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The Story of The Guitar
Alan Yentob embarks on a three-part personal journey to discover how the guitar became the world's favourite musical instrument. Beginning with the rise of the acoustic guitar, the series takes him from an ancient Middle Eastern ancestor of the lute, to the iconic guitars draped round the necks of Bill Hailey and Elvis Presley and beyond. Featuring interviews with Bert Weedon - the man who taught Britain to 'Play in a Day', Pete Townshend, Bill Bailey, flamenco player Paco Pena and classical guitarist John...
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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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Planet Rock: The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation
twenty-five years after crack cocaine ravaged American cities,this documentary explores how the drug also transformed popular culture, especially hip-hop. Narrated and executive produced by Ice-T, "Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation" is the first documentary to focus specifically on the connections between crack and hip-hop. Based primarily on the first-person accounts of four famous dealers-turned-rappers, the film also widens its lens at points to show how crack changed America...
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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...
Sun Ra, Brother From Another Planet
Sun Ra was born on the planet Saturn some time ago. The best accounts agree that he emerged on Earth as Herman Blount, born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1914, although Sun Ra himself always denied that Blount was his surname. He returned to Saturn in 1993 after creating a stunningly variegated and beautiful assemblage of earthly and interplanetary music, most notably with his fervently loyal Arkestra. Sun Ra and his Arkestra were the subject of a few documentary films, notably Robert Mugge's 'A Joyful Noise'...
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Joy Division
Great documentary on the revolutionary British punk group Joy Division, and about lead singer Ian Curtis, whom committed suicide before the peak of their popularity. Joy Division later went on to become the popular new wave group New...
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Why You Do This
This documentary is a personal story told from the perspective of satellite engineer and vocalist Michael Dafferner, who is a member of an unknown "math-core" metal band called Car Bomb. In 2007 Michael ventures out on his first U.S. tour and discovers that performing in an unknown band playing an unknown genre of music is not the ego boosting experience he was hoping for. The next year Car Bomb is offered a tour with the goth-punk groups Gorgeous Frankenstein and Bella Morte who offer the prospect of playing for...
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Jay-Z and Linkin Park: Collision Course Documentary
The first question everyone asks about Collision Course is “Is this album more Jay-Z or Linkin Park?” The wrong answer is that it’s Jay-Z with a loud band or a back-and-forth of covers where one rearranges the other. The right answer is that this CD/DVD set is quite possibly one of the best cross-genre pairings of its kind. What started off as an exercise at “mashing” a Linkin Park track with a Jay-Z track turned into a fantastic pickup game between two artists at the top of their worlds. Each...
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The Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger Than Life
The Notorious B.I.G. is no doubt on every Hip-Hop fan’s short list of the greatest rappers of all time. Most importantly, B.I.G. was respected and revered by his peers in the game. Everyone from Jay Z to Tupac became captivated by his velvety flow and unparalleled rhyme style. He left behind a legacy that reached mythic status. Now for the first time the real Notorious B.I.G. is revealed in this fascinating film. Hear the stories firsthand from his closest friends and some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop —...