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Once Beatlemania properly hit the United States, the commerciality of pop music began to dawn on film producers, who by the time the swinging sixties properly became a "thing", clamoured for any potential act to help boost the chances of their productions. Published at the end of October 2016 is the new book by Simon Matthews which covers this phenomenon, and shows just how widespread it seemed to be. Psychedelic Celluloid - British Pop Music in Film & TV 1965 - 1974 is a well-researched and detailed look at UK film, TV and music during that period.
The publishers note that it was "a time when no film or TV programme was without a group, singer or fantastic soundtrack - and London was briefly the film capital of the world. Containing individual summaries of over 120 films, covering everything from John Barry to Pink Floyd via Blow Up, the Electric Banana, Serge Gainsbourg, Magical Mystery Tour, David Hemmings, Kubrick, Godard, Jodorowsdky [BD note: his adaptation of Dune was due to have a Floyd soundtrack] and the London cast of Hair. With comprehensive listings of over 500 related features, documentaries, TV programmes and shorts, an unforgettable trip through the swinging 60s."
It certainly comes as a surprise the breadth of films which are included, although a few are straight concert/festival films so to my mind, don't necessary fit with the main body of material. Having said that, for fans of the acts in question, it might prove useful to have a guide to these. In terms of the Floyd, there are a lot of good examples included within the pages of this book. Indeed, one of the seeds that led eventually to this book, was research by the author into The Committee, recently released again as part of Pink Floyd The Early Years 1965-1972 box set.
Pretty much all of Pink Floyd's film related material is covered, and films with bits of their music in (such as The Touchables) are also included - some of these will not have been mentioned in Floyd tomes before.
With regard to other artists there are some genuine surprises (for me, at least), such as the Bee Gees' peculiar sounding 1970 film, Cucumber Castle. Some of the oddities within do make one want to investigate further, although that's surely the point of such guides.
A lively, well illustrated and fun book to dip in to, with a concise writing style that doesn't take the subject matter too seriously (an impossible task with some of the fare within); you can get your copy now through the following direct links: Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon France, Amazon Germany, Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. Using our Amazon links also helps us hugely with ongoing site running costs and we really appreciate it!
Titled "Roger Waters: Us + Them", the tour - which could run to some 200 or so dates, going by interview comments - promises "stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things... Probably 75 per cent of it will be old material and 25 per cent will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It'll be spectacular like all my shows have been".
A recently published interview in the UK's Uncut magazine noted that Roger's new album is scheduled "for an early May release in advance of Waters' first tour date" and naturally we'll keep you appraised of any firm news about this. In the meantime, just published is this short video from the studio, with a very 'Have A Cigar'-esque vibe about it. Could it be from the new album, or just a new arrangement of a song to be heard on the tour?
Our very best wishes go to Guy Pratt today (January 3rd), who is celebrating his birthday. Born in London in 1962, son of the actor Mike Pratt from Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Guy took to a career in music, which lead to his first world tour whilst still a teenager!
Working with the likes of Bryan Ferry and Robert Palmer lead to him being noticed by David Gilmour, who invited Guy to play for Pink Floyd in 1987. This lead to work with other major artists such as Madonna and Michael Jackson, but Guy has stayed loyal to David, performing alongside him up to the most recent tours, including David's 2015-2016 Rattle That Lock tour that concluded in London's Royal Albert Hall.
Life as a musician on the road, and in the studio, inspired Guy to write his hilarious "My Bass And Other Animals" book, an essential read for any Floyd fan. He has toured his memories in a tour of the same name, and has also developed adaptations of the show. Whatever your interests in music are, the book (as with his solo, stand-up shows) give a mind-boggling and hilarious look at life with various musicians. There's plenty of detail within the pages of his Floyd life, so well worth taking a look.
As noted last week, "Guy Pratt is The Sideman" - his latest one-man show, celebrating Guy's 30 years as the bass player of choice for the heavyweights of rock and pop, including Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Robert Palmer, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bryan Ferry, Jimmy Page, David Coverdale, Womack & Womack, and The Smiths, is back for another performance next month.
The show (with a live set by Willow Robinson, and a DJ set by Gus Robertson) takes place from 9pm on Friday, February 10th at Juju's Bar & Stage, which is part of the Old Truman Brewery complex on London's Brick Lane. Tickets are a bargain £10 (plus fees) from Seetickets.com.
Many happy returns, Guy, from all of us at Brain Damage!
Following his performance of the show on December 13th in Dubai, "Guy Pratt is The Sideman" is lined up for another unmissable performance, this time being held in London in February 2017.
For those who aren't aware of this show, in February 2013 Guy performed in a packed, sold out Komedia in Brighton for the first night of a then new tour, presenting "Guy Pratt is The Sideman". The one-man show celebrated Guy's 30 years as the bass player of choice for the heavyweights of rock and pop, including Pink Floyd, David Gilmour, Robert Palmer, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Bryan Ferry, Jimmy Page, David Coverdale, Womack & Womack, and The Smiths.
His one man show is all about life at the pointy end of the music business; Guy regales audiences with at times jaw-dropping stories from behind the scenes - the real truth about being on the road or in a recording studio! His self-deprecating wit is irresistible and his rip-roaring anecdotes have to be heard to be believed. With frequent musical examples courtesy of his beloved vintage Fender bass, and a electric guitar and amp combo, the Brighton audience clearly had a great time, even coercing Guy into an encore for the extended show. Similar scenes were found on the rest of that tour, three years ago now.
Due to popular demand, the show is performed on occasion still, and you have an opportunity early next year to catch it, in London. The show (with a live set by Willow Robinson, and a DJ set by Gus Robertson) takes place from 9pm on Friday, February 10th at Juju's Bar & Stage, which is part of the Old Truman Brewery complex on London's Brick Lane. Tickets are a bargain £10 (plus fees) from Seetickets.com.
A very interesting little treat has now appeared online - a five and a half minute video looking at the construction and preparations for David Gilmour’s concert in Wroclaw, Poland, on June 25th this year, which was televised live in that country.
The video, below, gives a sense of just how many things need to be considered and sorted out for a show of this scale, with the added complication of the broadcast. Well worth a watch…
As we previous reported on March 5th 2016 (and first mentioned on our site at the end of 2015) Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera receives its world premiere at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada on March 11th 2017, with subsequent performances taking place through the month.
Due to the popularity of the show, some additional performances have now been announced, and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com. For more information on Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera and other events, visit OperaDeMontreal.com.
The press conference for the series of performances was held at the Olympic Stadium, the scene of the infamous spitting incident which inspired The Wall. "It was unpleasant," said Waters. "I accept that. I was unpleasant. The audience was unpleasant. But it clearly had an effect on me and the story I tell is that it had some impact on me creating this piece of theatre, which is extremely valuable to me.
"I was pissed off or disaffected because of a large number of people who, with all due respect to the population of Montreal, were drunk and not really paying much attention to what was going on on stage and some kid was scrambling up the front [of the stage] and I think that I spat at him. I realised I was at the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing. And I needed to express that I didn’t feel human and we all want to feel human. My response to that was to write a show that involved building a huge wall between me and the people that I was trying to communicate with.
“At the end of the day, The Wall is about a journey from spitting in someone’s face towards a position where love becomes more important and our responsibility to those that share this planet with us becomes more important than our desire to engage in things that make us richer.”