Category Archives: Films

Ain’t In It For My Health Review

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Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm Levon Helm is widely celebrated and beloved among musicians for his collaborative and joyful attitude (unlike Ginger Baker, whose documentary I covered last week), but for the only documentary about the legendary drummer of the Band, it shows a surprisingly very different side of Levon Helm. The film covers the recording of his first album in 25 years, the eventually Grammy Winning Dirt Farmer, but more importantly his ongoing

Beware of Mr. Baker Review

Beware of Ginger Baker Documentary Review

Few embody the rogue spirit of rock ‘n’ roll quite like Ginger Baker. When people think of maniac behavior from rock stars, legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker comes to mind alongside Johnny Rotten (who considers Baker a hero), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Moon, and John Bonham (both of who Baker has resentment towards). Unlike Bonham and Moon, Baker is a look at what happens to a wild rock star when they don’t flame out and die at a young age, but

Muscle Shoals Review

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There would never be rock ‘n’ roll without the South, and all the blues, New Orleans jazz, and country to come out of that region of the country. Thus, Muscle Shoals, the small Alabama town that holds the legendary Fame Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, makes surprisingly perfect sense as a setting for so much classic musical output.

Begin Again Movie Review

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Begin Again is a musical romantic comedy written and directed by John Carney, of Once fame.  The reviews were pretty good, most everything big studios have released this year has been trash, and I was itching to see a movie.  So why not give this one a chance?  On top of Begin Again being a halfway decent way to spend an hour and a half, it is also a guaranteed to please female significant others. Begin Again starts with down

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Review

Big Star Nothing Can Hurt Me Review

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Big Star had one of the biggest chasms between commercial success and critical praise, and because of that, they have become underground legends. While their music really should have appealed on a larger scale (I’m not sure why they couldn’t have seen the same success as power-pop brethren Cheap Trick), they certainly – like Velvet Underground – have their influence shown in how many bands they inspired,  including R.E.M., The Replacements, Wilco, and Teenage

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