July 1, 2008 by A.C. Rhodes
music movie? Documentaries can be included as well as pop culture pics.
Category: Question of the Week
rock and roll high school
That was phenomenally fast. I’m taking Head and Easy Rider.
Probably Mean Streets.
“Probably” because a bunch of others come really really close. I’ll take that, however, as it’s the first music movie I saw that wasn’t a documentary that completely knocked me out.
Trainspotting. If that doesn’t count I’ll take Hard Day’s Night.
Super Fly (Curtis Mayfield), Black Caesar (James Brown), Purple Rain (Prince), The Virgin Suicides and American Pop.
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Scott stole my answer, Mean Streets, so I’ll go with Performance.
The Kids Are Alright
Ditto. The Kids Are Alright.
Almost Famous and Repo Man.
Repo Man, which I worked on (I was supervising assistant editor and a fresh film school dropout). And yes, I totally knew it was going to be one of the greatest punk cult films ever when I was toiling away over the Moviola.
Gimme Shelter is great.
and my favorite music doc.
(would be the the never-to-be-made doc.)
The Fortune Records Story!
-including live (& non-existent) video of
& Andre Williams!
Nice call putting that shot from ‘Head’ up top, definitely one of my favorites.
One I’m surprised hasn’t been mentioned yet is ‘The TAMI Show’.
I’d also include ‘Smithereens’, ‘Wild in the Streets’, ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains’, ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’, ‘Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii’, ‘Mystery Tain’, and ‘American Hot Wax’ (where’s the dvd of THAT??).
‘Wild Style’. Talk about a right-place/right-time movie — it still blows my mind how we went from that to Jay-Z owning Glastonbury.
‘Get Yourself a College Girl’ (1964): Leonard Maltin sez “Strictly for dropouts,” which neatly sums up the vapid “plot,” but the music, a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of the Animals, the Standells, the Dave Clark Five, the Jimmy Smith Trio, and Nancy Sinatra, is beyond fab!
And duh, one of my all-time favorite movies period, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’.
Urgh! A Music War
The Virgin Suicides
“The Mc5: A True Testimonial”, of course. No-one said anything abiout excluding unreleased movies did they?
Hard Days Night & Don’t Look Back.
Documentaries: Stop Making Sense, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party
Movies: Scorpio Rising, Mean Stteets, The Wanderers
1) Jazz On A Summer’s Day (1960)
2) The T.A.M.I. Show (1964)
3) The Big T.N.T Show (1966)
4) Heartland Reggae (1980)
5) Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Decline and Fall of Western Civilization I (II is great but so tragic)
I recommend Kenneth Anger’s “Rabbit Moon”- a surreal combo of surreal mime and doo-wop. It’s available on the recent collection The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 1.
Phantom of the Paradise
1. Hard Day’s Night
2. Purple Rain
3. Krush Groove
5. Lady Sings The Blues
The Blues Brothers…
i mean the original not the other movie by that name
also rude boy, though lacking in certain areas, has probably the best concert footage ever shot.
i forgot one…the harder they come; god, i love that movie.
There are a bunch of films featuring music (or musicians) that I have liked, including Blonde Venus, Princess Tam Tam, Frankie and Johnny, Funny Girl, Performance, Lady Sings the Blues, Nashville, Claudine, Saturday Night Fever, The Rose, Say Amen Somebody, Yentl, Basileus Quartet, Mo Better Blues, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Velvet Goldmine, Evita, The Full Monty, The Red Violin, and Melinda and Melinda; and my favorite is probably 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, which approaches the character, life, and music of Glenn Gould from different angles, including documentary and acted segments (and even featuring a segment in x-ray vision)…
A Hard Day’s Night
Monterey Pop (along with the complete Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding outtakes)
Stop Making Sense
4 1/2 STARS:
The Kids Are Alright
Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii (the original..not the lame “Director’s Cut”)
The Concert for Bangladesh
The Last Waltz
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