Bob Gruen has captured fifty years of music as the world's foremost rock 'n' roll photographer. In this landmark documentary, Grammy award-winning filmmaker Don Letts explores Bob's life as well as his iconic work.
Explore the music tied to some of the most iconic moments in history - from the March on Washington to the riots at Stonewall, the moon landing to Hurricane Katrina - music has played an integral part in celebrating, criticising, and amplifying seismic events in collective history. September 11, 2001, forever lives in infamy for New Yorkers and all Americans. Billy Joel's New York State of Mind and Sister Sledge's We Are Family took on heightened new meaning of camaraderie. But the tragedy that united the country quickly divided it. Country music took centre stage as the politically charged music of the moment - with patriotism in the case of Brooks and Dunn, or in a pro-war message in the case of Toby Keith. When the Dixie Chicks found themselves caught in the crossfire after upsetting their fan base, it became clear that the wounds of 9/11 weren't quick to heal.
The showgirl, the jazzman, the spy, the ventriloquist. Every family has a story, but not quite like this one. You Only Live Twice - The Incredibly True Story of the Hughes Family takes us on an intimate, whirlwind journey through the ages, revealing the complexities and duality inherent within this prodigiously talented and eccentric clan who've pursued their passions on the world stage.
Raw and compassionate, full of elegantly staged live musical performances, this is the compelling story of Jimmy Barnes' migration to Australia, childhood survival, family, search for love and, finally, redemption.
HITRECORD on TV is a re-imagination of the variety show from director/creator/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who turns the spotlight on the countless artists from his global open-source online community - hitRECord - to create short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation and more! Each episode focuses on a different theme as Joe invites and encourages anybody with an Internet connection to join him and contribute.
Melbourne's Tivoli Theatre was a landmark in children's entertainment until it was closed in 2012. Meet the eccentric couple who fought the greedy property developers that threatened their magical world, in a battle to remain open.
From musicians, writers and artists to dangerous thinkers, political radicals and above all ordinary people, this is the story of London's immigrants, its bohemians and how together they changed the city forever.
This is a feature-length music film and artistic statement on the globalisation of warfare in the 21st century. Shot in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Uganda, it uses the powerful juxtaposition of documentary and music to explore warfare in the 21st century.
Hosted by James Corden, the Tony Awards honours theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway and this year it will broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The awards ceremony will include musical performances and celebrity presenters.
Brian de Palma's insightful sature on the 1970s rock world. Swan is a powerful and mysterious impresario who both steals a rock cantata from Winslow Leach and frames him for a crime he didn't commit. Now with a desire for vengeance, Winslow plots revenge and haunts the Paradise, Swan's lavish new rock club.
Fans loved it, Metallica and Dr Dre vowed to destroy it, and after three years plundering the catalogues of the music behemoths, Napster was bankrupt. But the story of the toll it took can only be told now. Napster's rocketing rise to global fame and its spectacular crash in the largest corporate lawsuit in history is chronicled in this insightful and fascinating documentary. Featuring past and present interviews with Fanning and Parker, as well as musicians Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, Beastie Boy Mike D and more, we reflect on the media circus surrounding music piracy's bloody birth.
Two of the most notorious unsolved cases in the history of American crime - the murders of renowned rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls - have been the subject of exhaustive investigations, relentless speculation, and a web of conspiracy theories and dark secrets. Featuring interviews with lead detective Greg Kading, witnesses, and information sourced from hundreds of police case files and taped confessions never before shown on film.
US hip hop duo Silibil n' Brains were going to be massive. What Sony didn't know was the pair were Scottish students, with fake accents and made up identities. A film about faking it in the desperate pursuit of fame.
Ivanhoe is a poor Jamaican man who lands a job as a reggae singer. Upon the verge of a hit record, he discovers the only way he can get a hit record is by signing away the rights and he turns to a life of crime and violence.
Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt introduces HITRECORD On TV's episode SPACE with an animated short film about a boy who can fly above it all, and features a visit to SpaceX, a transportation company that's trying to send humans to Mars.
