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Winner of the Audience award and the Jury's Freedom of Expression prize at last year's Sundance Film Festival, Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony is a soul-stirring documentary that uses exclusive interviews and rare, never-before-seen footage to document the vital role that music played in the nearly half-century struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Nine years in the making, this i... Read more
Michael Franti,The Fat Boys, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, Mix Master Mike, Money Mark and a couple of dozen other MCs, DJs and assorted playas join forces to deliver the definitive history of the human beat-box. Along with break-dancing, graffiti, rasping and turntable gymnastics, beat-boxing was a key element in the development of Hip-Hop culture. Director Joey Garfield began his career as a writer... Read more
Obsessive record collector Joe Bussard parties like it's 1929! A cultural scavenger, musician and broadcaster, he was a pioneer in the preservation of 78rpm records and the roots music produced in pure and undiluted form in the 20s and 30s. Bussard has rescued priceless shellac artefacts from attics and basements across the US for more than 50 years. He has amassed a vast collection of more than 2... Read more
An on-the-road rockumentary documenting a tour that packaged German punk/new wave act the Golden Lemons, schizophrenic/autistic cult-rocker Wesley Willis and acid rap act Grand Buffet. Fourteen days and nights with the bands drinking their way from San Francisco to the Mexican border via Las Vegas. A perverse psychological experiment. ... The tour spawns some bizarre and memorable performances tog... Read more
The New York Times called enigmatic jazz legend Jimmy Scott "the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century". Best known for his heavenly voice and work with practically every legendary jazz figure from the 40s onward, this documentary is an intimate and thoroughly engrossing account of Scott's life, an odyssey of loss and redemption. ... Born one of ten children in 1925, Scott's ea... Read more
Pompous pop stars, arrogant artists, cynical critics and ... the Gallagher brothers, all have their say in this wonderfully hyperactive and deliciously funny account of the short-lived and over-hyped phenomenon that was Britpop. Every significant personality is goaded into comment amidst images of fashions and hairstyles (already bizarrely outmoded and kitsch) and a soundtrack loaded with Blur, Oa... Read more
From the first thundering chord of Kick Out the Jams to the final frames recounting one of the most influential bands of the 60s/70s self-destructing in a blur of drink, drugs, record company machinations and police harassment, MC5: A True Testimonial is the first and finest account of the music of a band that prefigured garage rock, punk and grunge by years. ... Their first release, a killer live... Read more
The first comprehensive documentary of the man who pioneered electric blues and paved the way for rock and roll. When Bob Dylan went electric, he hired young white musicians who had learned from Muddy Waters in Chicago and many of the bluesman's tunes have entered popular music through performances by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. These musicians also embraced the elements that Wate... Read more
Tribe 8: a compelling combination of funny, tough, foul-mouthed, ribald, outspoken, outrageous and just plain out-there women playing full-throttle, militantly lesbian punk rock. Add to this their penchant for playing topless and engaging in sadomasochistic play and mock castrations onstage and you're in for one eye-opening documentary. The film chronicles hilarious live performances, candid momen... Read more
Tony Joe White took US radio by storm in the late 60s with his song Polk Salad Annie, later recorded by Elvis. White pioneered music he termed 'swamp rock', combining elements of blues, soul, rock and earthy, backwoods imagery with a deep, unmistakable Southern drawl. White virtually disappeared from American music during the 70s. In fact, one of his few strong fan bases continued to be Australia ... Read more
Studio One Story is a reggae fan's dream come true. Dozens of interviewees, a treasury of rare footage and photographs, insider gossip, hilarious anecdotes, colourful yarns and fond recollections combine to make this a singularly complete history. ... Anchored in the remembrances of ultra laidback Studio One founder Clement 'Coxone' Dodd, this film turns its lens on 40 or more years of Jamaican mu... Read more
Is it too late to do it all again? Colin and Denny Burgess hold a special place in the pantheon of Australian rock. Since the 60s the pair have enjoyed stints in The Masters' Apprentices, saucy 60s beat sensation The Throb and even a formative line-up of AC/DC. Three years ago, when this documentary went into production, the Burgess brothers had been involved in a shocking, near fatal car accident... Read more
A 1965 installment of TV pop show Shindig: Rolling Stones Brian Jones and Mick Jagger gush about their inspirational first listen to Little Red Rooster. When it looks like the show's presenter is going to prattle on, Jones snarls, "Shut up and bring out the Wolf!" The Stones had only appeared on the programme on the condition that veteran bluesman Howlin' Wolf appear as their guest— and this outst... Read more
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