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Rock n Roll London

This short-ish film – 66 mins long – presented by the late and very affable Art Wood (d. 2006), brother of Ron, is recommended, especially for those interested in the early sixties London R&B scene that gave us the Stones. Very funny in parts, especially the scenes with a possibly inebriated Mick Avory (ex Kinks) […]

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Blur … do it again

‘I lead a very quiet life here,’ reports Blur’s Alex James in New World Towers, ‘then suddenly the phone’ll ring and it’s, like, oh you’re doing Hyde Park and its sold out … it’s like getting dragged off by an old girlfriend, and all mussed up and then spat back into my life again when […]

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Performance

Donald Cammell was hailed by some as a genius, but aside from Performance (dir. Donald Cammell and Nic Roeg), he only made another two films. This BBC documentary traces Cammell’s career from his early years as a portrait painter in 1960s London to his final days in Hollywood. Cammell himself, filmed shortly before his death, discusses his […]

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The Procurer

Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’roll Underworld ‘opens with its horrible subject, coming round after a severe beating. He is naked, bleeding, has had his head shaved and is bound to a chair which is in turn secured to a fifth-floor balcony railing above Kensington High Street, along which a CND march happens […]

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Jagger on film

Mick Jagger has been in more films than you might think – or want to remember. Here, from The Guardian, ‘Gimme celluloid: a history of Mick Jagger on film’, a look at his small screen and big screen exploits, which range from a terrible Ned Kelly to a sterling Performance.

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On Mt. Baldy

This engaging documentary was produced and filmed by a French artist, Armelle Brusq and filmed in Spring 1996 on Mt. Baldy and in Los Angeles. More details here from www.leonardcohenfiles.com: “The film describes the daily routines of the Zen monks at the Zen Center of Mt. Baldy: waking up early (2:30 or 3:00 am), marching together to […]