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"Screamin' Jay Hawkins is just like Snoop Dogg. You ask him how many men he's killed!" One of the many fascinating disclosures in the first ever documentary about the underground R&B legend. Known the world over for his signature tune, I Put a Spell on You, Hawkins survived WWII, the Mafia, racism ... Read more
\The moral of this story is don't go looking for morals to stories ... Read more
“Equal parts funeral and party, the wonderful LCD Soundsystem documentary/concert film Shut Up and Play the Hits chronicles for posterity the revered dance band's final concert in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.” - AV Club ... On the 2nd of April 2011, dance band LCD ... Read more
"To call [this] an epic might seem overblown, but it isn't just the story of man, but the story of a country and a century." - Variety ... Chosen to open the Sundance Film Festival, Sing Your Song blazes through the life of American singer and icon Harry Belafonte. ... Tracking not simply the arc ... Read more
“Hip-hop didn't invent anything. Hip-hop reinvented everything.” - Grandmaster Caz ... Featuring classic raps, freestyle rhymes and never-before-heard a capellas from some of the all-time masters of the genre, Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap is an intimate, insightful documentary about ... Read more
Take Buena Vista Social Club, pump the volume up to 11 (Spinal Tap style), and crank the colour beyond garish. This musical road movie is a 4,000km journey of discovery into the musicians, singers and dancers in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia - three Brazilian states that symbolise Brazil's ... Read more
A rare glimpse into the personal life of Serge Gainsbourg by the woman who knew him best: his lover and creative collaborator, Jane Birkin. ... Few figures in the history of popular music have left more of an enduring legacy than Serge Gainsbourg. Across a career that spanned three decades ... Read more
"It is a film about defying the odds, sticking it to the man and telling the cynics to shut their pie-holes!" - filmmaker Shane Meadows ... When Ian Brown sang I Wanna Be Adored, the opening song of their 1989 eponymous debut, Manchester band the Stone Roses became self-prophesisers. Decades after ... Read more
“The more time I spent with the music, the more I got to thinking this is really one of America's great songwriters at work.” - Peter Gabriel ... Best known as the frontman to the Magnetic Fields, whose 1999 three-disc opus, 69 Love Songs, is heralded as a masterpiece of irresistible synth-pop ... Read more
Following the Sunnyboys' enigmatic frontman Jeremy Oxley from the band's origins, breakthrough success and his subsequent 30-year battle with schizophrenia, The Sunnyboy is one man's inspired story of survival and hope. ... A meditation on a condition often stigmatised and misunderstood, Kaye ... Read more
“You can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to a woman like Wanda [Jackson]. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hand while other gals were still asking, ‘How much is that doggy in the window?''' - Elvis Costello ... Over a two-year period, filmmakers ... Read more
'I am an Islamist! I am the Antichrist!' ... It's not often that a book can start its own musical movement, but Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel The Taqwacores, about a group of Islamic punk rockers, inspired a new generation of American Muslims frustrated by the constraints of their religion ... Read more
In Teenage Kicks: The Undertones, veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel - a man who's interviewed practically every notable independent muso of the past thirty years - takes his first visit to Derry in the north of Ireland and discovers for himself the band that forged his favourite pop song, 'Teenage ... Read more
"A touching portrait of two kooky, kinky lovebirds who sought to become one 'pandrogynous being'." - Variety ... There's no doubt that Genesis P-Orridge - outlandish performance artist, industrial-rock pioneer and founder of proto-punk band Throbbing Gristle - is a singular individual, a man ... Read more
A fascinating, musically driven nine-year journey through a period of major social upheaval in the US. ... A treasure trove of archived film reels, rescued from the vaults of Swedish television, form the basis for this hard-hitting documentary from Göran Hugo Olsson, a tour de force that ... Read more
A short experimental documentary on electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, best known for her work on the Doctor Who theme. ... --- ... D/S Kara Blake P Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre, Kara Blake WS Vidéographe Distribution TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Kara Blake P Marie-Josée ... Read more
Three bands, a van and a harp - a rambling tour through the inception of ‘freak folk'. ... In the summer of 2004, folk-rockers Vetiver joined Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom on a ragtag tour across the US. Vetiver guitarist Kevin Barker filmed it all - the gigs, the time on the road and the ... Read more
"Tenderly dismantles the romantic mythology surrounding indie smash Once." - Hollywood Reporter ... Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová shot to fame after they won the 2008 Best Song Oscar and two Grammys for 'Falling Slowly', a song from the music film Once (MIFF 2007), in which they played a couple ... Read more
Gutsy and joyous, the sound of roots music is the story of America. And Chris Strachwitz became its biographer. ... So much of the American South's music is destined to be lost: played on porches and streets, in the swamps and fields, to friends and passers-by, but never recorded. Chris Strachwitz ... Read more
A joyous, definitive overview of an effervescent, contradictory and defiant period that changed Brazilian music forever. ... Brazil's tropicalia movement broke out in the late 1960s, with its revolutionary sounds going on to influence the likes of Beck, David Byrne, Beastie Boys, Super Furry ... Read more
A documentary love letter to the LA singer-songwriter scene of the early 70s that took the world by storm. ... As the heady days of 60s political folk started to decline, LA found itself home to the rise of a new singer-songwriter movement - one that, by the time the 70s had rolled around, had ... Read more
"You may not know their names, but the performances of these instantly recognizable backups singers are unforgettable." - Hollywood Reporter ... The back-up singers who made great songs greater and enhanced the voices of music icons from Mick Jagger to Stevie Wonder step into the limelight in ... Read more
“I'd like you to meet a genius.” ... Some people call Lee ‘Scratch' Perry a prophet; others claim he's a madman. Seeing him in the opening scenes of this documentary - spinning in circles in his plaid shorts, oversized sunglasses, spouting the praises of Jah Rastafari - you could conclude ... Read more
“The goal is to use all frequencies, the whole range… It's the only thing we can do. It's our expression.” - Ricardo Villalobos ... A legend on dance floors from Berlin to Tokyo, DJ Ricardo Villalobos has transformed the club scene with his personal brand of minimal techno and house ... Read more
“This movie is the story of the band, but it is also an insight into a moment in time that will never be repeated.” - producer Dick Wolf ... Blessed with unseen footage by the surviving members of The Doors, filmmaker Tom DiCillo (Living in Oblivion) proceeded to make this documentary - the ... Read more
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