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Wild in the Streets

Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones and Diane Varsi star in American-International's most successful 'youth rebellion' epic -- a political sci-fi satire about a rock star whose opportunistic political movement overthrows the government and puts everyone over 35 into concentration camps... to be force-fed LSD. Wild in the Streets Blu-ray Olive Films 1968 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring Shelley Winters, Christopher Jones, Diane Varsi, Hal Holbrook, Millie Perkins, Richard Pryor, Bert Freed, Kevin Coughlin, Larry Bishop, Michael Margotta, Ed Begley, May Ishihara. Cinematography Richard Moore Film Editor Fred Feitshans Jr., Eve Newman Original Music Les Baxter Written by Robert Thom from his short story "The Day it All Happened, Baby" Produced by Burt Topper Directed by Barry Shear

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back around 1965 - 1966 we endured this stupid buzzword concept called The Generation Gap, a notion that there was a natural divide between old people and their kids.
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Readers recommend: songs about safety … and danger | Peter Kimpton

Hot spillages to electrifying risks, broken glass to scary stunts, name your songs that include details of physical danger and ways to stay away from harm

When the Mother Superior sang Climb Every Mountain, as a dreamy call to action to a despondent nun Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music, did she not consider that ropes, crampons, warm/waterproof clothing and a whistle to attract attention might be required? And when the Supremes released Up the Ladder to the Roof, and decades later, Lorde’s Ladder Song climbed up the charts, did none of them think to ask a friend to stand and hold the base during use, and that the model, whether wooden or aluminium, of step or folding variety, should comply with Hse standards INDG455?

Squeeze drank Black Coffee in Bed, but that careless bunch should definitely have been aware of the risk of spillage and scalding,
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Jack Bruce, Rip!

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Bassist Jack Bruce has passed on at the age of 71 of liver disease. No one lives forever, but he will always be best known for his power trio Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. I was fortunate enough to catch their reunion tour in 2005 at Madison Square Garden. I was blown away by Jack's bass playing and his strong vocals throughout. And this was a man who had survived liver cancer and a liver transplant just a few short years earlier. Certainly his legendary power trio was a tough act to follow, but Bruce has many albums in his discography both before and after his classic rock trio; not only with British blues bands such as Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc., the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and Manfred Mann, but a robust solo career, too. And in 1994, in an effort to recreate the energy and excitement of Cream,
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Atmospheric Horror film 'Haddie' currently in the works

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A new horror film called 'Haddie' is in the works. The film is currently in development and pre-production. Check out the details below.

Official Details:

On the night of the blood moon, there may be hell to pay. And that's where the couple inside feel they are. Hell. Trapped by things outside that they don't understand; animals or something more sinister? More evil. Add to the chaos outside; the chaos inside, with Debbie and Stephen arguing about money, and Debbie's sister arriving, drunk and horny for Stephen.

The film Haddie, which is between “in development” and “pre-production”, is a character-driven horror film, where Debbie and Stephen also have a strange meeting with a man at an abandoned gas station. And, are concerned that Haddie is not merely physically ill, but mentally as well. The film has a great cast attached:

The title character will be portrayed by Maria Olsen,
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How we made Ready, Steady, Go!

The makers of the pioneering 1960s TV pop show recall its barely controlled chaos, crazy camera angles and a green room packed with rock'n'roll royalty

Vicki Wickham, editor

Ready, Steady, Go! was dreamed up by Elkan Allan, head of light entertainment at Rediffusion TV, in 1963. He got a bunch of young people together who knew nothing about TV and gave us our heads. I came from BBC radio and didn't have a television at home so I'd never even seen pop on TV. My job title was editor but I was actually booker, producer, tea girl, everything. By the time we went on air, I knew how to get hold of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Elkan came up with the slogan "The weekend starts here" and we went through several theme tunes until we settled on Manfred Mann's 5-4-3-2-1. The Springfields played in the pilot,
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8 Reasons Why Bruce Springsteen Should Be Your Musical Hero

When people in the UK think of Bruce Springsteen they come up with little more than ‘Born In The USA’ and dancing with Courtney Cox. Maybe they say that his music is for flag-waving, working-class men or that he is a relic of the 1980′s.

Simply not true.

I want to show why he is more relevant and influential today than he has ever been. By looking at his legendary concerts, the E Street Band and the artists that hold Springsteen as one of their greatest influences, you will learn why a man in his mid 60’s is more relevant and important to modern music than you might think.

