Monday, July 30, 2012

A Film about Jimi Hendrix

A Film about Jimi Hendrix (aka. Jimi Hendrix
Directed by: Gary Weis/ Joe Boyd/ John Head
Running Time: 98 min  Color   Date: 1973

This bio-documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix's death. Friends and prominent musicians like Pete
Townsend, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Buddy Miles comment on Jimi's life and his influence on rock music

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The London Rock And Roll Show

The London Rock And Roll Show
Directed by: Peter Clifton
Running Time: 84 min   Color   Date: 1973

The London Rock and Roll Show was a British-produced concert film chronicling a Rock and Roll Revival concert
held at Wembley Stadium in London, England in August 1972, includes an exclusive interview with Mick Jagger

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ladies & Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones

Ladies & Gentleman...The Rolling Stones 
Directed by: Rollin Binzer
Producer: Rollin Binzer/ Marshall Chess
Running Time: 80 min   Color   Date: 1972-74

A concert movie that was first released in 1974, filmed in 16mm by Bob Freeze and Steve Gebhardt,
during four shows in Fort Worth and Houston, Texas, during the band's 1972 North American Tour

A concert film taken from Rolling Stones 1972 North American tour. Some concerts were recorded in 32-track and the soundtrack was mixed in Twickenham Studios in England. The film was blown up to 35 mm with a "fluid gate" process for theatrical release. Initially, US theatrical run was released in "Quadrasound" and it was played in limited road show engagements. Limited engagements were conducted in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles before the picture was sold to Plitt Theatres which released the film in a "flat" screen monaural version. The movie was only commercially available in the early ´80s in Australia on VHS, besides the numerous bootleg copies been circulated elsewhere. On September 16, 2010, a newly digital re-mastered HD digital version of "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" was shown in select theaters in the US, presented by Omniverse Vision, Eagle Rock Entertainment and NCM Fathom. Also features an introduction by Mick Jagger, interviewed in summer 2010 at the London Dorchester Hotel. This film was released at selected showcase cinemas in UK the following day, on Friday 17, September 2010. On October, 2010, it was issued on DVD and Blu-Ray with bonus features, and also on a limited deluxe "Ladies & Gentleman...The Rolling Stones" edition box set.
Track listing: Brown Sugar/ Bitch/ Gimme Shelter/ Dead Flowers/ Happy/ Tumbling Dice/ Love In Vain/ Sweet Virginia/ You Can’t Always Get What You Want/ All Down The Line/ Midnight Rambler/ Bye Bye Johnny/ Rip This Joint/ Jumpin’ Jack Flash/ Street Fighting Man

?I can´t figure what´s that playback on stage during "Happy"?
On old boot videos and also on the new restored version, you can easily figure that´s definitely a pre-recorded track and vocals,
with Jagger missing some lines and more (ex.: 0:44 sec, just notice Jagger´s expression, but look carefully, there´s some more...).
Could be a promo-video for "Happy" on stage and without audience... but included it in the movie?
link below:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cocksucker Blues

Cocksucker Blues 
Directed by: Robert Frank   Producer: Marshall Chess
Running Time: 95 min   Color/B&W   Date: 1972

The Rolling Stones returned to the U.S. for a 1972 tour, they let photographer Robert Frank bring a crew of film
cameras along for the ride with the intention of releasing an honest, behind-the-scenes look at a band's life on the road.
The final cut was a bit more raw than the band had bargained for...

