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''Roots of Punk'' BBC Documentary from the early years of PUNK in the UK

Following M.Thatcher’s death today many media, artists and anonymous social media users the world over associate the years of her government in UK with the birth of punk music. 

According to an article of the blog h2g2.com, created on October 7, 2002 and updated on November 19, 2011’‘ In July 1975, Britain was in recession. Unemployment figures were the worst since the Second World War, with school leavers least likely to find work. Public spending had risen to 45% of national income and the optimism of the 1960s had faded away. Tabloid newspapers initiated scares about vandalism, education, pornography and sexuality in general, pointing to 1960s 'permissiveness’ as the cause. The IRA had begun a mainland bombing campaign in 1974. Margaret Thatcher had become leader of the Conservative Party in February 1975 and had begun formulating her own brand of Tory policy.

Many of the young people who became punks in the next few years were from impoverished working-class inner-city backgrounds. The social and political climate in which they had been growing up resulted in a feeling that was a mixture of frustration, boredom and poorly focused anger. It was inevitable that this would cause a tide of teenage resentment that would find a voice and, coupled with the increasing disillusionment with the complacency of established rock bands, it is not surprising that what emerged became what is now known as 'punk’.

 Consequently, many punk songs had angry lyrics that criticized the government, the media and Western society in general; for example, 'I’m so bored with the USA’ by the Clash and 'God Save the Queen’ by the Sex Pistols. The subjects of many other punk lyrics were boredom, teenage rebellion and independence and cynical parodies of love songs - recurring themes in the songs of such bands as X Ray Spex and the Buzzcocks.“

The documentaryRoots of Punk’’  is a BBC production on the history of punk music from its early years in the UK.

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Documentary ''Joy Division' dedicated to Ian Curtis

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 — 18 May 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980. Curtis, who suffered from epilepsy and depression, committed suicide on 18 May 1980, on the eve of Joy Division’s first North American tour, resulting in the band’s dissolution and the subsequent formation of New Order.

Curtis was known for his baritone voice, dance style, and songwriting filled with imagery of desolation, emptiness and alienation.

In 1995, Curtis’ widow Deborah published Touching from a Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division, a biography of the singer. His life and death have been dramatized in the films 24 Hour Party People (2002) and Control (2007).

Today,July 15th, Ian would celebrate his birthday so we took the opportunity to dedicate this documentary to him.We shall never forget him.

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Einstürzende Neubauten 'Listen With Pain' Music Documentary

Einstürzende Neubauten (German pronunciation: [ˈaɪnˌʃtʏɐtsəndə ˈnɔʏˌbaʊtən], “Collapsing New-Buildings” is a German industrial band, originally from West Berlin, formed in 1980. The group currently comprises Blixa Bargeld (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Alexander Hacke (bass, guitar, vocals), N.U. Unruh (custom-made instruments, percussion, vocals), Jochen Arbeit (guitar and vocals), and Rudolf Moser (custom-built instruments, percussion, and vocals).

One of their trademarks is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools, and noises, in addition to standard musical instruments.

The German avant-garde band celebrated two decades together with this absorbing documentary charting their career highs and lows. Best known for their experimental sound and homemade instruments, Einsturzende Neubauten is one of the most inventive groups to emerge from Deutschland. The film includes behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band members, who discuss their musical influences and philosophies.

Watch this outstanding documentary in two parts below

Part 1 (37:04)

Part 2 (57:11)

Mark Lanegan Interviewed By John Robb @ Hebden Bridge Little Theatre 24 Jan 15

Mark William Lanegan (born November 25, 1964) is an American alternative rock musician and singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington, Lanegan began his musical career in 1984, forming the grunge band Screaming Trees with Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel. During his time in the band, Lanegan also started a low-key solo career and released his first solo studio album, The Winding Sheet, in 1990. Since 1990, he has released a further six studio albums and has received critical recognition and moderate commercial success.

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Documentary film ''Kurt and Courtney''

Kurt & Courtney is a 1998 documentary film by Nick Broomfield investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain, and allegations of Courtney Love’s involvement in it.The documentary begins as an investigation of the circumstances surrounding Cobain’s death and the theories which sprung up afterwards. Cobain was legally declared to have committed suicide but has been alleged by some who worked on the case, to have been murdered, in some allegations at Courtney Love’s instigation.

You can watch this 1:34:37 long documentary online below

Documentary ''Paris is Burning''

Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.

Upon its release the documentary received rave reviews from critics and won several awards including a Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, a Berlin Film Festival Teddy Bear, an audience award from the Toronto International Film Festival, a GLAAD Media Award, a Women in Film Crystal Award, a Best Documentary award from the Los Angeles, New York, and National Film Critics’ Circles, and it also was named as one of the 1991’s best films by the LA Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Time Magazine and others. 

20 years later, Paris Is Burning remains an organizing tool for queer and trans youth; a way for scholars and students to examine issues of race, class, and gender; a way for younger ball participants to meet their ancestors; and a portrait of several remarkable Americans, many of whom have died since the filming of the movie.

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Daft Punk- Electroma (The Film)

Daft Punk’s Electroma is a 2006 film by French musical duo Daft Punk. The plot revolves around the quest of two robots (the band members, played by Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich) to become human. The music featured in this film is not by Daft Punk, which is a first for the duo after their previous film and home video releases, D.A.F.T. and Interstella 5555. While initially receiving mixed reviews, theatrical screenings of the film have since been well received.

Watch online this fantastic 1:09:32 long film below

 

Rare Music Documentary ''The Stone Roses - Blood on the Turntable - War of the Roses''

Before you enjoy this rare music documentary on Stone Roses ‘’ the band who defined the baggy era’’, let us all dedicate a few minutes to read some of their quotes selected from the interviews they gave to various media as years were going by (Source: The Telegraph, 18.10.11)

John Squire, interviewed for The Cut in 1989:

“What do I plan to be doing in 10 years’ time? Lying in a hammock drinking mango juice. —-ing.“

Ian Brown, interviewed in Smash Hits in 1990:

“Everybody is a star. It’s true. And if you’ve got a light, don’t let it go out. ‘Cos some people sink under…”

Mani, on giving an interview to the Big Issue to mark their 1994 comeback instead of NME:

“Hopefully, it will establish a trend and make all those comfy, complacent music journalists work a bit harder. After all, they’re just a bunch of sixth-formers who’ve spent too long pogoing around their bedrooms with tennis rackets. Their views and opinions are no more important than anybody else’s.”

John Squire, interviewed in Melody Maker in 1987:

“None of us has ever considered this band as a hobby. We got together with the deliberate intention of composing classic songs and that’s just about what we’ve done.”

Ian Brown, interviewed in Melody Maker in 1989:

“We’re all anti-royalist, anti-patriarch. Cos it’s 1989. Time to get real. When the ravens leave the Tower, England shall fall, they say. We want to be there shooting the ravens.”

“You do a gig in London and you get people from Coventry or Southampton chanting 'Manchester! Manchester!’ But there are a lot of —-ers in Manchester.”

Ian Brown, at the Reading Festival press conference following Squire’s departure:

“John felt his power threatened. It was all a bit too much for him. He was on a power trip. Good luck to him, whatever he wants to be, but we’ve got some other ideas now.“

And now, here you go with the video (Duration: 56:00)

Music Documentary ''Live Forever - The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop''

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How much of a Britpop fan are you? Blur or Oasis? Has Britpop changed the history of music?

No matter what your answers are, watch online this superb music documentary to discover everything one must know about this extraordinary music genre that,if not else, has produced some of the best music anthems ever:-)

(Duration > 1:19:48)