8. Great (And Some Not So Great) Artists Cover Him

Plenty of people cover an artist’s big hits but there is a depth to Springsteen’s work that many casual observers not have initially noticed. Many big acts have covered and
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'The Lords Of Salem' Soundtrack Features Rick James, Rush, Velvet Underground & More

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Rob Zombie is back behind the camera for his first feature since 2009's "The Haunted World of El Superbeasto," and if early word is anything to go by, his intensity and ability to scare hasn't weakened one bit. When we caught it at Tiff we said in our review that it's "compelling as it is because it’s driven by a creeping...sense of atmospheric dread." And while the soundtrack for his trippy witch movie will undoubtedly help that tone...it will also be funky.... Alongside the score cuts by John 5 & Griffin Boyce, there's Manfred Mann's "Blinded By The Light" and Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby" providing some FM flavor. And going further back, two classic cuts by The Velvet Underground. And if you need to get your prog rock on, Rush's seminal "Spirit Of The Radio" is here too. "The Lords Of Salem" soundtrack arrives on April 16th,
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Imaginary Words

Exactly a month ago today, I was at the Beverly Hills home of Richard Sherman, 83, one half of the great “Sherman brothers” who were the only songwriters ever put under contract by Walt Disney. (Richard’s brother Robert Sherman is now 85 and lives in London.) Over the course of a two-hour interview for a book that I’m writing about film history, Sherman regaled me with stories about the evoltuion of some of the most famous and beloved songs of our time — “It’s a Small World” (for the 1964 New York World’s Fair), “A Spoonful of Sugar” (1964, for “Mary Poppins”), “I Wan’na Be Like You” (1967, for “The Jungle Book”), and the list goes on and on.

One song that I was particularly curious to learn the origin of was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (1964, also for “Mary Poppins”) — how in the world, I asked Sherman, did he and his brother manage to
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How Ready Steady Go! soundtracked a revolution

Ready Steady Go!, the pioneering 60s pop show, takes to the stage as part of this year's Meltdown festival. Its producer Vicki Wickham recalls the impact – and fun – of the early years

Like the Beatles' first LP and sexual intercourse, you might guess the pioneering pop show Ready Steady Go! was a product of 1963, the year the 1960s started swinging at last.

With its youthful spontaneity, cool graphics and gleefully shambolic presentation (and you only had to watch the BBC's Reithian Juke Box Jury with your parents to see what it wasn't), Rsg! trailed the white smoke of the coming revolution. Its chirpy slogan, "The Weekend Starts Here" – a mantra for a hip new generation of teenagers with money in their pockets for clothes and records and going out – could equally have been "Everything Starts Here".

History has declared Ready Steady Go! a cultural landmark – for its live performances (miming
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Eric Clapton Plays Rescheduled Charity Concerts

It was better late than never for Eric Clapton recently when he played two charity concerts in Britain after the pre-Christmas snow caused the original dates to be postponed.

The legendary guitarist headlined two nights at the Cranleigh Arts Centre earlier this month as part of a star-studded lineup that included soul-singer Pp Arnold and former Manfred Mann frontman and show organizer Paul Jones.

Money from the shows went to Clapton’s Crossroads Centre – which he opened in 1998 on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua to help those who suffer from chemical abuse – as well as the National Deaf Children’s Society, the Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation and the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

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[Book Review] The Art of Hammer

To quote The Art of Hammer introduction (which quotes the poster for the Hammer Films flick Creatures the World Forgot): “They don’t make them like this anymore.” Bloody, heaving boobs, wild-eyed vampires, lusty werewolves – nothing promises such lurid poster art like a Hammer Films collection.

Edited by Marcus Hearn, The Art of Hammer is a collection of rare Hammer Films posters from the golden age of the British studio’s output of glorious B (and sometimes C or D) horror flicks, creature features and quickie-noirs. The surprisingly brief introduction tells you just enough about the book’s intentions and the studio’s history to ground you, then steps aside and lets the posters tell their story.

And what a marvelous collection it is. For fans of schlocky old horror flicks, Hammer Studios is nothing short of legendary. They gave the world the Dracula movies with Christopher Lee as
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Why I love High Fidelity

Glen shares his appreciation for the 2000 movie High Fidelity, and lists his favourite songs from its eclectic soundtrack…

There aren't many finer examples of films that marry together music and movies as perfectly as High Fidelity. In many ways it's the ultimate movie for music geeks.

