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Hot on the heels of the announcement that The Clash will be releasing the Sound System box set in September, and the late Joe Strummer having a small plaza named after him in Granada, filmmaker Nick Hall is attempting to enact some cosmic justice by finding out what happened to Strummer's long lost car. The film, I Need A Dodge!, examines Strummer's time in Spain during the mid-'80s, specifically his falling in love with a Dodge that he lost in a parking garage through some folly of errors (read: cocaine-induced confusion). With the film nearing completion Hall »
This cheerful film reconstructs the violent, deeply divided Belfast of the late 1970s and early 1980s through the career of the idealistic Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer), who opened a record shop called Good Vibrations to sell rock, folk and country music to express his belief in the redemptive power of popular music. He then went on to discover punk and publicise it as the sound that would unite rebellious, non-sectarian youth in Ulster, promoting it on his own label and ultimately receiving the blessing of John Peel and Joe Strummer. It's rather like an Irish version of Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People, and indeed both films are co-produced by Andrew Eaton. Richard Dormer is immensely likable as Hooley, and Karl Johnson brings a dour conviction to his father, an elderly disillusioned communist who finds spiritual victory in electoral defeat.
DramaPunkMichael WinterbottomJohn PeelJoe StrummerPhilip French
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- Philip French
“We wanted to strip everything down further, away from the showbiz theatricality of the glitter bands, and away from bluesiness and boogie. We wanted to be stark and hard and torn up, the way the world was,” Richard Hell writes in his recent raw autobiography, "I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp."
At the Metropolitan Museums of Art's upcoming exhibit, "Punk: Chaos and Couture," Hell is the first of seven "punk heroes" with a gallery showcasing their impact on the fashion world.
Hell rose to cult fame in the 1970s through his band Television. While the group didn't last long, Hell's ripped and safety-pinned clothes have immortalized him as an emblem of New York's seminal underground scene at the time.
Besides the group of seven, the Met's May show will present the work of 100 designers, tracing the original "do-it-yourself" punk looks scoured from dumpsters and junk drawers to contemporary »
- Leigh Silver
Jimmy Fallon won the Grammy award for Best Comedy Album for his album "Blow Your Pants Off" in the non-televised portion of the ceremony on Sunday.
According to a tweet from the "Late Night" host, Fallon was at the New York City tavern Molly's when he heard that he won.
We were at Joe Strummer's table when we got the news. #Mollys thank you!!!!! twitter.com/jimmyfallon/st…
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) February 10, 2013
"Blow Your Pants Off" is a collection of remastered and remixed versions of the comedy tunes Fallon performed on "Late Night." Most of the tracks feature the show's house band The Roots (who were also nominated for a Grammy for their album "Undun"). Several guest musicians, including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder, also appear on the album. »
- The Huffington Post
4 items from 2013
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