Music Documentary ”Beware of Mr. Baker”

Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker (born 19 August 1939 in Lewisham, South London) is an English drummer, best known for his work with the rock band Cream. He is also known for his numerous associations with world music, mainly the use of African influences. He has also had other collaborations such as with Blind Faith, Gary Moore, Hawkwind, Masters of Reality and Public Image Ltd.

Baker’s drumming attracted attention for its flamboyance, showmanship and his use of two bass drums instead of the conventional single bass drum (following a similar set-up used by Louie Bellson during his days with Duke Ellington). Although a firmly established rock drummer and praised as “Rock’s first superstar drummer”, he prefers being called a jazz drummer. Baker’s influence has extended to drummers of both genres, including Billy Cobham, Peter Criss, Bill Ward, Ian Paice, Alex Van Halen, Nick Mason and John Bonham. AllMusic has described him as “the most influential percussionist of the 1960s” and stated that “virtually every drummer of every heavy metal band that has followed since that time has sought to emulate some aspect of Baker’s playing”.

While at times performing in a similar way to Keith Moon from The Who, Baker also employs a more restrained style influenced by the British jazz groups he heard during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In his early days as a drummer, he performed lengthy drum solos, the best known being the five-minute drum solo “Toad” from Cream’s debut album Fresh Cream (1966). He is also noted for using a variety of other percussion instruments and for his application of African rhythms. He would often emphasize the flam, a drum rudiment in which both sticks attack the drumhead at almost the same time, giving a heavy thunderous sound.

Beware of Mr. Baker is a 2012 documentary film by Jay Bulger about Ginger Baker. It won the Grand Jury prize for best documentary at SXSW. The title is a reference to a sign outside of his South African compound.

Watch this awesome work on one of the most emblematic drummers ever online below

Lance Bangs’ [Scrapple Interview] on Slint Documentary ‘Breadcrumb Trail’ (2014)

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Slint is an American rock band consisting of Brian McMahan (guitar and vocals), David Pajo (guitar), Britt Walford (drums and vocals), Todd Brashear (bass on Spiderland), and Ethan Buckler (bass on Tweez). They formed in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, in 1986 and disbanded following the recording of their second album, Spiderland, in 1990.

Since their break-up in 1992, they have reunited sporadically since 2005, with their most recent reunion in 2013.

In an August 2013 interview with Vish Khanna, former producer Steve Albini revealed that the band was working on remastering their second album Spiderland with producer Bob Weston. The deluxe Spiderland boxset was announced in January 2014.It includes the 90-minute documentary Breadcrumb Trail, directed by Lance Bangs, an interview of whom you can watch online below. The band has outperformed itself at the 2014 Primavera Sound music festival in Spain in an awesome live that you can listen to here.

Watch online Dealer, a short film inspired by Burial !

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UK director Ben Dawkins has revealed a short film inspired and scored by the title track from Rival Dealer, Burial’s excellent 2013 EP for Hyperdub. Unfolding over 12 minutes, ”Dealer” trails a London drug dealer through a series of increasingly volatile encounters, playing off the dark soundscapes evoked in Burial’s original track—from the sounds of a car swerving through caustic breakbeats to the reverb-drenched melancholy of its closing chords.

You can watch below.

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Music Documentary ”Who The F*ck Is Pete Doherty”

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Today it is Libertines’ 10 years anniversary, so how about celebrating it with an exciting,much- hyped BBC documentary on his early steps as a musician?

” Who the Hell Is Pete Doherty? follows the infamous British rock star, who has been arrested numerous times for various drug crimes, as he tours with his band Babyshambles. Also included are music videos and interviews by the artist. (Source: Perry Seibert, Rovi- Rotten Tomatoes)

Watch this 57:02 long documentary online below

'Freddie Mercury- The Great Pretender' Documentary

Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; Gujarati: Pharōkh Balsārā‌; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British musician, record producer, and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, Mercury composed many hits for Queen, including “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, and “We Are the Champions”. In addition to his work with Queen, he led a solo career, and also occasionally served as a producer and guest musician (piano or vocals) for other artists. He died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on 24 November 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging that he had the disease.

