I’m pleased to announce that a whole raft of rock and punk DVDs have made their way over to the Music Library.
First up, we have two acclaimed concert films/documentaries from director, D.A. Pennebaker: David Bowie‘s farewell to his Ziggy persona, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Music Library DVD 137); and the Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Music Library DVD 141, DVD 142, and DVD 143), which includes the films Montery Pop, Jimi Plays Monterey, Shake! Otis at Monterey, and a disc of never-before-released outtakes. It includes performances by the Who, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Otis Redding, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, the Animals, and many others.
We also have two concert films by Martin Scorsese: The Last Waltz (Music Library DVD 146), and Shine a Light (Music Library DVD 145). The Last Waltz documents the final concert by the Band, and features an absurdly extensive line-up of guest stars, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, the Staples, Dr. John, and Ringo Star. It is frequently called the best concert film ever made. Shine a Light documents a 2006 concert performance by the Rolling Stones, and includes archival footage of the band as well.
Next, we have four DVDs about punk pioneers. Rude Boy (Music Library DVD 147) is part-scripted, part-killer-concert film that documents the Clash during their 1978 and 1979 “Clash on Patrol” and “Sort it Out” tours. End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Music Library DVD 140) is an award-winning documentary that follows the legendary New York band from their formation through their breakup and the untimely deaths of three of the four original members. The Filth and the Fury (Music Library DVD 136) tells the story of the rapid rise and fall of the Sex Pistols from the band members’ point of view. And finally, we have The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave (Music Library DVD 139), which includes performances and interviews from Snyder’s late-night talk show (he followed Johnny Carson) by such artists as the Jam, Patti Smith, the Ramones, the Plasmatics, and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
Last but not least, we have the 1979 Who documentary The Kids Are Alright (Music Library DVD 144), which uses archival footage of concerts and interviews to tell the story of the band. And the 2003 documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Music Library DVD 138), which shows the band as they audition a new bassist, record an album, argue, attend counseling sessions, and nearly disintegrate.