The iconic L.A. ‘X’ punk band – The Unheard Music: Silver Edition [short film]

The X Band

‘X’ the band

“…a vivid collage of sound, image and style […] that match the X band’s music: fast, dense, provocative, uncompromising.” – Richard Harrington, Washington Post

The iconic L.A. band X changed the face of punk music with their vibrant, original style. We see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make. As vital today as the day it was released twenty-five years ago, X: THE UNHEARD MUSIC, preserved by the Sundance Collection as a “seminal independent film,” provides an indelible record of underground America in the Age of Reagan. This innovative and unconventional film puts us inside the world of X using a striking, visionary style reflecting the uncompromising passion and raw energy of their music. Includes seventeen X classics from their critically hailed first four albums: “Los Angeles,” “Wild Gift,” “Under the Big Black Sun” and “More Fun in the New World.”

X: The Unheard Music takes long, detailed, and often funny look at the LA music scene of the late 70s and 80s and focuses on the group X that critics had singled out as the leader of the underground pack. The Unheard Music is a documentary that combines live footage of the band and interviews with the four members (as well as their friends and families) with surreal music videos and montages of newsreel footage and vintage television commercials which help to illustrate X’s uphill struggle against the music industry. Their story rings true even today. Bonus interviews and more.

Legendary punk band X play Under The Big Black Sun at the Paradise Nightclub, Boston MA on May 26, 2009.  Watch video below:

X (the band) – Under the Big Black Sun

X LosAngeles (1980) FULL ALBUM

X: The Unheard Music [Trailer]

Cast & Crew

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Jim Morrison Documentary Begins Production

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‘Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age’ looks into the late Doors singer’s life.

Jim Morrison will be memorialized in a new independent documentary that has started production. Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age will give a look into the life of the late Doors singer, examining his early years through his untimely death in July 1971 at age 27. According to Deadline.com, Before the End will feature interviews with Morrison’s family and friends, including his brother Andy Morrison and Doors roadie Gareth Blyth, as well as previously unseen home movies and photographs. Z-Machine filmmakers Jess and Jeff Finn are leading the project.

A B O U T

Before The End: Jim Morrison Comes Of Age

Wild Child. Erotic Politician. Young Lion.


The Shaman. The Lizard King. The Changeling.

Hippie Adonis. Bozo Dionysus. Mr. Mojo Risin’.

Amazing lyricist. Pretentious poet. Beautiful wreck.

The epithets affixed to legendary iconoclast Jim Morrison, many by his own tongue, reveal a genuine paradox: Morrison appears to have been whomever his audience demanded he be at any given moment. Nearly 50 years after he seized the zeitgeist amidst one of history’s most revolutionary decades, and based solely on his having fashioned [however ironically] the quintessential rock star prototype, his impact as a performer remains largely confined to the domain of parody. And yet Morrison’s electric ghost haunts each new generation. Such a persistent enigma deserves investigation. But where does that leave James Douglas Morrison, the human being? In the independent documentary film Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age, the spotlight is turned on the flesh-and-blood man behind the myth, as well as the boy who begat the man.

Jim Morrison is one of the twentieth century’s most mysterious and misunderstood figures. Morrison tore the seal off of reality and functioned as a blind taste tester for a counterculture that, through experimental daring and the questioning of authority, contributed immensely to societal evolution. But that was just one facet of his fascinating life. Following his reported death ofJuly 3, 1971, his brief chameleonic existence of 27 years left his legacy open to vast misinterpretation, a practice that continues to this day.

“WHOEVER CONTROLS THE MEDIA, CONTROLS THE MIND.” ~ JIM MORRISON

For almost a half-century, a mountain of media has accumulated in Morrison’s name. He is an enduring figurehead who was forged during the incendiary 1960s and is best known as the primal and profound singer-songwriter of The Doors. Foreshadowing the punk movement, Morrison screamed, incited riots, ingested hallucinogens, and drunkenly spat at his followers. He also crooned, gave erudite interviews, studied theatre and film, and strove to be acknowledged for his poetry. Endemic to controversy, with each passing year his notoriety only grows. So where does truth end and lore begin? Who was Jim Morrison, really? When did he choose to embrace such contradictory extremes? What set him on his mercurial personal journey? Why is he continually portrayed as a one-dimensional sex-drugs-and-rock & roll cliché? And is there actual proof of his death in Paris? With Morrison not present to defend himself, his methodology has been appropriated by the speculative powers-that-be.

The story of The Doors has been told numerous times. Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age documents Jim Morrison, with particular study given to his formative years, childhood through college, via the family and friends who experienced him as a person, as opposed to a persona.

The truly real Jim Morrison is finally coming into focus.

