Musical Traditions of the World













United States

Miscellaneous Music: United States/Canada

American Country and Western Music, American Folk Music

Cajun and Creole Music

African American musical traditions
Gospel/Religious
Blues
Soul/Rhythm and Blues/Motown
Rap and Hip-Hop
Jazz / Swing
Jazz Shorts 1920-1950
Jazz in feature films (Separate listing)
Miscellaneous African American music

International Rap and Hip-Hop

Rap/Hip-hop documentaries & performance videos
Rap/Hip-hop in feature films (Separate listing)

Native American musical traditions

Latino musical traditions

Hollywood Musicals/Musical Theater

Rock, Punk

Rock and Roll / Disco
International Rock and Roll
Rock in feature films (Separate listing)
Punk

Experimental and Avant Garde Music

Latin America and the Caribbean

Western Classical Music

Europe and the Soviet Union

Opera

Africa

Middle East

Asia

China, Korea, Japan
South/Southeast Asia, Oceania, Pacific Islands

Dance
Anthropology/Ethnography
Various area studies videographies
Movies About Music and Musicians
Online music databases (UCB users only)

The United States/Canada: Miscellaneous Music

Amazing Grace
Bill Moyers tells the story of this song, one of the most popular pieces of music in the English language, through the people who have sung it. He also tells the story of John Newton, once the captain of an English slave ship, who came to faith after surviving a storm at sea in the eighteenth century and wrote the lyrics which across distances of time and culture have become, when set to music, a courier of the spirit to millions of people. 1990. 88 min. Video/C 9908

American Roots Music.
Features historic and documentary footage of 20th century pioneering artists. A collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Experience Music Project, Palm Pictures and Ginger Group Productions.

Episodes 1 & 2. Episode 1 traces the emergence of roots music in America from its European and African origins through its maturation into American music genres including spirituals, blues, country and gospel. Episode 2 explores a period in which different strands of roots music became visible and commercialized through movies, television, radio and records.

Disc. 1. Episode 1. When first unto this country. Fisk Jubilee Singers; Recorded music; The Bristol sessions; Delta blues; The Grand Ole Opry; Gospel is born (60 min.) -- Episode 2. This land was made for you and me. Cowboy music & western Swing; Lead Belly & Lomax; Woody Guthrie; Bluegrass; Honky tonk; The blues & radio (60 min.). DVD 1637

Episodes 3 & 4. Episode 3 traces the continuing emergence of American roots music through a national awareness catalyzed by the folk and blues revival. Episode 4 focuses on the reassessment of diverse ethnic musics previously excluded from American folk music, and their inclusion in a redefined "American roots music."

Disc 2. Episode 3. The times they are a-changin'. Chicago blues; B.B. King; Golden age of gospel; The Weavers; The folk revival; Newport Folk Festival -- Episode 4. All my children of the Sun. Cajun; Zydeco ; Tejano; Native American; Nakai & Mirabal; Evolution of roots. DVD 1638

Berkeley Renaissance: A Reunion Concert and Poster Expo.
Country Joe McDonald, Terry Garthwaite, Barbara Dane, Mayne Smith, Barry Melton, Dave Fredrickson, Sandy Rothman, Stan Wilson, Alice Stuart...et al. Coverage of a reunion concert of musicians held at the Berkeley Veteran's Building Auditorium on November 27, 1993. Presented by "Country" Joe McDonald and the Berkeley Historical Society; a film by Harold Adler. DVD 6179

The Bhangra Wrap.
An energetic documentary about a vibrant South Asian youth subculture that fuses hip hop, rap and Bhangra music. Based in Toronto, Canada and New York City, Bhangra is a mix of old and new, and is symbolic of universal cultural transformation for new generations. 20 min. Video/C 4180

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Ceremonial Music of San Juan Pueblo: Butterfly and Turtle Dances.
A discussion with Cipriano Garcia (Pueblo), Peter Garcia (Pueblo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Composers Cipriano and Peter Garcia discuss cultural traditions of San Juan Pueblo and demonstrate the butterfly and turtle dances. 57 min. Video/C 6206

Chants de Sable et d'Etoiles: Chants of Sand and Stars
So you think you know Jewish music? This film literally goes to the four corners of the Earth to collect performances of sounds that make up traditional Jewish music. From Belgium to Canada, from France to Israel, to the Netherlands and further...this exhaustive celebration of Yiddish songs, Klezmer music, synagogue celebrations and Jewish chant examines the role music plays in uniting and sustaining Jewish culture and faith throughout the world. Director, Nicolas Klotz. 90 min. DVD 9293; vhs Video/C 6017

Copyright Criminals
As hip-hop rose from the streets of New York to become a multibillion-dollar industry, artists such as Public Enemy and De La Soul began reusing portions of previously recorded music for their songs. But when record company lawyers got involved, everything changed. Years before people started downloading and remixing music, hip-hop sampling sparked a debate about copyright, creativity, and technological change that still rages today. Special features: Theatrical trailer; extended interviews with Clyde Stubblefield, Chuck D, De La Soul (ca. 88 min.); soundtrack for the film, featuring 17 songs; Fair Use explained : four shorts by the Center for Social Media: Remix culture is your friend (ca. 8 min.) -- Fair Use for media literacy education (ca. 6 min.) -- Remix culture (ca. 4 min.) -- Fair Use and free speech in documentary film (ca. 7 min.). Originally produced in 2009; television broadcast premiere Jan. 19, 2010, on the PBS series Independent Lens. 53 min. DVD X3366

Country Joe at People's Park
A film by Claire Burch. Celebrates three concerts by Country Joe McDonald. The first is a solo performance at People's Park, Berkeley. The second features a performance with his band at People's Park and the third is another performance with his band on Earth Day, this time at Provo Park. 1995. 43 min. Video/C 5522

Country Joe at People's Park
Country Joe McDonald Performance
A live performance by Country Joe McDonald held at the Berkeley Veteran's Building Auditorium on November 25, 1994. Videographer, Harold Adler. 58 min. DVD 6607

Country Joe McDonald Interview
An interview with guitarist Country Joe McDonald about his early years and the development of his musical career. Interviewer and videographer, Harold Adler. Filmed on November 21, 2006. 65 min. DVD 6608

Festival: Filmed at the Newport Folk Festival.
Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Odetta, Staple Singers, Mike Bloomfield, Ronnie Gilbert, Paul Butterfield, Theodore Bikel, Howlin' Wolf, "Spider" John Koerner and others. A cinematic synthesis of four Newport folk Festivals that depicts the crucial years of transition for the art of folk music 1963-1966. A film by Murray Lerner. 97 min. DVD 4877

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in the 1960s
A detailed, informative, and enjoyable documentary featuring rare footage of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention throughout the 1960s, archive interviews, seldom-seen live performances, and a host of other features. Includes tracks such as: Who Are the Brain Police?, Hungry Freaks Daddy, Trouble Every Day, Brown Shoes Don't Make it, America Drinks and Goes Home, and many more. 134 min. DVD X2703

Freeway Philharmonic: The Classical Road Warriors /
Follows seven San Francisco Bay Area freelance classical musicians who live a road warrior lifestyle as they perform with regional orchestras across Northern California and struggle to acquire permanent positions with a major symphony. Profiles the individual and often interconnected stories of the seven musicians, while also illustrating the state of music and the arts in local communities across Northern California. Directed by Tal Skloot. c2007. 55 min. DVD X4774

Hassidut
Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community. Filmed within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies as sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in the day to day life of Hassidic Jews. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5612

[Herrmann, Bernard] Bernard Herrmann
Explores the life and work of Bernard Herrmann who created music for over 50 films. Features interviews with, among others, directors Martin Scorsese and Claude Chabrol, composers David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein, as well as home movies, archival photos and interviews with Herrmann himself. Contents: Introduction -- Beginnings in radio -- Citizen Kane -- Sisters -- Cape Fear -- North by northwest -- Herrmann's personality -- The ghost and Mrs. Muir -- Family and work -- Composing a film score -- On dangerous ground -- The man who knew too much -- Psycho -- Torn curtain -- The bride wore black -- Taxi driver. Directed and edited by Joshua Waletzky. 1992. DVD X3116

Herminia Silva: actriz e fadista
Contains musical and acting selections from performances by the popular fado singer, Herminia Silva, originally produced between 1961 and 1992. In Portuguese. 90 min. DVD 6227

The Human Hambone
Highlights the talents of a wide variety of both amateur and professional musicians and dancers throughout North America who use every part of the human body to make music. Also examines body music within an anthropological and biological framework, demonstrating how the body is filled with natural "clocks," which account for the fundamental human connection with rhythm. Performers/commentators: Sam McGrier, DC Coaliton Step Team, Radioactive, Click the Supah Latin, Artis the Spoonman; Derique McGee, Brian Williams (Birdman), Keith Terry, Sandy Silva, Bob Moses, Larry M. Schwarz, Guy Davis, Jimmy Slyde, Andrew Nemr. 2005. 47 min. DVD 5145

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In Heaven There is No Beer?
A film by Les Blank. Shows Polish-American polka musicians and polka dancers performing at festivals, dance halls, and small beer halls in the eastern and midwestern parts of the United States. Features the music of Eddie Blazoncyck and the Versatones, the Dick Pillar Orchestra, Renata and Girls, Girls, Girls, and the Mrozinski Brothers. Dist.: Flower Films. 51 min. DVD 4970; vhs Video/C 2111

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The Industry
Go beyond the surface of the music business to examine the inner world of the industry and the true politics behind getting an album made. You see the drama, egos and conflicts between label and artists that drive the multi-billion-dollar hip hop and urban music business.Takes an in-depth look inside one of the world's top music genres. See the making of three Grammy-winning albums: OutKast's 'Speakerboxxx/ Love Below', Kanye West's 'College Dropout' and Ludacris' 'Chicken -N- Beer'. Director, Kwame Amoaku. 2004. 62 min. DVD X5327

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden.
Shows these two klezmer bands both in performance and in the process of re-discovering this traditional music through its Yiddish, Eastern European, and early 20th Century American roots.75 min. Video/C 2179

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JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 1: Canada and the United States.
Contents: Canada: Francophone traditions -- Canada: Native and Anglophone traditions -- USA: African American secular traditions. 59 min. Video/C 4497

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 2. The United States: European Traditions in the New World.
Contents: Pop goes the weasel -- The lakes of Champlain -- Old Smokey -- John Brown's dream -- Chicken reel -- Square, hook & broom dances -- The wind that shakes the Barley (and others) -- Old grey mule -- Alabama jubilee -- Daybreak blues -- Pickin' girl -- John Henry -- Cincinnati rag -- Black waters -- Marlboro cowboy -- The Jew in Jerusalem -- Kilakila 'o Eke -- Oh Madeleine -- J'ete au bal (I went to the ball) -- Chere Bassette -- Think of me once a day -- Fandango -- Polka & conjunto -- Voy a sacarme la espina (I'm gonna take the thorn out of me) -- Soft rain -- Salsa. 59 min. Video/C 4498

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 3: the United States: Sacred Traditions.
Contents: African American sacred traditions: Take me to the water/Glory, glory Hallelujah; You got to move; Rock-a-way; Lay my burden down; My mother's gone; I belong to that union band; Roll Jordan roll; Precious Lord; My God called me this morning; Jesus is all the world to me; Can't nobody do me like Jesus; European & other sacred traditions: Holo mai pele mai Kahikina -- We are gathering at the river/God's not dead; Beautiful hills of Galilee; Lord, give me one more day; Mansion over a hilltop; I'm working on a building. 43 min. Video/C 4499

Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note: The Definitive Look at the Man and His Music
A definitive look at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, world renowned composer, conductor, pianist and educator. Filled with archival footage including concert films, home movies, and clips from his Broadway hits. Includes interviews with his brother, children, collaborators and fellow conductors. 1998. 117 min. DVD 5575

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
A portrait of Canadian singer-songwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen, interspersed with performances of his music by various artists, including Nick Cave, U2, Rufus Wainwright, and Beth Orton. Special features: Exclusive never-before-seen musical performances, a conversation with Leonard Cohn, audio commentary with director Lian Lunson, deleted scenes. Directed by Lian Lunson. 2005. 104 min. DVD X4003

Lonely Boy
A cinéma vérité classic which looks behind the scenes of the life of the teen idol, Paul Anka. A film by Wolf Koenig and Roman Kroitor. 1961. 27 min. DVD X2089 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4661

Mississippi, River of Song.
Join folk-rock musician Ani DiFranco in a four part film series filmed live along the Mississippi River, highlighting the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the 20th century. 60 minutes each. 1999.

Part 1: Americans Old and New. (Mississippi, River of Song; 1.)
This first segment from Minnesota to Douds, Iowa covers the northern section of the River which is truly the contemporary American melting pot, full of acoustic music, polka, rhythm and blues, punk and alternative rock. Contents: Ojibwe powwow drum / Randy Kingbird, Mark Kingbird, Pete White -- Scandinavian fiddle group / Paul Wilson, Skal Club Spelmanslag -- Alternative rock / Soul Asylum -- Alternative rock / Babes in Toyland -- American folk / John Koerner and friends -- African-American choir / Sounds of Blackness -- Hmong traditional reed instrument / Hmong Qeej Players -- German Polka / Karl Hartwich and The Country Dutchmen --Jazz / Manny Lopez Quintet -- Mexican dance music / La Otra Mitad -- Contemporary folk / Greg Brown. Video/C 6250

Part 2: Midwestern Crossroads. This second segment from Galena, Illinois to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri is where North and South meet and the rougher, rural styles come face to face with big city sophistication. Old-time country and blues are honed and polished into bluegrass, rock n' roll and true soul music. Contents: American folk Illinois riverboat / John Hartford -- Bluegrass / Bob Lewis Family -- Marching Band / St. Charles High School Band, St. Charles, MO -- Gospel / Fontella Bass and Martha Bass -- Rhythm and blues / Oliver Sain -- Rhythm and blues / James Family -- African drum and poetry / Sunshine Group and Eugene Redmond -- Alternative country / The Bottle Rockets -- French New Year's revel / Ste. Genevieve Guignolee. Video/C 6251

Part 3: Southern Fusion. In this third segment from La Center, Kentucky to Jackson, Mississippi, the music gets louder as the river flows South. Memphis forged the sounds of rockabilly and soul. In the Mississippi Delta, music is still deeply rooted in the soil. Secular music styles come back to the blues, and gospel is at its most heartfelt and powerful. Contents: Gospel / Boundless Love Quartet -- Rockabilly / Sonny Burgess -- Music in the community: Rhyme games, drill team, stepping -- Soul / Rufus Thomas -- Soul / Memphis Horns and Ann Peebles -- Delta blues / Robert Lockwood, Jr. -- Blues / Levon Helm and James Cotton -- Blues / Jack Johnson and The Jelly Roll Kings -- Blues / Johnnie Billington -- Blues / Little Milton -- Gospel / Mississippi Mass Choir. Video/C 6252

Part 4: Louisiana, Where Music is King. This fourth segment covers music from Natchez, Mississippi to Delacroix Island in the Gulf of Mexico. In the bayous of Louisiana, country and blues come together with French styles, creating the potent dance rhythms of Cajun and zydeco. The streets of New Orleans resound with rhumba-influenced rhythm and blues and generations of jazz horns. Contents: Country / Kenny Bill Stinson -- Country / Jimmie Davis, Merle Haggard - Cajun music / D. L. Menard, Christine Balfa -- Zydeco / Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie -- New Orleans street music / David and Roselyn -- Brass band jazz / Soul Rebels -- Brass band jazz / Treme Brass Band -- Rhythm and blues / Henry Butler -- Rhythm and blues / Eddie Bo -- Rhythm and blues / Irma Thomas -- Canary Island ballads / Irvan Perez. Video/C 6253

Musical Holdouts
Film examines the lives and music of Americans who have maintained their ethnic identities in their music and have successfully resisted becoming part of the "melting pot" of American society. Features performances of musicians from St. John's Island, South Carolina, rural Tennessee, Kentucky, and other southern states, Oklahoma Native American reservations, California communes and other free spirits. A film by John Cohen. Contents: 3-6-9 Goose drank wine ; I've been mistreated ; Oh-ah-a / Janie Hunter & Family-Ring Games -- Chi ga ; Old lady from Brewster ; Mamma lama-gama lama ; Row Michael row ; People over here / Tina & Priscilla Hunter -- Cumberland gap ; Cripple creek / Payne Brothers -- Old smoky / Rosco Holcomb -- Pretty Polly ; Nobody's love is like mine / Ralph Stanley and the Church Mountain Boys -- Going down the road feeling bad / Glen Orhlin -- I come from Oklahoma / Daniel Black Owl -- Cheyenne anthem / Archie Black Owl -- Comanche homecoming ; Gourd dance ; Social dance ; War dance ; Last of Callahan / Brian Hubbard -- Old Mother Flannagan ; Storms on the ocean -- Irish flute / Franny Leopold ; Gold rush / The Arkansas Sheiks -- Henry Reed / Kitchen girls -- Rye straw ; Evening shade / Highland Stringband. 1975. 50 min. DVD X3273

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

No Direction Home
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. Contains never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances. A film by Martin Scorsese. 2005. 207 min. DVD 4394

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
Television Critics Association Awards - Outstanding Achievement Movies, Mini-Series and Specials

On the Street, Music & People.
The television series looks at people, places and ideas from around the world--fast-paced, entertaining, irreverent, funny and thought-provoking reports from the creative edge of the video age"--container. This segment "is about life in the streets, the rhythm, the music, and the people that make cities what they are. Contents: Downtown / by Mo Murphy -- Across from City Hall / by Carla Leshne -- Robert Byrd / by Jim Mulryan -- What Memphis needs / by Alexis Krasilovsky -- Zimbabwe homeless / by Andrew Jones -- The old balladeer / by Jim Passin -- The wastebasket / by Skip Blumberg -- Smogophobia / by Maxi Cohen -- What's that smell / by Skip Blumberg -- Times Square, 1991 / by Esti Marpet -- Third Avenue: only the strong survive / by Downtown Community TV -- Art pushes, art provokes / by Pedro Carvajal -- Overnight man / by Tom Weinberg -- Chicago musicians / by Kathie Robertson -- Project troubadour / by Stuart Leigh -- Todd Alcott / by Skip Blumberg -- Times Beach / by Bruce Lixey -- One man band / by Nancy Cain -- New York City street scenes / by Skip Blumberg. 1991. 60 min. DVD X1376 [preservation copy]; Video/C 2206

The Online Music Revolution
An industry once dominated by giant music companies has undergone a radical transformation. This program examines the explosion of legal music downloading and viral marketing, which have enabled enterprising bands and singers to distribute their own work rather than signing with major labels. Focusing on the success of Nizlopi, Arctic Monkeys, Internet marketing pioneer Simply Red, and other artists, the program also features commentary from John Kennedy, chairman of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry--who outlines the potential benefits that big corporations may one day reap from consumer downloading. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 30 min. DVD 7978

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965
Director Murrary Lerner captures Bob Dylan's metamorphosis from folk prodigy to rock's fiercely confrontational poet who would electrify and inspire an entire nation and become the voice of his generation. 83 min. DVD 8841

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
A look at the life of controversial musician, political activist, and environmentalist Pete Seeger, and how he used his songs to promote social change. Includes archival footage and interviews with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, and more. Special features: 3 additional scenes: School of the Americas, Strawberry Festival, Ice skating; 5 short films from the Seeger Family: How to play the five string banjo, Singing fisherman of Ghana, Wrapping paper, How to make a steel drum, Finger song. Directed by Jim Brown. 2008. 93 min. DVD X410

Radical Harmonies
"Woodstock Meets Women's Liberation in a film about a movement that explodes the gender barriers in music." A documentary on the history of the women's music movement. With festival and concert footage, interviews & archival material, the film delves into the rich history of women creating a cultural life based in a commitment to diversity, feminism and women loving women. Features foremothers of women's music (Cris, Holly, Margie, Meg and more) and today's "new women's music" artists Ani Difranco, Melissa Ferrick, Bitch and Animal and more. c2002. 88 min. DVD 2371

Presents musical performances that took place in the last years of four highly expressive and individualistic makers of traditional old time country music. The footage shows a personal, reflective side of the music, as well as some more exuberant or dance oriented pieces. There is a strong blues flavor throughout. 60 min. Video/C 5489

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Record Store
Explores the various urban subcultures represented at Cue Records, an independent vinyl record store in Philadelphia. Focusing on the store's owners, employees, and customers, the film examines such topics as the addictive drive to collect, the relative value of material culture, and how the world of popular urban music relates to larger social issues such as race and gender. Directed and shot by Matthew Durington. 2008. 36 min. DVD X3278

Berkeley Media LLC catalog description

Song of the Sephardi.
A feature-length documentary musical film about the songs and traditions of the Spanish Jews ... with the participation of the Sephardic communities of Seattle and Jerusalem. 75 min. Video/C 2325

The Spirit Travels: Immigrant Music in America.
Surveys the musical contributions made by a variety of immigrant groups to the American culture. Celebrates how the gifts of native music, traditions and cultural expressions have enriched the cultural diversity of American music. 1992. 55 min. Video/C 2551

Stephen Foster
A biography of Stephen Foster, the first great American songwriter, whose melodies are so much a part of American history and culture that many think his songs are folk tunes. In all he composed some 200 songs and although he virtually invented popular music, Foster's personal life was tragic and contradiction-ridden. His marriage was largely unhappy, he never made much money from his work and eventually died at the age of 37 a nearly penniless alcoholic on the Bowery in New York. Segment from the television program American Experience. 56 min. Video/C 8777

Tales From Arab Detroit.
A film about music in the culture of an immigrant community (Detroit, Michigan) that takes as its point of departure the performance of the Bani Hilal epic by a story-teller from Egypt. Traditional music and dance to hip-hop to rap are featured here as the largest Arab community in North America blends the old with the new. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 5043

A Tickle in the Heart
Follows three traveling musicians, the Epstein brothers, Klezmer music legends now on a joyous international come-back tour revisiting the places of their past, including Florida, Poland, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shows the three brothers -- Max, Julie and Willie Epstein -- discussing their past and handling the nuts and bolts of their business: booking dates, haggling over fees, and performing at retirement homes and synagogue functions. 2003. 84 min. DVD 3166

Tin Pan Alley: Soundtrack of America
Tells the story of Tin Pan Alley and the songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers who worked together for their mutual financial benefit launching the American music industry of the 20th century. From 1885 through 1935 Tin Pan Alley wrote the music of America, sung in homes, during wartime and after victory. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, historians, composers and lyricists. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 31 min. DVD X235

Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Profiles the life and work of music producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd. Historical footage, vintage photographs, interviews and appearances by musical luminaries from the worlds of jazz, soul and classic rock shine a spotlight on the brilliance of Tom Dowd, whose creative spirit and passion for innovative technology helped shape the course of modern music. A film by Mark Moormann. c2004. 90 min. DVD 5993

Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart.
A film by Les Blank. A look at the culture and music of the Serbian American communities of Chicago and California, focusing on the cultural strengths of these immigrants who helped form the backbone of industrial America. Dist.: Flower Films. 51 min. DVD 4967; vhs Video/C 3554

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American Country and Western Music / American Folk Music

American Roots Music.

