DVD

  • What Happened Miss Simone?

    WHAT HAPPENED MISS SIMONE? NETFLIX In a rush of blood to the head late last year I signed up for a trial month to the Australian version of Netflix and promptly discovered there was almost nothing I wanted to watch! There were numerous complaints that we were only getting a ...
  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers – Roxy, The Movie

    Reviewed by Roy Trakin.  Frank Zappa & the Mothers, Roxy: The Movie (Eagle Rock Entertainment) Frank’s son Ahmet introduced a screening at the Egyptian of this just-released DVD/CD collection of a 1973 concert at L.A.’s Roxy as the last project he worked on with his late mom ...
  • Straight Outta Compton

    By Roy Trakin.  Straight Outta Compton (Universal Pictures) Fellow South Central L.A. native F. Gary Gray’s fine music biopic of the groundbreaking gangsta rap group is an origin story that confirms the idea history is literally told by the survivors – both Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were very ...
  • A Poem Is A Naked Person!

    Les Blank‘s film about Leon Russell has just screened at the Melbourne Internatioanl Festival. Roy Trakin delivers his verdict. A Poem Is a Naked Person (Janus Films) The late, idiosyncratic, quintessential indie documentary filmmaker Les Blank, who passed away in 2013, has turned his attention to such subjects as Werner ...
  • Rolling Stones – Hampton Coliseum 1981

    By Roy Trakin.  The Rolling Stones – From the Vault: Hampton Coliseum (Live in 1981) DVD – (Eaglevision/ UMG) I’ve always insisted that the 1969 and ’73 Stones U.S. tours were when they were at their performing peak, but this one-time closed circuit pay-per-view special, co-directed by the late Hal Ashby, who filmed ...
  • The Byrd Who Flew Alone

    “Ultimately, Gene Clark’s story is a tragedy overshadowed by the triumph of his writing.” Reviewed by Brian Wise. The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs & Tragedies of Gene Clark (Four Sun Productions) In her introduction to the latest Poe Ballantine book, Cheryl Strayed writes about the ‘secret society ...
  • Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun

    By Brian Wise. THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN (EAGLE ROCK) By my estimation the Rolling Stones’ performing and recording career has lasted longer than the careers of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. That is serious longevity! When I saw the band in Las Vegas earlier this year I almost ...
  • Blokes You Can Trust!

    ‘In Seattle they are thought of as pioneers of grunge rock.’ By Brian Wise. COSMIC PSYCHOS – BLOKES YOU CAN TRUST (MADMAN) After I first saw this film at the Melbourne International Film Festival a few months ago I declared that it was the perfect example of how you should never ...
  • Springsteen & I

    By Brian Wise. ‘If you are not a Bruce Springsteen fan then it is probably because you have not seen him in concert.’ SPRINGSTEEN & I EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT If you are not a Bruce Springsteen fan then it is probably because you have not seen him in concert. Such ...
  • Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker

    Review by Michael Mackenzie Recently featured in the Backbeat Music Documentary section of the Melbourne International Film Festival, this film of an extraordinarily talented New Orleans pianist will also be showing at Don’t Knock The Rock in Los Angeles on September 1 and at Pop Montreal on September 25. New Orleans ...
  • THE GIRLS IN THE BAND

    THE GIRLS IN THE BAND TRT Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York last month was an eye-opening experience, not only because of the music but also because of the personnel on stage. On the first night, it was bereft of any women, apart from a lone backing ...