 Mercury was a Parsi born in Sultanate of Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his mid-teens. Posthumously, in 1992 he was awarded the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at Wembley Stadium, London. As a member of Queen, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004, and the band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002. In 2002, Mercury was placed at number 58 in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. He continues to be voted one of the greatest singers in the history of popular music. In 2005, a poll organized by Blender and MTV2 saw Mercury voted the greatest male singer of all time. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 18 on their list of the 100 greatest singers of all time. In 2009, a Classic Rock poll saw him voted the greatest rock singer of all time. Allmusic has characterized Mercury as “one of rock’s greatest all-time entertainers”, who possessed “one of the greatest voices in all of music”.

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender is a the Emmy/Rose d’Or award winning 2012 feature length documentary about Queen star Freddie Mercury and his attempt to forge a solo career. The documentary premiered on BBC One in edited form as part of the Imagine series and later the Director’s Cut was shown on BBC 4. It gained 3.5 million viewers when aired on BBC One in October 2012 and a further 1.2 million when shown on BBC 4.

Reuniting the producer, editor and director of photography behind 2011’s widely acclaimed “Queen: Days of Our Lives” BBC documentary, “The Great Pretender” in similar vein presents a compelling insight into its subject matter, unearthing previously undiscovered or rarely seen footage.

Produced and directed by Rhys Thomas, lifelong Queen fan and expert (to the extent that Rhys famously broke the Mastermind all-time record points score with a specialist subject of Queen), Rhys has this time turned his attention to the Freddie archive, going back as early as 1976 in search of vintage gems which reveal more than ever before the inside story of Freddie’s life and career and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.

Watch this excellent piece of work online below

Tribute to the 25th anniversary of the release of The Stone Roses first album ”The Stone Roses”

25 years ago, on the 21st April 1989,The Stone Roses released their debut album, ‘The Stone Roses’.”The album was a breakthrough success for the band and garnered critical acclaim, with many critics regarding it as one of the greatest British albums ever recorded’.

This post is a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the album’s first release and includes:

  1. The band’s ”The Raw and Uncut interview ” in 1989
  2. The band’s press conference on their Reunion in 2011
  3. A review of the album by Chris Jones on BBC in 2007
  4. The rare documentary ”Blood On The Turntable” released in 2004
  5. The original album to listen to on Spotify

Shall we? Enjoy!

  1. The band’s ”The Raw and Uncut interview ” in 1989

   2. The band’s press conference on their Reunion in 2011(part I)

  2. The band’s press conference on their Reunion in 2011(part II)

  3. A review of the album by Chris Jones on BBC in 2007

This album is unbeatable.

Chris Jones 2007

Manchester at the end of the 80s was caught between two schools of musical thought. Still in thrall to the legacy left behind by both Factory records and the recently-departed Smiths it was also in the grip of early club culture.The odiously-named Madchester scene was just on the horizon. No band summed up this schism as well as the Roses.

Originally a punk-loving, bandana and leather trouser-sporting bunch of rowdy locals with a following and a Martin Hannett-produced flop to their names, they finally re-emerged with Johnny Marr’s chiming Byrd-isms married to new bassist Mani’s loping funk on “Sally Cinnamon”. Guitarist John Squire now felt confident enough to let his influences shine and Ian Brown had progressed from raw shouts to Mancunian cool. The sound was sorted. Now for some top, banging album action.

John Leckie, producer for XTC, George Harrison and Simple Minds, was brought in as producer and finally the band released the prequel to the debut album, “Elephant Stone”, a psychedelic raver which (along with “Fool’s Gold”) was included in the re-issued two-disc version of the album. When it did arrive it wasn’t to the universal acclaim that it now garners as ‘best debut album of all time’. Instead it was a quieter word-of mouth process that, within the year had put the band on top of the new Manchester scene and led to Spike Island and all its attendant problems.

On first listen, The Stone Roses is a strangely old-fashioned album. Brown’s multi-tracked vocals (he was never a strong singer) mix pleasantly with Squire’s chiming Rickenbacker to produce a very mellow, 60s West Coast vibe. But if you get insisde the heart of songs like “I Wanna Be Adored” and “I Am The Resurrection” there’s that unmistakeable swagger and defiance that was to prove such a template for Oasis a few years later.

It’s also this strange friction between old and new that makes this album so durable. Certainly it was Squire who took the band into essentially ‘freak-out’ territory, especially on the wah-wah’n’drum work out at the end of “I Am The Resurrection”, and it was he who sank the follow-up with his adoration of Jimmy Page. But as an accurate picture of how working class hedonism fused dance and rock in the dying days of the 80s, this album is unbeatable.

