Eagles: Farewell I Tour Live from Melbourne by Carol Dodds
Call Number: DVD M1630.18.E34 E342 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Elvis '68 Comeback by Elvis Presley
Call Number: DVD M1630.18.P74 E48 2006
Publication Date: 2006
From the Sky Down : A Documentary Film by U2Twenty years after the release of U2's Achtung Baby (1991), Davis Guggenheim charts the path toward this groundbreaking album. Guggenheim uses animation and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin alongside conversation to reveal what is now a key chapter in U2's career.
Call Number: DVD ML421.U2F76 2011
Publication Date: 2011
One Night Only by Bee Gees
Call Number: DVD M1630.18.B44 O54 2000Z
Publication Date: 1997
The 25th anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concerts by Joel Gallen
American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986Generally unheralded at the time, the early 1980s hardcore punk rock scene gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers were it not for hardcore pioneers such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat. Hardcore was more than music - it was a social movement created by Reagan-era misfit kids. The participants constituted a tribe unto themselves - some finding a voice, others an escape in the hard-edged music. And while some sought a better world, others were just angry and wanted to raise hell. American Hardcore traces this lost subculture, from its early roots in 1980 to its initial flameout in 1986.
Birth of Rock MusicU.S.A., the 1950s. A climate of racism pervades society —particularly in the South, where it is unthinkable that whites should listen to the same music as blacks. It is in this context that a new style of music appears. Afro-American rhythm and blues is adapted, and the result is rock ’n’ roll. However, for the moment, this music is mostly played by black artists for a black community. Then, in 1954, Elvis Presley walks through the door of the Sun Records studio. The young truck driver wants to give his mother a record as a present, so he records two songs, pays $4.00, and leaves with his record under his arm. Elvis Presley is spotted by the owner of Sun Records, enjoys a meteoric rise, and brings rock ’n’ roll to the wider, white American audience. After the United States, England gives the new style its second wind with, amongst others, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. And then hard rock and punk make their appearances. The rock movement goes beyond the realm of music and becomes a faithful ally in various young people’s protest movements. A young truck driver looking for a present for his mother started it all.
Bono: God's Favorite SonU2, led by the charismatic Bono, revolutionized the popular music scene in the 1980s, pulling it out of a post-disco slump and making it cool to care about the underdog, activism, and spirituality. This unauthorized biography of Bono uses previously unreleased footage, rare photos, and interviews with friends to tell the Irish rock star’s story, from his early days up to his international success in music as well as philanthropy. (60 minutes)
Green Day: Collector's Set (2 parts)This two-part documentary charts the success of Green Day from the early days of the band to the 2004 release of the "American Idiot." 2-part series, 60 & 75 minutes.
Jimi Hendrix: By Those Who Knew Him Best (Unauthorized)Jimi Hendrix: By Those Who Knew Him Best (Unauthorized) includes exclusive and previously unseen film footage and in-depth interviews with those that worked closely with Hendrix during his career, including family members who have never spoken before, childhood friends, producers, and other musicians. This fascinating and comprehensive program tells the complete and unauthorized story of the man widely considered one of the most influential rock and electric blues guitarists in the history of popular music and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. An innovative proponent of over-driven amplifier feedback, the wah-wah pedal, and experimentation with stereophonic phasing effects in rock music recordings, Hendrix was a radical to say the least; Rolling Stone ranked his three non-posthumous studio albums, Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland among the 100 greatest albums of all time. A must for any fan’s collection. (60 minutes)
Jimi Plays MontereyIn 1967, Jimi Hendrix’s electrifying performance at the Monterey Pop Festival launched his musical career in the States. This film showcases Hendrix’s complete festival performance with archival footage of his debut in the U.K.with his new band The Jimi Hendrix Experience. John Phillips of the Mama’s and Papa’s narrates Jimi’s rise from Jimmy James and the Blue Flames to his shocking performance at Monterey.
Led Zeppelin: Collector's Set series (2 titles)This two-part documentary is a visual celebration of Led Zeppelin, the astonishing music they made, the unforgettable shows they performed and the incredible lives they led as Britain's most successful group. Featuring one film that charts the story of the band's origins, and a second film that follows the rise and rise of Led Zeppelin proper. 2-part series, 63 & 92 minutes.
Mick Jagger: The Roaring 20sMick Jagger, as pivotal to the Rolling Stones as his songwriting partner and bandmate for almost 50 years, Keith Richards, is the subject of this film. This documentary film concentrates on Jagger's incredible life and career both within and without the Rolling Stones. Learn about young Mick, in his college days and his twenties, a period that for most fans exemplifies the band's golden years, during which they produced music of a staggering quality. From his first Rolling Stones performance at the Marquee Club in July 1962, Jagger’s swagger and musical chops made him an exciting and promising figure. By 1964, two polls rated the Stones as Britain's most popular group, outranking even the Beatles. Learn about the release of the albums December's Children (And Everybody's), Aftermath, and Between the Buttons, along with personal stories of drug charges and internal struggles about the direction of the band. (113 minutes)
Mighty Good: The Beatles—All You Need Is Love: A History of Popular MusicThis film features the birth of The Beatles to the death of their manager, Brain Epstein. The following artists are featured: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, George Martin, Allan Williams, Bill Graham, Donovan, Ravi Shankar, Roger McGuinn, the Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, Murray the K, the Beach Boys.
Monterey PopThe Monterey Pop Festival ran for three days in June 1967. For most of the five shows, the arena was jammed to bursting with perhaps as many as 10,000 people. The live performances were spectacularly successful. Janis Joplin, who was singing with Big Brother and the Holding Company, pulled out all the stops with a raw, powerful performance that helped establish her as the preeminent female rock singer of her day. The Who climaxed a brilliant set by smashing their equipment at the conclusion of “My Generation.” Jimi Hendrix (in the American debut of the Jimi Hendrix Experience) offered an awesome display of his virtuosity as a guitarist and as a showman, humping his Marshall amplifiers and then setting his Stratocaster ablaze. Another highlight was Ravi Shankar’s meditative afternoon of Indian ragas. And then there was Otis Redding, the dynamic soul man who turned in what many present believed was the festival’s best performance.