Category “Music”

Marley

Marley is a 2012 documentary-biographical film directed by Kevin MacDonald documenting the life of Bob...

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UK Jungle Music

Original aired on the BBC in 1994, this documentary follows the jungle club scene in the UK at the top of its game. Featuring interviews with pioneers LTJ Bukem, Gunsmoke, Shy FX and Fabio among others. Jungle is a genre of electronic music that incorporates influences from genres including breakbeat hardcore, and reggae/dub/dancehall. Jungle reached the peak of its popularity between 1994 and 1995, around the time this documentary was aired, when at this stage the genre was spawning a number of UK Top 40 hits and a series of jungle compilations. It was toward the end of this...

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John &amp: Yoko’s Year of Peace

The year: 1969. Headlines blare war and civil unrest while John Lennon and Yoko Ono are in love. The eccentic rock 'n' roll couple has just gotten married, and more than happy to be together, they want to change the world. Lying in a hotel bed surrounded by journalists, they announce their mission for peace and invite the rest of the world to symbolically climb into bed with them and share their dream. People call them silly, naive, even ridiculous, yet one famous couple's bed-in spread new hope that there really could be an end to war, hate and violence. Here is rare footage from that...

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The Show

A documentary about the culture of hip-hop. Through interviews with some of hip-hops biggest names, the film makers attempt to find out why it has become so...

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Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany

Documentary which looks at how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war. Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal - a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany's gruesome past - but that didn't stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them Krautrock. Music played 1. Popol Vuh — Aguirre I L'acrime de Rey 2. Jimi Hendrix — All Along the...

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The Fall: The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith

A 1-hour Documentary looking at the Manchester post-punk group and its infamous leader Mark E Smith. The Film follows the current band recording their final Session for the John Peel Show (they were his favourite group and recorded more sessions than any other band) as well as chronicling the chaotic history of the band & its numerous line-up changes. Featuring John Peel, Stewart Lee, Marc ‘Lard’ Riley alongside The...

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Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones

The extraordinary life of Quincy Jones, one of the 20th century's most influential and talented composers, musicians and music producers, provides the basis of this offbeat, free-form documentary tribute. With little regard for formal timelines and traditional documentary biography methods, the film is an amazing patchwork of personal insights featuring a constellation of music stars including his long-time friend Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie and rappers Big Daddy Kane and Flavor Flav, as well as...

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Fela Kuti

“Fela Kuti Music is the Weapon” is about the Afrobeat legend, musician, composer and performer, mixes footage of Fela Anikulapo Kuti performing at his Shrine nightclub, interviews with the controversial musician, glimpses of life at his not-so-palatial Kalakuta Republic compound, and scenes of Lagos street life. Some voice-over narration gives basic information on Kuti’s musical career and Nigerian politics, but for the most part, the images are left to speak for themselves. Well shot in color, it’s an important historical document capturing Kuti in stage and home environments that...

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Pirate Radio

This is a short 16 minute documentary from Vice exploring London’s original and current illegal underground radio...

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