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  • 1234
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    1234

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    1234 is about a band. Not a band on tour or a band with a record deal or a drug-addled reunion, but the sort of band that everyone knows and most of us have been in at some time or other.

    A band that rehearses every Saturday in the community centre, a band that has to save up to record a demo, t...

  • The Allman Brothers Band - After The Crash

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    When the Allman Brothers band broke out of Macon, Georgia in the late 1960s, it was as standard bearers of a new movement known as 'Southern Rock’.

    Although they remained an underground act for some time, their distinctive sound and dynamic live shows, all but dominated by the unique guitar pla...

  • Duane Allman - Song of the South

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    n the early to mid-1970s a handful of bands from the Deep South reinvigorated American popular music by fusing blues, country and rock 'n' roll styles into a new and unique form.

    But the man who had sparked this renaissance and who had struggled to gain acceptance in an industry firmly establish...

  • Anarchy! The Mclaren/Westwood Gang

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    Described as 'fascinating' by Wendy Ide in The Observer, Anarchy! McLaren Westwood Gang was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Punk.

    Director Phil Strongman was at the heart of the punk movement selling T-shirts in the Kings Road and later went on to chronicle the period ...

  • Anti-Nowhere League - We Are The League

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    Anti-Nowhere League - We Are The League tells the full uncensored story of how a biker, a skinhead, a grammar school boy and a Persian exile came together, with no musical talent or ambitions and even less respect for anything or anyone, to burst into the UK charts with their debut single.

    Love ...

  • Brainiac - Transmissions After Zero

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    In the mid 1990's the Dayton, OH music scene was generating worldwide buzz from the influential indie rock being produced there. Arguably the most innovative was the band Brainiac, led by musical genius and charismatic front man Tim Taylor.

    By 1997, Brainiac were regarded as one of the most inno...

  • Captain Beefheart - Under Review

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    Captain Beefheart - Under Review is a two hour documentary film tracing the roots and history of this iconic musical legend. It features rare live and studio performances of Beefheart, interspersed with contributions from virtually all members of The Magic Band along with a panel of esteemed expe...

  • Cockney Rejects - East End Babylon

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    Formed in the turbulence of late Seventies East London as an answer to the dominant art school punk, Cockney Rejects cornered their patch with their brand of terrace singalong classics and a white hot live set.

    East End Babylon is the no-holds-barred and acclaimed documentary that tells their s...

  • Devo - Hardcore Devo Live!

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    Devo, captured live in Oakland, performing early experimental tracks written between 1974 and 1977, prior to any label deal or public success.

    No matter how messy, beginnings are exciting. Especially when what happens next endures the test of time. For Devo, the beginning happened in the baseme...

  • The Dirty Three

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    Film Documentary of the Dirty Three - the rough and ready jewels in the crown of Australian rock and roll history who pioneered the instrumental rock and roll music scene with their cathartic, sometimes violent and always spellbinding brand of music. They achieved worldwide success since forming...

  • Dr Feelgood - Oil City Confidential

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    Julien Temple's Oil City Confidential is the last film in his trilogy on British music of the 1970s. It is a prequel to his landmark films about punk figureheads the Sex Pistols in The Filth & The Fury and Joe Strummer in The Future Is Unwritten.

    Rather than being standard 'rockumentaries', ...

  • Bob Dylan - Revealed

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    Bob Dylan Revealed - a true portrait of the reclusive 'voice of the generation' is revealed through exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photos and films of Dylan's 50 year plus career.

    A true portrait of the reclusive Bob Dylan has eluded his fans. Through exclusive insider interviews a...

  • Bob Dylan - World Tours: 1966-1974

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    Barry Feinstein was the exclusive tour photographer on Bob Dylan and The Band's legendary 1966 and 1974 World Tours.

    In this documentary feature film, Feinstein and director Joel Gilbert chronicle these epic Bob Dylan tours, featuring over 150 selections of Feinstein's finest portraits - most re...

  • Filmage: the Story of Descendents/All

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    Long before Punk Rock inflicted its puncture wound on the map of mainstream music, Descendents were in a van brewing a potent mix of pop, angst, love and coffee and influencing a generation to come.

    Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All follows drummer and square-peg Bill Stevenson as he pushes ...

  • Jose Feliciano Band - The Paris Concert

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    ilmed at the New Morning Club Paris in August 2008, it was a thrill for the audience to welcome the 6-time Grammy Award Winner.

