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Melody Makers: Should've Been There (2016)

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Melody Maker Magazine's Chief Contributing Photographer(1965-1975), Barrie Wentzell tells the story of the rise and fall of the magazine, which marked the end to a style of rock n' roll journalism that no longer exit's today.

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Leslie Ann Coles
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Credited cast:
Steve 'Abbo' Abbot Steve 'Abbo' Abbot ... Self
Pete Agnew Pete Agnew ... Self
Keith Altham ... Self - NME Journalist / Publicist
Ian Anderson ... Self - Jethro Tull
Rick Buckler Rick Buckler ... Self
Eric Burdon ... Self
Chris Charlesworth ... Self (as Christopher Charlesworth)
Glen Colson Glen Colson ... Self
Dave Cousins Dave Cousins ... Self
Roger Dean Roger Dean ... Self
Jeff Dexter ... Self - DJ, Club Promoter, Record Producer and Dancer
Judy Dyble Judy Dyble ... Self
Jill Furmanovsky ... Self
Ian Grant ... Self - Manager (The Stranglers, The Cult, Big Country)
Steve Howe ... Self
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Melody Maker Magazine's Chief Contributing Photographer(1965-1975), Barrie Wentzell tells the story of the rise and fall of the magazine, which marked the end to a style of rock n' roll journalism that no longer exit's today.

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The bible of rock 'n' roll


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"It's been the backbone of the British music industry forever." - Features Writer and Reviewer, Christopher Welch
27 February 2020 | by classicsoncallSee all my reviews

Well, maybe not forever, as the magazine ceased publication in 2000, a victim of changing times in popular music culture. But from it's first issue in 1926, Melody Maker magazine became a staple read for dance band musicians until it found a much wider audience with the success of rock music in the Sixties. Told primarily via the recollections of MM staffers and a handful of musicians, this documentary offers a huge array of photos taken by staff photographer Barrie Wentzel, with commentary by Wentzel, features writer Christopher Welch, and news editor Christopher Charlesworth. From the music industry side, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull and Eric Burdon of The Animals offer their perspective on the era that brought the magazine to prominence, and how it became the bible for performers of the era. In many cases, the magazine brought together individuals who might not have been aware of each other via the back page advertisements. If you were looking for a job, or wanting to book a gig, Melody Maker was the place to advertise your services, and it's fair to say a considerable number of bands might not have existed without the help of those ads. The DVD cover for the picture here on the IMDb title page has the sub-title 'Should've Been There', however if you're looking for it today, the copy I picked up at my local library looked the same, but had as it's sub - 'The Bible of Rock n' Roll'. You couldn't really go wrong in either case, as the film does a credible job of highlighting the history of one of music fandom's venerable trade papers.


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27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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