Episodes 1 & 2. Episode 1 traces the emergence of roots music in America from its European and African origins through its maturation into American music genres including spirituals, blues, country and gospel. Episode 2 explores a period in which different strands of roots music became visible and commercialized through movies, television, radio and records.

Disc. 1. Episode 1. When first unto this country. Fisk Jubilee Singers; Recorded music; The Bristol sessions; Delta blues; The Grand Ole Opry; Gospel is born (60 min.) -- Episode 2. This land was made for you and me. Cowboy music & western Swing; Lead Belly & Lomax; Woody Guthrie; Bluegrass; Honky tonk; The blues & radio (60 min.). DVD 1637

America's Music: The Roots of Country.
Narrator: Kris Kristofferson. c1996. 47-48 min. each.

America's Music: The Roots of Country. The Birth of a Sound. From the hardscrabble fields and coal mines of Appalachia comes a sound that speaks to ordinary folks. A sound heard on porches and hoedowns. This film tells the story of country music's struggle to find a commercial appeal. Examines the contributions of early western singers such as Roy Acuff, Dave Macon, George Hay, Jimmie Rodgers, Marty Robbins, Freddy Fender and musical groups such as the Carter Family and the Sons of the Pioneers. It also looks at the beginnings of The Grand Ole Opry in the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and the advent of country western music on radio. Commentary: Dolly Parton, Eddy Arnold, Marty Stuart, Gail Davies, John Hartford, Johnny Cash, June Cash Carter, Chet Atkins, Boxcar Willie, Sam Phillips, Lee Roy Parnell, Riders in the Sky, Billy Walker, Faron Young, Suzy Bogguss. Video/C 7060 (1st program of 2 on tape)

America's Music: The Roots of Country. Singing Cowboys and Western Swing. Movies and radio accelerated the trend of country music as white-hatted cowboy heroes swapped their guns for guitars and sung their way into movie-goer's hearts. The popularization of the cowboy entertainer began with the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show and progressed through the careers of Will Rogers, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, Heb Jeffries, Bob Wills and Pasty Montana. Singing cowboys as motion picture heroes, the advent of Western swing music during the big band era, the development of early radio and television country musical variety shows and the elaborate costumes of current day television singers are all presented here. Commentary: Lynn Anderson, Boxer Black, Waddie Mitchell, Snuff Garrett, Dale Evans, Texas Playboys, Keith Toby, Statler Brothers, Lee Roy Parnell, Riders in the Sky, Billy Walker, Faron Young. Video/C 7060 (2nd program of 2 on tape)

America's Music: The Roots of Country. Honky Tonk Kings and Queens. World War II brought Americans overseas -- and brought Southern boys into the army where they took their music with them. This film looks at country music as it began to emerge as a nation force during WWII. It includes biographies of country music founding performers such as Minnie Pearl, Red Foley, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens and George Jones. Commentary: Ray Benson, Hank Williams, Jr., Jerry Rivers, Alan Jackson, Margaret Vaughn, Johnny Wright, Eddy Arnold, Marty Stuart, Loretta Lynn, EmmyLou Harris, Merle Haggard, Hank Thompson, Little Jimmy Dickens, John Anderson. Video/C 7061 (1st program of 2 on tape)

America's Music: The Roots of Country. The Nashville Sound. The post World War II boom contines as country music finds a home -- and a temple -- in Nashville. Mainstream folk and rock artists come to explore this unique form termed "The Nashville sound," with performances in the Ryman Auditorium. Highlights performances and biographies of country singers of the 1950's and 60's including Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins and looks at the coming of age of female country singers like Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Commentary: Joe Talbot, Eddy Arnold, Ronnie Milsap, Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Jimmy Dean, Charlie Dick, Gail Davies, June Carter Cash, Bill Carlisle. Video/C 7061 (2nd program of 2 on tape)

America's Music: The Roots of Country. Folk Revival. As rock and roll sweeps the country, country musicians and songwriters, searching for a softer sound, turn increasingly to the roots of country music centered in American folk songs. Out of this search emerges the discovery of regional country music such as Appalachian, Bluegrass and Cajun music. This film presents the careers of Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, The Carter Family, The Kingston Trio, The Stoneman Family, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and other country entertainers of the 1960's. Commentary: Merle Haggard, Jean Ritchie, Peter Rowan, Marty Stuart, June Carter Cash, Kathy Mattea, Emmylou Harris, Pat Alger. Video/C 7062 (1st program of 2 on tape)

America's Music: The Roots of Country. From Rockabilly to Rockin' the Country. Investigates the interrelations between the three types of authentic American music: Country, gospel and blues and examines the legacy of country music to other music forms. Looks at how gospel music in particular undergirded all country music which in turn produced singers like Elvis Presley, Brenda Lee, Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis introduced Rockabilly music, followed by other country rock musicians, and more recent contemporary crossover country sounds as exemplified by the Byrds, Emmylou Harris, and Brooks & Dunn. Commentary: Charley Pride, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles, Sam Phillips, Chet Atkins, Buck Owens, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Jeff Hanna, John Lomax III. Video/C 7062 (2nd program of 2 on tape)

Ballad of a Mountain Man: The Story of Bascom Lamar Lunsford.(The American Experience)
Story of North Carolinian Bascom Lamar Lunsford's work in collecting and preserving the songs, dances and customs of Appalachia. 58 min. Video/C 1541

The Carter Family: Will the Circle be Unbroken
Documentary on the public and private live of the Carter family whose music captured the attention of a nation entering the darkest days of the depression with such songs as "Keep on the sunnyside." Behind the simple, memorable songs their own private lives were more complicated. By drawing upon rarely seen photographs, memorabilia and archival footage, tells the bittersweet story of these influential pioneers whose songs and style laid the foundations for American folk, country and bluegrass music. Special features: The Carter scratch and Mother Maybelle's guitar ; The guitar in American music ; The Carter Family Fold : a wholesome family experience. Originally produced for the television program American experience, 2005. 60 min. DVD 5561

Gates, Anita "Their Music Tells It All, On Poverty and Heartbreak." (The Arts/Cultural Desk)(TELEVISION REVIEW). The New York Times (May 9, 2005): pE8(L). (732 words)

Chase the Devil: Religious Music of the Appalachian Mountains.
Religious music in the Southern Appalachians covers a wide panorama. At one extreme, is the idea that any music is the "devil's work," at the other is hard driving, rhythmic music. Focuses on the Holiness church experience depicting the exhuberant preaching and singing. 50 min. Video/C 3263

Country Joe at People's Park
A film by Claire Burch. Celebrates three concerts by Country Joe McDonald. The first is a solo performance at People's Park, Berkeley. The second features a performance with his band at People's Park and the third is another performance with his band on Earth Day, this time at Provo Park. 1995. 43 min. Video/C 5522

Country Joe at People's Park
A live performance by Country Joe McDonald held at the Berkeley Veteran's Building Auditorium on November 25, 1994. Videographer, Harold Adler. 58 min. DVD 6607

Country Joe McDonald Interview
An interview with guitarist Country Joe McDonald about his early years and the development of his musical career. Interviewer and videographer, Harold Adler. Filmed on November 21, 2006. 65 min. DVD 6608

High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.
Evolution of the bluegrass style under gospel and country music influences as typified by the career of mandolin artist Bill Monroe. Performers: Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys, Stanley Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Flatt & Scruggs, Osborne Brothers, Seldom Scene, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, Nashville Bluegrass Band and other bluegrass performers. 1994. 95 min. Video/C 3587

It Ain't City Music.
Presents a look at the meaning of country music to rural America. Filmed at the National Country Music Contest, Lake Whipoorwhill, Warrenton, Virginia. Dist.: Tom Davenport Films. 15 min. Video/C 2174

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Johnny Cash in San Quentin
The original 1969 documentary produced by Granada TV in the U.K., chronicling Cash's concert at San Quentin. Includes concert footage, a performance of the number 1 hit "A boy named Sue," and one-on-one interviews with guards and inmates talking about their experiences behind bars. Also includes two sound discs with the "fully expanded show" including unreleased performances. Performers: Johnny Cash, vocal, guitar ; June Carter Cash, vocals ; Marshall Grant, bass ; W.S. Holland, drums ; Carl Perkins, guitar, vocals ; Bob Wootton, guitar ; The Carter Family (Mother Maybeele, Helen, and Anita, vocals, guitars) ; The Statler Brothers (Harold Reid, Don Reed, Phil BValsley, Lew Dewitt, vocals). Contents: CD contents: Blue suede shoes (Carl Perkins) -- Flowers on the wall (Statler Brothers) -- Last thing on my mind (Carter Family) -- June Carter Cash talks to the audience (June Carter Cash) -- Wildwood flower (Carter Family) -- Big river -- I still miss someone ; Wreck of the old 97 ; I walk the line ; Medley: Long black veil; Give my love to Rose ; Folsom Prison blues ; Orange blossom special (Johnny Cash) -- Jackson ; Darlin' companion (Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash) -- Break my mind (Carter Family) -- I don't know where I'm bound ; Starkville City Jail ; San Quentin (2 versions) ; Wanted man (Johnny Cash) -- Restless (Carl Perkins) -- Boy named Sue ; Blistered ; (There'll be) Peace in the valley (Johnny Cash) -- Outside looking in (Carl Perkins) -- Less of me (Statler Brothers) -- Ring of fire (Johnny Cash, Carter Family) -- He turned the water into wine ; Daddy sang bass ; Old account was settled long ago ; Closing medley: Folsom Prison Blues ; I walk the line ; Ring of fire ; Rebel: Johnny Yuma (Johnny Cash, Carter Family, Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins). 60 min. DVD X1085

No Direction Home
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. Contains never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances. A film by Martin Scorsese. 2005. 207 min. DVD 4394

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults
Television Critics Association Awards - Outstanding Achievement Movies, Mini-Series and Specials

Shady Grove: Old Time Music from North Carolina, Kentucky & Virginia.
Contents: Kilby Snow: Troubles; Cindy; Shady Grove; Raggedy Ann; Chicken Reel; Two Timing Blues; You are My Flower -- Dock Boggs: Country Blues; Pretty Polly; I Hope I Live a Few More Days -- Tommy Jarrell: Bonaparte's Retreat; Cumberland Gap; Boll Weevil; Jimmy Sutton; Forked Deer; Sail Away Ladies; Cripple Creek; Breakin' Up Christmas; John Brown's Dream -- Roscoe Holcomb: Black-Eyed Susie; Pretty Polly; Old Smokey. Video/C 5489

Simon and Garfunkel: Live in Holland, 1966.
Included as supplement on DVD X5233

Sprout Wings and Fly.
A film by Les Blank. Profiles old-time fiddler Tommy Jarrell, his music, friends, and family in rural North Carolina. Dist.: Flower Films. 30 min. DVD 4969; vhs Video/C 1828

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Talking Feet.
Documentary filmed in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina featuring flatfoot, buck, hoedown and rural tap dancing, the styles of solo Southern dancing which are companions to oldtime music and on which modern clog dancing is based. Produced by Mike Seeger with Ruth Pershing. Dist.: Flower Films. 90 min. Video/C 3562

That High Lonesome Sound
Shot in the 1960s, these three films produced on location in rural America capture the vanishing landscape of traditional music in America and the source of its power. Features performances by Roscoe Holcomb, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, Dillard Chandler, and Sara and Maybelle Carter. Directed by John Cohen. 70 min. DVD X3033

There But for Fortune
From civil rights to the anti-war movement to the struggles of workers, folksinger Phil Ochs wrote topical songs that engaged his audiences in the issues of the 1960s and 70s. This biographical documentary shows how Phil's music and his fascinating life story and eventual decline into depression and suicide were intertwined with the history-making events that defined a generation. Even as his contemporaries moved into folk-rock and pop music, Phil followed his own vision, challenging himself and his listeners. Directed by Kenneth Bowser. 2011. 97 min. DVD X6594

This Land is Your Land: A Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie
Performer: Country Joe McDonald. In this Northern California premiere, County Joe sings thirteen of Guthrie's best beloved and most moving songs. In the show, McDonald also artfully relates some anecdotes including stories from Woody's life in Oklahama and on the road correspondence between Woody and Bay Area folk icon Malvina Reynolds. Partial contents: Oklahoma Hills -- Talking dust bowl -- Roll on Columbia -- Union Maid -- So long it's been good to know ya -- This land is your land. Videographer: Harold Adler. 2007. DVD 7114

Times Ain't Like They Used To Be: Early Rural & Popular American Music, 1928-1935.
In the early days of sound films, in addition to covering major events, newsreel cameras captured the sights and sounds of everyday life in America, including its music. Musicians were filmed by roving newsreel crews on street corners and front porches, at country dances and summer resorts, in nightclubs, and broadcasting from churches and radio stations. This previously unreleased footage is now assembled in this film.

Contents: 1. Waiting for a train; Daddy and home; Blue yodel / Jimmie Rodgers in The singing breakman, 1929 -- 2. Foldin' bed / Whistler's Jug Band, Louisville, KY, 1930 -- 3. Happy am I / Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux & Congregation, Washington, DC, 1935 -- 4. Doggett's gap / Bascom Lamar Lunceford Band, Ashville, NC, 1928 -- 5. Home on the range / Jules Allen, Raton, NM, 1930 -- 6. Little old log cabin in the lane / Uncle John Scruggs, Powhatan County, VA, 1928 -- 7. Tiger rag (4 takes) / Jack Johnson's Jazz Band, New York, NY, 1929 -- 8. Waggoner / Fiddle and guitar player at square dance, Raton, NM, 1930 -- 9. Poor little Benny / Bela Lam & Family, Greene County, VA, 1930 -- 10. Goofus / Cumberland Ridge Runners, Shriners Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1935 -- 11. Tomorrow; My Ohio home / Eddie Thomas & Carl Scott, Richmond, VA, 1928 -- 12. Wake up Susan; Liberty / Bob Will's Texas Playboys, Hollywood, CA, 1951 -- Contents: 13. Mary don't you weep / Georgia Feild Hands Sing Spiritual with banjo accompaniment, Agusta, GA, 1929 -- 14. Soldier's joy / Bun Wright's Fiddle Band, Warm Springs, GA, 1933 -- 15. Cheer up / Ted Ween's Orchestra; with Norma Schutt's chorus girls, Steel Pier, Atlantic City, NJ, 1930 -- 16. Short subject film containing stage show / Otto Gray's Oklahoma Cowboys, New York, NY, 1929 -- 17. El fiel enamorado = The faithful lover (2 takes) / Estudiantina Invencibal, Havana, Cuba, 1929 -- 18. Miss McLeod's reel / Fiddle band playing for dance, Speculator, NY, 1929 -- 19. Ida / Duke Davis Banjo Band, Boston, MA, 1929 -- 20. Mighty lak'a rose; Dream kisses / Lemire Twins, Rochester, NH, 1928 -- 21. Turkey in the straw / Musicians at Old Time Fiddler's Convention, Star, NC, 1932 -- 22. Sing you sinners (2 takes) / Frank Westphal's Orchestra, Chicago, IL, 1930. 1992. 70 min. Video/C 3205

Traditional Music Classics: With Doc Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, Buell Kazee and Kilby Snow.
Contents: Maggie Walker Blues -- Traveling Man -- Lee Highway Blues -- St. James Hospital / Doc Watson -- Free Little Bird -- Fair Miss in the Garden -- Graveyard Blues / Roscoe Holcomb -- The Orphan Girl -- John Hardy / Buell Kazee -- But Right -- Greenback Dollar -- Pretty Polly -- What a Friend We Have in Jesus / Kilby Snow. 70 min. Video/C 5512

Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home
This film explores the creative genius of Woody Guthrie, America's greatest folk singer -- his life and music as well as lesser known talents like writing and painting. He wrote, sang and painted about everything, from labor to laundry to love. Guthrie's work influenced the folk revival of the '50s and '60s, and his legacy continues to inspire musicians and activists today. Director/writer, Peter Frumkin. Originally broadcast in 2006 on the television program 'American Masters'. 2007. 90 min. DVD 9524

Cajun and Creole Music

Always for Pleasure.
A film by Les Blank. Part 1 captures the music, food, and street celebrations that typify New Orleans. Part 2 focuses on the annual revival of Black Indian social and cultural traditions, featuring Wild Tchoupitoulas and other Black Indian tribes as they prepare for and celebrate Mardi Gras. Dist.: Flower Films. 58 min. Video/C 1830

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American Roots Music.
Features historic and documentary footage of 20th century pioneering artists. A collaboration between the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Experience Music Project, Palm Pictures and Ginger Group Productions.

Episodes 3 & 4. Episode 3 traces the continuing emergence of American roots music through a national awareness catalyzed by the folk and blues revival. Episode 4 focuses on the reassessment of diverse ethnic musics previously excluded from American folk music, and their inclusion in a redefined "American roots music."

Disc 2. Episode 3. The times they are a-changin'. Chicago blues; B.B. King; Golden age of gospel; The Weavers; The folk revival; Newport Folk Festival -- Episode 4. All my children of the Sun. Cajun; Zydeco ; Tejano; Native American; Nakai & Mirabal; Evolution of roots. DVD 1638

Clifton Chenier: The King of Zydeco.
Executive director and producer, Chris Strachwitz. Contents: Party down -- I'm a hog for you -- I'm the Zydeco man -- Its Christmas time -- Let the good times roll -- Caledonia -- J'aime pain de mais -- Tu le ton son ton -- Cher catin -- Calinda -- Clifron's Zydeco -- Louisiana two step -- Black gal.

Chenier is the undisputed master of Zydeco, a folk-blues music which is played and sung by French-speaking blacks in Southern Louisiana and Southern Texas. In this film both aspects of his life are shown, the public and the private. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 3556

Dreadful Memories: The Life of Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1910-1983.
Reminiscences by fellow musicians, friends and relatives of the events in this folk singer's life. Sarah performs some of her own songs which protest the working conditions of Kentucky coal miners and became a rallying point for the establishment of trade-unions for the coal miners. 39 min. Video/C 3847

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Dry Wood.
A film by Les Blank. Documents the music and customs of French-speaking Blacks in southwest Louisiana. Focuses on two families in a rice farming community, capturing their humble, open lives through their older, rural style of Cajun music. With some captions. Dist.: Flower Films. 37 min. DVD 4979; Video/C 1306

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Hot Pepper.
A film by Les Blank. Documents the life and music of Black zydeco-blues accordionist Clifton Chenier. Captures the sources of his music in the lives and culture of southwest Louisiana's urban and rural French-speaking Blacks. With some captions. Dist.: Flower Films. 54 min. DVD 4981; vhs Video/C 1305

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J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance).
A film by Les Blank. Looks at the Cajun-zydeco countryside, its people and their dance halls blended with wonderful performances of the music and the recollections of its musicians. Features historical sequences about Joe Falcon, Amede Ardoin, Iry LeJeune, Harry Choates and others. Dist.: Flower Films. 84 min. DVD 3455; also VHS Video/C 1829

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ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Brassieur, C. Ray. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Ethnomusicology v37, n1 (Wntr, 1993):149 (3 pages).
Lindahl, Carl. "J'ai Ete au Bal (I Went to the Dance): The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana." (movie reviews) Journal of American Folklore v106, n422 (Fall, 1993):484 (58 pages).
Whitehead, Kevin. "J'ai Ete au Bal." (video recording reviews) Down Beat v58, n4 (April, 1991):61.

