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Led Zeppelin in Full Flight on Video

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Alright, alright! 3/4 of Led Zeppelin are reforming for a special one-off concert on November 26th and I suppose the question has to be: will this be more like the Page/Plant tour, which I thought was great or the Live Aid/Atlantic Records reunion which everybody agress was horrible.

I personally think that they will pull out all the stops and rehearse like bastards for this sucker knowing that this is probably the last time they will ever play together. I certainly hope so as I remain a huge Zeppelin fan despite the fact that I can’t remember the last time I listened to them.

NME has put together a very cool Top 10 Led Zeppelin Video Moments that you can use to revisit their glory days. At least in Novemeber Page won’t be all strung out on smack!

Later.

Mark

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Heavy Metal in Baghdad

heavy-metal-in-baghdad.jpgBlabbermouth has an excellent piece on an interview done with Suroosh Alvi, the director of the documentary film Heavy Metal in Baghdad. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival focuses on the band ACRASSICAUDA (Latin for “Black Scorpion”) which is the only heavy metal band in Iraq (can you imagine?). You can download the trailer in quicktime format here.

Did you know that Iraq is the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis? I know that I didn’t.

Update! The band are currently in hiding in the US for fear of their lives if they go back to Iraq. Read all the details in the Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Daily article Iraqi Heavy Metal Band Ask for Help as They Fight to Survive.

Later.

Mark

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Rockin’ With Hef

dvd-playboy-ml.jpgDuring the Swinging Sixties, few people swung more than Playboy magazine publisher, Hugh Hefner. In 1969, Hef offered the public a chance to vicariously experience a piece of his swinging lifestyle by launching a TV show called, “Playboy After Dark.” Set in his penthouse, or possibly a studio tricked out to look like one, “Playboy After Dark” was essentially a big cocktail party presided over by a very genial Hef.

A typical show featured a mixed crowd of fifty or sixty people milling around or lounging on couches drinking, smoking, and carrying on like they were having a great old time. The older guests wore suits or evening gowns, while the young people favored bell bottoms, paisleys, love beads, and headbands. There was always a celebrity guest or two to be interviewed, as well as some of the popular musical acts of the day, including Deep Purple, Steppenwolf, James Brown, The Grateful Dead, and Iron Butterfly.

Clips of some of the musical performances are now available on Youtube, and they provide some tasty little nuggets of pop culture history. It’s positively surreal to see a very clean-cut Hef in his tuxedo “rapping” with the musicians and self-consciously uttering the occasional “groovy” and “far out.” Interestingly, some of the artists played live while others lip-synched for some reason. Either way, though, it’s a lot of fun to watch some legendary names in rock and roll, often sporting some truly wild get-ups, back in their early days. To check them out, go to Youtube.com and search for “Playboy” and any of the band names listed above. Enjoy!

By Wayne Wayne, the world’s foremost authority on the legendary band The Modest Lads

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Mods and Rockers Film Festival 2007

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The 8th annual Mods and Rockers Film Festival will take place July 13 – August 1, 2007 at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Film highlites include the rarely screened What’s Happening! The Beatles in the USA, acid comedy Skidoo, Led Zeppelin Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Monterey Pop (celebrating its 40th anniversary), Don’t Look Back and more. Plus there will be a huge, free open-air concert including a cover band that will recreate the sites and sounds of some of the best from Monterey Pop.

Always a good time so if you are in LA in July you should try and check it out. All the details are at the Mods and Rockers website at http://www.modsandrockers.com/.

Later.

Mark

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The SxSW Bigger Picture Film Series

bw-film-reel.jpgSxSW is touring America this summer and fall with an amazing concert film series called The Bigger Picture. Featuring everything from concerts in intimite club locations to full scale productions, the film features concerts by bands like The Polyphonic Spree and The Bravery with more bands and locations to be added.

Check out the full schedule and line-up at their website http://www.thebiggerpicture.us/sxsw.html

Later.

Mark

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Monterey Pop 40th Anniversary Screening in New York

Further to the whole 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love theme there will be a screening of D.A. Pennebaker’s landmark documentary Monterey Pop at the IFC Center on June 5th at 7:30 PM in New York City. You can get more info at the excellent Cinema Retro.

Later.

Mark

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Trailer for “Girls Rock – The Movie”

Here is the trailer for the upcoming Girls Rock – The Movie. Don’t believe for a minute girls that you can’t rock with the guys. If you roam around this very site you will see plenty of examples from Joan Jett to the Dollyrots to the Atomic Swindlers to Leigh Silver of women who not only rock, they rock with attitude. Don’t give up the good fight!

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Mark

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Roky Ericson Documentary to be released on DVD July 10, 2007

rokyerickson_2.jpgThe truly eccentric Roky Ericson, the man behind the legendary 13th Floor Elevators is the subject of the documentary You’re Gonna Miss Me which is set to be released in theatres June 8th. Ericson’s tale is one that delves heavily into drug abuse and schizophrenia but he is still with us and is slowly making more and more public appearances. CMJ has a list of screenings of the film kicking off this month if you can’t wait for the DVD.

Later.

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Cool Video: Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones in 1969

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Free bubblegum documentary screening in Venice, California on March 14, 2007

I recieved this e-mail from Kim Cooper of the amazing Scram Magazine and thought it looked interesting. If any of you out there have a chance to attend let me know how it was!

7 DUDLEY CINEMA at SPONTO Gallery, 7 Dudley Ave, Venice, 310-306-7330, Free!

www.81x.com/7dudley/cinema

Come early – seating is limited

WED., March 14, 7pm preshow: Author Domenic Priore, Luxuriamusic.com DJ Becky Ebenkamp and anthology editor Kim Cooper screen LA’s rare back-door hit Shrimpenstein! Ostensibly a children’s puppet show (adult satire in disguise), this ’66 KHJ-Channel 9 warper featured booze & LSD jokes. Local fans included the Rat Pack & Rod Serling.

8pm. BUBBLEGUM MUSIC IS THE NAKED TRUTH! (’05, 93min) Based on Kim Cooper and David Smay’s book, Kier-La Janisse’s compilation of prepubescent pop from ’67 to ’72 features rare footage of the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Archies, Ohio Express, The Sweet, The Bay City Rollers, the Banana Splits, the Wombles & the Jackson 5 Cartoon. It dismantles the worst myths about how bubblegum is produced and identifies the gum tendencies of artists as varied as the Sex Pistols, Abba, the Monkees and the Ramones.