In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock ’n’ roll stardom—turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of New York to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of [...]
Shot on a quick weekend tour of Ireland just weeks after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit # 1 on the charts and became the international anthem for an entire generation. Charlie is my Darling is an intimate, behind-the-scenes diary of life on the road with the young Rolling Stones featuring the first professionally filmed [...]
Danny Says is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and "culture" of the late 20th century: working for the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones. Danny Says [...]
I can't believe we hadn't seen this before! This compilation of footage from the Grateful Dead's Canadian train tour depicts the height of the band's music and fame for five days in 1970, along with that of performances from Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. There's also a dark side [...]
Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969 -- 2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual [...]
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth. We saw this film while living in Brighton, England, which is also the place Nick Cave called home. Because of this, the Brighton premier was quite an event. The film is beautifully crafted and thought provoking, very enjoyable.
Our old stomping grounds, Seattle: 1985 - 1999. This rock documentary by director Doug Pray focuses on the explosion of grunge music that took place in the Pacific Northwest during the early 1990s. While the film features the most popular bands of the movement -- namely Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden -- it also presents [...]
Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound. "Baker's trail of catastrophe across Britain, Europe, Africa and the U.S. – bluntly tallied by Bulger and recalled by Baker, [...]
A beautiful film with equally wonderful music. Since seeing this film we have seen co-star Glen Hansard perform in both England and Italy, both times opening for, and playing with, Eddie Vedder. Story: A vacuum repairman (Glen Hansard) moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant (Marketa [...]
After the alternative music boom of the early 1990s, two bands choose very different paths to fame. Portland, Oregon's the Dandy Warhols, led by the self-conscious and career-minded Courtney Taylor-Taylor, sign with a major label and score a radio hit. San Francisco's Brian Jonestown Massacre, fronted by the abrasive and unpredictable Anton Newcombe, seemingly go [...]
Arguably the BEST rock documentary ever made (OK, not arguably, it IS). Filmmaker and music journalist Cameron Crowe pays tribute to the Seattle-based band's 20th anniversary with interviews and rare concert footage.
This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes "to renew his neurotic affiliations." He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd, strolls the streets of the city, relaxes in this three-dollar-a-night hotel room and even takes [...]
In 1972, the Rolling Stones, facing tax and management problems, leave the UK and rent a villa on the coast of France. They hole up in the house for months recording “Exile on Main Street,” their most reviled, then revered album ever.