The Katrina Experience. Disc 3, New Orleans Music in Exile
Like their neighbors, the legendary New Orleans music community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives. New Orleans artists comment on how broken levees, flood, looting, and black mold wreaked havoc on music and life in this colorful city. Directed by Robert Mugge. 2006. 112 min. DVD 6050

Mississippi, River of Song.
Join folk-rock musician Ani DiFranco in a four part film series filmed live along the Mississippi River, highlighting the richness and vitality of American music at the close of the 20th century. 60 minutes each. 1999.

Part 4: Louisiana, Where Music is King. This fourth segment covers music from Natchez, Mississippi to Delacroix Island in the Gulf of Mexico. In the bayous of Louisiana, country and blues come together with French styles, creating the potent dance rhythms of Cajun and zydeco. The streets of New Orleans resound with rhumba-influenced rhythm and blues and generations of jazz horns. Contents: Country / Kenny Bill Stinson -- Country / Jimmie Davis, Merle Haggard - Cajun music / D. L. Menard, Christine Balfa -- Zydeco / Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie -- New Orleans street music / David and Roselyn -- Brass band jazz / Soul Rebels -- Brass band jazz / Treme Brass Band -- Rhythm and blues / Henry Butler -- Rhythm and blues / Eddie Bo -- Rhythm and blues / Irma Thomas -- Canary Island ballads / Irvan Perez. Video/C 6253

Spend It All.
A film by Les Blank. Presents the history, dances, leisure, people, and places of Louisiana's Cajun country. Captures the bravado and vitality of the Cajun people in various social and cultural activities, along with the music of the Balfa Brothers, Marc Avoy, Nathan Abshire, and others. Dist.: Flower Films. 41 min. Video/C 1302

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Tipperary and All That Jazz.(World War I series)
Newsreel footage of soldiers and entertainers singing American and French World War I songs to boost the morale of the troops. "Tin Pan Alley goes to war with a whole host of tunes." Features music by George M. Cohan, Erving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and others. A CBS News production; producers, John Sharnik, Isaac Kleinerman; written by John Sharnik. Originally produced by CBS Television in 1964-1965. 25 min. DVD 9218

Zarico.
Zarico, the folk music of Black Creole culture of southwestern Louisiana, has evolved into one of the most original forms of American music today. The Creole population, a blending of peoples from Africa, the Caribbean, and Acadia, developed their style of music through an intermingling of these musical influences. As the population moved during the Depression and World War II, the melodies and rhythms of the music influenced jazz, the blues, and rock. 1994. 58 min. MUSI VCA37 (Music Library)

Zydeco: Creole Music and Culture in Rural Louisiana.
Combines cinema verite style footage, interviews, and musical performance to present a colorful, joyful portrait of the Zydeco musicians and their culture. 57 min. Video/C 3545

Sound Recordings

The Almanac Singers: Their Complete General Recordings. [SOUND RECORDING]
Woody Guthrie, guitar, harmonica, vocal; Pete Hawes, vocal, possibly guitar; Lee Hays, vocal; Millard Lampell, vocal; Pete Seeger as Pete Bowers, banjo, recorder, vocal. Contents: Blow ye winds, heigh ho -- Away, Rio -- Blow the man down -- House of the Rising Sun -- Ground hog -- State of Arkansas -- The weaver's song -- I ride an Old Paint -- Hard, ain't it hard -- The dodger song -- Greenland fishing -- The golden vanity -- The coast of high Barbary -- Haul away, Joe. Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City, July 7, 1941. Sound/D 70

American Industrial Ballads (Pete Seeger)[SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: Peg and awl -- The blind fiddler -- The buffalo skinners -- Eight-hour day -- Hard times in the mill -- Roll down the line -- Hayseed like me -- The farmer is the man -- Come all you hardy miners -- He lies in the American land -- Casey Jones -- Let them wear their watches fine -- Cotton mill colic -- Seven cent cotton and forty cent meat -- Mill mother's lament -- Fare ye well, old Ely Branch -- Beans, bacon, and gravy -- The death of Harry Simms -- Winnsboro Cotton Mill blues -- Ballad of Barney Graham -- My children are seven in number -- Raggedy -- Pittsburgh Town -- Sixty per cent. Sound/D 69

The Best of Broadside 1962-1988: Anthems of the American Underground from the Pages of Broadside Magazine[SOUND RECORDING]
Performers: Phil Ochs, Peter La Farge, The Broadside Singers, Pete Seeger, Mark Spoelstra, Jim Page, Malvina Reynolds, Tom Paxton, Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Freedom Singers, Janis Ian, Len Chandler, El Teatro Campesino, Paul Kaplan, Wes Houston, The New World Singers, Rev. F. D. Kirkpatrick, Jim Collier, Sammy Walker, Peggy Seeger.

Broadside was a small underground magazine filled with new songs by artists too radical for the establishment. These songs tell stories rooted in American history from 1962 through 1988 addressing such issues as warfare, nuclear threat, ethnic conflicts, immigrants' sufferings, unequal treatment of women, ecological devastation and social injustice. This extensively annotated 5 CD set includes 89 songs, some never commercially released, extensive notes, graphics from the original Broadside magazine and more. SOUND/D 88

Don't Mourn, Organize!: Songs of Labor (Joe Hill)[SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: Joe Hill / Phil Ochs (Billy Bragg) -- Joe Hill's last will / Joe Hill (Utah Phillips) -- Joe Hill's ashes / Mark Levy (Mark Levy) -- The preacher and the slave / Joe Hill ("Haywire Mac" McClintock) -- Joe Hill / Alfred Hayes, Earl Robinson (Paul Robeson) -- Paper heart / Si Kahn, Charlotte Brody (Si Kahn) -- Casey Jones, the union scab / Joe Hill (Pete Seeger and the Song Swappers) -- Mr. Block / Joe Hill (Mats Paulson) -- Joe Hill listens to the praying / Kenneth Patchen (Joe Glazer) -- The tramp / Joe Hill (Cisco Houston) -- Joe Hill / Afred Hayes, Earl Robinson (Earl Robinson) -- The white slave / Joe Hill (Alfred Esteban Cortez) -- Narrative (Elizabeth Gurley Flynn) -- The rebel girl / Joe Hill; arr. and adapted with original material by Hazel Dickens (Hazel Dickens) -- There is power in a union / Joe Hill (Entertainment Workers IU 630, I.W.W.). Sound/D 71

Presidential Campaign Songs, 1789-1996 [SOUND RECORDING]
Free elections (In General) (0:27) -- Follow Washington (GeorgeWashington) (1:01) -- Adams and liberty (John Adams) (1:36) -- ForJefferson and liberty (Thomas Jefferson) (1:51) -- Huzzah for Madison,huzzah (James Madison) (1:22) -- Monroe is the man (James Monroe)(1:29) -- Little know ye who's coming (John Q. Adams) (1:58) -- Jacksonand Kentucky (Andrew Jackson) (2:10) -- Rockabye, baby (Martin VanBuren) (1:24) -- The Harrison yankee doodle (William H. Harrison) (1:12)-- Tippecanoe and Tyler, too (John Tyler) (1:15) -- Jimmy Polk ofTennessee (James K. Polk) (1:37) -- Rumadum dum (Zachary Taylor)(1:19) -- The union wagon (Millard Fillmore) (1:41) -- Pierce and king(Franklin Pierce) (1:36) -- Buchanan and John Breckenridge (JamesBuchanan) (1:12) -- Lincoln and liberty (Abraham Lincoln) (2:09) -- Justbefore election, Andy (Andrew Johnson) (1:41) -- Grant, Grant, Grant(Ulysses S. Grant) (1:27) -- For Hayes and Wheeler, too (RutherfordHayes) (1:20) -- If the Johnnies get into power again (James A. Garfield)(1:45) -- Democrats, good Democrats (Grover Cleveland) (1:38) -- He's allright (Benjamin H. Harrison) (1:20) -- Marching with McKinley (WilliamMcKinley) (2:04) -- Roosevelt the cry (Teddy Roosevelt) (1:14) -- Get ona raft with Taft (William H. Taft) (1:34) -- Wilson, that's all (WoodrowWilson) (1:51) -- Harding, you're the man for us (Warren G. Harding)(1:21) -- Keep cool and keep Coolidge (Calvin Coolidge) (2:17) -- If he'sgood enough for Lindy (Herbert Hoover) (1:35) -- Franklin D. Roosevelt'sback again (Franklin D. Roosevelt) (1:49) -- I'm just wild about Harry(Harry S. Truman) (0:47) -- I like Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower) (0:40) --Marching down to Washington (John F. Kennedy) (1:03) -- Hello, Lyndon(Lyndon B. Johnson) (1:03) -- Buckle down with Nixon (Richard M.Nixon) (1:17) -- I'm feeling good about America (Gerald R. Ford) (1:22) --Why not the best? (Jimmy Carter) (2:29) -- California, here we come(Ronald W. Reagan) (0:37) -- This land is your land (George Bush) (1:29)-- Don't stop thinking about tomorrow (William J. Clinton) (2:19) -- Thesame merry-go-round (Third party) (1:42) -- Song of the presidents (all ofthem) (4:25). Oscar Brand, guitar and vocals; John Foley, guitar and vocals; Jordan Brand, bass and vocals; Jonathan Pickow, banjo, synthesizer, and vocals. Sound/D 80

Working & Union Songs [SOUND RECORDING]
Disc one. The Industrial Revolution: Weave room blues-- Ten andnine--Hard times in the mill--Work of the weavers--Ballad ofSpringhill--Blind Fiddler--Peg and awl--Weary cutters--Blow the mandown--Pat works on the railway--Royal telephone--Farmer is the man--Inmy merry Oldsmobile. -- Disc two. The labor movement, 1860s to 1930s:Solidarity forever--Storm the fort--8 hour day--My sweetheart's a mule inthe mine--Preacher and the slave--Joe Hill--Death of Mother Jones--Cottonmill girls--Ballad of dead girls-- I.L.G.W.U.--I ain't got no home--We shallnot be moved--Which side are you on? -- The labor movement, 1930s to1980s: Sit down--CIO is bigger than it used to be--Yablonskimurder--Buddy won't you roll down the line--Kumbaya--NostrosVenceremos--Huelga--Ninos campesinos--My oldman--Automation--Aragon Mill. Sound/D 74

Dust Bowl Ballads (Woody Guthrie)[SOUND RECORDING]
Contents: The great dust storm (Dust storm disaster) -- Talking dust bowl blues -- Pretty Boy Floyd -- Dusty old dust (so long it's been good to know yuh) -- Dust bowl blues -- Blowin' down the road (I ain't going to be treated this way) -- Tom Joad, Part 1 -- Tom Joad, Part 2 -- Do re mi -- Dust bowl refugee -- I ain't got no home -- Vigilante man -- Dust can't kill me -- Dust pneumonia blues -- Talking dust bowl blues (alternate version). Recorded in New York City, Apr. 26, 1940 and May, 3, 1940. Sound/D 72

Songs for Political Action [SOUND RECORDING]
Disc one, The leftist roots of the folk revival. Disc two, Theatre and cabaret performers, 1936-1941. Sound/D 75-79
See OskiCat for contents listing

Native American Musical Traditions

The American Indian Dance Theatre: Finding the Circle.
Presentation of various American Indian dances performed with Native American drums and music accompaniment. 60 min. Video/C 1865

Ceremonial Music of San Juan Pueblo: Eagle, Buffalo, Evening, Cloud, and Deer Dance
A discussion with Cipriano Garcia (Pueblo), Peter Garcia (Pueblo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) concerning the ceremonial dances of the San Juan Pueblo with demonstations of the eagle, buffalo, evening, cloud and deer dances. 57 min. Video/C 6207

Into the Circle.
An Introduction to Oklahoma powwows and celebrations. Oklahoma, the original Indian Territory, is still home to more Native Americans and more tribes than any other state. It's an ideal location to see the widest array of dancers, singers and regalia. Slow motion sequences of national champions show the grace, power and intricate steps of dance styles. (58 min.) Video/C 3059

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas I, North American Indians
Contents: Drum dance -- Drum dance/women's drum dance/song duel -- Drum dance (two varieties) and taliun (women's sitting dance) -- Drum dance -- Haida totem pole ceremony and potlatch -- Songs and dances of the Kwakiutl -- "Chief Joseph memorial song" -- Ceremonial song -- Song for beginning a pow-wow -- Ceremonial song -- War dance -- Soup dance song -- Hoop dance -- "Owl song" and "Coyote song" -- War dance -- Rabbit dance -- Song of Chief Joseph -- Song sung by Yakima women -- War dance -- Song for beginning a pow-wow -- War dance -- Rabbit dance -- Hoop dance -- War dance. 595 min. Video/C 4497

Music in the World of the Yurok and Tolowa Indians.
A discussion with Loren Bommelyn (Tolowa), Aileen Figueroa (Yurok), Joy Sundberg (Yurok), and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) of traditional customs, dress, artifacts, and music of the Yurok and Tolowa. Traditional hunting, gambling, and passage rite songs are demonstrated. 56 min. Video/C 6208

Music of the Creek and Cherokee Indians in Religion and Government.
A discussion with Sam Scott (Creek), Archie Sam (Cherokee/Creek) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) concerning their childhood experiences and the music of their tribes. They demonstrate religious and tribal songs. 60 min. Video/C 6205

Music of the Sacred Fire: The Stomp Dance of the Oklahoma Cherokee.
A discussion with Willie Jumper (Cherokee), Archie Sam (Cherokee/Creek) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) of the religious symbolism underlying Cherokee ceremonies. Includes a performance of various types of stomp dances. 56 min. Video/C 6204

Navajo Traditional Music: Squaw Dance and Ribbon Dance.
A discussion with Sam Yazzie (Navajo), Sam Yazzie Jr. (Navajo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Features a demonstration of the traditional Navajo squaw and ribbon dances. 60 min. Video/C 6203

Pepper's Pow Wow.
A tribute to the musical and cultural legacy of Jim Pepper, a contemporary Native American jazz musician. Pepper is one of the innovators in jazz-rock fusion as well as world music. He learned peyote chants at his grandfather's knee in Oklahoma and then went on to successfully fuse Native American music with jazz. 57 min. Video/C 5136

Song Journey.
A video journal of a trip through the powwow circuit in the United States and Canada in 1993. Looks at how women from a variety of tribes in North America participate in powwows and at how these women view their role in the music, dance, and costume associated with the powwow, in particular, the use of women as drummer/singers and dancers. 57 min. Video/C 4207

Traditional Music of Native Northwest California: Brush Dance, Feather Dance and Gambling Songs.
A discussion with Loren Brommelyn (Tolowa), Aileen Figueroa (Yurok), Joy Sundberg (Yurok), and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee) featuring an explanation and performance of various types of ceremonial music. 61 min. Video/C 6201

Sam Yazzie, Navaho Singer.
A discussion with Sam Yazzie (Navajo) and Charlotte Heth (Cherokee). Yazzie talks about his life and demonstrates traditional Navajo dance music, including the squaw dance. 61 min. Video/C 6302

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African American Musical Traditions

Gospel/Religious Music | Blues | Jazz | Soul/Rythm and Blues | Rap/Hip Hop | Miscellaneous

Gospel/Religious Music

Georgia Sea Island Singers
Presents pure spirituals sung as they were 100 years ago on St. Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast. Each song is introduced by explanatory titles and is first sung unaccompanied by two men and three women, then later performed accompanied by a tamborine, a broom handle on a board, and dancing. Filmed by Bess Lomax Hawes. 1963. 12 min. Video/C MM577

Gospel According to Al Green.
Soul singer, Al Green vacillated between what he calls "a million-dollar career" and his calling to sing gospel music. After a conversion experience and a spurned lover committed suicide, Mr. Green bought himself the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Memphis, gave up his secular love songs and turned to the gospel full time. Here is presented an entertaining and electrifying look into the heart and soul of one of America's most vibrant gospel singers. Director, Robert Mugge. 1984. 94 min. Video/C 6914

How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of Gospel's Golden Age
A best of the best compilation covering a span of over 40 years. Compiled by gospel music expert Anthony Heilbut, this exciting multi-faceted package offers great film of gospel icons, filmed in the 1960s, as well as many all-time classic music tracks from the 1940s-1960s on the accompanying CD. Also includes booklet with biographical notes and photos.

Contents DVD: The grace of God (the Consolers) ; Sanctified Lord (the Meditation Singers) ; Too close to heaven (Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama) ; No tears in heaven (the Raymond Rasberry Singers) ; From out of nowhere (Delois Barrett Campbell and the Barrett Sisters) ; In the garden (Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Delois Barrett Campbell, and Professor Alfred Miller) ; Commercial ; Up above my head I hear music in the air (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) ; God's amazing grace (J. Robert Bradley) ; Somewhere to lay my head (the Sensational Nightingales) ; I want Jesus to walk with me (Madame Emily Bram) ; Jesus keep me near the cross (Sister Jessie Mae Renfro) ; If you see my Savior ; Maybe it's you (Ira Tucker and the Dixie Hummingbirds) ; If this ain't the Holy Ghost (Marion Williams) ; Must Jesus bear the cross alone (Brother Joe May) ; We'll understand it better by and by (the Famous Davis Sisters) ; My eternity (Bessie Griffin) ; O Lord it is I (Robert Anderson) ; You must be born again ; He's right on time (Dorothy Love Coates and the Gospel Harmonettes) ; Let the church roll on (Inez Andrews and the Andrewettes) ; He's been a shelter for me ; I'm a soldier (the Soul Stirrers) ; I've been dipped in the water (watcha gonna do) (Professor Alex Bradford) ; Deep down in my heart (James Cleveland) ; It is well with my soul (Marion Williams)

Contents CD: Stand by me (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) ; I am bound for Canaan Land (Silas Steele and the Famous Blue Jay Singers) ; How sweet it is (Professor J. Earle Hines and the St. Paul Baptist Church Choir) ; No room at the inn (Sam McCrary and the Fairfield Four) ; Somebody touched me (Edna Gallmon Cooke and the Radio Four) ; My imagination of heaven (Morgan Babb and the Radio Four) ; He's a high class physician (Marion Williams) ; I thank you Lord (R.H. Harris and the Soul Stirrers) ; I'm waiting for Jesus (the Georgia Peach and Lois Russell) ; We shall walk together through the valley (Madame Ernestine B. Washington) ; Going on with the spirit ; Didn't it rain (Mahalia Jackson) ; Will my Jesus be willing (Archie Brownlee and the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi) ; The pilgrim's song (Clara Ward) ; Stand by me (Imogene Green and the Davis Sisters) ; I'm not uneasy (Ira Tucker and the Dixie Hummingbirds) ; These are they (Mahalia Jackson) ; What could I do ; Search me Lord (Brother Joe May) ; Satisfied (Eugene Smith and the Roberta Martin Singers) ; The angels keep watching over me (Albertina Walker and the Caravans) ; When the gates swing open (Inez Andrews) ; John saw (Reverend Robert Ballinger and the Gospel Chimes) ; Dot's testimony, part two (Dorothy Love Coates) ; Coming home (Dorothy Love and the Original Gospel Harmonettes; Claude Jeter and the Swan Silvertones) ; The prodigal son (Ruth Davis and the Famous Davis Sisters) ; Jesus met the woman at the well (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) ; Something within me (Marion Williams). DVD X6190

Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory
Presents a biography of Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), the world's greatest gospel singer, from her humble beginnings as a child singing in the churches of New Orleans, through her years in relative obscurity stubbornly refusing to adopt a more "commercial" sound, to her ascendancy to Carnegie Hall and the great stages of Europe. Narrator: Paul Winfield. Commentary: Jesse Jackson, Brother John Sellers, Studs Terkel. c1997. 90 min. Video/C 8084

Marian Anderson: the Lincoln Memorial Concert, 1939
Excerpt included in Treasures from American Film Archives. 8 min. DVD 363

