it seemed, was that. But to the amazement of everyone, the Pixies reunited in 2004. loudQUIETloud is the story of this unforeseen plot twist - a deeply compelling protrait of four band members and their difficult, tense and ultimately triumphant return. From the first rehearsal to the final bow nearly one year later, the press-shy Pixies granted unprecedented access to award-winning directors Steven Cantor and Matthew Galkin. The result is an insider's perspective on the Pixies, their relationships with family, fans and each other, and the combustible dynamic when the four members come together on stage.
Robert Plant's journey through the territories that have most acutely informed and inspired his music is perhaps one of the most multi-faceted of any artist from his generation. In a remarkable career that has spanned five decades, Plant has travelled from gold-maned god of hard rock to balladeering country troubadour, a process of reinvention guided by an ever-expanding musical palette and tireless searches through global song. His fantastic voyage has essayed the plantations of Mississippi, the deserts and townships of Africa and the settlements of the Appalachians.
This film follows Robert's incredible and on-going tour of music styles, and acts as travelogue in its unique approach to documenting and reviewing a career that has been built on endless fascination, consistent experimentation and a unique talent that makes the incorporation of his discoveries into a popular contemporary form seem almost effortless.
Featuring rare footage, performance archive, recorded interviews, contributions from his closest collaborators, expert critique from the finest music writers, plus location film, news reports seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.
Live from the Ivar Theater in Hollywood. Touchstar Media Presents the Poets in Hip Hop . Featuring some of today's hottest spoken word artists, Bridget Gray (2001 Grand Slam Champion), GaKnew, Miss Kim, Joy Jones, Gina Loring, Jahaira and many more. These gifted and talented poets speak on topics from racism to politics in a way that all can relate. This is one of the most significant spoken word performances of our time. One that's guaranteed to inspire and lift you to a higher level of consciousness. Each performance is incredibly emancipating and liberating, representing a movement that's guaranteed to make history. So sit back, relax ... and be entertained.
The facts are familiar. Memphis, Tennessee, 18 July 1953. A 19 year old kid wanders into The Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue. He wants to record a couple of recent hits as a present for his mother. Company secretary Marion Keisker - alone in the office that day - runs off an extra copy and tells her boss the kid's "a good ballad singer". Six months later the kid stops by again, Marion tells Sam Phillips - the boss - to listen.
June 1954. Sam's looking for a session singer. Marion mentions the kid. Sam's keen but doesn't have his number. Marion does. The kid's in the studio before the 'phone's back in the cradle. The kid works with Sam for a day and he's recommended to Sun session guitarist Scotty Moore. Scotty's unimpressed but books the kid for a session at Sun on 5 July. Rock 'n' Roll is invented that day and the world changes forever!
But there's a lot more to the legend of Elvis Aaron Presley and the transformation of music and society than is suggested in the story above. This film looks behind the facts and between the lines and attempts to discover Why? and How? Why was Rock 'n' Roll invented in Memphis by a quiet, respectable and religious young man with a passion for all types of music? How did the events that led up to that fateful session on 5 July...
Prince is the most original and innovative music artist to have emerged over the past 25 years and he continues to release startling new material and sell out electric live shows at an alarming rate. But it cannot be denied that it was during the 1980s that this maverick performer's star shone brightest.
Prince - The Glory Years is a documentary film which reviews and recaptures this golden decade and with the aid of his friends, colleagues, fellow musicians and other notable contributors, helps discover why Prince Rogers Nelson simply stole the '80s as far as music was concerned.
This incredible documentary captures the punk phenomenon in all its raw power and energy. Featuring early performances from The Clash, X-Ray Spex, The Jam, The Adverts, Subway Sect, The Boomtown Rats and many others, Punk in London is a unique visual record of punk life as it happened in the late 1970s.
Filled with live performances and interviews, this video also features previously unseen footage of The Clash along with a retrospective interview with Punk in London's cinematographer and director, Wolfgang Büld.
It's close to 20 years since the tragic death of Freddie Mercury, meaning that Queen (at least the version that mattered) have been absent longer than they ever existed as the quite extraordinary group who made so much incredible music between 1973 and 1991.
