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Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Announce 2019 World Tour

Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band Announce 2019 World Tour
Ringo Starr is hitting the road next year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his All Starr Band. Joining him will be Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham, drummer Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart. It’s essentially the same lineup as the 2018 All Starr Band, though Stuart (who toured as an All Starr in 2006 and 2008) is taking the place of 10cc’s Graham Gouldman.

The All Starr Band tours began in the summer of 1989 when Ringo went out with Joe Walsh,
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Waltz’ Will Get A ‘Masters Of Cinema’ Release In November

Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, the legendary rock documentary featuring some of the world’s greatest musicians, will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as a part of The Masters of Cinemas Series from 12 November 2018. It will also be presented with a Limited Edition Hardbound Case and a 100-page perfect bound collector’s book [3000 copies only].

Perhaps the greatest rock documentary ever made, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz captures what was advertised as legendary rock group The Band’s final farewell concert appearance. Joined on stage by more than a dozen special guests, including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters and Joni Mitchell, The Last Waltz started as a concert, but it became a celebration.

Interspersed with candid discussions between director Scorsese and members of The Band, The Last Waltz has been called “the greatest rock concert movie ever made – and maybe the best rock movie,
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Carrie Underwood, Seth Ennis

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Carrie Underwood, Seth Ennis
A stunning performance by Katty Mattea, a punky collaboration between a respected drummer and genre-bending country singer, and an anthemic message by Carrie Underwood make up the 10 songs you need to hear this week.

The Get You (Featuring Kacey Musgraves), “Pretty Good”

Taking a break from his gig as Sheryl Crow’s drummer, Fred Eltringham steps up to the microphone for his first album with the Get You, a lo-fi garage band specializing in reimagined cover songs by Harry Nilsson, Lucinda Williams and other songwriters. Here, he turns John Prine
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Review: The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink’ 50th Anniversary Box Set Puts a New Shine on an Old Classic

Review: The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink’ 50th Anniversary Box Set Puts a New Shine on an Old Classic
Recorded on the quick by Bob Dylan’s former backing musicians in New York and L.A., but spiritually located in an unglamorous Catskills basement, The Band’s 1968 debut is a loose record, casual by design. That’s exactly why stoners, scholars, scruff lords and tambourine freaks keep returning to Music From Big Pink after all these years. Listen to “Tears of Rage” and you’re right there in the dream: Someone’s delivering a darkly significant monologue (“We carried you in our arms/On Independence Day…”) while your hosts
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Album Review: The Band’s ‘Music From Big Pink: 50th Anniversary Edition’

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Some albums become life companions. The Band’s “Music From Big Pink,” which celebrated the 50th anniversary of its release on July 1 and gets a deluxe-reissue next Friday, is such a record.

I haven’t been without a copy of “Big Pink” since the day I purchased it — good lord — a half a century ago. From the first, it was a work that demanded deep listening, and more than one copy got severely gored from repeated plays over the years. In 2017, I got reacquainted the album as I wrote the script for the Wild Honey Foundation’s benefit concert performance of “Big Pink” and its self-titled 1969 successor, a show that featured The Band’s brilliant keyboardist Garth Hudson as its special guest.

The lavish golden-anniversary reissue of “Big Pink,” which comes from Universal Music Group’s catalog division, features a new remix created by Bob Clearmountain, along with a CD version of the remix,
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Unreleased Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan Songs Lead Appleseed Recordings Comp

Unreleased Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan Songs Lead Appleseed Recordings Comp
Unreleased cover songs by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan and Tim Robbins highlight the massive compilation celebrating the 21st anniversary of protest music label Appleseed Recordings.

In addition to Springsteen’s take on “We Shall Overcome,” Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots and Branches exclusively features the rocker’s rendition of the Pete Seeger folk classic “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song).” Morello contributes his version of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” while Donovan covers Joan Baez’s “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

John Wesley Harding, John Stewart,
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Bob Dylan Album, ‘Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances,’ Due This Month

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Bob Dylan Album, ‘Live 1962-1966: Rare Performances,’ Due This Month
Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings today announced that it will release a new compilation of Bob Dylan recordings, “Live 1962 – 1966: Rare Performances from The Copyright Collections,” on July 27, digitally and on CD.

Most of the performances on the album have been previously available only on the extremely limited edition “50th Anniversary / Copyright Extension” albums, three highly-collectible compilations of rare early Dylan recordings released in 2012, 2013 and 2014 in order to prevent the recordings from becoming public domain; the relevant copyright laws have since been changed.

