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GARBAGE; ONE MILE HIGH, a doco by ERICA FERRERO

31 Jul 2013  |  2 min read

The thing I remember most about interviewing Shirley Manson from Garbage is that I just don't remember much at all. I have recently been told it was probably in '97 and I know that it was in Melbourne. But the rest is slightly foggy. The friend who reminded me of the year was there too and says I turned up at Auckland airport very late and hung over (me?) and because everyone else had... > Read more

Queer (dub mix)

SESSIONS FOR ROBERT J, a doco by STEPHEN SCHIBLE

13 Jul 2013  |  1 min read

When Eric Clapton released his 2004 album Me and Mr Johnson – a tribute to Robert Johnson – it seemed rather belated. After all, from the time he was a teenager he'd been listening to Johnson's songs and transported a number of them into his various bands and albums over the following decade. Ironically then, when he went into the studio with his cracking band – which... > Read more

THIS BAND IS SO GORGEOUS a doco by DUNSTAN BRUCE

8 Apr 2013  |  2 min read

There's certainly something about Western bands going to China that makes sense. Wham! going to China? Dance-pop and nice ballads? Yes. The Rolling Stones in China? Okay, legendary Western decadent rockers, check the set list and let them through. Yes. But, really? British punk band Sham 69 in China? The band – now in their 50s – that sang If The Kids Are... > Read more

FOREVER a doco by HEDDY HONIGMANN

16 Mar 2013  |  3 min read

Because I was a bit of a fan -- but only a very small bit I have to admit -- when I went to Pere Lachaise in Paris, the famous cemetery, I visited the grave of Jim Morrison. It was a desultory experience but taught me a valuable lesson: never judge a music (or musicians) by the fans. Around his grave were a litter of young people, most in some strange state of deep melancoly that could... > Read more

INSIDE OUT IN THE OPEN, a doco by ALAN ROTH (ESP-Disk DVD)

6 Mar 2013  |  2 min read

The problem with Ken Burns' excellent Jazz doco series for those who embrace the broad church that is jazz, was not what was included (that was largely unimpeachable) but what was excluded. Burns -- and perhaps more specifically his advisor Wynton Marsalis -- left out large areas of contemporary jazz. Marsalis was no fan of fusion, jazz-funk or free jazz (yet has rapped in recent times) and... > Read more

Ictus

CROWDED HOUSE; LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN (download)

10 Feb 2013  |  1 min read

A little heads-up for Crowded House fans, a digital download is available (details below) of their appearance at New York's beautiful Masonic Hall Grand Lodge to celebrate the release of their Time on Earth album in 2007. Superbly filmed for the US public television series Live from the Artists Den, the show has Crowded House playing material from the album but also dipping in to what might... > Read more

THE ROLLING STONES; CROSSFIRE HURRICANE a doco by BRETT MORGEN (Shock DVD)

21 Jan 2013  |  3 min read  |  1

In a voice-over at the end of the new, officially sanctioned but nonetheless ragged and candid Rolling Stones bio-pic Crossfire Hurricane, Mick Jagger says in a voice between amusement and disbelief that where once they were hated, now they were loved. On the screen is the largest stage ever built for a live concert and a crowd of breathtaking dimensions – it's an outdoor show... > Read more

Carol

CHARLIE IS MY DARLING, a doco by PETER WHITEHEAD (Abkco DVD)

8 Dec 2012  |  1 min read

As the Rolling Stones commemorate, celebrate and commercialise their 50th year, they are certainly being well served by books, the Grrr! compilation, and on film with Crossfire Hurricane and now the reissue of this, a long out-of-print doco about their lightning fast trip to Ireland in late '65, just weeks after the release of Satisfaction and it topping the charts globally. It is a... > Read more

It's Alright

MARLEY, a doco by KEVIN MacDONALD: Mystic vibration still blowing

7 Dec 2012  |  1 min read

For many years – over a decade in fact – Bob Marley's Legend compilation was a massive seller in New Zealand, and many of those copies were on cassette. Lord knows how many copies were dubbed off during that time either. It's popularity on tape was because people could play it in a car or on the ghetto-blaster at a backyard barbecue. And of course because it was an... > Read more

Soul Rebel (1969)

VINCENT VAN GOGH; PAINTED WITH WORDS, a film by ANDREW HUTTON

6 Dec 2012  |  2 min read

When Van Gogh's famous painting Sunflowers sold in 1987 for the then-record sum of US$39.9 million -- or as Robert Hughes noted, "in real money some 5.8 billion yen" -- it was read as yet another symbol of the vulgar commodification of art as a commercial investment. The private consortium had bought more than a painting, it had bought cultural cachet. Buying famous art --... > Read more