This video looks again at every album and standout track Queen ever recorded, and in doing so tells their fascinating story via their musical output.
Featuring contributions from friends and close colleagues of Queen, and with comment and critique from the finest rock journalists in the world, plus much rare and classic footage - including seldom seen performances of their finest tracks - news reports, location shoots, and photographs from private collections, this video will prove a delight to the millions of fans who to this day worship one of the very few rock groups to have earned the accolade of "truly great band".
He's been called the finest performer of the 20th century, the best showman of all time and Mr. Entertainment himself - but these descriptions only go part of the way in representing the talents of Freddie Mercury. How about unique songwriter? Gifted bandleader? Superb vocalist? Smart and canny businessman? Freddie was all these and more and in this documentary film his genius is put under the spotlight.
Beetween 1973 and 1980, one of England's finest ever groups released a body of work diplaying such quality, strength and individuality, that such an outpouring of creativity has rarely been equalled in the Rock era. The legacy of those classic records has maintained an indelible stamp on the radar or every music fan across the globe, and the band's absolute pinnacle of achievement during this period remains among the world's all time favourite pieces of music.
The legendary status of Queen as Classic Rock's most endearing act, accomplished through the enormous talents of all the band members - be it Brian May's classic songwriting and almost inconceivable skills on the guitar, Roger Taylor's reliable yet unique drumming style, John Deacon's solid backbone of rhythm or, of course, the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury's unparalleled ability to delight an audience, making him quite possibly the finest entertainer of all time - increases year after year, but it was during the 1970s that such an accolade was nailed down and became permanent.
Queen Under Review, 1973-1980 features rare live and studio performances of the band, rare and classic Queen interview footage and a host of other features, all interspersed with the independent review and criticism from a panel of esteemed...
Never a band to do what's expected, Radiohead remains the most challenging chart act in the world today. And almost 20 years since their debut album, this astonishing group continue to make music that has almost nothing in common with anyone else around.
This documentary film set looks at the Radiohead story from different angles. The first film traces the development, recording, release and aftermath of their most influential and rewarding record to date, OK Computer , and by placing this extraordinary work within the context of the group's entire career, as well as dissecting what has become their most iconic statement, uniquely tells the band's tale from the vantage point of this 1997 crescendo. The second film looks at Radiohead's rise to glory, from their very earliest days together to the point at which they became the global phenomenon they have on occasion, stated they wished they hadn't.
In completion, this set borrows from Radiohead's own approach to the oh-too-often cynical, stagnant and un-nourishing side of the music industry by seizing the opportunity to produce a brace of films befitting of Radiohead's truly unique agenda.
With so much coming out of the music industry that is shallow, uninspiring and downright dull, it's more than a little refreshing when a band does things a bit differently. In the case of Radiohead - who do things differently - it's not just refreshing, it's life changing!
Radiohead: The DVD box contains two separate documentary films about the band. The first looks at Radiohead's entire history from their university days through to the global success they have achieved today. The second is dedicated to the story of the making and impact of their most enduring work, OK Computer , the album the proved to the world that these boys were something special, way back in 1997.
Both films contain rare footage of the band, classic performances, rare interviews, exclusive contribution from friends and colleagues, review and insight from journalists and the group's biographers, seldom seen photographs and a host of other features.
By eary 1997, Radiohead had already delighted cristics and fans alike with their sophomore album The Bends , a record that knocked spots off a somewhat pedestrian debut. Tired and anxious after a mammoth world tour, the band now went back into the studio to produce what would become OK Computer - a masterwork amongst rock records and that decade's peak of musical achievement.
OK Computer: A Classic Album Under Review is a documentary film which reassesses and offers new insight on what has become one of the seminal works of the rock age.
As one of Germany's most popular musical exports, Rammstein have forged a bold and original new sound for European music. Fusing heavy metal guitar riffs with techno rhythms and the machine-like fury of the industrial underground, not only does their music rock, they also create one of the most spectacular and outrageous live shows ever seen.