Of all the tours the Rolling Stones have made across North America, the 1972 tour is still remembered
as the most outrageous "Stones Tour Party" ever.
Cocksucker Blues is one-a-kind document of this tour, probably one of the very best rock tour movies
ever made, and never seen.
A look behind the scenes at a never-ending private party, with some songs tossed in, was so over the top that the Stones banned its release and obtained a court injunction against its distribution. For Robert Frank, the real performance was everywhere but the stage. He finally got the rights to screen the flick more than once a year.
Including excerpts of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (Burbank-rehearsal) interview with Marshall Chess, Jagger & Richards"Say It’s Not You""Fragile" (aka: "It’s Funny"), "Brown Sugar" (L. A. 11.06.1972, 2nd show)/ "Midnight Rambler" (Houston 25.06.1972, 1st show plus Fort Worth 24.06.1972, 2st show)/ "All Down The Line" (Seattle 04.06.1972, 2nd show)/ "I’m Free" (N. Y. City 25.07.1972, 2nd show)/ "Uptight /Satisfaction" (Philadelphia 21.07.1972, 1st show) plus "Happy" (probably L. A. 11.06.1972, 2nd)/ "Street Fighting Man" (New York City 25.07.1972, 2nd show) and more...
Available only on video or DVD in bootleg form, Cocksucker Blues has appeared on-line on the Flavorwire.com blog at August 19, 2009, but now´s banned also.

1988 ticket for a private screening of CS Blues

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lucifer Rising

Lucifer Rising 
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Running Time: 42:55 min   Color  Date: 1972

Lucifer Rising is a short film by director Kenneth Anger. Anger began filming around 1966, hiring a young musician named Bobby Beausoleil to act and compose the soundtrack. The film was abandoned in 1967 because Anger claimed the film footage had been stolen by Beausoleil. The film was completed in 1972 but was only widely distributed in 1980

This film embraces its demonic inspirations and energies, channeling an arcane series of references to Egyptology and the occult practices of Aleister Crowley and expressing their meaning in cinematic terms. Superimpositions, associative flash cuts, venetian wipes, seesaw tracking shots, a complex, oddly moving rock score by Bobby Beausoleil, and Marianne Faithfull are all woven into an effortlessly lucid stream of violence, sex, death and cosmic consummation. Lucifer Rising is a pure ritual, literally and figuratively.
Lucifer was originally played by Chris Jagger, but squabbling between him and Kenneth Anger led to Chris returning to London and Anger taking over the role.
The score for the movie was composed by the incarcerated killer Bobby Beausoleil, one of the infamous Charles Manson family killers. He was in jail when he made the score.
Originally Kenneth Anger wanted Jimmy Page to score the film but he didn't care for the music when Page finally delivered. A bearded Page makes a brief appearance gazing at a portrait of occultist Aleister Crowley. The special effects are courtesy of Wally Veevers who also worked on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Unauthorized 23-min Jimmy Page soundtrack 12" E.P. available via mail-order
Original Bobby Beausoleil soundtrack released in 1981 on "Disgust Records" label

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter 
Directed by: David & Albert Maysles/ Charlotte Zwerin
Running Time: 90 min   Color   Date: 1970

Documentary film chronicling the last weeks of The Rolling Stones' 1969 US tour, which culminated in the disastrous Altamont
Speedway free concert. The film was screened at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition

A commissioned movie, the preceeds from which are to help the Stones pay the costs of the free concert, Gimme Shelter stands today as a landmark documentary of a band and a generation on the edge of a decade(ence). What starts as an electrifying record of the Rolling Stones’ performances on their fiery 1969 American tour turns into a deeper, darker film of the events that culminate in the Altamont concert.
From the beginning, we see scenes of the Stones screening a rough cut of the film on an editing table, experiencing the chaos they created, and lets us know what´s to come in the devastating final. When the band finally makes it to Altamont, from the first shot you can sense the menace. The Hells Angels and the audience get increasingly wasted, and the Angels’ crowd control turns rough quickly, by the time the Stones come on, the crowd and the people who were supposed to keep order are openly fighting. According to reporters, no one tried to stop the Angels from beating the crazed girls and boys who climbed onstage or didn’t follow instructions; they were hit with leaded pool cues and with fists while the show went on... a mesmerizing but creepy film also.

