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Good DVDs available from Greencine about cult/"obscure" musicians
Topic by: JHernandez1
Posted: January 4, 2005 - 12:19 PM PST
Last Reply: January 11, 2005 - 4:10 PM PST

author topic: Good DVDs available from Greencine about cult/"obscure" musicians
post #1  on January 4, 2005 - 12:19 PM PST  
documentaries, concerts, and whatnot. Not necessarily dramatic films.

Last night I watched (and mailed back to GC today) Devo's The Complete Truth About De-Evolution and it's great and pretty essential, though also strangely depresssing.

Jandek on Corwood is decent. The man himself would never particpate in such a thing, so there's nothing in this you wouldn't learn by spending 20 minutes perusing the website about him, but it's still cool that a documentary exploring the mystique was made. And the phone interview clip is priceless.

And my queue is closing in the currently orange, Half Japanese: The Band Who Would Be King documentary that I've been wanting to check out for awhile, but never got around to it.

Any others? Feed me queue fodder.
post #2  on January 5, 2005 - 9:22 AM PST  
These don't totally fit, but I really enjoyed both Billy Bragg & Wilco: Man in the Sand and Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns.

larbeck would want us to mention Nektar - Live 2002.
post #3  on January 5, 2005 - 4:49 PM PST  
I've heard great things about Genghis Blues.
post #4  on January 5, 2005 - 4:58 PM PST  
> On January 5, 2005 - 4:49 PM PST DLeonard wrote:
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> I've heard great things about Genghis Blues.
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I second that; Genghis Blues is a fantastic doc.

Of course, there's Stop Making Sense, but I'm sure you've seen that already.

What about Athens GA Inside Out? Kind of quaint now, I guess, but still interesting.

I wish Urgh! A Music War would come out on DVD. Maybe this will be the year.

post #5  on January 7, 2005 - 8:07 PM PST  
Well, there are the two Sun Ra DVD's
Space Is the Place (highly recommended) and Cry of Jazz
There's a documentary about Charles Mingus.
Deep Blues has "cult" bluesman RL Burnside jamming with Dave Stewart (yes, of Eurythmics)
Maybe the Richard Kern films?
GG Allin?

I hope and pray that The Decline and Fall of Western Civilization is on its way out.

post #6  on January 7, 2005 - 10:09 PM PST  
urban struggle: battle at the cuckoo's nest (awesome doc featuring classic live footage of black flag, circle jerks, [the real]vandals) i haven't been able to find this on dvd just yet though.

slayer: war at the warfield (the interviews with the fans are good enough!)

iron maiden: live after death -or- rock in rio

black sabbath: the black sabbath story (available here in greencine. the creators of all things metal.)

G3 live: get to watch three of the best axemen in the world (satriani, malmsteen, vai) stroke their egos and axes on stage.

post #7  on January 9, 2005 - 7:07 PM PST  
THE FILTH AND THE FURY about the Sex Pistols is first rate, and it makes an excellent double feature with THE GREAT ROCK AND ROLL SWINDLE, the semi-doc, part animated totally crazy Sex Pistols film. Oddly, both are directed by Julian Templeton, and they contradict each other as to who was the real genius behind the band.
END OF THE CENTURY, the recent film about the Ramones is quite good, although, like the band itself, it starts to wear out its welcome towards the end.
On the other end of the musical spectrum, A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM, about the taking of a legendary jazz muscian photo (featured in last year's THE TERMINAL) is very good.
I've always wanted to see THE TAMI SHOW, with live performances from The Rolling Stones (When they were good), Chuck Berry, The Beach Boys, and a truly dynamic James Brown. I've only seen clips of this, and would like to see the whole thing.
post #8  on January 11, 2005 - 4:10 PM PST  
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