The album features recordings from the artist’s coffeehouse era, his 1963 breakout concerts at New York’s Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, a duet with Joan Baez from the historic March on Washington, performances from his European and world tours of 1965 and 1966 (backed by members of The Band), selections from the 1964 and 1965 Newport Folk Festivals and more.

Bob Dylan is slated to perform at the Fuji Rock Festival
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Hudson: New Jazz Group Features Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield Covering Dylan and Hendrix

Hudson: New Jazz Group Features Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield Covering Dylan and Hendrix
New York’s Hudson River valley has a long history as a haven for artists either fleeing the exhausting grind of New York City or seeking to the area’s natural beauty. It’s where Bob Dylan retreated for an extended retreat following his (possibly exaggerated) motorcycle crash in 1966, it’s where Van Morrison conceived of Moondance, and it’s currently home to — among others — jazz musicians Jack DeJohnette (drums), John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards, of Medeski, Martin and Wood) and Larry Grenadier (bass), who formed the newly-organized collective Hudson. People is pleased to premiere their version of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,
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2017 Golden Globes: Suck-Ups, Movie Stars and Meryl Streep in Rage Mode

2017 Golden Globes: Suck-Ups, Movie Stars and Meryl Streep in Rage Mode
Here's to the Golden Globes – what other award show would bring Meryl Streep onstage for a lifetime-achievement tribute and then have the orchestra salute her with Abba's "Mamma Mia"? A perfect moment to sum up everything the Globes stand for: finding the cheese lining in any artistic cloud. That's the saving grace of this dippiest and drunkest of award shows. Nobody cares who wins; all that matters at this TV party is locking the stars up together in the Beverly Hills Hilton, getting them ripped on free booze and
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Why the Band's 'The Last Waltz' Is the Greatest Concert Movie of All Time

Why the Band's 'The Last Waltz' Is the Greatest Concert Movie of All Time
"This film should be played loud!" It's a cliché now, a concert-movie disclaimer that's become the equivalent of that hippie-dippy tagline from those Freedom Rock compilation ads ("Well, turn it up, maaaaan.") But in the late Seventies, when it first flashed onscreen in all white font against a stark black background before the credits of The Last Waltz, you knew it meant business. Keep moving that volume knob clockwise, folks. Let the needle swing into the red.

And then we begin at the end, with the weary members of the
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New to Streaming: ‘Louder Than Bombs,’ ‘Neon Bull,’ ‘By the Sea,’ ‘Zero Days,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A War (Tobias Lindholm)

In only his second outing as sole director after 2012’s acclaimed A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm is commanding unusual levels of respect and anticipation with A War – undoubtedly earned with the establishing of a very personal brand of filmmaking, rooted in observation, deliberate pacing and a terse directing style. Viewers familiar with his previous film, a hostage drama detailing the hijacking of a
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‘The Last Waltz’ Interview: Watch Martin Scorsese And Robbie Robertson Discuss The Concert Film In 1978

‘The Last Waltz’ Interview: Watch Martin Scorsese And Robbie Robertson Discuss The Concert Film In 1978
The Last Waltz” is a Martin Scorsese-directed “rockumentary” that featured the rock group The Band’s farewell concert appearance. The show was held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and included special guest performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and other rock legends.

The film, released in 1978, also had backstage interviews with band members Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson and to this day it is hailed as one of the greatest concert films ever made.

Watch: Martin Scorsese Sends Fan A Video Message Praising Montage Of His Work

In a vintage 1978 interview with Scorsese and Robertson, the duo discussed the success of the concert film and the fun they had filming it. The “New York, New York” helmer talked about how he used seven 35mm cameras all positioned around the stadium and didn’t get any audience shots.
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Mavis! Review [Philadelphia Film Festival 2015]

76-year-old Mavis Staples hasn’t run out of songs to sing or stuff to say. Mavis! depicts the legendary singer’s journey across genres and through decades of performances with clips from past and present. Much of Mavis! is spent in the lively and instantly delightful presence of the titular singer. Whether listening to her booming vocals or watching her warmly point and smile at someone in her audience, Mavis Staples makes for an endearing narrator for her own story. Despite the documentary’s lack of extensive details, Mavis! provides a comprehensive look at the vocalist’s life and career, punctuated by insightful talking head tidbits.