 4. The documentary ”Blood On The Turntable” released in 2004

5. The original album to listen to on Spotify

Music Documentary ”Live Forever: The Rise And Fall Of Britpop”

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Britpop is a subgenre of alternative rock that originated in the United Kingdom. Britpop emerged from the British independent music scene of the early 1990s and was characterised by bands influenced by British guitar pop music of the 1960s and 1970s. The movement developed as a reaction against various musical and cultural trends in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly the grunge phenomenon from the United States. In the wake of the musical invasion into the United Kingdom of American grunge bands, new British groups such as Suede and Blur launched the movement by positioning themselves as opposing musical forces, referencing British guitar music of the past and writing about uniquely British topics and concerns. These bands were soon joined by others including Oasis, The Verve, Pulp, Supergrass, Space, Sleeper and Elastica.

Britpop groups brought British alternative rock into the mainstream and formed the backbone of a larger British cultural movement called Cool Britannia. Although its more popular bands were able to spread their commercial success overseas, especially to the United States, the movement largely fell apart by the end of the decade.

Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop is a 2003 documentary film written and directed by John Dower. The documentary is a study of popular culture in the United Kingdom during the mid to late 1990s. The focus of the piece is British popular music (Britpop), which underwent a resurgence during the mid-1990s and then seemingly retreated with similar haste towards the end of that decade.
The political landscape of the time also features. Much is made of Tony Blair and New Labour’s efforts to align themselves with the distinctly British cultural resurgence that was underway. The documentary features a number of prominent UK musical and artistic figures, but relies heavily on contributions from Noel & Liam Gallagher of Oasis, Damon Albarn of Blur and Jarvis Cocker of Pulp. Other contributors include 3D from Massive Attack, Louise Wener from Sleeper, fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and modern artist Damien Hirst.

Watch it online below

Four years without Malcolm McLaren: A tribute

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Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren (22 January 1946 – 8 April 2010) was a British musician, impresario, visual artist, performer, clothes designer and boutique owner, notable for combining these activities in an inventive and provocative way.

Raised unconventionally by his grandmother after his father Peter McLaren left the family home, McLaren attended a number of British art colleges and adopted the stance of the social rebel in the style of French revolutionaries, the Situationists.

With a keen eye for trends, McLaren realised in the 1970s that a new youth style was needed, and largely initiated the punk movement, to which he supplied fashions from the Chelsea boutique ‘SEX’, operated with his girlfriend Vivienne Westwood. After a spell advising the New York Dolls in the US, McLaren managed the Sex Pistols, to whom he recruited the nihilistic frontman Johnny Rotten. The issue of a controversial record, “God Save the Queen”, satirising the Queen’s Jubilee was typical of McLaren’s shock-tactics, and he gained publicity by being arrested after a promotional boat trip outside the Houses of Parliament.

McLaren also performed as a solo artist, initially popularising hip hop and world music and later diversifying into funk and disco, the dance fashion for “vogueing” and merging opera with contemporary electronic musical forms.

In his later years, he lived in Paris and New York, and died of peritoneal mesothelioma in a Swiss hospital. When accused of turning popular culture into a cheap marketing gimmick, he joked that he hoped it was true.

Taking the opportunity from the fourth anniversary of his death we present today a documentary on this great artist, three of his interviews and one of his albums you can all watch and listen online below

1. Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger BBC2 Tribute 2010 (50’ documentary you can watch online below)

2. Interview on Conan in April 1995

3. Interview on The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross

4. On South Bank Show in 1984 (full show)

5. Listen to ‘Paris’ - one of his most genius albums

Documentary ” Nirvana - Rise And Rise Of Kurt Cobain”

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of the American grunge band Nirvana, was found dead at his home located at 171 Lake Washington Boulevard in SeattleWashington, United States on April 8, 1994, with analysis determining that he had committed suicide three days prior on April 5. The Seattle Police Department incident report states that Cobain was found with a shotgun across his body, had a visible head wound and there was a suicide note discovered nearby. The King County Medical Examiner noted puncture wounds on the inside of both the right and left elbow. Prior to his death, Cobain had checked out of a drug rehabilitation facility and been reported suicidal by his wifeCourtney Love.

Despite the official ruling of suicide, several theories have arisen offering alternate explanations for Cobain’s death. Tom Grant, a private investigator hired by Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love, to find Cobain after his departure from rehab, put forth his belief that Cobain was murdered. Grant’s theory has since been analyzed and questioned by television shows, films and books. Authors and filmmakers have also attempted to explain what might have happened during Cobain’s final days, and what might have led him to commit suicide.

