Behind-the-scenes footage to document the production of one of John Lennon's most enduring works. A fluid context of conflict, community, and craftsmanship.
Published in Video of the Week
Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:40

A Short Biog of King Curtis (1934 - 1971)

Curtis Ousley was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1934. He learned to play the saxophone and was influenced by alto sax players; Earl Bostic and Louis Jordan; and tenor sax players; Illinois Jacquet, and Arnett Cobb. He started his professional career playing sax with Lionel Hampton before moving to New York City in 1953. Curtis worked under his own name and played tenor sax with Horace Silver’s jazz group.
Published in Music
With Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, Roger Waters. Shot by movie maestro Peter Whitehead, this film features rare full length performances from the classic late 60's Pink Floyd line-up at Sound Techniques London & material from the legendary '14 hour Technicolor Dream' extravaganza in April '67 at Alexandra Palace. The footage includes performance art by Yoko Ono and a Sgt. Pepper era John Lennon taking in the festivities (John and Yoko had not met then).
Published in Video of the Week
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 19:53

Music Press: The Mersey Beat (1960 - 1964)

The Mersey Beat was a fortnightly newspaper started by Bill Harry and his partner in 1960. The purpose of the broadsheet was to cover the emerging beat scene of the sixties in Liverpool. An early “Gig Guide” the Mersey Beat was full of information about the groups, photographs and who was appearing and where.

Published in Music
Monday, 06 November 2017 16:37

The Conflation of Music and Drugs

Music & narcotics have went hand in hand since the days of blues singers such as Harlem Hamfats with their partiality towards the occasional jazz cigarette.
Published in Culture
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 14:36

Jimmie Nicol The Forgotten Beatle

Regardless of how talented a musician you are, luck plays an important part in climbing the greasy pole to success in the record business.
Published in Music
The Beatles, The Fab Four, The Mop Tops, John, Paul, George and Ringo, the band that doesn’t need any introduction.
Published in Film


The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band may or may not still be the “greatest rock album of all time,” but—as the presenter in the documentary above remarks—it most certainly is “an extraordinary mirror of its age.
Published in Video of the Week
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 10:49

Thinking about John Lennon 35 Years on

On the 9th Dec 1980, I had a cold, not a bad cold, but enough for my mother to say I was not well enough to attend school.
Published in Music

The Day John Lennon Died (documentary 2010) is a look at Lennon and his death through archival footage and interviews.
Published in Video of the Week
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