A definitive new high-definition digital transfer of the uncensored thirtieth-anniversary version of Gimme Shelter was released by Criterion Collection in the early´2000s, including performances by the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969, including “Oh Carol” (2 different versions on video and on DVD) “Little Queenie" and “Prodigal Son" plus backstage outtakes and footage of the band mixing their album, audio excerpts from KSAN Radio’s Altamont wrap-up, an outstanding booklet and more. In November 2009, the "Get Yer Ya-Ya´s Out!" album was reissued with unreleased songs by opening acts B.B King and Ike & Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones. It includes a 56-page booklet and a DVD with bonus tracks:
Intro (Madison Square Garden); "Prodigal Son" (November 27, 1969: MSG); "You Gotta Move" (November 27, 1969: MSG); "Under My Thumb"  (November 28, 1969: MSG - first show); "I'm Free" (November 28, 1969: MSG - first show); "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (November 27, 1969: MSG)

Track listing:
Ike and Tina Turner
"I've Been Loving You Too Long"
Jefferson Airplane
"The Other Side of This Life"
Flying Burrito Brothers
"Six Days on the Road"
The Rolling Stones
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"/ "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
"You Gotta Move" 
(studio recording)/ "Wild Horses" (studio recording)
"Brown Sugar" 
(studio recording)/ "Love in Vain"
"Honky Tonk Women"/"Street Fighting Man"
"Sympathy for the Devil"/"Under My Thumb"/ "Gimme Shelter"

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly (aka. The Kelly Brothers) 
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Running Time: 99 min   Color   Date: 1970

Ned Kelly is an Australian film directed by Gregor Jordan, which portrays the life of Ned Kelly, his brother Dan, Steve Hart and Joe Byrne, in northeast Victoria, where they had formed a gang of Irish Australians in response to Irish and English tensions that arose in 19th century Australia. The film was premiered in 1970 and is mainly based on Robert Drewe's book Our Sunshine

The movie tells the story of Ned Kelly's life.
The Irish immigrant has lived in north-west Victoria all his life, but has never been very welcome by the authorities. The police always accuses him of everything they can think of and they keep harassing his family. When Kelly is fed up with the way everything goes, he forms a gang with his brother and two other men. They start robbing banks and even hijack an entire town for 3 days. All this violence leads to a man hunt organized by the police and when they kill three policemen, they are outlawed. Finally they take over a pub in Glenrowan, where they have a party with all the visitors, waiting for a train full of police to derail at a part of the track that they tore up. But the train is able to stop in time because someone warns them and what will follow is a battle on life and death between the police and the four gunmen...
Mick took the title role and contributed to the soundtrack on one song "Wild Colonial Boy".

Ned Kelly soundtrack features music composed by Shel Silverstein and performed by Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings
There´s also a Dutch 7" single by Fotheringay which Trevor Lucas sings on this song about Australia's most famous outlaw

'A Stone In The Bush'

A Stone In The Bush
Directed by: Mick Glasheen/ Martyn Sanderson/ John Allen
Running Time: 26 min  Color  Date: 1970

An experimental 16mm documentary on the making of Ned Kelly (filmed in Australia, July-September 1969).
A film which features some Rolling Stones songs over footage of Jagger goofing and flirting with fans between takes

Ned Kelly film programme

Monday, July 23, 2012

'On Stage'

Rolling Stones On Stage
Movietone/British Pathé   News-reel
Running Time: 8:23 min   Color   Date: 1970

The last of British Pathé news-film, with unissued footage and music of the Rolling Stones at the Saville Theatre, London, December 14, 1969. They perform 'Jumping Jack Flash', 'Carol' and 'Satisfaction' live on stage. In 'Carol' picture disappears by sound track continues. Include also shots of fans queuing up outside the theatre.
Old record (original negative) suggests material may date from 12/01/1970

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Popcorn - An Audio/Visual Rock Thing
Directed by: Peter Clifton/ Peter Ryan
Running Time: 85 min   Color   Date: 1969

