Posts Tagged ‘Documentary’

Earlier this year, a new documentary chronicling David Crosby‘s life and work premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. David Crosby: Remember My Name reflects on a variety of topics including Crosby’s struggles with addiction, personal tragedies, conflicts with longtime band-mates, and much more.

David Crosby: Remember My Name also references its subject’s own work, borrowing its title from Crosby’s 1971 debut solo album. The film was directed by A.J. Eaton and produced by Cameron Crowe, who reportedly conducted numerous interviews with Crosby for his part in the project. It’s important to note that Crowe covered Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young back in 1976 when he was still just a writer for Rolling Stone.

The documentary will open in New York and Los Angeles on July 19th. A nationwide release date is still yet to be announced. From producer Cameron Crowe, “DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME” reflects on David Crosby’s life of music stardom, while forging new paths to relevancy at his age of 77 in this deeply personal documentary.

The official trailer for David Crosby: Remember My Name

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Weird and wonderful!  Ian’s flute improvisation shows that he must have spent a high percentage of his life practicing the flute … it is amazing how he just breathes music.  So much energy and sensitivity at the same time … a really great band … and a really great time.  The application of some jazz to folk, classical and popular music

From The Rockpalast Archives JETHRO TULL “Swing In” Full Documentary 27.11.1969)

Songs : 01.Nothing Is Easy 02:18 02.Bourée 08:03 03.Sweet Dream / .For a Thousand Mother 20:42

Talking Heads vs. Television :: A BBC Channel 4 Production, 1984

In 1984, Talking Heads performed live at London’s Wembley Arena for a BBC Channel 4 special officially titled “Once In A Lifetime” but more familiarly known as Talking Heads vs Television . The band’s frontman David Byrne is credited as the creative consultant in this 68-minute long production that includes bizarre clips, live concert footage, and interviews

A BBC Channel 4 production from 1984.

Songs performed include:
“Life During Wartime”
“Big Blue Plymouth (Eyes Wide Open)”
“Once in A Lifetime”
“Big Business”
“I Zimbra”
“Slippery People”
“Psycho Killer”
“My Big Hands (Fall Though the Cracks)”
“What A Day That Was”
“Crosseyed And Painless”

Neil Young - Like A Rolling Stone [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

With over forty five years spent working in an industry that has come close to driving him nuts on many an occasion, Neil Young remains the only musical troubadour to have emerged from the post-Dylan pre-Woodstock era to remain a wholly relevant composer and performer this far into the third millennium. But as with most of his contemporaries, the man s finest and most cherished music was recorded and released during the first decade of his career the period covered in this film. From his glorious work with the ever joyous Buffalo Springfield and the majestic material he recorded with CSN&Y, through classic solo album after classic solo album, this programme looks at the life and music of Neil Young during a period of incredible creativity. Using rare and classic performance footage, archive interviews and contributions from those who have worked closely with Neil, the finest critics and other key personnel, among a host of other features, this programme reveals itself to be the finest document on this extraordinary musician s life yet to emerge. With extra features, extended interviews and full biographies as well, the complete package will prove a delight for the man s millions of fans across the world.

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Neil Young: “Don’t Be Denied”.…BBC documentary charting Neil’s career from his first experiences in Canada through his trip south and his time with Buffalo Springfield, CSNY and Crazy Horse. Whilst he is claiming it is just about the music, the film shows Neil as a man of great integrity both musically and politically. Fascinating stuff.

Neil Young grants rare and unprecedented access to the BBC for a documentary in which he traces his musical journey in his own words.

The film was made from three hours of interview shot in New York and California, and uses previously unseen performance footage from the star’s own extensive archives. It also features cohorts Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Nils Lofgren and James Taylor.

From his early transcontinental American quest for recognition, through the first flush of success with Buffalo Springfield, to the bi-polar opposites of mega-stardom with Crosby, Stills and Nash and the soulful rock of Crazy Horse, Young’s career has enjoyed many guises.

Perhaps his most famous period was as a 1970s solo artist making albums that became benchmarks. “After The Goldrush”, recorded in his Topanga Canyon home, and “Harvest”, part-recorded on his northern Californian ranch, saw Young explore the confessional side of song-writing. But never one to rest on his laurels, he would continually change direction.

In the mid-seventies, two of Young’s closest friends died as a result of heroin abuse. What followed was music’s answer to cinema verite, with Tonight’s The Night a spine-chilling wake for his dead friends.

As New Wave arrived, Young was keen to explore new ideas. A collaboration with Devo on what became his art-house epic, Human Highway, saw the genesis of Rust Never Sleeps, a requiem for the seventies. In the eighties, Young explored different genres, from electronica to country, and in recent times he has returned to Crazy Horse and Crosby, Stills and Nash, but only when it has suited him. The film ends with Young still refusing to be denied, on tour in the USA with CSNY, playing anti-Bush songs to a Republican audience in the South.