Since their first release, Rammstein have courted controversy, attracting both praise and condemnation in equal measure. On Rammstein: Industrial Angels we go behind the music to discover a story of innovation, discipline, outrage and total dedication to their unique vision. Packed with interviews, this documentary film takes you where the cameras never previously preyed to achieve an uncensorred look at one of today's biggest rock bands.
Almost 30 years into a career that has witnessed this incredible band go to hell and back, but in so doing make the finest American rock music of the era, Red Hot Chili Peppers return triumphantly and in fine form, reminding us all just what a true phenomena these west coast funksters really are. This documentary features a full length film tracing the Chili's rise to the top and covering their career from its earliest incarnation.
Arguably the most provocative band of the last 20 years, Rage Against the Machine have, since their explosive debut, been the group most associated with the American protest movement. Picking up the flame from a linear musical tradition going back to the War Of Independence, and with the best known protagonists coming up during the 1950s and 60s civil rights movement via artists such as Pete Seger and the young Bob Dylan, the anger remained as brutal as ever during the final decade of the 20th Century in Rage and contemporaries like Public Enemy.
This film dissects the work and career of RATM and looks at their place in this always fascinating lineage of artists and performares who have spoken out on behalf of, and drawn attention to, the owrld's marginalised, downtrodden and oppressed.
He's the baddest of them all, the man with at least 9 lives and the most Rock 'n Roll performer since the dawn of time - and we love him for all of it. Keith Richards: Under Review is a two-hour documentary film which details the life and career of the one man who made it all seem possible.
Features rare and classic musical performances reassessed by a panel of esteemed experts; exclusive interviews, obscure footage and seldom seen photographs; contributions from Richards biographers Kris Needs and Alan Clayson, Stones biographer Robert Greenfield, former Stones P.A. Keith Altham, Robert Christgau and Anthony DeCurtis from Rolling Stone magazine, celebrity guitar coach Wolf Marshall, original Stones member Dick Taylor, ex- Melody Maker journalist Chris Welch, musical collaborator Bernie Worrall and many others; and footage of and comment on Keith's pivotal influences.
- When Kris met Keith - Kris Needs reminisces about his personal enounters with the human riff.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that formed in 1962 when former schoolmates Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones. The original line-up included Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica), Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and various drummers. Taylor left shortly after to return to art school, and was replaced by Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts joined in 1963. They have often since been referred to as "The Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band in the World."
This video reveals why the Stones, more than any other Rock group, have survived where so many have faded into obscurity. Contained here for the first time is much never seen before footage, often humorous, showing a further side to these original rebels of the Rock 'n Roll world.
Every effort has been made to provide the highest possible picture and sound quality allowing for the availability of the original masters.
The Rolling Stones: Under Review, 1962-1966 reviews the music and career of one of rock music's true giants during their formative years. The Stones are unquestionably one of the most influential bands the world has ever known; this film acknowledges and reinforces this fact while revealing insight, anecdote and opinion not previously considered.
Musician, composer and recording artist Scott Cossu's background in jazz and rhythm 'n blues, combined with his years of classical training and his study of ethnic music from Sudan, Thailand, China, Romania and Ecuador result in a unique music that has been performed in concerts worldwide and recorded since 1981.
His music shows imagination and taste, with varied meters and tempo and the set with long-time sideman, electric guitarist Van Manakas and Eddie Wood on percussion, exhibits Scott's many departures from the New Age field, with a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences.
When discussing songwriting genius in the 1960s, three bands are often mentions in the same breath … and we all know who they are.
But two others are often unfairly forgotten or dismissed. The Kinks of course were right up there with the market leaders, but for many of us the absolute pinnacle of creative genious during that influential decade came from four East End lads (ok, so one was from Middlesex) each not much bigger than a milk bottle.
The Small Faces - Under Review features rare live and studio performances of this extraordinary band, interspersed with the independent review and criticisim of a panel of esteemed experts. These include: Mod expert and Steve Marriott biographer, Paolo Hewitt; Melody Maker contributor during the 1960s and early champion of the Small Faces, Chris Welch; Small Faces biographer and all around expect, John Hellier; 1960s NME editor and friend of the group, Keith Altham; Uncut Magazine feature editor, Nigel Williamson and many, many more.