On the Battlefield: Gospel Quartets(Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music)
Spirituals have been described both as the literature of American slavery and as the jewels that slaves brought out of bondage. Today, the harmony, percussive precision, and evangelical fervor of gospel music have made it a hit around the world. This program examines the influence of African music on the gospel sound and spotlights venerable gospel groups concluding with a Sunday gospel quartet celebration. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7352

The Performed Word.
The power of the Afro-American performed word, particularly that of black preachers, is examined. Includes excerpts from services and interviews with Bishop E.E. Cleveland of Berkeley, California, esteemed at the embodiment of his culture and the bearer of Afro-American tradition. 60 min. Video/C 3209

Riffin' on Music & Language
Author and poet Amiri Baraka traces the roots of blues and jazz to traditional West African griot and djali musicians and performers who were the custodians of cultural memory. Baraka presents the link with these African entertainers and storytellers to such performers as Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron and modern-day rappers. 2000. 60 min. Sound/C 1518

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
This film documents the life of Arnold Dwight "Gatemouth" Moore, a prominent blues singer who left the stage at the height of his career to preach and sing gospel music. Among those interviewed are Rufus Thomas, Andrew Chaplin Jr., B.B. King, and Benjamin Hooks. Concludes with a service with Moore and gospel star, Rev. Al Green. 70 min. Video/C 2539

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Say Amen, Somebody.
Documentary that follows gospel singer Willie Mae Ford Smith from her home to church services, to emotionally galvanic singing conventions. Also features Thomas Dorsey, her mentor, and the man credited with inventing gospel music. 100 min. DVD 611; Video/C 1873

The Songs Are Free.(World of Ideas with Bill Moyers)
Traces the history of communal singing and the musical repertoire rooted in the Black church -- from songs of resistance, courage, and pride to songs of determination and faith -- and explores their roles from the Underground Railroad through the Civil Rights movement and into the 1990's. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 5000

A Sound Baptism
Produced by students enrolled in Ethnographic Film (Anthropology 138B) at the University of California, Berkeley, Dept. of Anthropology. Examines an Afro-American Christian church in which jazz music is the dominant element of the church service. 22 min. DVD 6704; Video/C 3987

Soundtrack for a Revolution
Tells the story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church; music crucial in helping the protesters to face down brutal aggression with dignity and non-violence. Performers: Anthony Hamilton and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Angie Stone, Joss Stone, Mary Mary, the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir, Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Roots, John Legend. Directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. 2009. 82 min. DVD X6094

The Spirituals
Before the blues, jazz, gospel and rock-a-roll, America honed an original form of music. Slaves created this musical expression, with African roots and a biblical text, for deliverance and secret communication. The Spirituals traces the painful history of this American art form and its contemporary significance with songs by The American Spiritual Ensemble. Directed by Ari Luis Palos. 2007. 28 min. DVD 8845

The Story of Gospel Music: The Power in the Voice
Rare vintage recordings and modern performances highlight this song-filled extravaganza presenting the history and origins of gospel music. Originating with Christian black slaves, gospel music drew from early European protestant hymns fused with West African rhythms, to bring to life a style of religious music that became a thriving force in the civil rights movement and influenced modern pop music. Performers: Mahalia Jackson, Thomas Dorsey, Rosetta Tharpe, Aretha Franklin, Cissy Houston, James Cleveland, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Clark Sisters, Edwin Hawkins Sisters, Dixie Hummingbirds, Fisk Jubilee Singers. c1999. 90 min. DVD X118; vhs Video/C 8083

Straight, No Chaser
An interview with Amiri Baraka who discusses the cultural and political significance of African American music, rap, and motion pictures. He also addresses the activities of politician Jesse Jackson and motion picture producer Spike Lee. 1992. 60 min. Sound/C 1521

Too Close to Heaven: The Story of Gospel Music.
Using narration and performance footage, this film traces the 300 year history of gospel music. Part one examines the roots of gospel music which began when Black Africans became slaves on white American plantations and combined African music with Christianity to create a new musical form, the negro spiritual. Narrator, Alphonsia Emmanuel. Music (part I): First Cosmopolitan All Male Chorus (N. Carolina), Washington Temple Choir, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Rev. Cleophus Robinson and the Living Sisters, Excelsior Quartet, Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux. Music (part 2): Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Anderson Johnson, Fairfield Four, Golden Gate Quartet, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward, Goldenaires, Gospel Music Workshop of America. Music (part 3): Staples singers, Gospel Music Workshop of America, Angela Spivey and the Voices of Victory, Thompson Community Choir, Clark Sisters, Mighty Clouds of Joy. 1997. 3 parts, 51 min. ea. Video/C 4940-4942

TV gospel time (Spirit of the church : a celebration of black gospel music, Volume 1)
No other program, film or album captured the heart of the golden age of gospel as did TV Gospel Time (1962-1965). Airing Sunday mornings on NBC, this Chicago-based show merged song and God's word, attracting a primarily African-American audience and sponsors, but introducting the genre to a broader audience. Program host: Brother Joe May ; performers: Marie Knight, Robert Anderson, the Caravans, the Soul Stirrers, Inez Andrews, Mahalia Jackson. 135 min. DVD X9150

Blues

Bessie Smith and Friends.
Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min. Video/C 1990

Big City Blues.
A musical documentary about a new look at an old American musical form--the Blues. The film mixes scenes of the city of Chicago with musical performances and interviews with people connected with the Blues. Performer: Jim Brewer, Son Seals, Queen Sylvia Embry, Billy Branch. 28 min. Video/C 3118

The Blues Accordin' to Lightnin' Hopkins: The Sun's Gonna Shine.
A film by Les Blank. Focuses on blues singer Lightnin' Hopkins, who reveals the inspiration for his blues. Captures, through Hopkins' words and songs, the Black culture of Texas which reaches back to poverty, hard times, and a deep love of the land. Dist.: Flower Films. 31 min. DVD 3454; also VHS Video/C 1831

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Blues Like Showers of Rain.
An introduction to the world of Country Blues through historic photographs and field recordings.

Performer: Arvella Gray, Otis Spann, J.B. Lenoir, Little Brother Montgomery, Willie Thomas, Edwin Buster Pickens, Billie Pierce, Wade Walton, Robert Curtis Smith, Lonnie Johnson, Henry Townsend, Sunnyland Slim, Robert Lockwood, Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, James Butch Cage, James Brewer, St. Louis Jimmy, Charles Love, Sam Price, James Stump Johnson, Speckled Red. 30 min. Video/C 3119

Blues Masters: The Essential History of the Blues.
Rare performances and historical footage tracing the development of this uniquely American music form. 17 artists profiled.

Contents: Four day creep (Ida Cox) -- Fine and mellow (Billie Holiday) -- Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton) -- Hoochie Coochie man (Muddy Waters) -- Shake, rattle and roll (Big Joe Turner) -- Going to Chicago (Joe Williams) -- I Got My Eyes On You (Buddy Guy) -- Ain't Nobody's Business (Jimmy Witherspoon) -- Darlin' You Know I Love You (B.B. King) 51 min. ea. Video/C 3123 - 3124

Blues Masters
Contents: Got my mojo workin' (Muddy Waters & Band) -- Blues don't like nobody (Otis Spann) -- How long this train been gone (Mable Hillery) -- Cornbread and peas (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee) -- Hooray, hooray, these women is killin' me (Sonny Terry) -- Born and livin' with the blues (Brownie McGhee) -- Tin Pan Alley (Sunnyland Slim) -- T'ain't nobody's business if I do (Otis Spann) -- Crazy for my baby (Willie Dixon) -- Bassology (Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim) -- You can't lose what you never had (Muddy Waters) -- Bye bye baby, goodbye (Muddy Waters Band).

In 1966, CBC Television invited some of North America's greatest blues performers to gather in a studio in Toronto. The artists were recorded together and individually in sessions that lasted three days. The result was originally televised as part of the CBC "Festival" series. Most of these artists are gone now, but 30 years later, the session video tapes have been found, restored and re-edited. Host, Canadian blues star, Colin James takes us on a personally guided tour of these classic performances. DVD 328

Blues Masters: The Essential History of the Blues.
Rare performances and historical footage tracing the development of American blues music. Levee blues (Son House) -- Pick a bale o' cotton (Leadbelly) -- St. Louis blues (Bessie Smith) -- Lord, Lord, Lord [and] Harlem blues (Mamie Smith) -- Hey, lawdy mama (Roy Milton) -- Take me back, baby (Jimmy Rushing) -- Quicksand (Ethel Waters) -- Guitar shuffle (Big Bill Broonzy) -- Four day creep (Ida Cox) -- Fine and mellow (Billie Holiday) -- Hound dog (Big Mama Thornton) -- Hoochie coochie man (Muddy Waters) -- Shake, rattle and roll (Big Joe Turner) -- Going to Chicago (Joe Williams) -- I got my eyes on you (Buddy Guy) -- Ain't nobody's business (Jimmy Witherspoon) -- Darlin' you know I love you (B.B. King). 103 min. DVD X577

Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music.
This video explores the blues-- with all its poetic irony and sly humor, its eroticism and timeless power. It traces its roots from the beginning of the 20th Century through the Mississippi Delta to Louisiana, Texas, Kansas City and Chicago. Features Son House, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Bessie Smith, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Rushing, T-Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Chuck Berry and many others.

"In a dizzying 85 minutes, Bluesland barnstorms through a century of blues, south and north, stopping briefly along the way to tip a musical hat to legendary heros, heroines and their progeny--from Charley Patton to Muddy Waters, from Jelly Roll Morton to Ellington, from T-Bone Walker to the Stones. While some attempt is made to provide a social and cultural context for the music, Bluesland revels most in the blues as a hugely influencial show biz phenomenon. Despite its tendency toward the perfunctory, it's a consistently high-spirited romp, presented through a collection of terrific archival photos and clips, and an entertainly slick narrative." (Review by G. Handman from American Libraries,May 1996). 85 min. DVD X576; vhs Video/C 3999

Boogie Woogie Blues.
Afro-American blues singer Hadda Brooks sings and accompanies herself on the piano. Selections include "Don't take your love from me," "I'm tired of everything but you," and "Don't you think I ought to know.". Originally produced by All American News, Inc. in 1948, copyrighted by Alexander Productions in 1985. Preceded by introduction to the Tyler-Texas black film collection by Ossie Davis (4 min). 17 min. Video/C 7180

Bukka White and Son House.
Eddie "Son" House and Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White were passionate purveyors of their native Mississippi delta music and of slide guitar. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 3086

Can't You Hear the Wind Howl?: The Life & Music of Robert Johnson
Primarily a documentary of the life of blues man Robert Johnson including biographies of other famous blues artists, quotes and praises for Robert Johnson, a complete discography of Johnson, and a selected discography of other blues musicians. 1998. 77 min. Video/C 5941

Chicago Blues.
Traces the evolution of blues music from its origins in the rural south to the contemporary electric sound shaped in the ghettos of Chicago. Shows examples of the harsh experiences of Blacks in America and the liberation performances of such people as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Floyd Jones, J.B. Hutto, Dick Gregory, and many others. 1986. 50 min. Video/C 3061

Hellhounds on my Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson. (American Music Masters)
Heartfelt tribute to the influential and legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. Includes commentary about the man and his music, along with musical performances which took place in Cleveland, Ohio during a weeklong group of events dedicated to the artist. Commentary: Robert Porter, Jim O'Neal, Peter Guralnick, Robert Jordan, Robert Santelli, Howard Kramer, and others; music performed by Bill Morrissey, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Keb' Mo', Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Rory Block, G. Love & Special Sauce, Peter Green and many more. c1999. 95 min. Video/C 6913

History of the Blues.
Macintosh CD-ROM. Part 1: Roots. Part 2: The Twelve Bar Blues. Part 3: Classic Blues. Part 4: City Blues. Compu/D 265

Jimmy Sings the Blues: A Documentary About Jimmy McCracklin
Born in rural Arkansas, Jimmy McCracklin migrated in the late 1940s to Richmond, California, bringing with him the musical culture and styles of the South. His story is profoundly sad in terms of overt racism, musical piracy, illness and loss he has encountered, but equally joyous in the gift of music he possesses and the hundreds of songs he has written. This project was generated from the UC Berkeley Oral History Program on the California blues. Produced and directed by Caroline Crawford. 2006. 18 min. DVD 6027

Koko Taylor: Queen of the Blues.
Presents an unvarnished visual biography of the performer. 55 min. Video/C 3127

The Land Where the Blues Began.
Looks at the Mississippi Delta, where thousand of blacks came in search of work more than a century ago. Out of the hard life and sorrows of these wandering laborers came the blues.

"Everyone's favorite folklore maven, Alan Lomax, narrates this riveting and reverential investigation of blues origins deep in the Missippi delta. Lomax is adept at showing us the roots of the blues in work, in prayer, and in the troubles of everyday life-- "the bitter poetry of a hardpressed people." He also provides a fascinating look at some of the African musical forms and folk traditions which spawned the blues and related oral traditions, and he takes us into the isolated hills country and backwoods of Missippi to places where some of these folkways still survive today." (Review by G. Handman from American Libraries, May 1996). 60 min. DVD X729; vhs Video/C 3120

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Long Train Running: a History of the Oakland Blues.
A film by Marlon Riggs. Examines taverns and clubs in Oakland, California where a distincitive style of blues music unique to Oakland was developed and performed. Includes interviews with blues musicians in the Oakland area and segments from the San Francisco Blues Festival. 29 min. DVD 1187; also on VHS Video/C 3799

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Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin' Hopkins.
Texas is rich in space and myth. In the 1920's, it had the greatest cultural diversity of any southern sate. Within its borders, black music was vital and had a particular style and sound all its own. These two artists profiled were two of the greatest Texas bluesmen to record. 60 min. Video/C 3087

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues.
c2003.

Blues. 1, Feel Like Going Home. Scorsese winds his way from the banks of the Niger River in Mali to the cotton fields and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta to trace the origins of the blues in lyrical combination of original performances. Performers: Corey Harris, Willie King, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Otha Turner, Ali Farka Toure, Habib Koite, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabate. Archival performances: Son House, Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, John Lee Hooker. 110 min. DVD 1989

Blues. 2, Soul of a Man. A film by Wim Wenders. Wim Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favorite blues artists: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J.B. Lenoir. Part history, part personal pilgrimage, the film tells the story of these lives in music through an extended fictional film sequence, rare archival footage, present-day documentary scenes and performances of their songs by contemporary musicians. Performers: Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Shemekia Copeland, Eagle Eye Cherry, Vernon Reid, James Blood Ulmer, Los Lobos, T-Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Marc Ribot, Garland Jeffreys, Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds. Archival performances: J. B. Lenoir, Skip James. 127 min. DVD 1990

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Blues. 3, The road to Memphis. A film by Richard Pearce and Robert Kenner. Pearce traces the musical odyssey of blues legend B.B. King in a film that pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a new style of blues. He also takes viewers on the road and behind the scenes with Memphis blues veterans Bobby Rush and Rosco Gordon. His homage to Memphis features interviews with blues musicians and contemporary performances as well as well as historical footage of Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and others. 119 min. DVD 1991

Blues. 4, Warming by the Devil's Fire. A film by Charles Burnett. Charles Burnett explores his own past as a young boy who was shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and Mississippi, torn between an uncle who loved the blues and a mother who believed that the blues was the devil's music. His film mixes fictional storytelling with documentary footage of performances by a host of blues legends in a tale about a young boy's life in Mississippi in 1956, dramatizing the tensions between the heavenly strains of gospel and the devilish moans of the blues. Performer: Archival performances: Son House, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Victoria Spivey, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Ida Cox, Mamie Smith, Lightnin' Hopkins, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, W.C. Handy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bessie Smith. 106 min. DVD 1992

Blues. 5, Godfathers and Sons.A film by Marc Levin. Call them the Blues Brothers 2003. In Marc Levin's lively verite-driven film, hip-hop legend Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and Marshall Chess (son of Leonard Chess and heir to the Chess Records legacy) return to Chicago to explore the heyday of Chicago blues as they unite to produce music that seeks to bring veteran blues players together with contemporary hip-hop musicians such as Common and members of the Roots. Performances: Koko Taylor, Ike Turner, Otis Rush, Chuck D., Common, Sam Lay, Lonnie Brooks, Pete Cosey, Morris Jennings, Phil Upchurch, Kyle Jason, Juice, Rahzel (of the Roots). Archival performances: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bo Diddley, Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon, Public Enemy. 133 min. DVD 1993

Blues. 6, Red, White & Blues. A film by Mike Figgis.During the 1960s the United Kingdom was the location for a vibrant social revolution. The post-war traditional jazz and folk revival movements sewed the seeds for a new kind of blues music, entirely influenced by the black blues of the USA. Mike Figgis' film mixes interviews with dozens of the key players of the British blues movement with new music from an all-star jam session at the famous Abbey Road studios. Performers: Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Van Morrison, Humphrey Lyttelton, Lonnie Donegan, B.B. King, Albert Lee, Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Lulu. Archival performances: Rolling Stones, John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band , Aric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Cream, Alexis Korner, Big Bill Broonzy, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee. 126 min. DVD 1994

Blues. 7, Piano Blues. A film by Clint Eastwood. Director, actor and piano-player Clint Eastwood explores his life-long passion for piano blues, using a treasure trove of rare historical acts as well as interviews and performances by such living legends as Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Dr. John. Interviews and performances: Ray Charles, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, Dave Brubeck, Jay McShann. Archival performances: Ray Charles, Otis Spann, Art Tatum, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Jay McShann, Big Joe Turner, Oscar Peterson, Nat King Cole, Martha Davis, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Charles Brown, Duke Ellington. 85 min. DVD 1995

Messin' With the Blues.
Chicago blues legends Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells perform some of their greatest hits live. Recorded June 28, 1974 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland. 54 min. Video/C 3115

Mississippi Blues.
A musical journey to Oxford, Mississippi where the legends of the Old South still live in the hearts of the people. 92 min. Video/C 3090

Out of the Blacks Into the Blues.
Focuses on the story of the blues using interviews and performances.

Pt. 1. Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Roosevelt Sykes, Robert Pet Williams, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. Pt. 2. B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Mance Lipscomb, Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry.

"One of the many excellent videos on world roots music put out by Yazoo/Shanachie Records, Out of the Blacks Into the Blues is every bit as rough edged and authentic-looking as Bluesland is slick. Using minimal narration and little editing room artifice, the video is less a comprehensive history of the blues than a fascinating sampler of seminal rural and urban blues styles--interviews and performances captured in their entirety, in the manner of an ethnographic field recording. The primitive drive and passion of 90 year old Furry Lewis growling "When I Lay My Burden Down" is alone worth the price of admission." (Review by G. Handman from American Libraries, May 1996) 52 min. Video/C 3121

Rev. Gary Davis and Sonny Terry.
Durham, North Carolina in the 1930's was a moderate sized town whose economy was driven by tobacco farming. Two master musicians who made Durham their home, whose careers extended decades until they became literally world famous, were Reverend Gary Davis and Sonny Terry. 60 min. Video/C 3088

Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings[Sound Recording]
Contents: Kindhearted woman blues (2) -- I believe I'll dust my broom -- Sweet home Chicago -- Ramblin' on my mind (2) -- When you got a good friend (2) -- Come on in my kitchen (2) -- Terraplane blues -- Phonograph blues (2) -- 32-20 blues -- They're red hot -- Dead shrimp blues -- Cross road blues (2) -- Walkin' blues -- Last fair deal gone down -- Preachin' blues (Up jumped the Devil) -- If I had possession over judgment day -- Stones in my passway -- I'm a steady rollin' man -- From four until late -- Hell hound on my trail -- Little Queen of Spades (2) -- Malted milk -- Drunken hearted man (2) -- Me and the Devil blues (2) -- Stop breakin' down blues (2) -- Traveling riverside blues -- Honeymoon blues -- Love in vain blues (2) -- Milkcow's calf blues (2). Sound/D 92

Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues Singers[Sound Recording]
Contents: Cross road blues -- Terraplane blues -- Come on in my kitchen -- Walkin' blues -- Last fair deal gone down -- 32-20 blues -- Kind hearted woman blues -- If I had possession over judgement day -- Preachin' blues (Up jumped the devil) -- When you got a good friend -- Ramblin' on my own -- Stones in my passway -- Traveling riverside blues -- Milkcow's calf blues -- Me and the devil blues -- Hell hound on my trail -- Traveling riverside blues. Sound/D 93

Rock and Roll: Part 3: Crossroads. Part 4: Blues in Technicolor.
Crossroads traces the blues which changed the sound of rock and roll, from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago to the UK, where this earthy rich sound inspired a host of young British musicians bored with the pop music of the day. Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck tell how their hits introduced American rock fans to their own indigenous blues masters, like Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker. Blues in Technicolor takes viewers on a trip into the psychedelic rock world of the late 60's and early 70's. Using interviews with the Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Pink Floyd, this film shows how a bohemian folk culture based in San Francisco set off an international explosion of musical experimentation and eclecticism--much of it drug-inspired. Video/C 4160

The Search for Robert Johnson.
Traces the path of this private, troubled figure, one the kings of Delta country blues, cut down at the age of 27 by poisoned whiskey at the hands of a jealous husband.