This documentary consists a montage of promos, interviews and news footage, which moves from Katmandu to London's Royal Albert Hall; includes two interviews with Mick Jagger in 1967 and 1968, a preview of Arthur Lee plus Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Otis Redding, The Small Faces, The Bee Gees, Vanilla Fudge, Traffic along with other features as a Twiggy fashion show, Vietnam war pictures, surfers and Beach Boys music

Clifton was born in Sydney, Australia. He started his career filming clips for Top of the Pops and working with Andrew Oldham´s Immediate Records. One of his first experience in film production was What´s On The Flip Side?, a 45 minute 16mm b&w documentary on the Rolling Stones 1966 Australian tour, featuring a live performance of "I´m Movin´ On". He also directed and produced Now Time, a TV series broadcast in 1968, with 13 half-hour episodes about the swinging London scene, featuring The Rolling Stones, Procol Harum, Cream, Vanilla Fudge and more. Between 1967 and 1969, Clifton began assembling his first feature film, an experiment in music, colour and effects with performances by the Rolling Stones (actually the promos for "Jumping Jack Flash" and "2000 Light Years From Home"), Vanilla Fudge, the Bee Gees, Joe Cocker, Traffic, the Animals and others. Popcorn established Clifton as one of the leading live music film directors of the period. In 1971 he directed Superstars in Film Concert, shot in 16mm b&w featuring John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, and Ike and Tina Turner along with many of the same artists that appear in Popcorn. The same format was used again in Rock City (aka. Sounds Of The City) in 1973, with lot of the same material as before.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Invocation Of My Demon Brother

Invocation Of My Demon Brother 
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Running Time: 12 min   Color  Date: 1969

Experimental short movie, featuring strobe-like homoerotic/satanic imagery with several shots of the Rolling Stones and audience, notably some Hell´s Angels, at Hyde Park and an original synthesizer score by Mick Jagger, originally
composed for Anger´s "Lucifer Rising" film, recorded November 1968

Kenneth Anger - Still from Invocation Of My Demon Brother 1969

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Stones In The Park

The Stones In The Park 
Directed by: Jo Durden-Smith/ Leslie Woodhead
Granada TV (BBC)
Running Time: 60 min   Color   Date: 1969

Filmed by a Granada crew on July 5 1969 in front of an estimated audience of 50,000, it catches the band just two days after the death of founder Brian Jones. It's for the band's eulogy to Jones that the film has passed into rock history, a white-frocked Jagger reciting Shelley's poem 'Adonais' and then releasing 3,500 white butterflies into the audience

An hour long documentary about the day, rather than a strict concert film captures the Stones in musical and personal disarray. The live action is intercut with an interview conducted that same afternoon with Jagger, and some fascinating footage of London's basking hairies. Incredible how in 1969 in one of the largest events of its kind ever staged in the UK, an under-rehearsed band receives warm applause and gets this incredible response from the crowd. The gig marked the hurried debut of new guitarist Mick Taylor, and the first performance of "Honky Tonk Women". Film director Kenneth Anger did shot some footage at Hyde Park for Invocation Of My Demon Brother, also Peter Ungerleiden, who premiered Under My Thumb in New Arts Lab Camden, London, March 1970, a silent black/white movie with footage from the Stones and audience at Hyde Park concert.

- Midnight Rambler (part only) 
- interview with Jagger by Jo Durden-Smith 
- Street Fighting Man (part only) 
- Satisfaction (part only) 
- I'm Free 
- I'm Yours And I'm Hers (instrumental rehearsal) 
- Adonais (poem, spoken by Jagger) 
- I'm Yours And I'm Hers 
- Jumping Jack Flash
- Honky Tonk Women
- Love In Vain 
- Sympathy For The Devil
A new edition with fully restored sound/picture
and bonus stuff, was released in DVD in 2006:
- Mercy, Mercy/ Stray Cat Blues (part only)/ No Expectations (part only)
Interview with Jagger - "World In Action" Granada TV 1967
Interview with Charlie and Bill, Granada TV, Newcastle 1971.
French edition includes interview with Philippe Manoeuvre
and documentary 'Rolling With The Stones' on the French version