The film also features rarely seen promo films, interview footage with the band members, TV clips and a host of other features. And with a collection of incredible segments fefaturing the one and the only (we are not worthy!) Sir Stanly Unwin, this is not jsut the only full-length Small Faces...
A grey shadow was cast across the British landscape during the 1980s, as the political elite sought to condemn a nation from within; the atmosphere blackened with a foreboding sense of hopeless desperation. There was, however, "a light that never went out", when, in 1982, salvation came from young Manchester band The Smiths, and a song-writing partnership between Steven Patrick Morrissey and John Martin Maher that would go on to rival the finest in their field. With Morrissey's poetry and poise bringing colour once more to his desolate hometown, soundtracked by the exquisite guitar playing of Johnny Marr, there was now a band to truly believe in. Their career was tragically short-lived, and just four albums later, in 1987, they acrimoniously split. Their legacy was already assured however, and to this day, they remain one of the most iconic groups of all time.
At over three hours in length, The Smiths: Collector's Box is the ultimate visual celebration of this most glorious of bands. It tells the full story of The Smiths, charting their rise from Mancunian wannabes to highly respected rock-gentry. Meanwhile, it also looks at the impact and story of their defining third album The Queen is Dead , tracing every moment from its inception to its legacy. Featuring a wealth of...
Without a doubt the most important band of the 1980s, The Smiths remain the ultimate icons of a genre that's come to be known as "indie".
The Smiths: Under Review is a 90 minute documentary film covering the full story and music of The Smiths.
Featuring rare musical performances, videos, TV appearances, and interviews with the band - and commentary and review from an esteemed panel of experts - this film is the first of its kind in documenting the history and the music of this extraordinary group.
The Boss began performing around the bars and night spots of New Jersey in the late 1960s, and in so doing started one of the most eventful, productive and inspiring sotries in musical history. His "Road Trip" reads like the Great American Novel, and while Bruce unquestionably remains amongst the most respected performers alive today and undoubtedly has much more great work to come, having already notched up four decades of incredible music and quite probably the best live shows ever performed, he has already achieved far more than even he could have ever hoped for.
This set celebrates the astonishing career of Bruce Springsteen, by telling the story of his rise to fame, fortune and enormous popularity in vivid detail. And with the help of rare footage, rarely seen performances, archive interviews with the man himself, exclusive contributions from E Street Band members, former managers, producers and close associates of Bruce, and the finest rock writers and Springsteen experts around,this three-hour programme will prove a delight for the Boss's millions of fans around the globe.
Although Bruce Springsteen's huge body of work has had its highs and its not so highs, there is one distinct period within his career that remains, almost inarguably, his most creative, consistent, and satisfying. We talk of course of the trilogy of albums he released between 1978 and 1982, comprising Darkness On The Edge of Town , The River and Nebraska . Across these records Bruce's storyelling was up there with Steinbeck's, his songs ranked with Dylan's best and the live shows were as exciting as anything James Brown had ever delivered.
This documentary film looks again at these albums, and the shows he performed around them, and charts Springsteen's journey through this dark but glorious period.
Filmmakers Marshall Blackwell and Norman Whiteburn make their feature directorial debut with this documentary on the stepping culture. A modernized version of what is know as the African gumboot dance, stepping was adopted by African-American fraternities and sororities, eventually evolving into an essential element of the black college experience. Stepping is a high energy montage of dance, jazz and military movements.
Today, Stepping has become a movement amongst the youth all across the globe and has become more than just stomping the yard! It's an art form that is taking the world by storm. This documentary contains some of the most explosive step moves ever taped! Stepping The Documentary is an official selection of the 2008 Pan African American Film and Arts Festival.
A full decade on from their stunning debut and five years since their last record, The Strokes return in triumphant form with a new set of songs that are making the diehards and casuals alike sit up and take notice all over again - while reminding us all just what it was that made the world fall in love with this extraordinary group in the first place.