For my celebration of this excellent film, I thought I would keep with the spirit of High Fidelity and provide a couple of top five lists to show why I love it, and my top five tracks that feature in it...

Top five reasons why I love High Fidelity

5. Breaking the fourth wall

Characters in films addressing the audience can be a tricky one to get right. Sure, there are notable examples of where this works brilliantly, but get it wrong and it can come across as both cheesy and distracting.

Happily, High Fidelity is an example of where this works brilliantly, as Rob
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MTV's World Cup Of Rock: England Vs. South Africa

It's MTV's World Cup of Rock! The World Cup is the greatest sporting event on the planet, a super-sized stage where legends are born with every strike of the ball, where infamy is just a moment away and where the dreams of millions live or die by the minute. That's why, in the spirit of the 2010 MTV Musical March Madness competition, we've created "The World Cup (Of Rock)," a FIFA-style tournament that takes 16 of the biggest nations — rock-wise (sorry Algeria) — and pits them against one another to determine just which is the most rockingly awesome. Heavyweights like the U.S.A., England, France and Germany are all here, but so are a handful of surprisingly strong sleeper countries. As the Cup progresses, we'll be unveiling the match-ups, and it's up to you to vote your favorites through. In the end, only one nation will be left standing: the world champion of rock.
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Kick-Ass needs its own kick-ass music

Instead, Matthew Vaughn's rather good new superhero movie is lumbered with soundtrack snippets from 28 Days Later and Sunshine

Don't get me wrong, I loved Kick-Ass. From beginning to end the film is a joy, a pleasant surprise to someone like me who had been massively unimpressed with Matthew Vaughn's previous movies, Layer Cake and Stardust. Both those films seemed to be the work of a director who had surrounded himself with a highly talented cast and crew while displaying no directorial presence himself: as a director he made a great producer. While they seemed smug and complacent in their competence, Kick-Ass is far more assured, with much more verve and character. It's up there with Iron Man and The Dark Knight as one of those superhero movies that does so much right that it'd be churlish to even mention any shortcomings. So, this is me being churlish.

In
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Twitter Giveaway: ‘Pirate Radio’ Official Soundtrack

It’s a crime that there are only a dozen or so films about, or involving, the world of broadcast radio. Not too many actually deal with the tribulations of censorship, though, which is where the upcoming film Pirate Radio comes in.

The film is about a group of rogue DJ’s on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic who broadcast a pirate radio station in the 1960s, despite the laws forbidding Rock and Roll…all for the love of music. Given the fact that the film is all about 60’s Rock, you can believe that the soundtrack is pretty killer, and you may get to win a copy!

Starting today, keep an eye on our Twitter account every week for a trivia question involving “Radio in The Movies.” The question may be the name of the radio station from Grosse Point Blank or the name of the epic band in Airheads,
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Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at 79

Rock pioneer Bo Diddley dies at 79
Bo Diddley, the rock 'n' roll originator whose signature "hambone" beat was repurposed by legions of acts from Buddy Holly and the Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and U2, died Monday at his home in Archer, Fla. He was 79.

Diddley had a heart attack in August, three months after suffering a stroke while touring in Iowa. Doctors said the stroke affected his ability to speak, and he had returned to Florida to continue rehabilitation.

Although he never attained the commercial success of many of his contemporaries, Diddley's status as one of rock's founding fathers is unquestioned. He helped create the sound by pushing R&B to untested limits in the early 1950s. The "Bo Diddley beat" -- Chink-a-chink-a-chink, a Chink-chink -- was his signature sound, deployed on such early classics as "Bo Diddley" and "Who Do You Love." Future rock staples that borrowed the beat include Holly's widely covered "Not Fade Away,
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Searchlight warms up to doc full of 'Heart'

  • I'd give anything to see my French-speaking grandmother sing some Radiohead. Fending-off buying offers from Warner Independent and Overture, Fox Searchlight PicturesFox Searchlight Pictures
[/link] won the derby for domestic distribution rights to the loveable documentary that audiences at the Los Angeles Film Festival awarded with the international feature audience prize. Searchlight paid a hefty sum of under $2 million for the doc – a rare buy considering that the distrib arm never deals with docu-form. Stephen Walker's Young @ Heart is about a Massachusetts seniors chorus that covers tunes ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Coldplay. When the Young@Heart began in 1982 the members all lived in an elderly housing project in Northampton, Ma called the Walter Salvo House. The first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of our members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16 year old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War.
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