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DAVE DAVIES KRONIKLES; MYSTIKAL JOURNEY, a doco by DAVE DAVIES AND MARTIN DAVIES (DVD/CD)

31 Jan 2011  |  1 min read

Given that Dave Davies contributed the raw guitar sound to early Kinks hits such as You Really Got Me, grew up in the same household as his famous songwriter brother Ray, was part of the notoriously warring siblings (on stage often, they anticipate Oasis in that regard) and had a solo hit with Death of Clown among many other things -- not to mention the stroke in 2004 followed by further... > Read more

Dave Davies: Fortis Green

THE SPACE MOVIE, a doco by TONY PALMER (Ovation/Southbound DVD)

24 Jan 2011  |  2 min read

Courageous explorers and pioneers walk in our midst and we take them for granted. This thought occurred in the light of the January 2011 shooting of US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her husband Mark E. Kelly was described as "an astronaut". There was a time in the living memory of many when that job simply didn't exist. Then it became a glamour profession and we knew the names... > Read more

ELVIS, a film by JOHN CARPENTER (Shout/Shock DVD)

17 Jan 2011  |  1 min read

The lives of musicians (The Jazz Singer, The Glenn Miller Story, Till the Clouds Roll in 1946 about Jerome Kern) were an early fascination for film makers -- but most bio-flicks skirted lightly around any failings the central character may have had. This 1979 film, two years after the death of its subject, didn't exactly dig deep in Presley's character flaws but offered just enough hints of... > Read more

I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH, a film by JEFF GARLIN (Ovation/Southbound DVD)

10 Jan 2011  |  <1 min read

If Seinfeld introduced the idea of a television show about nothing in particular, then the series Curb Your Enthusiasm -- written by and starring Seinfeld producer/writer Larry David -- elevated it to an art form. Although some of Curb Your Enthusiasm had a long arc of storylines, much of each episode was taken up with what seemed like not much at all which somehow all linked together to great... > Read more

AMERICA BEFORE COLUMBUS, a doco series by CRISTINA TREBBI (SBS/Madman)

23 Dec 2010  |  2 min read

For clarification this interesting two part doco series should more correctly be titled "The Americas Before Columbus" as it's broad sweep looks at civilisations in what we now call South and Central America as much as those in "America". And although it inevitably relies on CGI in places to illustrate lost cities and civilisations, the overview it offers in the year... > Read more

IN FROM THE COLD; THE WORLD OF RICHARD BURTON, a doco by TONY PALMER (Voiceprint/Triton DVD)

23 Dec 2010  |  2 min read

The great actor Sir John Gielgud used to shake his head in wonder at the towering talent of Richard Burton and say that "he came from nowhere, from nowhere". Which isn't true at all, he came from a very significant somewhere -- and in this insightful, honest and probing documentary by Tony Palmer -- that place was writ large right throughout Burton's career. Richard Jenkins, as he... > Read more

Richard Burton: Under Milk Wood ("to begin at the beginning", 1954))

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES, a doco by ROLLIN BINZER (Shock DVD)

13 Dec 2010  |  2 min read  |  1

Aside from the obvious reason (40th anniversaries), there is another explanation for some much Stones stuff from the late Sixties/early Seventies: that was when they became the bad boy phenomenon which most people associate with them. There is also a lot of footage and music, and by the late Seventies and early Eighties things were less interesting. They progressed from a blues band into a... > Read more

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EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP: A BANKSY FILM (Madman DVD)

12 Dec 2010  |  1 min read  |  1

In these days where you sometimes feel there are more mockumentaries than documentaries, and this having as a central figure a man who maintains a scrupulously guarded anonymity, you can feel just a little sucked in. But "sucked in" in a throughly enjoyable and rewarding way. Right from the start we are told by the mysterious and darkened figure of artist Banksy (I guess it's him,... > Read more

BRIAN WILSON; SONGWRITER 1962 - 1969 (Chrome Dreams/Triton DVD)

29 Nov 2010  |  2 min read

Although this three hour, double DVD set comes with the disclaimer "not authorised by Brian Wilson, his record company or management" it features contributions from significant players in the Brian Wilson/Beach Boys story during this crucial decade. Here Bruce Johnston -- who replaced Brian in the touring band in '65 -- and BB David Marks offer telling insights, and the Wrecking... > Read more

The Beach Boys: Caroline No

I THINK WE'RE ALONE NOW, a doco by SEAN DONNELLY (MVD DVD)

21 Nov 2010  |  1 min read

For those who don't know, or perhaps would prefer to forget, Tiffany was a sky-rocketing teenage pop singer in the late Eighties who had two hits: I Think We're Alone Now (a cover of the Tommy James and the Shondelles hit) and I Saw Him Standing There (a gender flp on the Beatles song). Tiffany was 16, played shopping malls, became a poster for little girls and her career was effectively... > Read more

MARC BOLAN; A WIZARD, A TRUE STAR, a doco by MIKE PARKINSON (Pride/Triton DVD)