Composer, photgrapher and filmmaker Phill Niblock's classic of experimental underground filmmaking with a sensational soundtrack by pianist Sun Ra and the members of his Solar Arkestra! Shot in the mid-'60s, when the Arkestra was based in New York, this film was produced using a unique negative process and ultra-tight close-ups on the moving hands and mouths of the musicians.
The result is a virtually abstract music film, mastered from a new print in all its incredibly sharp black and white glory.
They've been together almost 20 years and have survived more of American Rock's sub-genres than any other band still relevant today - from Thrash to Grunge, Nu-Metal to AOR - but Tool have garnered a respect, from fans and critics alike, that other groups could only dream of; a respect built on raw talent, consistent innovation and sublime ability.
This film is a documentary review which traces the band and their music back to their inception in the late 1980s, and follows their story and sound through to the present day.
Featuring rare and classic Tool performances, archive footage, exclusive interviews, contributions from their closest colleagues and friends, review and critique from the finest writers of the underground rock press, seldom seen photography, location shoots and a host of other features.
- David Bottrill on The King Crimson Connection
Achtung Baby was the album that fired U2 into the 90s. Displaying a broader musical palette than before and with a newfound smattering of irony, the four-piece dramatically overhauled their traditional approach to songwriting. The so-called "band of the 80s" were moving on. They now reflected their moods in their music, had loosened up and were taking sonic risks - and every single one paid off.
U2 Achtung Baby: A Classic Album Under Review offers a previously unobtainable level of insight into the band during the recording of their most dynamic and well respected album. Via the use of live footage, long forgotten videos and the review, criticism and insight of a panel of highly opinionated experts, this package delivers the finest documentary film yet to emerge on Dublin's favourite sons.
With a career that has spanned four decades, U2 are still at the top of their game and remain one of the biggest Rock acts in the world. As popular today as they have ever been, their appeal seems to know no bounds as generation after generation delight in their unique and powerful sound.
The U2 Collector's Box tells the incredible story of U2 and Bono in its entirety via unseen performance and interview footage; interviews with close friends, music biz colleagues, former workmates and many close collaborators who have known the band through the years; numerous location shoots; unpublished photographs and a multitude of other features.
Still one of the biggest and most flamboyant bands in the world, U2 have been delighting music fans with their epic and unforgettable tunes for over 30 years. Having developed and grown in stature throughout the 1980s and released one of their very finest with 1991's Achtung Baby , by the mid 1990s thte band were in danger of slipping into irrelevance.
But instead of allowing themselves to fade away, as did so many of their 1980s contemparies, the mighty U2 redoubled their efforts, reapplid for the job of "best band in the world", grabbed new fans while reigniting the old faithful and entered the third millennium with the explosive All That You Can't Leave Behind , a record that put four aging white men in their forties on the cover of NME.
The "noughties" saw U2 make two further astonishing albums, perform the most ambitious and glorious concerts in the history of show business and end the decade with the very welcome news that Dublin's finest will headline the 40th Glastonbury Festival.
This set tells the complete story of this extraordinary rebirth, and details the modern incarnation of U2 through interviews with the band, rare and unseen footage, contributions and analysis from those closes to the group over this period, plentiful archive film material and a host of...
From their humble beginnings in a Dublin classroom to becoming the most influential band on the planet, U2 are without doubt the most important rock act of the past twenty years. These four friends have remained together against the odds, constantly reinventing their music that has inspired millions of fans around the world.
An Unforgettable Journey takes you behind the scenes to discover what it took for these everyday Irish lads to reach such stunning heights. Using interviews with the band and those who've known them along the way, this documentary film takes you where the cameras haven't previously preyed to achieve an uncensored look at a truly extraordinary band.
The double bass is the deepest of all string instruments. Not always upfront but an influential element in classical, world and jazz music.
Miroslav Vitous arrived in New York in 1967 where he quickly involved himself in the music scene playing with many different artists including Charlie Mariano, Bob Broolmeyer, Stan Getz, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis and Chick Corea. In 1970, along with Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul, he formed the supergroup Weather Report. Thereafter formed the Miroslav Vitous Group with John Surman, Kenny Kirkland and Jon Christensen before he reunited with Chick Corea and Roy Haynes, and then with Stanley Clark before embarking on an equally successful solo career.