    Throughout this compelling performance, effortlessly combining flamenco, bossa nova, pop and jazz influences with blues and rock lead guitar inflections, Jose delighte...

  • The Go-Betweens - Right Here

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    The Go-Betweens - Right Here uncovers the intensely passionate, creative and fraught relationships behind one of the most loved and influential bands in Australian rock history.

    It is a heartfelt story of discovery, uncovering the intensely passionate, creative and fraught relationships that for...

  • Al Green - Gospel According to Al Green

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    In the early and mid-1970s, the release of songs like Let's Stay Together, Love and Happiness, Tired of Being Alone and Take Me to The River made Al Green one of the most successful soul and pop singers in the world. However, as the decade progressed, Green suffered an existential crisis, prompte...

  • The Glamour and the Squalor

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    The story of Marco Collins, one of America's last great rock radio DJs and a musical tastemaker that changed our culture.

    Before the internet made sourcing new music and rising bands a simple matter of keystrokes and RSS feeds, there was the radio DJ. No-one epitomized this role like Marco Colli...

  • Grant Hart - Every Everything

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    100% unfiltered, unrestrained Grant Hart.

    In marked contrast to Color Me Obsessed, director Gorman Bechard's risky yet rewarding 2011 Replacements documentary that featured no songs or appearances by its subject matter, his film Every Everything: The Music, Life & Times of Grant Hart doc com...

  • The Icarus Line Must Die

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    The Icarus Line Must Die is a dramatic narrative feature set against the backdrop of the current LA underground music scene.

    The film tracks Joe Cardamone, frontman of notorious punk bad boys The Icarus Line, as he navigates his way through the ups and downs of the modern music landscape. With ...

  • KARP - Kill All Redneck Pricks

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    The film chronicles both the band's triumphs and the personal tragedies that befall them as they pursue their dreams.

    It's about how friendships can change over the course of growing up and how people react in the face of adversity. Most of all, it’s about the music that, years later, still hasn...

  • Wilko Johnson - The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson

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    The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson confronts our worst nightmares of impending death and turns them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, accepted his fate with uplifting pos...

  • L7: Pretend We're Dead

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    L7: Pretend We're Dead takes us on an all-access journey into the 1990's grunge movement that took the world by storm and the band that helped define it as the genre of a generation.

    Culled from over 100 hours of vintage home movies taken by the band, never-before-seen performance footage and c...

  • Last of the Mississippi Jukes

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    Robert Mugge's 2003 music documentary, Last of the Mississippi Jukes, explores the fading traditions of rural Mississippi juke joints.

    The blues was first played by itinerant musicians in juke joints on the edge of cotton plantations, later migrating into so-called urban lounges and regional mu...

  • Who Is Lydia Loveless

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    Director Gorman Bechard believes in rock 'n' roll; he's been proving it on screen since his fan-centric Replacements documentary Color Me Obsessed. Follow-ups on the Archers of Loaf and Husker Du's Grant Hart (Every Everything) respectively captured the power of live performance and the intricaci...

  • Manic Street Preachers - No Manifesto

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    No Manifesto is a movie about the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. It's the story of four lads from a Welsh mining town and how they came to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Still struggling to come to grips with their Welsh identity and their tragic past, the Manics, like their music,...

  • New Model Army - Between Dog And Wolf

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    New Model Army have been one of the biggest underground music artists for over quarter of a century. To their global community of fans they mean everything. Yet mainstream success has so far eluded them.

    This film is the story of the band and, in particular, their charismatic and unconventional...

  • Lee Scratch Perry - Visions of Paradise

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    Lee Scratch Perry's Vision of Paradise is a unique project in many ways: it’s not a biography but rather a fairy-tale documentary.

    The director followed Lee Perry for 15 years and discovered a story that is almost impossible to believe: a revelation, told about and with one of the major protago...

  • Radio Birdman - Descent Into The Maelstrom

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    Radio Birdman were different. Outsiders. Uncompromising. New York had The Ramones, London had The Sex Pistols and Australia had Radio Birdman.

    In 1974, a year before the Sex Pistols formed, a group of outsiders got together to form Radio Birdman. Their ethos from the start was an uncompromisin...

  • Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song

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    Set against the backdrop of a hot summer at the Verona Campground, two kids from feuding families, the Montagues and the Capulets, notice each other for the first time.

    With naivety and in secrecy, they put aside all their parents cannot and discover they alone can turn their households' rancour...