In 1967, four unknown actors in a kids' TV show became the biggest pop band in the world. In America, they outsold Elvis and The Beatles combined. They were The Monkees. With their anarchic TV show and contagious pop songs they attracted a cult following that survives to this day. The Monkees were no ordinary band: they are credited as being the industry's first manufactured pop group. Behind the sugary smiles and bubblegum pop songs lay a cut-throat business enterprise fuelled by money, ego and the ambition of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. A business enterprise that, ultimately, was to end in tears. This program charts the rise and fall of this unlikely pop group, telling the inside story of four young men who were hand-picked to become overnight superstars, melting the hearts of teenyboppers around the globe and earning their creators huge record sales.
In this episode all about 'The Other Side' Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the hitRECord community show us the other side of arguments, relationships, celebrity and death. It features the macabre song about death called Adieu and a short film about the many sides of a story.
What better way to kick off HITRECORD ON TV's episode on 'fantasy' than with a big old fashioned musical number? Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and guest Tony Danza lead a fanciful kick line to celebrate this week's fantastical theme. The episode continues with an exploration into the neuroscience of fantasy and includes an animated musical twist on the familiar fairy tale, 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Two talented creatives from different fields come together to discuss their work. In this episode we meet singer, composer and actor Eddie Perfect, and award-winning poet, spoken word artist and writer Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Hurricane Katrina triggered the worst urban disaster in modern US history, threatening to wash away the birthplace of some of America's most influential music. The inadequate relief laid bare the deep racial and social divisions that had troubled New Orleans long before the storm. International artists such as U2, Kanye West, Green Day and Mary J Blige joined local musicians like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in benefit concerts and musical collaborations to help the city get back on its feet and ensure that its rich traditions would survive.
ABBA: Bang a Boomerang tells the inside story of Australia's colossal '70s crush on the Swedish supergroup ABBA and their music, and how this unequalled and enduring fan-worship changed them and us forever.
Sam Dunn is a 30-year-old anthropologist. He's also a lifelong metal fan. After years of studying diverse cultures, Sam turns his eye a little closer to home and embarks on an epic journey into the heart of heavy metal.
A verite documentary about legendary music festival (dubbed Zaire 74), and the experiences and performances of such musical luminaries as James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz, among a host of others.
Featuring visionary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and acclaimed and daring singer and songwriter Fiona Apple, who exploded on to the pop music scene in 1996 with her debut album 'Tidal' and the Grammy Award-winning 'Criminal'.
The sounds of 1950s Chicago spring to life in this musical drama based on the true story of Leonard Chess, a bar owner turned record mogul who signs a lineup of future legends to his fledgling label, Chess Records.
Sometimes we must fight in order to be free... Artifact is an award winning film by Jared Leto about the making of the Thirty Seconds to Mars album 'This Is War' and the band's battle against record label EMI.
Joe Strummer's untimely death in 2002 sent shockwaves around the music world and beyond, yet Joe's friends and family were determined that his spirit would live on. This film demonstrates how Joe's legacy is manifesting itself through a charity which helps aspiring musicians - Strummerville.
Director Scott Hicks continues his exploration of music-themed films with a new documentary. It is a story of passion, obsession and possession. A journey into a world of rarefied instruments and musicians who seek them out.
Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
Florian Habricht's witty, innovative documentary follows the legendary titular band (perhaps the smartest and most charismatic in all of BritPop) as they prepare to say farewell after 25 years of performances.
Featuring comedian and actor Dave Chappelle, best known as the host and star of the hit series "Chappelle's Show" on Comedy Central, and Dr Maya Angelou, an eminent American poet, memoirist and actress.
Through 20 years of archival footage and interviews with Kathleen Hanna, The Punk Singer takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.
The Loved One traces INXS' rise from Sydney bars and clubs to stadiums all over the world. Featuring interviews with many of Hutchence's close friends, family and contemporaries who share their personal memories of Michael.
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