It's almost 40 years since Tom Waits' debut record, and during a career that, for most fans, has quite simply gotten better, more exciting and more challenging with each new release, he is surely the only performer and writer from the rock age to be consistently satisfying while remaining as difficult to predict as the weather.
This video reviews Tom's career from his pre-contract days when he worked as a struggling songwriter, right through his Island years and his experimental phase bringing the story up to date with his most recent records.
With the aid of plentiful archive, rare footage, interviews with the man himself plus contributions from his nearest colleagues, this set comes as close as it's possible to get in tracking the true Tom Waits and revealing quite what it is that has made this extraordinary artist the maverick he truly remains.
Includes brand new interviews with producer Bones Howe, biographer Barney Hoskyns, colalborator Jerry Yester, ex-Village Voice music editor Robert Christgau, Rolling Stone's Anthony De Curtis and many others.
Tom Waits Under Review, 1983-2006 is an 80-minute documentary film, which looks at this extraordinary musician and performer's music during that period. After Waits' marriage to Katherine Brennan in 1980, his music became more experimental, challenging and left field, but without any compromise of his craft - the songs were better than ever. Through album after album during the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s, Waits stunned his audience time and again. This program looks again at these records, and the man who made them, and in doing so provides the most enlightening, revealing and downright entertaining Tom Waits documentary yet to emerge.
One of the most commercially popular rock groups of the 1970s, Pink Floyd achieved superstar status despite being routinely experimental and downright bizarre. Indeed the group have proven an enormous influence on numerous contemporary bands - stand up Muse, Radiohead, Linkin Park and 100 others - and remain a wholly credible name to drop more than 30 years since Punk Rock was supposed to have killed off their kind of "progressive nonsense".
So to many, the end of Floyd was all but signalled by The Wall (and its accompanying feature flm) both released during punk's dying hours. But the years since that epic double album have been a quite fascinating era for the band its main axis of creativity, Roger Waters and Dave Gilmour.
This film traces the path Floyd took after the recording of the pre- Wall Animals album - an era when cracks in the band first started to show - and brings the strange story of the group and the intense relationship between Waters and Gilmour right up to date, culminating with the wholly unexpected collaboration of these two maverick musicians at a 2010 charity event. Featuring numerous interviews with Waters, Gilmour, Wright and Mason, liberally insterspersed with classic and rare performance footage, plus contributions from friends, colleagues and...
Between 1964 and 1968, the self proclaimed "Loudest Rock Band in the World" released a body of Work of such quality, strength and cultural significance that the legacy of those classic records has remained indelibly stamped on the music of every subsequent generation. And although it was in the years that followed that The Who attained the status of global millionaire superstars, the records from their "early period" remain their badge of true identity.
The Who - Under Review 1964-1968 features rare live and studio performances of the band interspersed with the independent review and criticisim of a panel of esteemed experts. These include The Who's early producer Shel Talmy, journalist and author Paolo Hewitt, Keith Moon biographer Alan Clayson, ex Melody Maker journalist and early champion of The Who Chris Welch, Classic Rock Magazine writer Malcolm Dome and a host of other expert contributors.
There's barely any misinformation regarding the astonishing career path of The Who: the band formed 1964, were adopted as figureheads by the British mods, they continued through the 1960s and 1970s making extraordinary record after extraordinary record (with a couple of "rock operas" thrown in for good measure), Keith Moon, their madcap drummer, died in 1978 - and then it all went a bit pear shaped. The remaining members have not made a standout track since.
But as far as the Mod movement which had guaranteed The Who's early success, and the Pete Townsend composed musical depiction of that movement, Quadrophenia , are concerned, the story has been twisted, complicated and misunderstood, but remains endlessly fascinating. The band, the movement, the album, the second wave, the movie and now the 30th anniversary of the latter two, all make for a story that needs to be told in depth. That is exactly what this film does.
Using recently unearthed archive footage from the early movement, rarely seen performance and interview footage of The Who, plus expert contributions and comment from a panel headed by a friend of Pete Townsend and and the band's "Mr. Fixit" throughout their career, Richard Barnes, and featuring; mod experts Paulo Hewitt and Terry Rawlins; the ever delightful...
