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.

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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”.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

Deus Documentary ”Time Is The State Of My Jeans: The Making of Worst Case Scenario”

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Formed in 1991, Deus began their career as a cover band, but soon began writing their own material. Their musical influences range from folk and punk to jazz and progressive rock. They first came to attention in Humo’s Rock Rally of 1992 and after the release of the four-track EP “Zea”, Deus were offered a recording contract with Island Records. They became the first Belgian indie act ever to sign to a major international label.

Deus’ debut album ‘’Worst Case Scenario’’ drew influences from Frank Zappa, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart and was released on September 16, 1994.

The documentary ”Time Is The State Of My Jeans- The Making Of Worst Case Scenario” not only tells the story of WCS but it also contains footage during which Brian Molko and Guy Garvey en Gary Lightbody tell us about their WCS-experience.

The documentary was co-produced by the digital tv-station Acht. 

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Alice In Chains AIC 23 Mockumentary

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To promote their upcoming fifth album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, Alice In Chains have teamed up with Funny Or Die to record a spoof documentary. The 11 minute film features some pretty hefty cameos including members of Metallica, Mastodon, Pearl Jam, Guns ‘N Roses and more. 

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"AIC 23" is the story of Alan Poole McLard, a Film Studies Professor at a community college who is trying to make a documentary film about Alice In Chains to coincide with the release of their new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Without the cooperation of the members of Alice in Chains, Alan does his best to interview other musicians that may or may not have influenced AIC throughout the years."

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Available for 24 hours only: ‘Christmas On Mars’ by The Flaming Lips

Christmas on Mars is a science fiction film from the alternative rock band The Flaming Lips, written and directed by the band’s frontman, Wayne Coyne and featuring the entire band in the cast, as well as many of their associates, including Steve Burns, Adam Goldberg, and Fred Armisen.

The film began development in 2001, filming was completed in October 2005, and the film premiered on May 25, 2008 at the Sasquatch! Music Festival.For its general release in the United States, Christmas on Mars was booked into several dozen cities for unconventional screenings, in venues which included a former Ukrainian Socialist Social Club in New York City.The film was released in three different packages on November 11, 2008 through conventional retailers as well as through the band’s website. A vinyl edition was released November 25, 2008.

The film has been uploaded by the band last night on YouTube and it is going to be available to watch online only today.

BANG! — A Music Documentary on Low End Theory

Low End Theory is a weekly experimental hip hop and electronic music club night that takes place every Wednesday at The Airliner in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California.

Through the years Low End Theory has become one of the most influential venues for the ‘beat music’ genre.Residents include Daddy Kev, The Gaslamp Killer, Nobody, D-Styles and MC Nocando.

YouTube Channel, Potato Will Eat You, has put together an inspired mini documentary about the history of Low End Theory for the BANG! series, featuring insightful interviews, live show footage, and a powerful narrative that accurately portrays the forward-thinking collective.

Watch and listen Daddy Kev,Nocando,Gaslamp Killer,Nobody,Strangeloop,Flying Lotus,Thundercat,Frank,D-Styles, Dumbfoundead, Jeff Weiss, Jeremiah Jae, Tokimonsta, Ras G, Mono/Poly, Lorn, Nosaj Thing and many more in this great mini music documentary

Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA Records

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DFA Records is an independent record label and production team, launched in September 2001 by Mo’ Wax co-founder Tim Goldsworthy, musician James Murphy, and manager Jonathan Galkin. 

The label’s original name was Death From Above Records, dating from Murphy’s nickname for the soundsystem he had helped build for Six Finger Satellite. This name was deemed inappropriate for a New York City-based label following the September 11, 2001 attacks and subsequently shortened to its abbreviation DFA.

As well as Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem the label is currently home to the likes of The Juan Maclean, The Rapture, Hot Chip, Shit Robot, Gavin Russom,Holy Ghost!, Still Going, Syclops, Planningtorock, Yacht and many more
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The influence of musicians and bands like Brian Eno, Talking Heads, Liquid Liquid, ESG, Blondie, Yazoo, and New Order can be heard throughout the DFA catalog.Rather than retread, however, the DFA have taken the live dance music of the time and infused the techniques and themes with a modern aesthetic—alternately faster, heavier, dubbier, noisier, and generally more intense than their influences.

Watch below an excellent mini documentary from Red Bull music academy: 

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