Category “Music”

Pump Up the Volume

Documentary on the history of house music, from its early days as NY disco to the massive European and International scene it has become, via the major people and clubs who pushed it...

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Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL is the sensitive and irresistibly funny story of unsung heroes of Canadian heavy metal Anvil. Jewish teenagers Robb Reiner and Steve "Lips" Kudlow met in the mid-seventies in a Toronto high school and soon decided that rock was their destiny. Anvil was forged. The band gained a cult following among heavy metal enthusiasts during the eighties, but never really made it in the often cruel and clueless mainstream rock circuit. Not withstanding a plethora of eager fans including Metallica and Guns ‘N' Roses, who have frequently cited Anvil as a source of inspiration,...

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Tupac: Resurrection

Many unauthorized video titles have been released about the life of rap superstar Tupac Shakur. Tupac: Resurrection is the only one to be both executive produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, and benefit from access to the MTV archives. The documentary is the feature-length debut for director Lauren Lazin, who has created several highly rated programs for both MTV and PBS. Using voice-overs, interviews, and other vocal tracks recorded by the late artist himself, the film explores his life, music, and death from fatal gunshot wounds in 1996. Includes rare footage, home...

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Johnny Cash: The Last Great American

Johnny Cash was born in Arkansaw in 1932 during the American depression, rural living was hard and the Cash family was dirt poor. His father rode the rails traveling the length and breath of the country by train in search of work. This BBC film sets about profiling the life of this American legend and reveals how he managed to achieve such greatness having come from such...

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Borrowed Blues

A short film looking at how most popular music has been borrowed from the blues. The film also asks, do we naturally copy & borrow in order to learn &...

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Prince: The Glory Years

Prince: The Glory Yearsis a documentary film which reviews and re-captures this golden decade and with the aid of his friends, colleagues, fellow musicians and other notable contributors, helps discover why Prince Rodgers Nelson simply stole the ’80s. This documentary primarily focuses on Prince’s creative and commercial output during the 1980’s, with anecdotes provided by several of the key collaborators of the era, some great insight is provided into the inner workings of the 1980’s Purple Reign. Packed with live performance and studio footage, rare photographs and new...

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Copyright Criminals

Copyright Criminals examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and billions of dollars. Long before people began posting their home-made video mashups on the websites like Youtube and vimeo, hip-hop musicians were perfecting the art of audio montage through sampling. Sampling (riffing) is as old as music itself, but new technologies developed in the 1980s and 1990s made it easier to reuse existing sound recordings. Hip-hop acts like Public Enemy, De La Soul and the Beastie Boys created complex...

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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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Spanish Version of Tupac – Resurrection

Title aside, we'll never see the likes of Tupac Shakur again. The late rap superstar was a complex, contradictory figure and, throughout the course of this riveting documentary, it's as if he's back in our world again. Produced by his mother, former Black Panther Afeni Shakur, Tupac Resurrection isn't so much "biased" as it's subjective. In the MTV film, accompanied by a book and soundtrack, director Lauren Lazin looks at Tupac's short, full life from beginning to end and doesn't avoid the dark times--the arrests, the shootings--but she does tend to emphasize the positive over the...

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