Brian Wilson Songwriter 1962-1969 is a documentary film in which the rich tapestry of music written and produced by this brilliant 20th century composer is investigatetd and reviewed. Running at over three hours in length, the songs Brian wrote for and recorded with The Beach Boys during the 1960s are here put under the microscope to quite startling effect.
In an age when Z-list celebrities garner more media attention than the truly gifted, Amy Winehouse is an anomaly - a woman of such extraordinary flair it beggars belief and a dream for the tabloids, all rolled into one. So while many of her chart-topping contemporaries build here-today-gone-tomorrow "careers" of little substance, Amy's appeal is genuine, based on talent with a capital T.
Amy Winehouse: The Girl Done Good is a review of her music and career to date. Drawing on rare and classic performances, exclusive interviews, lenghty contributions from friends, colleagues, journalists and experts, and a host of other features, this video is a unique insight into the music, career and life of a cultural icon.
The floodgates have opened and up swims this entertaining honest film from inside and outside the LoS fambly. Witness one of America's most enduring live music acts of the is and the last century - Leftover Salmon!
Featuring interviews from the likes of Yonder Mountain, String Band, String Cheese Incident, Sam Bush, Cracker, Hot Rize, Peter Rowan, Béla Fleck, Leftover Salmon and others. If you were there, you'll need help remembering. If you weren't ... sorry you missed it. Either way, tihs video is for you.
With the possible exception of Bob Dylan, Neil Young remains the most respected artist in the history of contemporary music. And fifty years into a career that has seen him experiment with just about every musical genre to emerge thus far, and invent a fair few of his own too, this troubadour of troubadours continues to create at a quite extraordinary rate with an energy and passion that the vast majority of his contemporaries lost years ago.
This set covers the entire career of Neil Young and with the help of rare archive, vintage and exclusive interviews, live and studio footage, performance film and contributions from those who have known him best along the way plus the finest writers on his life and work, makes for a truly enthralling three-hour journey into the heart of this extraordinary musical maverick.
Despite remaining a hugely original singer, songwriter, performer and, let's face it, human being, across a career spanning almost fifty years, Neil Young has never been immune to the influence of others. This will be of no surprise to anyone with even a hint of interest in the man and his music, but only those who have studied their subject in depth will be aware of the enormous range of artists and genres Neil has both been affected by and drawn inspiration from, much of which, if one knows where to look, is apparent in Young's incredible catalogue.
As with so many of his 1960s contemporaries, his first love was the classic rock & roll of the mid-1950s, but as the 50s turned into the 60s, twangy guitars courtesy of Duane Eddy, The Fireballs and - even more notable - Hank B. Marvin of Brit-instrumentalists The Shadows took over, both for pleasure and for guidance - indeed his first band, The Squires, were dead-ringers for The Shads.
The folk-revival of the late 1950s didn't pass Neil by, and from this genre he was deeply moved by fellow Canadians Ian & Sylvia, whom Young would never forget, recording their Four Strong Winds in 1978 and still name-dropping the husband and wife act to this day. Bob Dylan's affect on Neil is well known but by mid decade, British folk-blues...
Neil Young: Under Review, 1966-1975 is a documentary film reviewing the music and career of one of rock's true giants during his formative and most creative years.
Features musical performances of Neil Young, reviewed by a team of esteemed experts. Obscure footage, rare interviews and rarely seen photographs of and with Neil. Review, comment, criticism and insight from John Einarson, author of the highly acclaimed biography, Neil Young: Don't Be Denied ; respected American rock critic and senior editor at Village Voice , Robert Christgau; British rock author and music journalist Barney Hoskyns; Uncut magazine's contributing editor, Nigel Williamson; ex-editor of BAM magazine and early champion of Neil Young, Dave zinner; house engineer on "Mr. Soul", Bruce Tergesen; CNSY biographer Johnny Rogan and many others.
Neil Young Under Review 1976-2006 is a documentary film reviewing the music and career of one of the finest songwriters and most significant artists of the rock age, during the second half of his career.