"Among the panthon of blues giants, Robert Johnson may well be the greatest and most influencial. Yet despite Johnson's powerful musical legacy, many of the details of his life, including his violent death at 27 and his place of burial, remain a spooky mystery. Bluesman John Hammond takes us with him as he travels Southern backroads and dusty backstreets in search of clues about Robert's life, stopping occasionally at the crossroads to belt out a number of Johnson's well-known songs." (Review by G. Handman, from American Libraries, May 1996) 72 min. DVD 3825; also on VHS Video/C 3089

Sweet Home Chicago.
Chess Records, the independent company that became the premier home of Chicago blues, captured the sound of the great urban blues artists- artists who converted the music of the Southern Delta into a body of work that still resonates in today's Top 40. 64 min. Video/C 3126

That Rhythm--Those Blues (American Experience).
Focuses on the rhythm and blues music performed by black musicians during the 1940s and 1950s through the small towns and cities of the South. 58 min. DVD X472 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1532

A Well-Spent Life.
A film by Les Blank. Explores the black culture of rural Texas through the life of 75-year-old Mance Lipscomb, songster, sharecropper, and sage. Dist.: Flower Films. 44 min. DVD 4968; vhs Video/C 2110

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Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.
The story of Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and other pioaneering women blues singers. This film recreates the stories of these women who left an indelible mark on the music world. 58 min. Video/C 2320

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[Adderly, Cannonball]Bill Evans: Live in '63
One of the most highly respected alto saxophonists in the history of jazz performs live in Switzerland and Germany. Cannonball Adderly (alto sax), Nat Adderley (cornet) and the masterful Yusef Lateef (tenor sax, flute, oboe), provide a massive three-horn attack, while the stellar rhythm section fuels the songs. Contents: Trouble In Mind; Work Song; Jive Samba; Jessica's Day; Angel Eyes; Bohemia After Dark; Dizzy's Business; and Unit 7. 99 min. DVD X554

African Americans in the West. Lecture by Willie Hill, Jr.
Willie Hill, Jr., distinguished jazz saxophonist, professor of music and assistant dean of Music at the University of Colorado in Boulder, discusses the evolution of the American jazz music industry with reference to seminal figures in American jazz and jazz figures in Colorado. Lecture is interspersed with jazz performances. Originally filmed on March 11, 1995. 89 min. Video/C MM248

[Akiyoshi, Toshiko]Jazz is My Native Language: A Portrait of Toshiko Akiyoshi.
A vibrant, fast-paced documentary which provides an in-depth look at the music and personal life of jazz composer/pianist/bandleader Toshiko Akiyoshi. Includes performances of her work by her band and commentary by jazz critic Leonard Feather. 58 min. Video/C 3820

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[Aleman, Oscar]Oscar Aleman: A Swinging Life (Oscar Aleman: vida con swing)
A biography of Argentina's famous swing guitarist, Oscar Aleman, who achieved international acclaim and headed Josephine Baker's band in Paris in the 1930s. He was a combination of indigenous and Spanish blood, born in Argentina, and interviews with his contemporaries show the man responsible for some of the best guitar-playing of the 20th century. Writer-director, Hernán Gaffet. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 104 min. Video/C MM1275

All That Jazz (Comrades; 3)
In this series Soviet life and culture are presented through explorations of the lives of particular people. This episode details the life of Sergei Kuryokhin, an "unofficial" jazz musician in the Soviet Union. Once a member of the Leningrad Conservatory and Institute of Culture, he was expelled for playing unpredictable and uncontrollable jazz. 1986. 58 min. DVD 7889 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1008:3

[Armstrong, Louis]Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz
A biography of Louis Armstrong (nicknamed "Satchmo"), American jazz trumpeter and singer. Renowned for his charismatic stage presence, improvisational solo performances, and gravelly voice, he became America's international "ambassador of good will." Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, historians and jazz musicians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X235

[Armstrong, Louis]Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1942-1965: Stars of the Cotton Club
Five jazz tunes performed by Louis Armstrong and other renowned jazz musicians excerpted from motion pictures produced from 1942 to 1965. 33 min. Video/C 1986

[Armstrong, Louis]Louis Armstrong: Live in '59 (Jazz Icons)
One of the only known complete Armstrong concerts from the 1950s to be captured on film. This 55-minute set, filmed in Belgium in 1959, features many of Satchmo's greatest songs including "Mack The Knife","When It's Sleepy Time Down South" and "Stompin' At The Savoy," backed by his stellar band the All-Stars, featuring Trummy Young, Peanuts Hucko, Billy Kyle, Danny Barcelona and Mort Herbert. Contents: When it's sleepy time down South -- (Back home again in) Indiana -- Basin Street blues -- Tiger rag -- Now you has jazz -- Love is just around the corner -- C'est si bon -- Mack the knife -- Stompin' at the Savoy -- St. Louis blues -- Ko-ko-mo (I love you so) -- When the saints go marching in -- La vie en rose. Originally filmed in Belgium in 1959. 55 min. DVD 6837

[Armstrong, Louis]Louis Armstrong is featured in the following compilations and shorts:

Betty Boop: Special Collector's Edition vol. 1 Video/C 999:754
Betty Boop, The Definitive Collection. Vol. 2: Pre-code [and] Jazzy Guest Stars Video/C 999:2150
Harlem Harmonies Video/C 1991 (vol 1) & 30 min. Video/C 1992 (vol 2)
Harlem Roots. Volume 2, The Headliners DVD 8821
Jazz On a Summer's Day DVD 292
Harlem Swings. Volume 1: Great Jazz Bands of the 30's. Video/C 999:3386
Harlem Swings, Vol. 4 Video/C 999:424
Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts. DVD 543
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 1 Video/C 7574
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 4 Video/C 7616
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 5 Video/C 7617
Rhapsodies in Black & Blue Video/C 999:1693

[The Art Ensemble of Chicago]The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Live From the Jazz Showcase.
Music, Lester Bowie, trumpet and percussion; Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell, reeds and percussion; Malachi Favors Maghostut, bass and percussion; Famoudou Don Moye, drums and percussion. We-bop -- Promenade -- On the Cote Bamako -- Bedouin Village -- New York is full of lonely people -- New Orleans -- Funky AECO -- Theme (Odwalla) The Art Ensemble of Chicago (Lester Bowie, trumpet and percussion ; Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, reeds and percussion ; Malachi Favors Maghostus, bass and percussion ; Famoudou Don Moye, percussion) Videotaped at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago, November 1, 1981. Performance by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, avant-garde jazz band of the 70s and 80s, innovators in the fusion of traditional African and African American music with European performance art. Members of the quintet perform in quasi-African costumes, masks and face paint, surrounded by two tons of instruments -- drums, gongs, bells, saxophones, toys, and anything that makes useful noises -- all the while sharing musical and visual jokes as they go caroming through the history of Jazz. Videotaped at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago, November 1, 1981. 50 min. DVD X343; vhs Video/C 7478

[Baker, Chet]Almost Blue (1988); Everything Happens to Me
Films by Bruce Weber.

[Baker, Chet]Chet Baker: Live in '64 & '79 (Jazz Icons)
Features two concerts by the foremost interpreter of the West Coast school of cool jazz. Filmed in Europe 15 years apart, these two shows seen together provide an overview of Baker's illustrious career. The first show is a haunting 1964 performance in a Belgian TV studio with a quartet including long-time sidemen saxophonist Jacques Pelzer and French pianist Rene Urtreger. Songs include the Miles Davis classic, "So What," and the jazz standard "Time After Time" (a very rare rendition featuring Chet's "Cool" vocal style.) The soulful 1979 set from Norway, with a trio featuring vibraphonist Wolfgang Lackerschmid, highlights the growth and maturity of this troubled but inspiring artist. Contents: Belgium: Bye bye blackbird -- Isn't it romantic -- Airegin -- Time after time -- So what -- Norway: Interview -- Blue train -- Softly, as in a morning sunrise -- Five years ago -- Love for sale. Contents:Just by myself -- Moanin' -- I remember Clifford -- It's you, or no one -- Whisper not -- A night in Tunisia -- NY theme. Originally filmed in Belgium in 1963 and Norway in 1979. 71 min. DVD 6843

[Baker, Chet]Let's Get Lost.
A profile of the life and work of the great jazz trumpet player Chet Baker, with reminiscences by his family, friends and fellow artists, plus performances by Chet Baker himself. DVD extras: Looking "again" for Chet in all the familiar places; Let's Get Lost Kodachrome Newsreel (Jeff Preiss's film DP's behind-the-scenes view of the making of the film) Director/producer, Bruce Weber. 1989. 119 min. DVD X3576; Video/C 4670

Awards
International Documentary Association
Venice Film Festival - Cinecritica Award

Ansen, David. "Bad Boy, Golden Boy." Newsweek. May 29, 1989. Vol. 113, Iss. 22; p. 69
Bouchard, Fred. "That Deceitful, Mysterious Charmer" Down Beat. Chicago: Jan 1990. Vol. 57, Iss. 1; p. 39 (2 pages)
Hoberman, J. "The Cool and the Crazy." The Village Voice. Apr 25, 1989. Vol. 34, Iss. 17; p. 59
Kael, Pauline. "The Current Cinema: Fascination." The New Yorker. May 1, 1989. Vol. 65, Iss. 11; p. 75
Seidenberg, Robert. "At long last, jazz; Bruce Weber's breakthrough documentary on Chet Baker really cuts to the heart of jazz life." American Film v14.n7 (May 1989): pp50(5).

[Basie, William "Count"]Count Basie and Friends, 1943-1945.
Jazz ensembles featuring Count Basie excerpted from films made between 1941 and 1945. Includes performances by Louis Jordan, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and others. 32 min. Video/C 1984

[Basie, William "Count"]Count Basie: Live in '62(Jazz Icons)
Features one of the greatest big band orchestras captured at the height of their considerable powers. Billed frequently as the "most explosive force in jazz," this recently discovered 60-minute concert, taped in Sweden in 1962, highlights the legendary musical talents of this 18-piece band which included such luminaries as Marshal Royal, Freddie Green, Quentin "Butter" Jackson, Frank Wess and sensational drummer Sonny Payne. This is the earliest known complete concert of Count Basie and his orchestra to be released on film. Stellar performances include "Corner Pocket," "Old Man River," and "One O'Clock Jump."Contents: Easin' it -- You are too beautiful -- Corner pocket -- Stella by starlight -- Back to the apple -- I needs to be bee'd with -- I got rhythm -- Back water blues -- Alexander's ragtime band -- Old man river -- One O'clock jump. Taped in Sweden in 1962. 56 min. DVD 6828

[Basie, William "Count"]The Last of the Blue Devils
A documentary recollection of music and musicians associated with Kansas City, Mo. in the 1930's, featuring Count Basie and his orchestra, Joe Turner, and Jay McShann. Songs: South (Bennie Moten Orchestra) -- Piney Brown blues (Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann) -- Jay's blues (Jay McShann) -- Jesse's blues (Jesse Price) -- Moten swing (Count Basie Orchestra) -- Jumpin' the blues; Hootie's blues; After hours (Jay McShann's Big Band) -- Lester leaps in (featuring Paul Quinichette, Eddie Durham, Charles McPherson) -- Jumpin' at the woodside (Count Basie Orchestra; Eric Dixon, Jimmy Forrest, saxophones) -- Until the real thing comes along -- Hot house -- Shake, rattle & roll (Big Joe Turner) -- Roll 'em (Big Joe Turner and the Jay McShann Big Band) -- Night train (Count Basie Orchestra; Jimmy Forrest, saxophone) -- Piney Brown Blues (reprise) (Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann) -- One o'clock jump (Jay McShann Big Band) -- One o'clock jump (Count Basie Orchestra) -- Moten swing (Bennie Moten Orchestra) -- Honey hush; Rose garden; Chains of love; Shake, rattle & roll (incomplete) (Big Joe Turner & Jay McShann). Produced and directed by Bruce Ricker. 1979 DVD 3562

[Basie, William "Count"]
Count Basie and his band are also featured on the following compilations and shorts:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839
Jazz Festival. (1955) Video/C 7007
Harlem Swings. Volume 2: The Nat King Cole story, Basin Street Reviews (1930s-1940s) Video/C 999:3387
Jumpin' & Jivin'. DVD 8134
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4 Video/C 7616
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 7 Video/C 9275
That's Black Entertainment, part II: The Soundies Era: Black music videos from the 1940's Video/C 4838

[Blakey, Art]Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: Live in '58 (Jazz Icons)
One of the finest lineups in the history of jazz - Art Blakey (drums), Bobby Timmons (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass), Benny Golson (sax), and the legendary trumpet player, Lee Morgan. This historic concert, filmed in Belgium in 1958, is the only known visual of this influential band who were together for only six months. Contents:Just by myself -- Moanin' -- I remember Clifford -- It's you, or no one -- Whisper not -- A night in Tunisia -- NY theme. 55 min. DVD 6842

Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz
Interviews: Gil Melle, Horace Silver, Hans Borgelt, Brigitte Mira, Hermann Haarmann, Bob Belden, Bob Cranshaw, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Ron Carter, Al Harewood, Max Roach, Francis Paudras, Herbie Hancock, Bertrand Tavernier, Carlos Santana, Charlie Lourie, Henri Renaud, Michael Cuscuna, Cassandra Wilson, Ira Gitler, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Performers: Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Dextor Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Junko Onishi, The Blue Note All Stars.

The story of Blue Note Records, the jazz record company founded in 1939 by German refugees Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The history of the company has been intimately linked with the evolution of jazz music and the development of jazz musicians. Includes many recordings of live performances by Blue Note artists as well as interviews of staff, performers and critics. Illustrated with photos by Francis Wolff. 1997. 90 min. DVD X6147; Video/C 5277

[Calloway, Cab]Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.
Excerpted from films made between 1935 to 1947. Among the many songs, includes the classics, Minne the Moocher and Hi-di-ho. 30 min. Video/C 1989

[Calloway, Cab]Cab Calloway: 'Hi-de-ho' and Other Movies
Showcasing the great jazz singer Cab Calloway in a variety of formats and environments, this splended compilation of "soundies" and clips from the 1947 feature film Hi-De-Ho is testament to the master showman's talent. Contents: Hi-de-ho -- Foo a little boogaloo -- I was here when you left me -- We the cats shall help ya -- Minnie the moocher -- One for my baby -- I can't give you anything but love -- St. James Infirmary -- Calloway boogie -- How to do the razz-ma-tazz -- Long about midnight -- Call of the jitterbug -- Blowtop blues -- Blues in the night -- Skunk song -- Virginia, Georgia and Caroline. 102 min. DVD X2455

[Calloway, Cab]
Cab Calloway is featured in the following compilations and shorts:

Betty Boop: Special Collector's Edition vol. 1 Video/C 999:754
Betty Boop, The Definitive Collection. Vol. 2: Pre-code [and] Jazzy Guest Stars Video/C 999:2150
Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3) Video/C 999:1692
Harlem Harmonies. Video/C 1992
Harlem Hot Shots. Volume 2. (Basin Street Review) Video/C 7006
Harlem Swings. Volume 1: Great Jazz Bands of the 30's. Video/C 999:3386
Harlem Swings, Vol. 4 (1940-1950; Black musical shorts) Video/C 999:424
Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts. DVD 543
Jazz Cocktails Video/C 999:1695
Jazz Festival. (1955) Video/C 7007
Jumpin' & Jivin' DVD 8134
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 2 Video/C 7614
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4 Video/C 7616
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 5 Video/C 7617
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 6 Video/C 9321
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 7 Video/C 9275
That's Black Entertainment, part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films Video/C 4837
That's Black Entertainment, part II: The Soundies Era: Black music videos from the 1940's Video/C 4838

[Cole, Nat, "King"]Harlem Swings. Volume 2: The Nat King Cole story, Basin Street Reviews (1930s-1940s)
The first of this double feature stars Nat King Cole as himself in the musical story of his rise to fame in "The Nat King Cole story." The second feature, "Basin Street review," is a Harlem variety review show starring Cole, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Sara Vaughan, Count Basie, Nipsey Russell and other black entertainers. 70 min. Video/C 999:3387

[Cole, Nat, "King"]Nat "King" Cole, 1942-1949: Plus the Mills Brothers.
A compilation of jazz works featuring Nat King Cole and the Mills Brothers taken from produced between 1942 and 1949. 47 min. Video/C 1988

[Cole, Nat, "King"]
Nat King Cole is featured in the following compilations and shorts:

Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 1 Video/C 7574
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 2 Video/C 7614
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 3 Video/C 7615
Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 3 Video/C 7616

[Coltrane, John]Branford Marsalis Quartet Performs Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" in Amsterdam Live
Branford Marsalis Quartet: Branford Marsalis, saxophone ; Joey Calderazzo, piano ; Eric Revis, bass ; Jeff "Tain" Watts, drums. Recorded at the Bimhuis Jazz Club in Amsterdam in 2003, presents the music of the Branford Marsalis Quartet while on tour. 111 min. DVD 5695

[Coltrane, John]John Coltrane live in '60, '61 & '65
Contents: Germany, 1960. On Green Dolphin Street ; Walkin' ; The theme ; Autumn leaves/What's new/Moonlight in Vermont ; Hackensack -- Germany, 1961. My favorite things ; Ev'rytime we say goodbye ; Impressions -- Belgium, 1965. Vigil ; Naima ; My favorite things. John Coltrane, saxophone. In the 1960 set: John Coltrane Quartet (Wynton Kelly, piano ; Paul Chambers, bass ; Jimmy Cobb, drums) with Oscar Peterson, piano (5th work) ; Stan Getz, tenor saxophone (4th-5th works). In the 1961 set: Eric Dolphy, alto saxophone, flute ; McCoy Tyner, piano ; Reggie Workman, bass ; Elvin Jones, drums. In the 1965 set: McCoy Tyner, piano ; Jimmy Garrison, bass ; Elvin Jones, drums. Filmed March 28, 1960 in Dusseldorf, West Germany; December 4, 1961in Baden-Baden, West Germany; and August 1, 1965 in Comblain-La-Tour, Belgium. Three separate shows reveal Coltrane's ascending creative arc from hard bop innovator as a member of the Miles Davis Quartet in 1960 to consummate bandleader in 1961 to unrivalled jazz visionary in 1965. 95 min. DVD X342

[Coltrane, John]The World According to John Coltrane.
Interviews with jazz musicians commenting upon the impact which John Coltrane, an innovative jazz saxophonist, had upon American jazz music. Film traces Coltrane's musical growth from his roots in the black church and in rhythm & blues, through his forty years of life. Film culminates in a musical meeting between the saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and dervish musicians in Morocco. Directed by Robert Palmer and Toby Byron. 1990. 59 min. DVD X2945; Video/C 3125

The Cry of Jazz
Filmmaker and composer Edward O. Bland's polemical essay on the politics of music and race: a forecast of what he called "the death of jazz." Includes the only known footage of visionary pianist Sun Ra from his beloved Chicago-period. Also features tenor saxaphonist John Gilmore and the rest of Ra's Arkestra in Windy City nightclubs. Filmed in Chicago and completed in 1959. Based in part on the book "The fruits of the death of jazz" by Edward O. Bland. 34 min. DVD 5840

Cuban Cinema Classics. Volume 6, Jazz
Contents: Buscandido a Chano Pozo = Looking for Chano Pozo / Rebecca Chavez (1987, 27 min.) -- Manos y el angel : tributo a Emiliano Salvador = Hands and the angel : a tribute to Emiliano Salvador / Esteban Insausti (2002, 27 min.) Contains two short films from Cuba's national film institute, ICAIC. Looking for Chano Pozo includes testimony from family, friends, and fellow musicians to piece together the life and premature death of jazz drummer Chano Pozo while highlighting his unique contribution to modern jazz rhythms. The hands and the angel shows one of the world's greatest jazz musicians, Emiliano Salvador, and his place in Cuban musical history. DVD X5285

[Davis, Miles]The Miles Davis Story
A definitive look at the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, his life and his music, interweaving rare interviews with Miles and insights and memories of his family, friends, and many of the great musicians who played with him during his long career. Showcases many of Davis' most influential and timeless recordings. Videodisc release of the program originally produced for Channel 4 Television in 2001. 125 min. DVD 1528

[Davis, Miles]Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue.
Performers: Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell; Keith Jarrett; Dave Liebman. Discusses Miles Davis' music of the late 1960s-early 1970s, emphasizing the difficult transition Miles went through during his change to an electric period in the face of extremely negative reactions from the jazz establishment. Includes interviews and musical tributes from many of his sidemen and other musicians. Culminates with Davis' complete Aug. 29, 1970 legendary concert from the Isle of Wight. 2004. 123 min. DVD 5726