As a tribute to this legendary artist we present today, 20 years after his death,the documentary ”Nirvana - The Rise and Rise of Kurt Cobain”.

Watch it online below

Public Enemy ”The Prophets Of Rage ”Full music documentary

Public Enemy is an American hip hop group consisting of Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DJ Lord, The S1W group, Khari Wynn and Professor Griff. Formed inLong Island, New York, in 1982, Public Enemy is known for their politically charged lyrics and criticism of the American media, with an active interest in the frustrations and concerns of the African American community. Their first four albums during the late 1980s and early 1990s were all certified either gold or platinum and were, according to music critic Robert Hilburn, “the most acclaimed body of work ever by a rap act.”[1] In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Public Enemy[2] number 44 on its list of the Immortals: 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.[3] The group was inducted into theLong Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.[4] The band were announced as inductees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on December 11, 2012, making them the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted after Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run–D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.

The music documentary ”Public Enemy -The Prophets Of Rage” is from the BBC series, Black Music Legends of the 1980’s.

Watch it online below

FUNK MUSIC: A DOCUMENTARY

Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-late 1960s when African-American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and R&B. Funk de-emphasizes melody and harmony and brings a strong rhythmic groove of electric bass and drums to the foreground. Funk songs are often based on an extended vamp on a single chord, distinguishing it from R&B and soul songs, which are built on chord progressions.

Like much African-inspired music, funk typically consists of a complex groove with rhythm instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, Hammond organ, and drums playing interlocking rhythms. Funk bands sometimes have a horn section of several saxophones, trumpets, and in some cases, a trombone, which plays rhythmic “hits”.

Many of the most famous bands in the genre also played disco and soul extensively. Funk samples have been used extensively in genres including hip hop, house music, and drum and bass. It is also the main influence of go-go, a subgenre associated with funk.

”Funk Music: A Documentary”  is probably the only documentary so far that thoroughly discusses the history of this music genre. 

Watch it online below

What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Red Bull Music Academy has teamed up with award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg to create a full-length feature film. What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music includes Brian Eno, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy and many more talking about the ups and downs of a life devoted to music.

Shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York and produced by Schmerberg’s Berlin-based artist collective Mindpirates, the film focuses in on the creative process – but ends up asking questions about life itself. Following the young artists attending the Academy as well as featuring talking head interviews with musicians who have seen the twists and turns of the music industry, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music is full of (direct and indirect) insights.

Whatch it below in High Definition and if you want to download it free just visit Red bull music academy site! 

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (HD documentary)

A year after the sensational arrest of Russian post-feminist band Pussy Riot and the wave of global reactions it triggered, Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s documentary follows the story of Nadya, Masha and Katya, the three young women arrested for “blasphemy” in Vladimir Putin’s heavily religious Russia.

Shot over six months with exclusive footage from their rehearsals and the events the band staged, this telling documentary reveals the people behind the famous balaclavas with all their humanizing idiosyncrasies. From farce to tragedy and from absurdity all the way to blatant injustice, prepare to watch a real-life 21st Century tale about a system that decided to obliterate three artists from the face of the earth, just because they crossed the line.

Watch below this great documentary in HD !

Documentary: ‘Egypt- How To Play A Gig In A Revolution”

Noisey and Colonel Blimp are very excited to present 'Egypt: How to Play a Gig in a Revolution'. Disillusioned with the gig circuit at home, London band I.R.O.K travelled to Cairo, Egypt, to witness the aftermath of the revolution and try and play some shows for the locals. Despite nobody there knowing their music, having hardly any contacts over there and receiving numerous warnings about going out after dark, the band persevered and had a genuinely life changing experience.

The 16’ long film is directed by Ronan Pollock and was released on the 3rd of February 2014 by Noisey. Watch it online below

'Stories From the Road' - A music documentary on Following PJ Harvey

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Two Pj Harvey fans and a stranger decided to travel to Europe and meet Pj Harvey. Their attempt was filmed to become ”Stories From The Road, a music documentary on Pj Harvey

The documentary was shot in 2001 and released it April 2003. It premiered at the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The British Film Institute called it “…the finest rockumentary in quite some time.”

Enjoy the film below 

Stories From the Road - A Film About Following PJ Harvey from Kyle Keyser on Vimeo.

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