Don’t Be Denied – “a documentary film about the life and times of Neil Young” – makes a sometimes brilliant attempt at telling Neil’s story in the aforementioned hour and is full of fascinating moments and boasts some great archive footage of Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse and solo performances. The film was made from three hours of interview shot in New York and California, and uses previously unseen performance footage from the star’s own extensive archives. It also features cohorts Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Nils Lofgren and James Taylor. There’s also terrific interview content with the legendary contrarian, filmed over nine months in New York and California, Neil living up entirely to his reputation as someone you would be ill-advised to mess with, on any level you might care to consider. The film ends with Young still refusing to be denied, on tour in the USA with CSNY.

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New Weller documentary “ONE”, filmed by Andy Crofts, is available to watch online now at or the link below. “ONE is one year in the life of Paul Weller and his band. It’s a montage of sights and sounds we have witnessed on our travels around the world. I wanted to make something real for the fans that they haven’t seen before.” – Andy Crofts

Paul Weller is rounding off an incredible 2015 by unveiling new behind the scenes documentary ONE over the festive period.

Head to or visit Weller’s YouTube channel from 10am on Boxing Day to see more than an hour of footage shot by live keyboardist Andy Crofts, capturing a year on the road with Paul Weller and his band.

Saturns Pattern, the latest album by Paul Weller, is out now.

Capturing a year on tour with Weller and his band, the film follows his tours of the UK, Europe, North America, and Japan and includes candid interviews with Weller, his band and other team members, It’s a rare glimpse into the tour bus and dressing room, live and rehearsal footage and backstage jams.

Here is an amazing documentary, which tells the story of Joe Strummer, former Clash frontman and defining figure of British popular music.
As a Celebration of his life and his music, with exclusive interviews from band members, close friends, roadies and fans, this film gives an insight into the artist whose sudden death in 2002 came as a shock to the music world.
Interviewees include Mick Jones, Topper Headon, Jonny Green, Glen Matlock, Pennie Smith and more. Also featured is music from Joe Strummer,The Clash and The Mescaleros. You can see footage of performances of Tommy Gun, Graceland, London Calling, White Riot and many many more.

Narrated by Robert Elms

Documentary Chapters:
Chapter 1. First Impression
Chapter 2. Early Days
Chapter 3. Punk… So What Was That All About?
Chapter 4. Leader of the Pack
Chapter 5. The Fans
Chapter 6. We Gotta Move On
Chapter 7. Backlash
Chapter 8. Amerika
Chapter 9. The Man Behind the Mask
Chapter 10. Words and Music
Chapter 11. “I Am Not Che Guevara”
Chapter 12. That Split
Chapter 13. The Wilderness Years
Chapter 14. The Mescaleros
Chapter 15. Joe At 50
Chapter 16. Deja Vu
Chapter 17. Joe R.I.P
Chapter 18. Legacy
Chapter 19. Strummerville
Chapter 20. Memories


The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Nate King Cole and many more. Behind their success was a group of studio musicians called The Wrecking Crew.

What the Funk Brothers did for Motown… The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960’s.

Members of the Wrecking Crew in a recording session with producer Phil Spector

If you think — and want to continue to think — that Brian Wilson played that signature roller-rink organ on “California Girls,” read no further. If you’ve labored under the illusion that Karen Carpenter tapped out that delicate drum part on “Close to You,” or that Papa John Phillips strummed the sweeping intro to “California Dreamin’,” prepare for a rude awakening. On hundreds of hits from the late 1950s through the mid-’70s by acts such as The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, Elvis Presley, Harry Nilsson, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, The Carpenters, The Ronettes, Simon and Garfunkel, Frank and Nancy Sinatra and many, many more, the backing band was a group of faceless studio musicians.

The jazz-trained instrumentalists were L.A.’s first-call players for pop, TV and movie work. They were the consummate pros, the fixers, the one-takers, the guys (and gal) behind the guys. They were the Wrecking Crew.

Back when L.A.’s recording scene was a hit-minting machine that ruled the airwaves, they worked up to four three-hour sessions a day. Some say they slept in the studio. Huge money was made. Family lives suffered. Marriages crumbled.

Yet they clocked in and out, somehow always sounding inspired for the big names and pretty faces on the record covers, creating what has become the soundtrack to two decades of American life.

But who were these deft, anonymous masters?

Director Denny Tedesco tackles that question with The Wrecking Crew, a heartfelt, engrossing documentary 19 years in the making, which finally sees theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles on March 13. It joins the formidable ranks of behind-the-scenes music docs including Muscle Shoals, Standing in the Shadows of Motown and 20 Feet From Stardom, and it’s a story Tedesco is singularly qualified to helm.

His late father, guitarist Tommy Tedesco, was one of the core members of that integral session group, and a man whose sense of humor was as big as his six-string talent. The guitar intros to TV’s The Twilight Zone, Green Acres, Bonanza, M*A*S*H and Batman? That’s Tommy.

