Before Music Dies, “The Most Important Film A Music Fan Will Ever See”

Narrated by Academy Award® Winner Forest Whitaker, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES is an unsettling and inspiring look at today’s popular music industry featuring interviews and performances by Erykah Badu, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Branford Marsalis, ?uestlove and a wide variety of others. The documentary film has built a passionate following as “the most important film a music fan will ever see” (XM Radio) by providing “a balanced overview of the state of the rock scene of America” (The Wall Street Journal) and adding “passion to the eternal debate about the industry” (The New York Times). Last year, BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen walked away from traditional Hollywood distribution to instead pursue a large-scale grassroots release with B-Side Entertainment. Since its release in November 2006, the film has screened over 200 times in over 130 North American markets with hundreds of additional events anticipated worldwide during 2007. Use this site to learn more about the film, where you can see it, ways you can own it, and – most importantly – how you can get involved in sharing it with others.

“The music industry has abandoned musicians and fans.”

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John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning (The Man And His Movies)

Filmmaker John Carpenter helped redefine the American horror film in 1978 with Halloween, a low-budget thriller which became a major box office success. Since then, Carpenter has devoted his career to bringing a fresh perspective to genre filmmaking, striving to maintain the freedom of an independent while working within the studio system. (Carpenter not only writes and directs his own projects, but often also serves as producer and composer as well.) John Carpenter: Fear Is Just the Beginning…The Man and His Movies is a documentary about this two-fisted maverick auteur, which offers a look at the making of such favorites as Escape From New York, The Thing, The Fog, and many more. The documentary includes interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Kurt Russell, Adrienne Barbeau, Debra Hill, and other friends and colleagues.

Filed under: Culture, Entertainment, Film, Music, North America, ,

Scheme – Innocent as Hell

“Scheme from Easterhouse in Glasgow’s east end must go down in Scottish history as the most successful band never to get any proper recogniti…all » Scheme from Easterhouse in Glasgow’s east end must go down in Scottish history as the most successful band never to get any proper recognition from a record company, in no way was this a reflection on their ability as song writers , musicians or performers, but there was a lack of balls from any major record label to take the band on because of the lyrical content of some of their material , by today’s standards Scheme’s lyrics are quite tame in comparison. There is also the common view that Scheme refused to be changed or be moulded into anything else other than what they where, “In your face, straight to the point with attitude”, This appealed to the average guy in the street and the band had the musical know how and ability to back it up, this is also why they were known as “The peoples band”. This Channel 4 produced documentary called ”Innocent As Hell” made in 1986 is dedicated to Scheme, looking at the band’s local success , with clips from a concert they played in George square in Glasgow and one of the Pavillion concerts , The documentary also had interviews with the band ,local celebrities and fans. “

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Lily Allen Releases “Ron Paul Revolution” Video, Then Is Nearly Beaten To Death With A Crow Bar

Within two weeks of publicly discussing the single release and civil liberty issues, Lily Allen was nearly beaten to death with a crow bar by a gang of “Mexican thugs”. This was ignored by the mainstream media (try googling it). Are the two events unrelated? She, herself, isn’t sure.

Filed under: Culture, Law, Media, Music, North America, Politics, ,

Twyla Tharp, Choreographer And Author Of “The Creative Habit”, On Creativity And Money

Very much in line with my own views on creativity, this is a short and snappy pick-me-upper for all you budding artists out there.

Filed under: Culture, Entertainment, Humanity, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, , , ,

Scratch – The Documentary

Sorry, that last link went down. Try this one. History of scratch hip-hop and turntablism. Awesome, I love these guys and this documentary is astounding.

Filed under: Culture, Music, North America, Technology, ,

America, F*ck Yeah – DVDA (South Park Creators)

Wikileaks: US Spec Ops Manual – How to train death squads and quash revolutions from El Salvador to Iraq

In case you haven’t heard it.

Filed under: Entertainment, Music, Satire,

Harry Partch, Composer – A BBC Documentary

Parts 1-6…

… documentary about the composer Harry Partch who invented his own compositional method using a 43-tone scale and many instruments that he built by hand.

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Evelyn Glennie: How to listen to music with your whole body ** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

www.ted.com

“In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie leads the audience through an exploration of music not as notes on a page, but as an expression of the human experience. Playing with sensitivity and nuance informed by a soul-deep understanding of and connection to music, she talks about a music that is more than sound waves perceived by the human ear. She illustrates a richer picture that begins with listening to yourself, and includes emotion and intent as well as the complex role of physical spaces — instrument, concert hall and even the bones and body cavities of musician and listener alike.”

Just fantastic. A must watch.

Filed under: Culture, Music, Psychology,

MTV Holocaust “Warning”?

I applaud those at MTV who ran this. With recent and ever escalating events, I am deeply worried about our future.

Think.

Filed under: Entertainment, Europe, History, Humanity, Immigration, Media, Military, Music, North America, Politics, Psychology, UK, World Affairs, , ,

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