15 Nov 2010  |  3 min read

It was hardly surprising that Ringo Starr, then an aspiring film-maker because he had little else to do other than churn out hits, should have made a film of Marc Bolan in 1972. Bolan was at the peak of his powers with T.Rex and the "T.Rexstacy" of screaming girls drowning out the music and trying to get a lock of Bolan's hair would have been instantly familiar to the former... > Read more

T.Rex: Jeepster (from Electric Warrior, 1971)

JIM CARROL INTERVIEWED (1996): Writing the junk and Basketball Diaries

8 Nov 2010  |  9 min read

Keep a diary and some day it’ll keep you. -- Mae West. The blizzard which has engulfed New York has abated a little although snow is still piled over parked cars and a flesh-freezing wind whistles between the tenement blocks. And Jim Carroll - former junkie and rock singer, writer, poet and most recently movie actor on the strength of a cameo slot in the film adaptation... > Read more

Jim Carroll: Reading from The Book of Nods (1981)

MOVE ON; STORMING THE GATE, a doco by ALEX JORDANOV and SCOTT STEVENSON (Roadshow DVD)

7 Nov 2010  |  1 min read

Because it in their interest to do so, many people exaggerate the power and influence of the internet. Websites inflate their readership and traffic, bloggers would pretend to have more sway than they actually have, and the champions of the new technology -- now quite old in fact -- see its power in every flicker of changing public taste. But the power of MoveOn.org is undeniable -- at... > Read more

PAUL McCARTNEY INTERVIEWED (2010): Band on the Run remastered

4 Nov 2010  |  <1 min read

While Elsewhere always does its own interviews, this one provided to coincide with the remastered version of Band on the Run -- which launches a whole McCartney remaster/reissue series -- is interesting, so an exception has been made. For an overview of McCartney's post-Beatles career -- including classical projects and oddities alongside his mainstream albums -- Elsewhere has made it easy... > Read more

THE SACRED TRIANGLE; BOWIE, IGGY AND LOU 1971-1973 (Sexy Intellectual/Triton DVD)

1 Nov 2010  |  1 min read

It's hard to believe but in the same year as the Velvet Underground's debut album came out, David Bowie's new single was The Laughing Gnome, a gimmick song and another desperate step in trying to crack the charts. As this interesting doco makes clear, for many years Bowie was trying all kinds of tricks and tropes (from new clothes to new styles of songs) in increasing desperation. It was... > Read more

David Bowie: Black Country Rock

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND; VANISHING POINT (Chrome Dreams/Triton DVD)

1 Nov 2010  |  1 min read  |  1

Although this 90 minute film of the career of the Velvet Underground leaps in when Lou Reed met John Cale --as if nothing of consequence had happened in each of their lives prior to that -- what follows is an interesting (if much canvassed) doco about a band which changed the face of contemporary music. This chronological account is described as "a film by Tom Barber" and that... > Read more

The Velvet Underground: Candy Says (alternate mix)

ALL MY LOVING, a film by TONY PALMER (BBC DVD)

25 Oct 2010  |  2 min read

At the time when this film screened on television in 1968 -- after the Epilogue, the last offical programme every night in Britain in those days, as director Palmer notes in the interview footage added to the DVD edition in 2007 -- pop music was widely spoken of as the new classical music. It was in those day-glo days when classical music of the traditional kind no longer captured the... > Read more

Jimi Hendrix: Wild Thing (Live at Winterland, October '68)

GRAND DESIGNS; SERIES SEVEN with KEVIN McCLOUD (Roadshow DVD)

18 Oct 2010  |  1 min read

One of the most interesting aspects of this series in which various Brits -- mostly well-heeled, but a few not -- undertake building a home of their own design is how the people involved refer to the "the build" . . . as if it is something outside of themselves. In most instances it is not: it is something which consumes their lives and bank accounts, sidelines any notion of a... > Read more

WATERMELON SLIM AND THE WORKERS; LIVE AT THE GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB (NorthernBlues/Southbound DVD)

17 Oct 2010  |  <1 min read

Watermelon Slim has lived quite some dangerous and interesting life (see interview here) and he owns a face which, we might charitably described as "lived in". In this DVD of him and his band live at Clarksdale's famous Ground Zero blues club, he tells of once waking up in the local hospital with a dislocated jaw and then driving home to Oklahoma with steel pins in his face.... > Read more

Watermelon Slim and the Workers: Drinking and Driving

NORMAN McLAREN, ANIMATOR: Making the screen come alive

11 Oct 2010  |  4 min read  |  1

When a history of animated film is written, it is possible that the largest chapter about how this genre emerged will go not to Walt Disney or Otto (Felix the Cat) Mesmer but to a modest quietly spoken Scots-born Canadian, Norman McLaren. McLaren’s whimsical films charmed and delighted audiences for nearly 50 years. He entered the Glasgow School of Art at the age of 18 to study... > Read more