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Mooks Backbeat Music on Film

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones USA'a sweeping overview of the career of seminal punk-rockers the Ramones, End of the Century is compulsive viewing for fans of the group' [it's] an exhaustive survey, not just of the Ramones, but of the entire underground music scene in New York (and ... Read more
Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons Germany/UK'It's a story so extraordinary. It's something that might happen in a movie, but you don't think of it happening in real life.' -Emmylou HarrisThree decades after his untimely death comes the first-ever complete documentary about the angelic voice, fearless life ... Read more
Five Sides of a Coin USA/Canada'If God had to choose one religion that best articulated his intentions, he would choose hip-hop.' Aesop Rock is amongst the horde of hip-hop identities that don't mince their words in this phenomenal history lesson. Jazzy Jay, Kool Herc, De La Soul, Phase Too ... Read more
Haack: The King of Techno USA'sure it's nice to be famous, but I'm more interested in obtaining a telepathic following.' Bruce Haack was eccentric to say the very least. This kitchen professor and electronic-music pioneer released dozens of albums of trippy and futuristic children's music that have ... Read more
Jandek on Corwood USA The musician known only as Jandek has never played live, was interviewed once'over the phone'and only one person claims to have ever met him, and she's not sure. He has released 35 albums in 25 years. The music is agonised, confessional, unschooled, deeply personal and ... Read more
Lightning in a Bottle USAEchoes of The Last Waltz (1978) abound in this remarkable blues concert film, executive-produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). The stellar line-up of over 50 performers includes: Gregg Allman, James Blood Ulmer, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown ... Read more
Live from London: The Moodists UKA long-lost, live-in-concert classic: 'The Moodists emerged from South Australia at the end of the 70s and headed, via Melbourne, to London. Here they joined fellow antipodeans the Go-Betweens, the Scientists and Nick Cave in a living hell of bad drugs, bad weather ... Read more
Low in Europe Germany'Joy Division meets Simon and Garfunkel' is how Minnesota trio Low describe themselves. The band play dark, brooding but soulful songs stripped to their bare essentials: slow tempos, quiet voices, powerful lyrics, and minimal instrumentation. Director Sebastian Schrade climbed ... Read more
Mayor of the Sunset Strip USA'Rodney Bingenheimer has been a disc jockey at the venerable Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM for some thirty years. His legend is that he was the first to play records by the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Go-Go's, The Clash, The Smiths, Nirvana, Oasis ... Read more
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster USAAddiction, creative collapse, vicious arguments, emotional highs and personal lows, this phenomenal account of the life and times of one of the highest profile bands on the planet will rock the festival to the tune of 'The devil's music'.The formidable skills of ... Read more
Mutiny: Asians Storm British MusicUKRebelling against racist British attitudes and a wave of skinhead violence, the 'second generation' of South Asians put the boot, and the beat, back into UK music. By the 80s, the grown children of the original Indian and Pakistani immigrants had become a force ... Read more
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus USA'Trying to find the gold tooth in God's crooked smile,? is how alt. country star Jim White describes his music. Director Andrew Douglas was inspired to make this brilliant road documentary by another of White's witticisms, a song titled The Mysterious Tale of ... Read more
Sound Class USASound Class traces the history of the Jamaican 'soundsystem' and its often overlooked, highly influential impact on hip-hop, DJ culture and modern music generally. Filmed in Kingston, London and New York, the 'soundsystem' story is told here for the first time through interviews with ... Read more
Tupac: Resurrection USA'This is my story, a story about ambition, violence, redemption and love.' -Tupac ShakurCelebrating the life of Tupac Shakur, one of the top-selling hip-hop artists of all time, Tupac: Resurrection explores the rapper's life viscerally and dramatically through his own words ... Read more
Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story USADead Moon' Imagine The White Stripes in 25 years if they manage to stay hip. This loving documentary tribute to the band begins with founder Fred Cole's 60s' roots in psychedelic garage punk and culminates with a feast of performance footage from across the ... Read more
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