The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz. (Culture Shock, 2)
Second of a four part series exploring why particular works of art became controversial. Part 2: In its early years, jazz faced resistance across America. Like rap today, jazz music was considered a dangerous influence on young people and society. It featured improvisation and the liberating rhythms of the black American experience instead of classical music forms. As jazz's popularity grew, moralists fought to suppress the music before it finally won acceptance as an art form. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 6909

[Ellington, Duke]Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, 1929-1941: Stars of the Cotton Club.
Featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Fredi Washington, Billie Holiday, and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. 33 min. Video/C 1987

[Ellington, Duke]Memories of Duke.
Features Duke Ellington and his band on their 1968 Mexican tour, filmed in Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes as well as in Guadalajara. Historic scenes from early films and interviews with band members, Cootie Williams and Russell Procope are included. 85 min. Video/C 4004

[Ellington, Duke]On the Road with Duke Ellington: A Rare Visit Behind the Scenes with an American Jazz Legend
Filmed at the peak of his career, this serves as perhaps the most revealing and intimate portrait of the artist ever recorded. Gives an unobtrusive look inside the colorful and transient world of the American Jazz legend, exposing the key elements that characterize and define him. Presents Ellington as the artist performing, composing and ruminating about his life and career. Originally produced as a motion picture in 1974. Special features: Duke Ellington biography; Ellington photo gallery; filmmaker biography; catalog/trailers for Docurama; interactive menus; scene selection. 60 min. DVD 1395

[Ellington, Duke]The Sacred Concerts (Duke Ellington): A Selection
This celebration of the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth features a performance in Lugano Cathedral, wherein members of his orchestra render three religious-themed "Sacred Concerts" compositions, conceived by Ellington from 1965 to 1973. Performers: Featuring, Jon Faddis, trumpet; Adam Nussbaum, drums; guest vocalists, Michele Hendricks, Allan Harris. 79 min. Video/C 9372

[Ellington, Duke]
Duke Ellington is also featured in the following compilations and shorts:

Black Jazz & Blues. Video/C 1846
Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3) Video/C 999:1692
Harlem Harmonies. Video/C 1992 (vol 2)
Harlem Swings. Volume 1: Great Jazz Bands of the 30's. Video/C 999:3386
Harlem Swings. Volume 5: Rock 'n' Roll Revue Video/C 999:3388
Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts. DVD 543
Jazz Cocktails Video/C 999:1695
Jumpin' & Jivin' DVD 8134
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 3 Video/C 7615
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4 Video/C 7616
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4 Video/C 9321

[Evans, Bill]Bill Evans: Live '64-'75
Features five separate performances by one of the most revered pianists in music history covering an 11 year span, highlighting Evans' ever-deepening aristry as he performs with four different all-star rhythm sections. Sweden 1964: My foolish heart ; Israel -- France 1965: Detour ahead ; My melancholy baby -- Denmark 1970: Emily ; Alfie ; Someday my prince will come -- Sweden 1970: If you could see me now ; 'Round midnight ; Someday my prince will come ; sleepin' bee ; You're gonna hear from me ; Re: person I knew -- Denmark 1975: Sareen jurer ; Blue serge ; Up with the lark ; But beautiful ; Twelve tone tune two. Bill Evans, piano ; Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, bass ; Alan Dawson, drummer ; Lee Konitz, saxophone. 98 min. DVD X553

[Evans, Bill]Bill Evans Trio in Europe: Concert and TV Broadcasts 1964-1975.
Comprises many rare concert and TV performances by Bill Evans's different trio formations, beginning as early as 1964 with a Stockholm TV broadcast and ending with the 1975 All Stars Monterey Jazz Festival concert. How my heart sings / Evans (3:55) -- Nardis / Davis (5:13) -- Who can I turn to / Newley ; Bricusse (6:01) -- Someday my prince will come / Morey ; Churchill (5:01) -- How deep is the ocean / Berlin (6:08) -- Waltz for Debby / Evans (4:32) -- My follish heart / Washington ; Young (4:41) -- Emily / Mandel ; Mercer (4:15) -- Bonus tracks: I loves you Porgy / Gershwin (3:08) -- Up with the lark / Robin ; Kern (6:14) -- Billie's bounce / Parker (with Marian McPartland, John Lewis & Patrice Rushen, piano) (5:00). Bill Evans, piano; Chuck Israels, Eddie Gomez, bass ; Larry Bunker, Marty Morell, Paul Motian, drums. Filmed in: London, TV broadcast, March 19, 1965 (tracks 1-6); Stockholm, TV broadcast, September 2, 1964 (track 7); Copenhagen, TV broadcast, December 15, 1970 (track 8); New York, TV broadcast, early 1969 (track 9); Monterey Jazz Festival, California, September 21, 1975 (track 10-11). DVD 5712

[Fitzgerald, Ella]Ella Fitzgerald: Live in '57 & '63 (Jazz Icons)
The "First Lady Of Song" in two distinct performances. The first is the earliest known complete concert of Ella to be captured on film. Shot in Belgium, this 1957 concert has her performing with jazz greats Ray Brown, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones and the legendary Oscar Peterson on classics such as "Lullaby Of Birdland," and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)." The second show is an intimate in-studio performance from 1963, taped in Sweden, featuring Ella backed by a quartet including pianist Tommy Flanagan. Highlights include stellar versions of "Mack The Knife" and "Just One Of Those Things." Contents: Belgium: Angel eyes -- Lullaby of Birdland -- Love for sale -- Tenderly -- April in Paris -- Just one of those things -- Roll 'em Pete -- I can't give you anything but love -- It don't mean a thing (if it ain't got that swing) -- Sweden: No moon at all -- Just one of those things -- Runnin' wild -- Georgia on my mind -- Desafinado -- Hallelujah, I love her so -- Mack the knife. Originally filmed in Belgium in 1957 and Sweden in 1963. 56 min. DVD 6829

[Fitzgerald, Ella]Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For
This definitive look at the "The First Lady of Song" chronicles Ella's entire career, from her amateur night appearance at the Apollo Theater in New York to her unparalleled success on the stage and screen. The film includes never-before-seen performance footage and interviews with many of the great musicians who worked with and admired this truly amazing performer. A segment from the PBS television program: American masters. c1999. 86 min. DVD 5727

[Fitzgerald, Ella]
Ella Fitzgeraldis also featured in the following compilations and shorts:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839
Jazz Voice: The Ladies Sing Jazz. Vol. 2. DVD 5988

[Gillespie, Dizzy]Dizzy Gillespie.
A film by Les Blank. Focuses on the trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie, who, along with Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and others, sparked the change from jazz into "bop" in the 40's. Dizzy talks about his beginnings and his music theories and blows a lot of hot music on that famous horn. Also included is rare footage of Gillespie and Stan Kenton rehearsing the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra for the February 1, 1965 concert. Dist.: Flower Films. 22 min. Video/C 3557

[Gillespie, Dizzy]Dizzy Gillespie: Live in '58 & '70 (Jazz Icons)
Features two historic concerts from one of the founding fathers of bebop. Filmed 12 years apart, the 1958 concert in Belgium features Dizzy working eloquently within the small combo structure of a quintet including such influential musicians as sax player Sonny Stitt and bassist Ray Brown. The second show in Denmark in 1970 focuses on a completely different side of Dizzy, fronting the legendary Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. With a 16-piece big band to conduct, including two drummers, his Latin influences are revealed on "Con Alma" and "Manteca." Contents: Belgium: Blues after dark -- On the sunny side of the street -- Loverman -- Cocktails for two -- Blues walk -- Denmark: Con alma -- The brother K -- Now hear my meanin' -- Manteca -- Let me outta here -- Things are here. 85 min. DVD 6844

[Gillespie, Dizzy]Dizzy's Dream Band.
Contents: Manteca -- Night in Tunisia -- Groovin high -- Mr. Hi Hat -- Hot house -- Lover man -- Tin tin deo -- Salt peanuts (Vote Dizzy). Performer: Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; with special guests Gerry Mulligan, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, John Lewis, Jon Hendricks and various jazz musicians.

Filmed in 1982 this is perhaps the definitive concert performance of Dizzy Gillespie captured on film, demonstrating the trumpet master's ingenious craft and commanding style. Recorded live at Lincoln Center, the show brought together twenty-five of the best jazz musicians. Interspersed with interviews, backstage banter and historic footage, this documentary gives an all-access pass to a once-in-a-life-time jazz music event. 89 min. DVD X6116; vhs Video/C 7479

[Gillespie, Dizzy]Jivin' in Be-bop (1946)
Director, Leonard Anderson. Dizzy Gillespie takes center stage and hosts an old time variety show from the 'Chitlin Circuit' captured in its entirety. Jivin' in be-bop features one smash show-stopping tune after another performed by Dizzy and his orchestra intermingled with hilarious vaudeville routines. Featuring Dizzy Gillespie and his orchestra, Helen Humes, Ray Sneed, Sahji, Freddie Carter, Ralph Brown, Dan Burley, Johnny Taylor, Phil and Audrey, Johnny and Henny, Daisy Richardson, Pancho and Dolores. 59 min. DVD X4193

[Gillespie, Dizzy]A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba
Dizzy Gillespie and his band (Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Sayyd Abdul Al-Khabyyr, saxophone, clarinet; Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, drums; Big Black, congas; Walter Davis, Jr., piano; John G. Lee, bass); Arturo Sandoval and his band; Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano, and his band; El Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba. Presents a celebration of the life and work of jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie. Captures notable musical moments from his trip to Cuba, as well as quiet reflections on the importance of Afro-Cuban music to his art and sense of self. Includes performances of Blues, Con alma, Gee baby, Manteca, A night in Tunisia, and Swing low, sweet Cadillac. Originally released in 1988. 84 min. DVD 5696

[Gillespie, Dizzy]
Dizzy Gillespieis also featured in the following compilations and shorts:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839
Harlem Hot Shots: With Broadway's Brightest Stars Video/C 7005
Jumpin' & Jivin' DVD 8134

A Great Day in Harlem
Commentators: Art Kane, Robert Benton, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Freeman, Mike Lipskin, Nat Hentoff, Milt Hinton, Soville Browne, Eddie Locke, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Robert Altschuler, Art Blakey, Mona Hinton, Steve Frankfurt, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Marian McPartland, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Hank Jones, Max Kaminsky, Buck Clayton. A documentary about a photograph taken in 1958 by Art Kane of the jazz greats of the period. Includes home movie footage of that day of the musicians arriving and greeting each other the morning of the shoot. Also includes conversations with musicians and archival performance footage. 60 min. DVD X2129; vhs Video/C 4197

Great Day in Harlem Web site
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The Greatest Jazz Films Ever
A compilation of some of the finest documentary footage showcasing the giants of jazz. Disc 1. Jammin' the Blues, featuring Lester Young, Red Callender, and others, directed by Gjon Mili (1944) -- Be Bop's Nest, featuring Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie ("Stage Entrance" TV show, 1951 or 1952) -- Jazz at the Philharmonic, featuring Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, directed by Gjon Mili -- The Sound of Miles Davis (complete edition) featuring Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Gil Evans, directed by Jack Smight. Disc 2. The Sound of Jazz (complete edition) featuring Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Giuffre and many others; directed by Jack Smight -- Jazz from Studio 61, featuring Ahmad Jamal, Ben Webster. Concept and design, Pep Faura. (NOTE: Side 1: PAL. Side 2: NTSC) DVD 5839

[Hampton, Lionel]Lionel Hampton: Live in '58
Performance featuring the jazz vibraphonist and his orchestra, filmed for the Belgian television program, Lionel Hampton at the opera. Contents: The high and the mighty -- Hamp's piano blues -- The history of jazz -- Hot club blues -- I found a new baby -- The chase -- Brussels sprouts -- Sticks ahoy -- Gladys. Lionel Hampton, vibraphone ; Leon Zachery and Bobby Plater, alto saxophone ; Andy McGhee, tenor saxophone ; Lonnie Shaw, baritone saxophone ; Louis Blackburn, Wade Marcus, Larry Wilson, trombone ; Dave Gonzales, Art Hoyle, Eddie Mullens, Eddie Williams, trumpet ; Oscar Denard, piano ; William Mackel, guitar and vocals ; Julius Browne, bass ; Wilbert Hogan, drums ; Pinocchio James, vocals. Filmed in Belgium, Feb. 15 or 17, 1958. 58 min. DVD X560

[Holiday, Billie]Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection.
Features rare TV and film performances by Billie Holiday, an especially rare radio interview with Mike Wallace, an audio-only rehearsal session with pianist Jimmy Rowles, audio interviews with friends and fellow musicians, an interactive timeline and an evocative photo-document gallery featuring hundreds of images, from rare photos to personal letters, plus Lady Day's complete recording history for major record companies. Performance highlights include three from 1956's Stars Of Jazz TV that are seen here for the first time since their original broadcast, Holiday's first appearance on film, Duke Ellington's "Saddest Tale," and the classic "Fine And Mellow" with Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and other jazz greats. Special features: Timeline: hundreds of images and interactive features; complete recording history for OKeh, vocalion, Brunswick, Aladdin, Columbia, Commodore, Capitol, Decca, Clef and Veve. Film and TV performances. Saddest tale; The blues are brewin'; Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans; Please don't talk about me when I'm gone; Billie's blues; My man (Mon homme); Fine and mellow; What a little moonlight can do; St. Louis blues / Bessie Smith; I cover the waterfront / Louis Armstrong -- Audio performances. Swing! Brother, Swing!; They can't take that away from me; Do nothing till you hear from me; I'll get by; I wonder where our love has gone -- Audio interviews. John Hammond, Jo Jones, Roy Eldridge, Barney Josephson, Tiny Grimes, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Rowles, Sylvia Syms, Corky Hale; 1955 audio rehearsal : Billie Holiday and Jimmy Rowles for "Jeepers Creepers"; 1956 audio interview : Billie Holiday with Mike Wallace, Night Beat. DVD 5299

[Holiday, Billie]Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday.
This sparkling documentary features rare TV and movie clips, along with commentary by a stellar group of jazz instrumentalists and singers who knew her well. 60 min. DVD 1590; also VHS Video/C 2340

[Holiday, Billie]Strange Fruit
A documentary exploring the history and legacy of the anti-lynching protest song made famous by Billie Holiday. The film examines the history of lynching, the courage of those who fought for racial justice, and the interplay of race, labor and the left and popular culture as forces that would give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. It also presents the story of the composer Lewis Allan, a Jewish schoolteacher and union activist from the Bronx who wrote the poem and later set it to music. c2002. 58 min. Video/C 8924

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[Holiday, Billie]
Billie Holiday is also featured in the following compilations and shorts:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839
Jazz Voice: The Ladies Sing Jazz. Vol. 1. DVD 5987
Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts. DVD 543
Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3) Video/C 999:1692
Body and Soul. Part 2, Soul DVD 8426 [preservation copy]; Video/C MM736

International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
Focuses on the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, an all-female multi-racial jazz band of postdepression years with a strong brass section, heavy percussion and a deep rhythmic sense. Includes interviews with former band members, other musicians, and fans. A film by Greta Schiller. 1986. 30 min. Video/C 4080

Eaklor, Vicki L. "International Sweethearts of Rhythm." Review. The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 4. (Oct., 1990), pp. 1146-1147. UC Berkeley users only

Jammin' the Blues
Director: Gjon Mili. Prominent jazz musicians of the 1940's get together for a rare filming of a jam session. Marie Bryant has a vocal, and dancer Archie Savage does the jitterbug. It is notable that for several cast members, this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film. Rare performance featuring Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Marlowe Morris, "Big" Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Joe Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, and Archie Savage. Directed by Gjon Mili. 1942. DVD 5839; also DVD 6281 (supplement with Passage to Marseille)

Jazz (Ken Burns' Jazz)
2000. 90 min. each installment.

Gumbo. Jazz is born in New Orleans at the turn of the century emerging from several forms of music including ragtime, marching bands, work songs, spirituals, creole music, funeral parade music and above all, the blues. Musicians profiled here who advanced early jazz are Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, Freddie Keppard, and musicians of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band. Special features: motion menus; The making of Jazz, a special featurette. DVD 488

The Gift. From 1917 through 1924 the "Jazz Age" begins with speakeasies, flappers and easy money for some. The story of jazz becomes a tale of two cities, Chicago and New York and of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, whose lives and music will span three-quarters of a century. This episode also follows the careers of jazz greats James Reese Europe, King Oliver, Willie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman and James P. Johnson. Special features: Motion menus, complete performance of Louis Armstrong "I cover the waterfront." DVD 489

Our Language. By 1924 to 1928 jazz is everywhere in America and spreading abroad. For the first time, soloists and singers take center stage, transforming the music with their distinctive voices. This episode traces the careers of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Earl Hines, Ethel Waters, Bix Beiderbecke, the first great white jazz artist, and Benny Goodman, the son of Jewish immigrants. DVD 490

The True Welcome Home. Amid the hard times of the Depression new dances, the Lindy Hop and Swing, caught on at the dance halls of New York even as the jobless lined the streets and drought ruined Midwest farms. Jazz, during 1929 through 1935, lifted the nation's spirit. Record sales boomed while Armstrong became a major entertainer as singer, trumpeter, band leader, radio and film performer. Ellington's elegance, compositions, brilliant band films and recordings created a huge following in America and abroad. This segment also visits the careers of Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Billy Rose, Chick Webb, Fats Waller, Art Tatum and the record producer, John Hammond. DVD 491

Swing: Pure Pleasure. In the mid 1930s, as the Great Depression refuses to lift, Benny Goodman finds himself hailed as the "King of Swing" and becomes the first white bandleader to hire black musicians. He has a host or rivals among them, Chick Webb, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Glen Miller and Artie Shaw. Louis Armstrong heads a big band of his own, while Duke Ellington continues his independent course, but great black artists still can't eat or sleep in many of the hotels where they perform. Billie Holiday emerges from a childhood of tragedy to begin her career as the greatest of all female jazz singers. DVD 492

Swing: the Velocity of Celebration. In the late 1930s, as the Great Depression deepens, jazz thrives. The saxophone emerges as an iconic instrument of the music; this segment introduces two of its masters, Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Young migrates to Kansas City, where a vibrant music scene is prospering with musicians such as trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and drummers Jo Jones and Chick Webb. Out of this ferment emerges pianist Count Basie, who forms a band that epitomizes the Kansas City sound. Billie Holiday cuts recordings while other women musicians, including pianist Mary Lou Williams and singer Ella Fitzgerald emerge on the jazz scene. Benny Goodman holds the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall while Duke Ellington tours Europe. DVD 493

Dedicated to Chaos. When America enters WWII in 1941, swing becomes a symbol of democracy and entertainers like Dave Brubeck, Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw take their music to the armed forces overseas. In New York Billie Holiday is unofficial queen despite a growing addiction to narcotics. Duke Ellington, assisted by the gifted young arranger, Billy Strayhorn, brings his music to ever-greater heights. After dark a small underground of gifted young musicians led by the trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonists Charlie Parker and Ben Webster begin to develop a new fast and intricate way of playing, developing a new music called bebop. Meanwhile in 1945, black soldiers return home to the same racism they fought against, and a growing unrest sets the seeds for future rebellions. DVD 494

Risk. Between 1945 and 1955 jazz splinters into different camps: cool and hot, East and West, traditional and modern. One by one, the big bands leave the road, but Duke Ellington keeps his band together, while Louis Armstrong puts together a small group, the "All-Stars." Promoter Norman Granz insists on equal treatment for every member of his integrated troupes on his Jazz at the Philharmonic Tours. Meanwhile, bebop musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker are creating some of the most inventive jazz ever played but a devastating narcotics plague sweeps through the jazz community, ruining lives and changing the dynamics of performance. And a number of great performers including Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Gerry Mulligan, Thelonious Monk, Paul Desmond, Bille Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lewis find new ways to bring new audiences to jazz. DVD 495

The Adventure. Between 1955 and 1960 rhythm and blues and rock ' roll erode jazz' audiences but the music still enjoys tremendous creativity. Saxophonist Sonny Rollins and trumpeter Clifford Brown make their marks while Duke Ellington emerges stronger than ever and Miles Davis and John Coltrane make legendary albums. Louis Armstrong jeopardizes his career when he condemns the government for its failure to act on racism in Little Rock, Ark. Drummer Art Blakely and others attempt to win back R&B audiences to jazz. As stars such as Billie Holiday fade out, others such as Sarah Vaughan burn brightly and newcomers such as Ornette Coleman begin to push the music into uncharted territories. DVD 496