Tracing Mavis’ roots from her childhood years in Chicago through her more recent tours and collaborations with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, Mavis! looks beyond the music to profile The Staple Singers family and their position in a burgeoning civil rights movement.

One thing that
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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more
Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating
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SXSW Exclusive: Poster For Doc ‘Mavis!’ About Soul Legend Mavis Staples, Plus Watch The Trailer

Presumably you know the great Mavis Staples from her seminal R&B/soul/gospel career and her work in the legendary Staples Singers (“I’ll Take You There” is a great place to start, and you've probably heard it). If you don’t know the great Mavis Staples, director Jessica Edwards is here to help. Staples has found some contemporary appreciation in recent years due to collaborations with Prince and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (who also helped her complete Don’t Lose This, an unfinished album from her father, Pops Staples), but her legend gets its due in “Mavis!,” a documentary dedicated to her seminal career, her critical civil rights activism in the 1950s and 60s, and leads up all the way to her 2013 album One True Vine (also produced by Tweedy). The talking head testimonials in the doc feature a powerhouse group of contributors including Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt,
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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 40-31

Part of the list provides a few Best Picture nominees, a number of Oscar winners, and a childhood favorite that still pops up now and again. In reality, this list could be half-full of music documentaries, but for that reason, I stayed away from them. Plus, I did my best to include only films that really are musicals in every sense of the word. Plenty of films have lots of musical components, but only true musicals have performances in the film that truly drive the story forward. The songs in movie musicals have a purpose, if there could be a true definition.

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40. Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

Directed by Michael Apted

Signature Song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Michael Apted certainly has a dicey filmography, this probably being his best: a biographical piece featuring a breakout adult role from Sissy Spacek, winning her the Oscar for Best Actress.
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Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at age 69

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Songwriter Jesse Winchester dies at age 69
Toronto (AP) — Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. "Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning," the update reads. "Bless his loving heart." Winchester was born in Louisiana and raised around the U.S. South, but he didn't begin his music career in earnest until moving to Quebec in 1967. There, he began performing solo in coffee houses around Montreal and the Canadian East Coast. Winchester was a protege of the Band's Robbie Robertson, who produced and played guitar on Winchester's self-titled debut album and brought Band-mate Levon Helm along to play drums and mandolin. Winchester's second album, 1972's "Third Down, 110 to Go
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Song Premiere: David Bromberg - "Drivin' Wheel"

David Bromberg has collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Emmylou Harris, and there’s no telling how many records Americana fans may have unknowingly fallen in love with his influence. As a collaborator on much of Dylans’ Another Self Portrait and has also been hard at work on his latest solo effort. Only Slightly Mad, the forthcoming release from Bromberg, was recorded in Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, N.Y. and produced by old friend and Grammy-winner Larry Campbell. Listen to “Drivin’ Wheel” from Only Slightly Mad in the player below before the album’s release on Sept. 24....
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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: '2 Guns' & More

"The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It'd take you ten minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you're lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go." — Mel Gibson, 'Mad Max'

Greetings from the apocalypse! Hopefully this isn't the end, but I have to depart the sandblasted pages of this column for a brief sojourn across the wasteland. With a little luck, a lot of gasoline and the aid of a gangly autogyro pilot I should find my way back in a few months time, but until then enjoy this last weekend column … for now.

Friday, August 2

Pow! In Theaters

As I wrote earlier this week for Film.com, "2 Guns" will without a doubt take its place among the pantheon of extremely forgettable Denzel Washington action movies. Hell, the trailer could have been one of those parodies from the beginning of "Tropic Thunder.
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Band's Fans Just Won't Quit

Bridgeport, Conn. — The Gathering of the Vibes festival raises some challenging aesthetic questions: Among them, is it possible for a 1960s veteran with a long ponytail to wear tie-dyed shirt, shorts and socks without looking slightly silly, particularly if suffering from varicose veins?

And where else but a summer festival devoted in part to the legacy of the Grateful Dead would the practice of dancing in a bikini top and a long flowing skirt while keeping a hula hoop rotating on your hips catch on?

The festival, which concluded Sunday, draws roughly 20,000 exuberant celebrants to this faded industrial city on the Long Island Sound. It's held at Seaside Park, a beautiful 370-acre site, part of which was donated to the city by circus promoter P.T. Barnum, once a Bridgeport mayor.

The Vibes, which provides Bridgeport with a bit of a boost at a time when jobs are scarce, is one
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