PRODUCED BY GEORGE MARTIN, a doco by FRANCIS HANLY

2 Dec 2012  |  2 min read  |  1

Sir George Martin's career will always be defined by the eight years he spent with the Beatles, but there were years before that 1962 audition and many decades after their final sessions in 1969. A young and aspiring classical musician, he had been inspired the Warsaw Concerto ("I wanted to be Rachmaninoff II"), served in the airforce in the Second World War and won a place... > Read more

She Loves You

TOY LOVE: PULL DOWN THE SHADES (Real Groovy DVD)

17 Nov 2012  |  1 min read

Anyone still wondering why all the fuss over thirtysomething years gone Toy Love -- the legacy award induction, double albums on vinyl, one of which has been the first New Zealand vinyl album to chart in decades -- need only tune in for this collection of video clips (Bride of Frankenstein animated by Joe Wylie), live footage which is manic in intensity (the Sweetwaters appearance) and stuff... > Read more

DIANA VREELAND; THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL, a doco by LISA IMMORDINO VREELAND

12 Nov 2012  |  2 min read

Oscar Wilde once observed that fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable we have to change it every six months. And the cynical observer of the egos and absurdities in the fashion world would doubtless agree. But a world without fashion? That would be so intolerable we'd want it back in six months. In the rarified air of high style, some characters stand out -- sometimes for all the... > Read more

BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND; DOWN IN THE FLOOD (Chrome Dreams/Triton DVD)

25 Oct 2012  |  2 min read  |  1

Towards the end of this long, thorough and very interesting but unsanctioned doco, Sid Griffin – musician, writer and curator of the archives of the Dylan/Band sessions in Woodstock – says of this rare conjunction of individuals that you had a Jewish guy from the Mid West, some musicians from Canada and a guy from the South. “That's pretty much North America right... > Read more

Million Dollar Bash

THE UPSETTER; THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF LEE SCRATCH PERRY, a doco by ETHAN HIGBEE and ADAM BHALA LOUGH

15 Oct 2012  |  2 min read

Salvador Dali once said “The only difference between a madman and myself is I am not mad”. That's the kind of pithy aphorism you might also expect from the mad production/musical genius Lee Scratch Perry, a man who redefined the possibilities of reggae, was in the vanguard of inventing dub (and therefore sampling, remixing etc) and was a crucial figure in the careers of Bob... > Read more

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR, REVISITED (2012): Another clue for you, the scapegoat was Paul

5 Oct 2012  |  6 min read

In the Beatles' Anthology documentary, when The Greatest Story Ever Sold reaches 1968 and their disparate double album The Beatles (aka The White Album) some -- like producer George Martin and Ringo -- say that much Beatles music was too much . . . and that The White Album should have been cut back to a single album. Or two separate albums: "The White and The Whiter",... > Read more

Flying

THE UNFORGIVEN, a film by JOHN HUSTON (Triton DVD)

16 Sep 2012  |  2 min read

Not to be confused with Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven -- or the excellent if short-lived outlaw-rock band of the same name -- The Unforgiven from 1960 is one of John Huston's ambitious Westerns, cast perhaps a little in the shadow of John Ford's classic The Searchers of four years previous. In both films the action takes place in that netherworld between the civilised (European, back east)... > Read more

CHRIS MARKER (1921 - 2012): Film maker and photographer; Darkness at the break of noon

1 Aug 2012  |  3 min read

Few poems of the 20th century have as much emotional resonance and visceral power as T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men. Published in 1925 when the trench horrors of World War I had been fully revealed, the poem conjured up a philosophical ennui as Old Europe was trying rebuild out of ashes and despair. Book-ended by much-quoted lines -- it opens “We are the hollow men, we are the... > Read more

THAT'S COUNTRY: Liner notes for the DVD

27 Jul 2012  |  3 min read

“Tell me, how come a city I've never heard of – Christchurch – in a little country way down the bottom of the world makes the best country music television show in the world?” – American country legend Roy Acuff to That's Country host Ray Columbus. It's often said television brings the world in to our living rooms, but... > Read more

THE RONNIE WOOD SHOW, a chat-radio/film series hosted by Ronnie Wood

9 Jul 2012  |  1 min read

Christopher Sandford's recent book about the Rolling Stones, Fifty Years, clarified a little of what we all wonder about: what do these people do when they aren't being Rolling Stones? Which is most of the time. Jagger globetrots, hobnobs and takes care of his many businesses; Richards hangs around the house(s) and pops out to do guest spots on albums with friends; Charlie Watts breeds... > Read more

Lucky Man