A Masterpiece by Midnight. In the 1960s jazz fragments into the avant-garde and many divided schools of thought. Many jazz musicians like Dexter Gordon are forced to leave America in search of work while others use the music as a form of social protest: Max Roach, Charles Mingus, and Archie Shepp make overtly political musical statements. John Coltrane appeals to a broad audience before his untimely death. Saxophonist Stan Getz helps boost a craze for bossa nova music, but in the early 1970s jazz founders Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington pass away. Miles Davis leads a movement of jazz musicians who incorporate elements of rock and soul into their music and "fusion" wins listeners. By the mid-1980's jazz begins to bounce back led by Wynton Marsalis and a new generation of musicians. Now as it approaches its centennial, jazz is still alive, still changing and still swinging. DVD 497

Jazz, an Expression of Democracy with Wynton Marsalis and Marian McPartland
President and Mrs. Clinton host renowned jazz musicians, scholars and a seventeen-piece jazz band. The discussion is led by Wynton Marsalis and jazz pianist Marian McPartland who review the development of jazz in the United States and explain how this unique American art form reflects the make-up of our democracy. Throughout the discussion are musical selections by current day musicians with some filmed performances by legendary jazz artists. Presentation recorded in the East Room of the White House on September 18, 1998. 88 min. Video/C 9765

Jazz & African American Culture
Author and poet Amiri Baraka, a major figure in the black arts movement, speaks on the social and political context of jazz as an evolutionary and integral part of African American culture. Recorded October 13, 1994 at Columbia University, New York, N.Y. 60 min. Sound/C 1517

Jazz Festival. (1955)
Directed by Joseph Kohn. Performers: Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughan, The Clovers, Ruth Brown, Count Basie, Nipsey Russell, Mantan Moreland, Coles and Atkins, The Larks, Amos Milburn, Larry Darnell, The Clovers, Herb Jeffried, Bill Bailey, Dinah Washington. A televised performance before a live audience of legendary Black entertainment including music, dancing and comedy performed by the best of the 1950's. 68 min. Video/C 7007

Jazz On a Summer's Day
Performers: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Giuffre, Anita O'Day, Jack Teagarden, Chico Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, George Shearing, Big Maybelle and other performers. Presents the music, musicians, and spectators at the Newport Jazz Festival of 1958; a dazzling display of rich human observation and some of the most remarkable scenes of live jazz ever brought to the screen. A film by Bert Stern. 1959. 84 min. DVD 292

Vanneman, Alan. "Jazz on a Summer's Day on DVD." Review. Bright Lights Film Journal, April 2001 | Issue 32
"Jazz on a summer's day." Time v. 75 (May 23 1960) p. 69
"Jazz on a summer's day." The Nation v. 190 (April 30 1960) p. 392
"Jazz on a summer's day." Commonweal v. 72 (April 8 1960) p. 40-1
"Jazz on a summer's day." Newsweek v. 55 (April 4 1960) p. 112
"Jazz on a summer's day." Saturday Review v. 43 (March 12 1960) p. 70

Jazz: Rhythms of Freedom
A history of jazz, the unique American musical art form rooted in slave songs, which originated in New Orleans in the early 1910s. From New Orleans Dixieland, the music spawned a variety of subgenres; big band-style swing in the 1930s and 1940s, bebop in the mid-1940s, Latin jazz fusions in the 1950s to the freedom music of the 1960s. Jazz, which began in America giving voice to the disenfranchized, has spread around the world to become a way of liberation through music, its aesthetics being adapted to its varied environments and giving rise to many distinctive styles. Features archival film footage with commentary by jazz musicians and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min. DVD X235

Jazz Voice: The Ladies Sing Jazz. Vol. 1.
Showcases five great ladies of jazz accompanied by famed instrumentalists at the height of their considerable talents, performing the finest works from their repertoire. This collection focuses exclusively on live performances ranging from clubs to festivals to TV studio engagements, without any speakers or introducers. The blues are brewin' / Billie Holiday -- Easy to remember / Billie Holiday -- What a little moonlight can do / Billie Holiday -- Foolin' myself / Billie Holiday -- Fine and mellow / Billie Holiday -- Strange fruit / Billie Holiday -- Please don't talk about me when I'm gone / Billie Holiday -- (I love you) Porgy / Billie Holiday -- I'll look around / Nina Simone -- Improvisation / Nina Simone -- When I was in my prime / Nina Simone -- Zungo / Nina Simone -- For all we know / Nina Simone -- There is a book of love / Nina Simone -- Quicksand / Ethel Waters -- Thanks for the boogie ride / Anita O'Day -- Let me off uptown / Anita O'Day -- Only a moment ago / Dinah Washington -- Such a night / Dinah Washington -- I don't hurt anymore / Dinah Washington -- My lean baby / Dinah Washington -- Lover come back to me / Dinah Washington -- Send me to 'lectric chair / Dinah Washington. Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Ethel Waters, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington. 61 min. DVD 5987

Jazz Voice: The Ladies Sing Jazz. Vol. 2.
Showcases seven great ladies of jazz accompanied by famed instrumentalists at the height of their considerable talents, performing the finest works from their repertoire. This collection focuses exclusively on live performances ranging from clubs to festivals to TV studio engagements, without any speakers or introducers. A tisket, a tasket / Ella Fitzgerald -- Imagination / Ella Fitzgerald -- Oh lady be good / Ella Fitzgerald -- You're mine, you! / Sarah Vaughan -- The nearness of you / Sarah Vaughan -- You're not the kind / Sarah Vaughan -- Perdido / Sarah Vaughan -- Misty (1959) / Sarah Vaughan -- Somewhere over the rainbow / Sarah Vaughan -- Trouble is a man / Carmen McRae -- If you never fall in love with me / Carmen McRae -- Round midnight / Carmen McRae -- Love for sale / Carmen McRae -- Just a sittin' and rockin' / June Christy -- He's funny that way / June Christy -- Takin' a chance on love / June Christy -- Why don't you do it right / Peggy Lee -- I cover the waterfront / Peggy Lee -- Born on Friday / Lena Horne -- Stormy weather / Lena Horne -- Hey baba leba / Helen Humes. Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, June Christy, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Helen Humes. 68 min. DVD 5988

[Jones, Quincy]Quincy Jones: Live in '60 (Jazz Icons)
Spotlights a young "Q" conducting his "dream band;"an 18-piece orchestra of world-renowned players such as Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Sahib Shihab, Budd Johnson and Benny Bailey. This 80-minute program, featuring 17 songs, is one of the finest examples of big band jazz ever to be captured on film. Shot in Switzerland and Belgium in 1960, these two concerts are the only known visual documents of this legendary tour; an important lost chapter in an illustrious career which has spanned six decades. Contents: Belgium: Birth of a band -- Moanin' -- Lester leaps in -- The gypsy -- Tickle toe -- Everybody's blues -- Big red -- Switzerland: Birth of a band -- I remember Clifford -- Walkin' Parisian thoroughfare -- The midnight sun will never set -- Everybody's blues -- Stockholm sweetnin' -- My reverie -- Ghana -- Big red. Originally filmed in Belgium and Switzerland in 1960 80 min. DVD 6836

The Katrina Experience. Disc 3, New Orleans Music in Exile
Like their neighbors, the legendary New Orleans music community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives. New Orleans artists comment on how broken levees, flood, looting, and black mold wreaked havoc on music and life in this colorful city. Directed by Robert Mugge. 2006. 112 min. DVD 6050

[Kirk, Roland]Roland Kirk: Live in '63 & '67
Performances featuring the jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, originally filmed for the Belgian television program, Jazz pour tous, and the Dutch television program, Rolando, and at the 1967 Kongsberg Jazz Festival. Belgium 1963: Moon song ; Lover ; Three for the festival ; Yesterdays ; Milestones -- Holland 1963: Bags' groove ; Lover man ; There will never be another you ; Three for the festival -- Norway 1967: Blues for Alice ; Blue Rol ; The shadow of your smile ; Making love after hours ; NY theme. Roland Kirk, tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, clarinet, castinets, vocals, flutes and whistles ; George Gruntz (1963), Ron Burton (1967), piano ; Guy Pedersen (1963), Niels-Henning ?rsted Pedersen (1967), bass ; Daniel Humair (1963), Alex Riel (1967), drums. 80 min. DVD X552

The Legend of Bop City.
From 1950 to 1965, an after-hours jazz club called Jimbo's Bop City became an emblem of the spirit and vitality of African-American society, local and world-wide. Located in San Francisco's legendary Fillmore District, Bop City hosted jazz legends Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. c1998. 52 min. DVD 7108 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6393

Lullaby of Harlem
Travel back to the early days of rhythm and blues at old haunts like The Apollo, The Savoy, and the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City. Performers: Count Basie, Nat 'King' Cole, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, The Delta Rhythm Boys, Billy Eckstine, The Mills Brothers, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Louis Jordan & The Tympani 5. 2004. 60 min. DVD X2962

[Lunceford, Jimmie]Melody Masters: Jimmie Lunceford and his Dance Orchestra(1936)
Directed by Joseph Henabery. 10 min. Included on DVD 4253
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[Mingus, Charles]Mingus: Charles Mingus, 1968.
A portrait of this great bassist/composer and some of the hard times that came his way. Includes scenes of him conducting his big band, composing, singing and reciting his own poetry. 58 min. Video/C 2990

[Mingus, Charles ]Charlie Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog
The first comprehensive documentary of Afro-American jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Mingus who led a tumultuous life filled with trauma and frustration, joy and creativity. Nine years in the making and exhaustively researched, virtually everything used in the film is extraordinarily rare. Abundant clips of Mingus in performance in the 1960s and 1970s perfectly illustrate the many faces and tortured heart of a musical genius. Directed by Don McGlynn. 1997. 78 min. DVD X3006; Video/C 3216

[Monk, Thelonious]Straight No Chaser
Documentary about the life and works of Thelonious Monk. Includes extensive archival footage by Michael and Christian Blackwell, made in 1968, of Monk performing his own compositions in studio, on tour, and behind the scenes. With newly added interviews. 90 min. DVD 5656; vhs Video/C 2974

Gabbard, Krin. "Evidence: Monk as Documentary Subject." Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Autumn, 1999), pp. 207-225. UC users only
Nation v249, n14 (Oct 30, 1989):505 (4 pages)
Down Beat v57, n2 (Feb, 1990):34 (2 pages)
Rolling Stone, n551 (May 4, 1989):19).

[Monk, Thelonious]Thelonious Monk: American Composer
A fully rounded portrait of the musician and composer, Thelonious Monk, including clips of international performances and interviews with artists and producers. Round midnight -- Blue Monk -- Trinkle, tinkle -- Epistrophy -- Criss cross -- Rhythm-a-ning -- Pannonica -- Evidence -- Well, you needn't -- Nutty -- Bolivar blues -- Just a gigolo -- I let a song go out of my heart -- Lulu's back in town. Thelonious Monk, with Randy Weston, Billy Taylor, Ben Riley, Orrin Keepnews, Thelonious Monk, Jr., Marion White, Barry Harris. 1991. 60 min. DVD 5713

[Monk, Thelonious]Thelonious Monk: Live in '66 (Jazz Icons)
Features two intimate concerts filmed three days apart in Scandanavia in the Spring of 1966 with the legendary quartet that includes pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Ben Riley, bassist Larry Gales and tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Thelonious Monk revolutionized jazz with his innovative musical approach and these performances filmed in Norway and Denmark provide a rare opportunity to experience Monk's genius up close on his classic compositions "Blue Monk," "Epistrophy" and "Round Midnight." Contents: Norway: Lulu's back in town ; Blue Monk ; 'Round midnight -- Denmark: Lulu's back in town ; Don't blame me ; Epistrophy. 62 min. DVD 6835

[Monk, Thelonious]
Duke Ellington is also featured in the following compilations and shorts:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839
Jazz On a Summer's Day DVD 292

[Parker, Charlie]Bird Now.
This film which contains the only existing footage of Charlie "Bird" Parker, retraces the life of the legendary jazzman, whose turbulent career provided the soundtrack for black America in the 1940's. His music was a cry of defiance in the face of racial segregation, police harassment and the dangers that lurked along the quick "escape routes" of drink and hard drugs. Performers: Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Chan Parker, Bill Miles, Walter Bishop, Jr., Tommy Potter, Lester Bowie. 1998. 60 min. Video/C 5883

[Parker, Charlie]Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker.
In film clips, photos, and interviews, Parker's life is traced from Kansas City to the New York jazz scene of the 1950s 59 min. DVD 1742; also on VHS Video/C 2341

[Parker, Charlie]Charlie Parker is also featured in the following:

The Greatest Jazz Films Ever DVD 5839

[Peterson, Oscar]Oscar Peterson: Live in '63, '64 & '65
Filmed in Sweden, Apr. 3, 1963, in Denmark, May 2, 1964 and in Finland, Mar. 23, 1965. Performances featuring the jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, filmed for the television programs, Mork sang (Sweden, 1963), Swing it Oscar (Denmark, 1964) and Live in Finland (Finland, 1965). Sweden 1963: Reunion blues ; Satin doll ; But not for me ; It ain't necessarily so ; Chicago (That toddling town) -- Denmark 1964: Soon ; On Green Dolphin Street ; Bags' groove ; Tonight ; C-jam blues ; Hymn to freedom -- Finland 1965: Yours is my heart alone ; Mack the knife ; Blues for Smedley ; Misty ; Mumbles. Oscar Peterson, piano ; Ray Brown, bass ; Ed Thigpen, drums ; Roy Eldridge, trumpet (1963) ; Clark Terry, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals (1965). 84 min. DVD X559

[Reinhardt, Django]Jazz Hot(UK, 1939)
Musical short. Cast: Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli et le Qintette du Hot Club de France. 6:19 min. DVD 9450; also DVD 9635

[Reinhardt, Django]Swing Guitar: The Genius of Django Reinhardt
Born in Belgium of Gypsy parents, Django suffered an accident which left the fourth and fifth fingers of his left hand paralyzed. Overcoming these odds, he taught himself how to play the guitar, creating an amazing new technique that matched his physical limitations -- and began one of the most fascinating careers in jazz history. This documentary covers his life including his success with the Quintet of the Hot Club de France, his experiences during WWII and his emigration to America to join Duke Ellington in 1946. Special features: Complete short "Le Jazz hot" (1939) the only existing film of the Quintet of the Hot Club de France ; "Gregor et ses Gregoriens," a rare early 1930's film featuring Stephanie Grappelly ; bonus audio tracks with 14 music clips covering Django's career. 2006. 46 min. DVD 6445

Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words from the Harlem Renaissance [SOUND RECORDING]
Musical works originally issued on analog 78rpm discs. Recorded 1918-34 (music) and 1999-2000 (readings). "The only collection in existence documenting the music, art and literature of the new negro of the Harlem Renaissance featuring digitally restored original recordings as well as new readings of renaissance literature plus a book containing rare previously unpublished photos, artwork and writings."

Performers Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Ethel Waters, Eubie Blake, Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Paul Robeson, Paul Whiteman, Lou Rawls, Leadbelly, Louis Armstong, Fats Waller, Gregory Hines, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Claude Hopkins, Eartha Kitt. Sound/D 87

[Rich, Buddy]Buddy Rich: Live in '78 (Jazz Icons)
Buddy Rich highlights the relentless power and unparalleled artistry of the man who was known as "The World's Greatest Drummer." This 75-minute concert, taped in Holland in 1978, showcases one of the tightest big bands in history, featuring acclaimed saxophonist Steve Marcus and other members of Buddy's "Killer Force," the group he would later call "the best band I ever had." Standout performances include "Grand Concourse," "Big Swing Face," and "Channel One Suite," which climaxes in Buddy's signature drum solo. Contents: Ya gotta try -- Little train -- Best coast -- Grand concourse -- 'Round midnight -- Birdland -- Channel one suite -- Big swing face. 75 min. DVD 6830

[Roach, Max]Sit Down and Listen: The Story of Max Roach (Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music; 5)
This program reflects on the lifelong career of Max Roach, who by the age of 19 was the hottest drummer on the New York bebop scene. Footage of the renowned musician, band-leader, composer and professor in the studio, on tour and behind the podium performing with other renowned musicians sheds light on his many talents. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7354

[Rollins, Sonny]Sonny Rollins: Sweden 1959
Interview ; It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that swing) ; Paul's pal ; Love letters. Holland 1959: I've told every little star ; I want to be happy ; A weaver of dreams -- Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Belgium 1963: Stolen moments ; Everything happens to me ; Domino ; Three for the festival DVD X561

[Rollins, Sonny]Sonny Rollins: Live in '65 & '68
Performances featuring the jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins. Filmed for Danish television, the first is from the 1965 Copenhagen Jazz Festival and the second for the 1968 television program, Saxophone Colossus. Performers: Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone ; Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bass ; Alan Dawson (1965), Albert "Tootie" Heath (1968), drums ; Kenny Drew, piano (1968). Filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark at Tivoli Hall on Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, 1965 and at Danmarks Radio-Television Studio 1, Sept. 20, 1968. 87 min. DVD X544

[Rollins, Sonny]Saxophone Colossus.
Primarily a performance documentary which captures a performance of Sonny Rollins' quintet and the world premiere of his concerto along with interviews with Rollins, the conductor Sarmanto and others. Contents: G-man -- The bridge -- Tenor saxophone solo -- Concerto for tenor saxophone and orchestra. Movements 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 / composed by Sonny Rollins; arranged and orchestrated by Heikki Sarmanto -- Don't stop the carnival. Featuring Sonny Rollins, saxophone; with his quintet (Clifton Anderson, trombone; Mark Soskin, piano; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Marvin "Smitty" Smith, drums); and with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Heikki Sarmanto, conductor. The quintet performance was recorded at Harvey Fite's Opus 40 in Saugerties, New York, Aug. 16, 1986; the concerto was recorded May 18, 1986 in Tokyo. Producer and director, Robert Mugge. 101 min. DVD X1485; vhs Video/C 6916

Robert Altman's Jazz '34
Performers: Jesse Davis, David "Fathead" Newman, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Tyrone Clarke, Don Byron, Russell Malone, Geri Allen, Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter, Craig Handy, David Murray, Joshua Redman, Curtis Fowlkes, Clark Gayton, Olu Dara, Nicholas Payton, James Zollar, Kevin Mahogany.

Contemporary jazz musicians recreate an all-night jam session as it might have happened in a 1930's Kansas City club. 1996. 75 min. Video/C MM199

[Ross, Diana]Diana Ross Live: The Lady Sings-- Jazz & Blues: Stolen Moments.
Contents: Fine and mellow (2:58) -- Them there eyes (3:42) -- Don't explain (4:48) -- What a little moonlight can do (3:46) -- Mean to me (2:41) -- Lover man (oh where can you be) (5:01) -- Gimme a pigfoot and a bottle of beer (3:31) -- Little girl blue (3:21) -- There's a small hotel (2:47) -- I cried for you (6:38) -- The man I (cont'd) love (5:13) -- God bless the child (6:13) -- Love is here to stay (2:18) -- You've changed (2:59) -- Strange fruit (3:31) -- Good morning heartache (5:02) -- Ain't nobody's bizness if I do (2:44) -- My man (3:54) -- Fine and mellow (reprise) (2:06).