  • Michael Schenker - Fest: Live Tokyo

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    35 years have passed since the legendary MSG concert Live At The Budokan. Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the '80's to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest with Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum.

    5,000 fans...

  • Lee Thompson - One Man's Madness

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    Lee 'Kix' Thompson is a most unlikely character. Early career choices had him spend a year in Borstal. He still hasn't found the receipt for his first saxophone. Luckily, he met two other unlikely characters: Mike 'Barso' Barson and 'Chrissy Boy' Foreman who shared his interests of graffiti, trai...

  • Joe Strummer - I Need a Dodge

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    A Tindog Film, produced and directed by Nick Hall, this is the story of Joe Strummer’s self-imposed exile in Granada in 1985/86.

    Whilst in Spain and needing wheels, tracking down a Barreiros, essentially a European edition of the Dodge-Dart, became a mission. After returning to the UK for the b...

  • Johnny Thunders - Looking for Johnny

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    Johnny Thunders was the legendary hard-living rock'n'roll guitarist who inspired glam-metal, punk and the music scene in general. Looking For Johnny is a 90-minute film that documents Thunders' career from his beginnings to his tragic death in 1991.

    When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on A...

  • Johnny Thunders - Madrid Memory

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    Captures the live concert performance in 1984 of The Heartbreakers' reunion world tour that included fellow Dolls Sylvain Sylvain and Jerry Nolan, plus Billy Rath.

    Filmed for TV broadcast at La Edad De Oro in Madrid, Spain, this concert captures powerful performances of songs from throughout Thu...

  • A Tribute to Les Paul

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    The night is headlined by show-stopping numbers from an all-star slate of Paul disciples, with Slash and Edgar Winter teaming up on the Stevie Wonder staple ‘Superstition’, Toto axeman Steve Lukather's rendition of Jimi Hendrix ‘Little Wing’ and Joe Perry and Buddy Guy closing the night with a so...

  • Tupac - Conspiracy

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    Tupac: Conspiracy is an investigation of the death of rap legend Tupac Shakur. It takes a hard look at the unsolved murder and talks to people in the LAPD, Las Vegas Metro Police and several members of Wrightway Security who provided security for Tupac on the day he died.

    Tupac: Conspiracy exam...

  • Tupac - Assassination:Battle for Compton

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    The unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace still stir the public's imagination after 20 years. Yet law enforcement has been at a standstill to produce results.

    The producers of "American Federale" and the first two "Assassination" films finally unravel the tangl...

  • Vinyl Generation

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    In 1980s Communist Czechoslovakia an emerging generation took inspiration from alternative culture to create their own worldview, politics and, eventually, a revolution. 25 years later, this unique generational perspective is explored for the first time. Vinyl Generation: A Story of Art, Revoluti...

  • Ben Webster Collection

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    Four rare programs filmed in Europe between 1965 and 1971 featuring Ben in three concerts and one documentary. Three concerts from the archives of Danish TV, show Ben in a variety of settings - with a trio, a big band or playing in front of a large string ensemble. The 1971 documentary BIG BEN is...

  • Who Killed Nancy

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    October 12th, 1978 - New York Police discover the lifeless body of 20 year-old Nancy Spungen. Ex-prostitute, sometime stripper, heroin addict and infamous girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bass guitarist Sid Vicious, 21. Dressed in her underwear, Spungen bled to death from a stab wound. Incredibly, Vici...

  • Brian Wilson - Songwriter 1969 -1982

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    Following Sexy Intellectual's previous film about Brian Wilson's magnificent craft; Songwriter 1962-1969, comes this companion piece covering the maverick composer's life and work throughout the 1970s.

    While this latter part of his career is rarely championed with the same kind of enthusiasm tha...

  • Frank Zappa - Freak Jazz...

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    In August 1969, to the dismay of many fans, Frank Zappa disbanded the original Mothers of Invention.

    Feeling constrained by the musical abilities of certain members, he cleaned the slate and set about assembling a new group. Hand-picking superior talent from a variety of musical genres, by 1970...

  • Frank Zappa - Summer 82 in Sicily

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    Filmmaker and Zappa fan Salvo Cuccia tells the behind-the-scenes story of Frank Zappa's star-crossed concert in Palermo, Sicily, the wrap-up to a European tour that ended in public disturbances and police intervention. Cuccia had a ticket to the concert but never made it.

    Thirty years later, col...