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Lenny Kaye and Nazz singer Stewkey join Secret Cinema for NUGGETS: CELLULOID ARTYFACTS OF SIXTIES ROCK

Friday, February 16

8:00 pm

Admission: $6.00

Moore College of Art & Design

20th & Race Streets, Philadelphia

(215) 965-4099

On Friday, February 16, The Secret Cinema at
Moore College of Art and Design will revive a
special program last shown over six years ago.
NUGGETS: CELLULOID ARTYFACTS OF SIXTIES ROCK is a
unique hodgepodge of ultra-rare reels consisting
of various short films and television shows
showcasing mod, garage and pop music from the
mid-to-late 1960s. When we named that program
back in 2001, it was in naked homage to the
inestimably influential 1972 garage rock
compilation album of the same name. This year, we
are thrilled to announce that in addition to the
rare films, we will have with us the creator of
the original "Nuggets," Lenny Kaye.

Prior to his 30-plus years as Rock Hall of Fame
inductee Patti Smith’s chief musical
collaborator, Lenny Kaye was a prolific rock
critic and historian. He contributed to leading
rock periodicals, wrote legendary liner notes
(even earning mention within a Steven King
novel), and was one of a handful of rock critics
at the time to take serious interest in the
supposedly frivolous corners of rock history,
from doo wop to the previously-unlabeled genre of
garage rock. This work reached a pinnacle when he
compiled for Elektra Records a double-LP of what
were then considered regional obscurities and
"one hit wonders" of mid-late sixties rock,
titled NUGGETS: ORIGINAL ARTYFACTS FROM THE FIRST
PSYCHEDELIC ERA, 1965-1968. The collection
brought together great proto-punk singles by The
Electric Prunes, The Standells and The Seeds,
sides that had been recorded just a few years
earlier but had already been forgotten in the
wake of progressive rock and singer-songwriters.

NUGGETS insured that this music would never be
forgotten again. It first spawned a host of
similarly-named compilations of garage rock
(PEBBLES, BOULDERS, et al), and then Rhino
Records turned the name NUGGETS into something of
a sixties reissue franchise, culminating in no
less than three deluxe CD box sets of psych and
garage rarities. Lenny Kaye, meanwhile, moved on,
as leader of the Patti Smith Group, record
producer, teacher of a university class in rock
history, and author. His latest book is YOU CALL
IT MADNESS: THE SENSUOUS SONG OF THE CROON.

At NUGGETS, the film screening, Lenny Kaye will
discuss sixties rock and add his insightful commentary between films.

To make this an even more special event, we’ll
have Stewkey (lead singer and keyboardist of
Philadelphia’s greatest sixties band The Nazz) in
person to present a rare print of the promo film for "Open My Eyes."

As always, this Secret Cinema presentation will
be projected in 16mm film on a giant screen (that’s right, not using video).

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $6.00.

A few highlights of NUGGETS include:

GIRLS IN SHORT SHORT DRESSES (1966) – Paramount
made this topical film in the final days of the
theatrical short subject era, to capitalize on
the worldwide interest in then very-Swinging
London. It stars actual mod band The Thoughts,
who are best known to collectors for their
recording of Ray Davies’ otherwise unreleased
song "All Night Stand," on Shel Talmy’s Planet
Records label. In this previously unheralded
Technicolor film, they perform two songs in the
famous Blaise’s nightclub, and in a reverse on
the usual rock band scenario, THEY chase GIRLS
around tube stations and Carnaby Street
boutiques. The film also makes a visit to the
studio of fashion designer Mary Quant, inventor of the mini-skirt.

THE ECSTASY IS SOMETIMES FANTASTIC (1966) – Made
by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, this is
a rare cinema verite look at a working,
not-quite-made-it rock group. Toronto garage band
Jon and Lee and the Checkmates reveal all sides
of their world, from belting out James Brown
numbers in packed clubs, to going over
itineraries and accounting, to the crucial
business of getting the right haircut.

THE NAZZ: OPEN MY EYES (1968) – Rock videos
weren’t invented in the eighties; they’ve been
around since sound film was perfected. In the
sixties they were called "promo films," and this
was one of the better ones. Stewkey, the lead
singer and keyboardist of Philly’s greatest mod
band, will introduce this rare public screening
of his personal 16mm print (which is actually a
rare alternate edit of the clip MTV has
shown!).and be interviewed by Lenny Kaye, who
included this great song on the original Nuggets LP!

Plus clips from feature films and television with
music performed by The Standells, The Chocolate
Watchband, The Seeds, The Birds (UK), The
Marmalade, The Orphan Egg, The Zombies and more!

SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: http://www.thesecretcinema.com