Jazz: The TV Mini-Series Directed by Ken Burns I’ve heard people talk time and time again about Ken Burns documentaries, but I’m actually not sure I’d ever seen one. Burns is sort of PBS’s documentarian extraordinaire, as he has done documentary series on everything America including baseball, the Civil War, national parks, and much more. Burns is so patriotic in his work, I bet there is a 12-part series on apple pie coming soon. Describing jazz as the only true
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Music biopics are cat nip for Oscar voters. Biopics like Ray, Dreamgirls and Walk the Line have been showered with love from the Academy, but for whatever reason, Get On Up, Tate Taylor’s (The Help, Winter’s Bone) James Brown biopic, is getting very little Oscar buzz, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it got completely snubbed. Why is this the case? Well I have three reasons I think Get On Up isn’t getting the attention it deserves. 1. Get On
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
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
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.