“A TRUE FRIEND IS SOMEONE WHO LETS YOU HAVE TOTAL FREEDOM TO BE YOURSELF.”  ~ JIM MORRISON

  • BTE features exclusive interviews with those who knew Morrison the boy and/or man, and not just the rock star myth: Jeff Morehouse, John Huetter, Jim Merrill, Bill Thomas, Randy Maney, David KatzSusan Seymour, Stan Durkee, Robert Delack, George Greer, Nick Kallivokas, Ron Cohen, Ina Massari, Richard Blackburn, Philip O’Leno, Rosanna Norton, and Katie Miller, among many others.
  • To date, most of those interviewed have elected to speak on-camera for the first time, including Jim’s brother, Andy MorrisonBill Adams, Morrison’s UCLA film instructor, Elizabeth Buckner, star of Jim’s first UCLA film, Bryan Gates, Jim’s Florida State University roommate, and Gareth Blyth, roadie for The Doors. In addition, hours of off-the-record conversations with Jim’s sister, Anne Morrison-Chewning, and his first serious girlfriends, Tandy Martin and Mary Werbelow, helped put puzzle pieces in place. And Alain Ronay, Jim’s friend who visited him in Paris just prior to July 3, 1971, has been very generous with his personal memories.

“Be Here to Love Me,” A Film About Townes Van Zandt

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BE HERE TO LOVE ME – A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT

 

473603_Be_Here_to_Love_Me_A_Film_About_Townes_Van_Zandt_2004As a musician, Townes Van Zandt was legendary – perhaps one of the greatest who ever lived, inspiring artists from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones to Steve Earle. As a man, a husband, and a father his life was as tragic and as beautiful as the songs he wrote. Townes was an enigma to his family, pinned between a deep longing for home and the nomadic lifestyle that was necessary for his livelihood. Director Margaret Brown’s Be Here To Love Me is an artful, expertly directed portrait of both of these sides of Van Zandt and ultimately serves as an insightful look at the sacrifices, challenges, and consequences faced in pursuit of a dream. Haunting and lyrical, Be Here To Love Me combines emotional interviews with friends and family with never seen footage of Townes Van Zandt

 

Released: September 13, 2004
Runtime: 99 mins
Genres: Biography Documentary Music
Countries: USA
Director: Margaret Brown
Actors: Bob Moore Emmylou Harris Kinky Friedman Kris Kristofferson Lyle Lovett Willie Nelson

 

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American Songwriter Townes Van Zandt – The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971–1972

Kings of Leon, Talihina (U.S.) – Documentary + Tour Dates

Watch Kings Of Leon perform On Call @ David Letterman Show in NYC

Kings Of Leon – Biography
Kings of Leon is a Grammy winning American rock band that originated in Talihina, Oklahoma but formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals). The group is named for their grandfather Leon from Talihina, Oklahoma.

The band’s early music was an upbeat blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually expanded over the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with a total of nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band’s albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the No. 1 spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, and “Notion” all peaked at No. 1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album itself was their first ever Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified Platinum nine times. The band’s fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010.

More about the Kings of Leon @ Wikepedia

The New York Times: Good Old Southern Rock, With Some Modern Touches

The New York Times:  Tony Kaye Film and Kings of Leon Documentary Added to NYC Tribeca Film Festival Lineup

DOCUMENTARY

This is not Tony Kaye’s film. This is another documentary about Kings of Leon.
Kings of Leon – Excess All Areas – HD Quality Documentary 1-4 parts

This is a LIVE performance of Kings of Leon in Arizona

Tour Dates
2013/5/11 – Napa, CA – Bottle Rock Napa Valley

2013/6/07 – New York, NY – The Governors Ball Music Festival – Randall’s Island

2013/6/12 – London, UK – O2 Arena

2013/6/13 – London, UK – O2 Arena

2013/6/16 – Nickelsdorf, Austria – NOVA ROCK 2013 – Pannonia Fields II

2013/6/19 – Frankfurt, Germany – Festhalle

2013/6/20 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena

2013/6/24 – Manchester, UK – MEN Arena

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Led Zeppelin @ David Letterman Show Dec 3rd

LED ZEP

John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

Will Led Zep perform on December 3rd show?

Jimmy Page on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Jimmy Page on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

November 30, 2012 3:15 PM ET

John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin will visit the Late Show With David Letterman when the show broadcasts from Washington D.C. on December 3rd.

The rockers, along with Letterman, are among the recipients of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, which take place December 2nd.

There’s no word on if the band will play on the show.

Rolling Stone
November 30, 2012

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Celebration Day records the two-hour performance the British band did on the main stage of London’s O2 arena at a tribute to long-time friend and founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun. About 18,000 ticket-holders saw the concert live, but it was filmed in HD and becomes a concert film directed by Dick Carruthers.

Trailer : Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day TRAILER (2012) – Concert Movie HD

Led Zeppelin – Kashmir – Celebration Day

The Rolling Stones: ‘Charlie is My Darling’ documentary trailer

The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 – Official Trailer

The Rolling Stones arrived in Dublin in September 1965 to play four gigs in two days. The band commissioned filmmaker Peter Whitehead to capture every moment. The footage was released as a movie. Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 has unseen footage of early Stones mayhem: boozy hotel-room jams, rabid stage-rushing fans and electric live performances of “Time Is on My Side,” “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and “Satisfaction.” “They sound like the Pistols in ’77,” says director Mick Gochanour. “It’s raw. You don’t get that sense from Hullabaloo and Shindig!”