Tommy Tedesco, originally from Niagara Falls, N.Y., succumbed to cancer in 1997 after a decades-long, three-pack-a-day smoking habit. His illness was the catalyst for the documentary.

“When they said he had a year to live, my concern was, if I don’t do it, it’s going to be the biggest regret of my life,” says Denny, who had worked in Hollywood as a grip and set decorator but, in terms of directing, “had no idea” what he was doing. “It wasn’t going to be just about my dad; it was going to be about the group of them.”

“Them” is a bit tough to define. It was not “a set group of musicians,” Tedesco explains. Depending on who you talk to, it’s “15, 20, 35 players,” but the core group included the bassist extraordinaire Carol Kaye, drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, guitarists Al Casey, Tommy Tedesco and Glen Campbell (later of “Rhinestone Cowboy” fame), keyboardists Don Randi and Leon Russell and sax player Plas Johnson. 

The Wrecking Crew were cooler, hipper, downright casual.

“They looked down on us and this filthy new rock & roll. We were in Levis and T-shirts. These older guys in their ties and blue blazers, carrying around their little ashtrays, said, ‘These kids are going to wreck the business,'” recalls Blaine, who takes credit for coining the moniker Wrecking Crew.

Carol Kaye reportedly disputes the name, insisting that, back in the day, they were called the Clique.

Don Randi has a slightly different take as well. “We were [called] the Wall of Sound. We started with Spector,” says the affable keyboard titan. You may recall the holy keyboard pulse on a little Beach Boys number called “God Only Knows.” That’s Don Randi.

“The Wrecking Crew came later on. It’s an iconic phrase and people love it. But people would call us the Wrecking Crew because we could wreck a [session]. If you were a stupid producer, we could take you on a ride that you’ll never forget,” Randi says.

Whatever you want to call them, the group’s musical contributions are indelible, and Tedesco’s film is a long-overdue homage that puts these familiar strangers into perspective.

“It’s important,” Randi says. “It’s almost a piece of history. It’s a time that won’t be repeated again because the technology has taken all of that away, that liveness that we had. Although now some of the bands are starting to come back to it again. You know, let’s all get in a room and kill one another.”

“You’re only as good as your last hit,” Blaine says, “and no one had more hits than we did.”

In 2002 there was movie called “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” about the Motown backing musicians. And now, there’s this movie. I think it’s great that movies are being made to tell the in-house musicians’ story because they are very important to the music we enjoy. I hope there will be a movie about MFSB, the musicians behind the “Sound of Philadelphia.” Also, the Staxx musicians need their story told too. Heck, I think all the in-house musicians from the ’60s and ’70s across America should have their stories told.

MC5: A True Testimonial, also written as MC5 * A True Testimonial, is a 2002 feature-length documentary film about the MC5, a Detroit-based rock band of the 1960s and early 1970s. The film was produced by Laurel Legler and directed by David C. Thomas; the couple spent more than seven years working on the project.

Although the MC5 are considered very influential today, they were relatively obscure in their time. To make the film, Thomas collected photographs and film clips of varying quality, including U.S. government surveillance footage of the MC5’s performance at the protests that took place outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He interviewed the surviving members of the band and people closely associated with it. In the editing room, Thomas matched the band’s recordings to the silent footage he had collected.

MC5: A True Testimonial made its premiere on August 22, 2002, at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. Three weeks later it made its international premiere on September 11th at the Toronto International Film Festival. In November of that year, the film was awarded an “Honorable Mention” as a debut feature at the Raindance Film Festival.

During 2003 and early 2004, the film was shown at film festivals around the world. Critical reception was overwhelmingly positive. The New York Times described the film as “riveting”; The Boston Globe said it was “everything a rockumentary should be and usually isn’t”; and The Washington Post called it “one of the best movies of the summer”. Wayne Kramer, the MC5’s guitarist, said it was a “wonderful film” and John Sinclair, the band’s one-time manager, said Thomas had done “a fine job”.
In 2007, Time Out London ranked it #48 on a list of the “50 Greatest Music Films Ever”.

In April 2004, Kramer sued Legler and Thomas. In his suit, Kramer alleged that Legler and Thomas had promised he would be the film’s music producer, an assertion the film-makers denied. With the lawsuit, distribution of MC5: A True Testimonial ended and plans for a DVD release in May were canceled. In March 2007, the court ruled in favor of Legler and Thomas, and the Court of Appeals upheld the decision on appeal. Nevertheless, MC5: A True Testimonial has not been released on DVD, although in 2011 the film-makers began a fund-raising campaign to pay for rights to the band’s music.


The band Wilco have announced a new documentary called Every Other Summer, which focuses on Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. According to a press release, the documentary “offers a peek into the festival’s utopian vibe and the positive impact it has had on the small rust belt town in The Berkshires where it takes place”. Watch the trailer below.

Every Other Summer was directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty. The documentary was filmed at the most recent Solid Sound Festival (2013) and featuring performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, and The Relatives. Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman, and others also make appearances.