Category “Music”

When Albums Ruled the World

Between the mid 1960s and the late 1970s, the long-playing record and the albums that graced its grooves changed popular music for ever. For the first time, musicians could escape the confines of the three-minute pop single and express themselves as never before across the expanded artistic canvas of the album. The LP allowed popular music become an art form - from the glorious artwork adorning gatefold sleeves, to the ideas and concepts that bound the songs together, to the unforgettable music itself. Built on stratospheric sales of albums, these were the years when the music industry...

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Cease To Exist

"Cease To Exist" explores the music motive to the Manson murders and uncovers Charles Manson's relationship with Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson and record producer Terry...

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Janis Joplin: Her Final Hours

Janis Joplin is the undisputed queen of rock and roll. It’s a fact that there had been no female superstar of rock before Janis came along. Her rule of thumb was if it feels good do it. Janis also hides her self-destructive, darker side. She was a very troubled girl and a genius and at the same time she was looking for some kind of relief to not have to be Janis. A blast of nearly pure heroin will end her short, dazzling career. This is the analysis on the life and death of Janis Joplin, the undisputed queen of rock and roll. This riveting documentary (which plays out almost like a...

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Bloomberg Game Changers: Jay-Z

His rise to global fame and fortune is even more inspiring when one takes into account the awesome obstacles he has had to overcome. Through interviews with friends, former colleagues and business associates, BLOOMBERG GAME CHANGERS follows his meteoric rise from the projects to business success, highlighting the unorthodox business style and entrepreneurial instincts that contribute to his creative genius. This 30 minute profile reveals the many layers and complexities that go to make Jay-Z – the Hip Hop cash...

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Modulations

Modulations is a multi-media exploration into the history of electronic music, consisting of a documentary film, its soundtrack album, and a book. The project was directed by Iara Lee, the maker of the documentary film Synthetic Pleasures. People interviewed in the film include Robert Moog, DJ Funk, Frankie...

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Rungs in a Ladder: Jacob Bannon

"Rungs in a Ladder" is the latest short form documentary by production team McFarland and Pecci. A meditation on life, art, and purpose, the film centers on Jacob Bannon, an accomplished visual artist and the front man of the metal/hardcore band Converge, which has been carving its own iconoclastic path through the extreme music landscape for over twenty years. As a result, the band is considered one of the most intense and influential metal/hardcore bands of all time with a massive following of devoted fans. The documentary follows Jacob’s reflections on the steps that have brought him...

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Pink Floyd: The Making of Dark Side of the Moon

If there are a handful of albums in the rock universe that deserve a bells-and-whistles DVD treatment, Dark Side of the Moon is clearly among them. In the ’70s and ’80s, the classic 1973 album by Pink Floyd remained on the Billboard 200 for a staggering 741 consecutive weeks, a record that will likely stand forever. Echoing themes of alienation, paranoia, and death, it is a dreamy, often trancelike tour through the subconscious of Floyd lyricist Roger Waters. This 84-minute DVD offers a track-by-track look at the making of Dark Side of the Moon, featuring interviews with band members...

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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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Paul Kalkbrenner: A Live Documentary

Following his acting debut as the fictitious DJ Ikarus in the modern cult classic Berlin Calling, musician and producer Paul Kalkbrenner offers a glimpse into his real-life touring...

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