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Sonic Outlaws (1995)

Not Rated | | Documentary | August 1995 (USA)
Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on ... See full summary »

Director:

Craig Baldwin
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Credited cast:
Lloyd Dunn Lloyd Dunn ... Tape-beatles member
Chris Grigg Chris Grigg ... Negativland member
Mark Hosler Mark Hosler ... Negativland member
Don Joyce Don Joyce ... Negativland member
Doug Kahn Doug Kahn ... Himself
Casey Kasem ... Himself
Alan Korn Alan Korn ... Himself
Richard Lyons Richard Lyons ... Negativland member
Paul Neff Paul Neff ... Tape-beatles member
John Oswald John Oswald ... Himself
Josh Pearson Josh Pearson ... EBN member
David 'Weatherman' Wills David 'Weatherman' Wills ... Negativland member
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Within days after the release of Negativland's clever parody of U2 and Casey Kasem, recording industry giant Island Records descended upon the band with a battery of lawyers intent on erasing the piece from the history of rock music. Craig Baldwin follows this and other intellectual property controversies across the contemporary arts scene. Playful and ironic, his cut-and-paste collage-essay surveys the prospects for an "electronic folk culture" in the midst of an increasingly commodified corporate media landscape.

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USA

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English

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August 1995 (USA) See more »

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Excellent documentary on sampling / cut ups + much more
22 October 2008 | by sckmodeSee all my reviews

Craig Baldwin's Sonic Outlaws is one of the best documentaries i've seen, a psychedelic blending of media commentary / music politics. Even if you aren't a fan of these bands or never heard of them, this is an essential film about subversive electronic music and social satire using mainstream media outlets. The band Negativland is put on full display here, and their infamous troubles with Island records resulting in a career breaking lawsuit are well documented. The whole film is presenting in the style of a noisy cut up, jumping back and forth between taped telephone calls and sonic distortion to the talking heads and archive footage. Anyone interested in sampling, copyright laws, media criticism, noise, or video art should put this one on their 'to see list'


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