A live recording of a once in a lifetime performance by Diana Ross at the Ritz Theatre in New York City on December 4, 1992. In addition to the performance Ms. Ross is interviewed and shares her special behind-the-scenes footage of the show. 90 min. DVD 1396

[Shepp, Archie]Archie Shepp: I Am Jazz...It's My Life.
A film portrait of Archie Shepp, multi-instrumentalist, composer, poet, playwright and educator. Whether on tenor or soprano sax or shouting his poems of protest, 52 min. Video/C 7477

[Simone, Nina]Nina Simone: Live in '65 & '68
Filmed in Holland, Dec. 25, 1965 and in England, Sept. 14, 1968. Performances featuring the jazz pianist/vocalist Nina Simone. Filmed for the Dutch television program, Nina Simone, in 1965 and the British television program, Sound of soul in 1968. Holland 1965: Brown baby ; Four women ; The ballad of Hollis Brown ; Tomorrow is my turn/Images ; Go limp ; Mississippi goddam -- England 1968: Go to hell ; Ain't got no/I got life ; Backlash blues ; I put a spell on you ; Don't let me be misunderstood ; Why? (The king of love is dead). Nina Simone, piano and vocals ; Sam Waymon, organ, vocals and percussion (1968) ; Rudy Stevenson (1965), Henry Young (1968), guitar ; Lisle Atkinson (1965), Gene Taylor (1968), bass ; Bobby Hamilton (1965), Buck Clark (1968), drums. 64 min. DVD X545

[Simone, Nina]Nina Simone: Belgium 1963
Stolen moments ; Everything happens to me ; Domino ; Three for the festival DVD X561

[Simone, Nina]Nina Simone: Sweden 1965
Love me or leave me ; Interview ; Mississippi goddam. Sonny Rollins, tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes, bass ; Joe Harris (Sweden), Pete LaRoca (Holland), drums. DVD X561

[Smith, Bessie]Bessie Smith and Friends.
Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min. Video/C 1990

[Smith, Bessie]Bessie Smith is featured in the following:

Black Jazz & Blues. Video/C 1846
Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3) Video/C 999:1692
Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts. DVD 543
Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 2 Video/C 7614
That's Black Entertainment, part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films Video/C 4837

Sound??
An exploration of the nature of music which cuts back and forth between John Cage talking about the relationship between music and sound and Roland Kirk playing the saxophone in this celebration/collaboration by two very different musical iconoclasts who share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. 27 min. Video/C 7475

[Sun Ra]Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise.
Sun Ra - bandleader, keyboardist, composer and self-made myth - performs and philosophizes in this easygoing yet thorough documentary. His Intergalactic Omniverse Arkestra, a big band with singers and dancers, performs in elaborate costumes, ritual, and theatrical glitter. Includes blues, swing, modal chants, quasi-African drumming, and electronic music. 1980. 60 min. Video/C 6915

[Sun Ra]Space is the Place.
In this film featuring Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra, a space traveler returns to earth to duel with the forces of evil. 63 min. Video/C 3401

Sexton, Jamie. "A Cult Film by Proxy." New Review of Film & Television Studies; Dec2006, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p197-215, 19p UC users only

[Taylor, Cecil]Burning Poles
Performer: Cecil Taylor, Bosendorfer piano and vocals; William Parker, bass; Tony Oxley and Henry Martinez, drums and percussion. Three selections by African American pianist and vocalist Cecil Taylor. Taylor has forged a music so advanced in composition, improvisation, rhythm and technique, performed with such relentless energy, that it has simultaneously been the apex and much of the foundation of modern improvised music. 50 min. Video/C 9272

Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women.
This tribute profiles the jazz trumpeter Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, and her lesbian partner of 40 years, drummer Ruby Lucas (aka Renee Phelan). Includes interviews with Tiny and Ruby in their Chicago home, archival material, lively musical performances, and narration by poet Cheryl Clarke. A film by Greta Schiller. 28 min. Video/C 4073

Eaklor, Vicki L. "Tiny & Ruby: Hell Divin' Women." Review. The American Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 4. (Oct., 1990), pp. 1146-1147. UC Berkeley users only

Wild Man Blues.
Documentarian Barbara Kopple follows Woody Allen and his companion Soon-Yi Previn, on a 1996 European concert tour given by Allen and his New Orleans-style jazz band. Allen, an accomplished clarinetist, is presented here in this truly rare and insightful look at a famously private artist. Barbara Kopple captures the energy and passion of the music while also uncovering Allen offstage: being mobbed by fans, harassed by paparazzi, and hounded by strangers. 1997. 103 min. DVD X6548; Video/C 7760

Jazz Shorts: Short Performance Works and Short Features of the 1920's-1040's

All-colored Vaudeville Show
Featuring Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers. Included on DVD 5066

Bessie Smith and Friends.
Miscellaneous musical shorts, including the Nicholas Brothers, Eubie Blake, Teddy Wilson, and others. 39 min. Video/C 1990

Betty Boop
Animated cartoons featuring various jazz personalities, such as Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong. SEE Animation videography

The Big Bands: Volume 2, The Soundies
Bar babble ; Man that's groovy ; La rosita / Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra -- Let me off uptown ; Thanks for the boogie ride / Gene Krupa and his Orchestra -- Tiger rag / Victor Young and orchestra -- Java jive ; The anvil chorus ; Lonesome road ; Volga boatman ; Jumpin' at the jukebox / Al Donahue and his Orchestra -- Boardwalk boogie ; Barnyard bounce / Will Bradley and his Orchestra -- Hop, skip and jump / Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra -- Boogie man ; It must be jelly (with Doris York) / Johnny Long and his Orchestra -- Are you happy? Amen ; The biggest aspidastra in the world / Johnny Messner and his Orchestra. The short films included in this compilation are known as Soundies. These musical films were shown in a jukebox machine called Panoram. Over 2000 of these films were made between 1941 and 1947. This volume includes some of the finest musicians and band leaders of the Big Band Era. This compilation consists of short films, originally released as Soundies, 1941-1947. DVD 8820

Black and Tan(1929)
Director, Dudley Murphy. Cast: Duke Ellington. "Duke Ellington plays hot jazz in a fictional story that finds him down on his luck; he tries in vain to dissuade his friend, dancer Fredi Washington, from working with heart trouble even though it means work for his band. Sure enough, she collapses on stage." [IMDB] 18:11 min. DVD 9634; also on DVD 543

Black Jazz & Blues.
All-black musical shorts from 1929-1945, starring Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Billie Holliday, Louis Jordan, Bessie Smith, James P. Johnson, and others. 44 min. Video/C 1846

Cab Calloway and His Orchestra.
Excerpted from films made between 1935 to 1947. Among the many songs, includes the classics, Minne the Moocher and Hi-di-ho. 30 min. Video/C 1989

Cab Calloway: 'Hi-de-ho' and Other Movies
Showcasing the great jazz singer Cab Calloway in a variety of formats and environments, this splended compilation of "soundies" and clips from the 1947 feature film Hi-De-Ho is testament to the master showman's talent. Contents: Hi-de-ho -- Foo a little boogaloo -- I was here when you left me -- We the cats shall help ya -- Minnie the moocher -- One for my baby -- I can't give you anything but love -- St. James Infirmary -- Calloway boogie -- How to do the razz-ma-tazz -- Long about midnight -- Call of the jitterbug -- Blowtop blues -- Blues in the night -- Skunk song -- Virginia, Georgia and Caroline. 102 min. DVD X2455

Count Basie and Friends, 1943-1945.
Jazz ensembles featuring Count Basie excerpted from films made between 1941 and 1945. Includes performances by Louis Jordan, the Delta Rhythm Boys, and others. 32 min. Video/C 1984

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, 1929-1941: Stars of the Cotton Club.
Featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Fredi Washington, Billie Holiday, and Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. 33 min. Video/C 1987

Fats Waller and Friends, 1941-1946.
Eleven Jazz tunes are performed by Fats Waller's jazz ensemble and his vocalists. 32 min. Video/C 1985

Grace Notes(Saved from the Flames: 54 Rare and Restored Films 1896-1944)
Rare early musical performances: Django Reinhardt with Stephane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra, Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen, and the Utica Jubilee Singers. Radi-Ators / Columbia Pictures ; Utica Jubilee Singers (USA, 1929, 9:18 min.) -- Black and tan / RCA ; director, Dudley Murphy with Fernand Leger ; Duke Ellington and the Cotton Club Orchestra (USA, 1929, 18:10 min.) -- Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen (Denmark, 1934, 9:05 min.) -- Jazz hot / with Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France (France, 1939, 6:20 min.) DVD 9450

Harlem Harmonies.
Musical shorts, including Erskine Hawkins, Dorothy Dandridge, Nobel Sissle, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Louis Jordan, Lena Horne, Nat "King" Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, and others. Contents vol1: 1. Harlem hot shots (1940) -- 2. Bip bam boogie -- 3. Red hot heat. -- 4. Hot in the groove (1942) -- 5. No, no baby (1945) -- 6. Everybody's jumpin' now (1944) -- 7. Lonesome road (1941) -- 8. Swingin' in the groove (1945) -- 9. Jungle jig (1941). Contents vol 2: Contents: 1. Hot Chocolate (1945) -- 2. Let's scuffle (1942) -- 3. Jive talk dictionary (1942) -- 4. I want to talk about you (1944) -- 5. Unlucky woman (1941) -- 6. You rascal you (1942) -- 7. Caldonia (1945) -- 8. Honeysuckle Rose (1941) -- 9. Errand boy for rhythm (1946) -- 10. Take me back baby -- 11. Breakfast in rhythm (1943) 35 min. Video/C 1991 (vol 1) & 30 min. Video/C 1992 (vol 2)

Harlem Hot Shots. Volume 2. (Basin Street Review) (Black Artists of the Silver Screen, 1950's)
Directed by Joseph Kohn. Performers: Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Nipsey Russell, Mantan Moreland, Martha Davis, Amos Milburn, The Clovers, Jimmy Brown, Faye Adams, Coles and Atkins, Herb Jeffries. Fantastically entertaining show produced in the 1950's consisting of some of the greatest Afro-American show people in music, dance and comedy. 40 min. Video/C 7006

Harlem Hot Shots: With Broadway's Brightest Stars (Black Artists of the Silver Screen, 1953)
Directed by Joseph Kohn. Performers: Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Ruth Etting, Joe Turner, Bill Bailey, Ruth Brown. A televised performance before a live audience presented in 1953 by Afro-American entertainers in music, dance and comedy. 47 min. Video/C 7005

Harlem Roots: Rhythm in Harmony (1988)
Some of the greatest harmonizing vocal groups of the 1940s are featured in this collection of vintage "soundies," films which were shown in jukebox machines called a Panorama. Over 2000 of these films were made between 1941 and 1947, presenting many of the most popular recording artists of the day. Seven numbers by the fabulous Mills Brothers highlight this compendium of top flight harmonizing. Also included areselections by the Delta Rhythm Boys, the Deep River Boys, the Charioteers and the Jubil-Aires. Look for Dorothy Dandridge during the Mills Brothers performance of "Paper doll." Contents: Caravan -- Rockin' chair -- Lazy river -- Till then --Cielito lindo -- You always hurt the one you love --Paper doll -- Dry bones -- I dreamt I dwelt in Harlem -- Jack, you're playing the game -- Just a sittin' and a rockin' -- Rigoletto blues -- Snoqualomie Jo Jo --Take the A Train -- Shadrack -- Toot that trumpet --Darktown strutters ball -- Preacher and the bear -- Noah -- Brother Bill. 70 min. vhs 999:3389

Harlem Roots. Volume 2, The Headliners
The short films included in this compilation are known as Soundies. These musical films were shown in a jukebox machine called Panoram. Over 2000 of these films were made between 1941 and 1947. This volume features three of the most accomplished African American musicians of the 1940s. Fats Waller: Honeysucke rose -- Your feet's too big -- Ain't misbehavin' -- The joint is jumpin' -- Louis Armstrong: When it's sleepy time down South - Shine -- I'll be glad when you're dead you rascal you -- Swinging on nothing -- Louis Jordan: Five guys named Moe -- Honey chile -- G.I. jive -- If you can't smile and say yes -- Fuzzy wuzzy -- Tillie -- Caldonia -- Buzz me -- Down, down, down -- Jumpin' at the jubilee. Fats Waller ; Louis Armstrong ; Louis Jordan. DVD 8821

Harlem Swings. Volume 1: Great Jazz Bands of the 30's.
All black cast musical short subjects. This collection of swing greats includes performances by Eubie Blake, Don Redman, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Les Hite and the great jazz bands of the 1930s. Contents: Eubie Blake & Band in "Pie, pie, blackbird," featuringNina Mae McKinney -- Don Redman & his Orchestra with Red & Struggie -- Cab Calloway's Hi-de-ho -- Louis Armstrong in "A rhapsody in black and blue" -- Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in "Symphony in black, a rhapsody of Negro life" -- "Murder in swing time" with Les Hite and his Orchestra and June Richmond. ca. 60 min. vhs 999:3386

Harlem Swings. Volume 2: The Nat King Cole story, Basin Street Reviews (1930s-1940s)
The first of this double feature stars Nat King Cole as himself in the musical story of his rise to fame in "The Nat King Cole story." The second feature, "Basin Street review," is a Harlem variety review show starring Cole, Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Sara Vaughan, Count Basie, Nipsey Russell and other black entertainers. 70 min. vhs 999:3387

Harlem Swings, Vol. 3 (1940-1950; Black musical shorts)
Various directors. Musical comedy short subjects with an all black cast, including: Dusty Fletcher, Stepin Fetchit, Ethel Waters, Louis Jordan, Sammy Davis, Jr. 70 min. vhs 999:423

Harlem Swings, Vol. 4 (1940-1950; Black musical shorts)
Various directors. Musical short subjects with an all black cast, including: Leon Gross, Cora Harris, The Red Lily Chorus, "Stringbean" Jackson, Cab Calloway and his orchestra, The Ebony trio, Lena Horne, Lionel Hampton, Joe Turner, Bill Bailey, Ruth Brown, Sarah Vaughn, The Harlem hot shots, Louis Armstrong. 70 min. vhs 999:424

Harlem Swings. Volume 5: Rock 'n' Roll Revue (c1996)
Great live show before an audience in Harlem, the center for legendary Black entertainment. There is music, dancing and comedy performed by the best of the period. Performers: Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Coles & Atkins, Dinah Washington, The Clovers, Nat "King" Cole, Ruth Brown, Larry Darnell, Mantan Moreland, Nipsey Russell, Delta Rhythm Boys, Willie Bryant. 70 min. vhs 999:3388

Hollywood Rhythm. Paramount Musical Shorts.

The Best of Jazz & Blues. Musicals shorts, originally produced to merely fill out the film program, have in many cases acquired more value than the features they once supported. Filmed at the Paramount Studios in Astoria, Queens, these twelve shorts offer unparalleled opportunities to see and hear early great jazz and blues artists in action. Contents: Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong (1932) -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933) -- Hi-de-ho / Cab Calloway (1933) -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller (1941) -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935) -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway (1934) -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith (1929) -- Hoagy Carmichael / Jack Teagarden (1939) -- Ol' king cotton / George Dewey Washington (1930) -- Black and tan fantasy / Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol (1929) -- Those blues / Vincent Lopez (1932) -- Jazz a la Cuba / Don Aspizau (1933). Videodisc release of musical shorts originally produced by Paramount Pictures between 1929 and 1941. 123 min. DVD 543

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The Best of Big Bands & Swing. Presents ten musical shorts along with bonus performances providing an opportunity to see and hear the best in the big band era. Contents: Blue of the night / Bing Crosby (1933) -- Musical doctor / Rudy Vallee, Mae Questel (1932) -- Singapore Sue / Anna Chang, Cary Grant (1931) -- Office blues / Ginger Rogers (1930) -- Artie Shaw's class in swing / Artie Shaw (1939) -- Her future / Ethel Merman (1930) -- Lesson in love / Kelen Kane (1931) -- Favorite melodies / Ruth Etting (1929) -- Meet the boyfriend /Lillian Roth (1920) -- Dream house / Bing Crosby (1932) -- Bonus performances / Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Ginger Rogers & Jackie Oakie, Tallulah Bankhead, Kate Smith, Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier, Boswell Sisters. Videodisc release of musical shorts originally produced by Paramount Pictures between 1929 and 1939. 118 min. DVD 544

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Blue Melodies (1929-34; Hollywood Rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 3)
Directed by Various, Paramount: Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life - Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday (1935); Those Blues - Vincent Lopez (1932); Ol' King Cotton - George Dewey Washington (1930); A Bundle of Blues - Duke Ellington, Ivie Anderson (1933); Jitterbug Party - Cab Calloway (1934); Her Future - Ethel Merman (1930); St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith (1929); Blue of the Night - Bing Crosby (1933). Eight mini musicals featuring landmark performances by the legends of jazz and blues from the early years of sound film production. Bessie Smith stars in her only film, the once-notorious musical St. Louis Blues. Tennaged Billie Holiday performs with Duke Ellington's orchestra while another piece, Bundle of Blues, spotlights Ellington's favorite band singer, Ivie Anderson. And, months before her Broadway debut, a girlish Ethel Merman defends her life before a judge in Her Future. 85 min. vhs 999:1692

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Jammin' the Blues
Director: Gjon Mili. Prominent jazz musicians of the 1940's get together for a rare filming of a jam session. Marie Bryant has a vocal, and dancer Archie Savage does the jitterbug. It is notable that for several cast members, this is their only known appearance in a theatrical film. Rare performance featuring Lester Young, Red Callender, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Marlowe Morris, "Big" Sid Catlett, Barney Kessel, Joe Jones, John Simmons, Illinois Jacquet, Marie Bryant, and Archie Savage. Directed by Gjon Mili. 1942. DVD 5839; also DVD 6281 (supplement with Passage to Marseille)

Jazz Cocktails (1929-1941; Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 2)
Contents: Office blues (1930) - Ginger Rogers; Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Ho (1934) - Cab Calloway; Artie Shaw's Class in Swing (1939) - Artie Shaw; Dream House (1932) - Bing Crosby; directed by Mack Sennett; Black and Tan Fantasy (1929) - Duke Ellington, Fredi Washington, Arthur Whetsol; Makers of Melody (1929) - Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart; Ain't Misbehavin' (1941) / Fats Waller. In this collection of musical shorts some of the greatest names in jazz are presented in some of their earliest filmed performances. Featuring Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Bing Crosby who bends the definition of jazz to croon three ballads. Perhaps the gem of this film however is Office Blues in which a pre-stardom, pre-Astaire Ginger Rogers cavorts in an Art Deco extravaganza. 90 min. vhs 999:1695

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Jumpin' & Jivin'.
A collection of short films from the 1940s and 1950s offering a rare opportunity to see as well as hear jazz legends. Rhythm in a rift / (Billy Eckstine) -- Sophisticated lady / (Duke Ellington) -- Boogie woogie dream / (Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons) -- The Anvil chorus / (Al Donahue) -- Dixie jump / (Ralph Flanagan) -- Class in swing / (Artie Shaw) -- Minnie the moocher ; Blues in the night / (Cab Calloway) -- Honey chile ; Tillie ; Buzz me / (Louis Jordan) -- Ain't misbehavin' ; Honeysuckle Rose ; Your feet's too big / (Fats Waller) -- Take me back baby / (Count Basie Orchestra with Jimmy Rushing) -- My little cousin ; Sans Culottes / (Teddy Powell) -- Let me off uptown / (Gene Krupa with Anita O'Day and Roy Eldridge) -- Take the 'A' train / (Delta Rhythm Boys) -- Rag mop ; It's rock, it's roll, it's swing / (The Treniers) -- Basin Street boogie ; Boardwalk boogie / (Will Bradley) -- Oop bop shi bam / (Dizzy Gillespie) -- Ding dong baby ; Airmail special / (Lionel Hampton) -- Unlucky woman / (Lena Horne). 85 min. DVD 8134

King of Jazz (1930)
Director, John Murray Anderson. This revue presents its numbers around the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman, besides that it shows in it's final number that the European popular music are the roots of American popular music, called Jazz. 3:34 min. DVD 4651

Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra, 1942-1965: Stars of the Cotton Club
Five jazz tunes performed by Louis Armstrong and other renowned jazz musicians excerpted from motion pictures produced from 1942 to 1965. 33 min. Video/C 1986

Music and Comedy Masters. Volune 1
Contents: Blues and boogie / Maxine Sullivan, Nat King Cole -- Murder in swingtime / Les Hite & Orchestra -- Ain't misbehavin' / Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong -- Bubbling over / Ethel Waters -- Boogie woogie dream / Lena Horne -- Caledonia / Louis Jordan. 80 min. Video/C 7574

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 2
Contents: Minnie the moocher / Cab Calloway -- Jittering jitterbugs / Hamtree Harrington -- Heavenly choir / Bessie Smith -- St. Louis Blues / Bessie Smith -- Showtime at the Apollo / Mantan Moreland, Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole -- Hi de ho / Cab Calloway. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Cab Calloway, Bessie Smith, Lionel Hampton and other performers. 75 min. Video/C 7614

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 3
Contents: Marian Anderson sings -- Sarah Vaughn sings -- Symphony in black / Duke Ellington -- Basin Street review / Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole, Nipsey Russell, Dinah Washington. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Marian Anderson, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, Nipsey Russell and others. 80 min. Video/C 7615

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 4
Contents: Come to baby do / Nat King Cole Trio -- Bundle of blues / Duke Ellington -- Jitterbug party / Cab Calloway -- Harlem hotshots / Count Basie Orchestra, Louis Armstrong -- Sugar chil / Duke Ellington -- Black & tan / Duke Ellington. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Count Basie & his orchestra, Louis Armstrong, King Cole Trio, Duke Ellington and other performers. 75 min. Video/C 7616

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 5
Contents: Sepian swing / Cab Calloway, King Cole Trio -- Sepia stars on parade / Herb Jefferies, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan -- Rhapsody in black and blue / Louis Armstrong and Orchestra. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in Afro-American entertainment entertainment in some of their earliest filmed performances. Includes Herb Jefferies, Fats Waller, Bill Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, the Mills Brothers and other performers. 60 min. Video/C 7617

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 6
Dry bones / Delta Rhythm Boys -- Open the door, Richard / Dusty Fletcher -- Richard's answer / Stepin Fetchit, Earl Bostic and his Orchestra -- Slow poke / Stepin Fetchit -- Spying the spy -- Musical excerpts: Baron Lee and his Blue Rhythm Band -- Duke Ellington -- Cab Calloway. A collection of comedy, jazz and musical shorts featuring the greatest names in African American entertainment in some of their filmed performances. Includes "Dry Bones" with the Delta Rhythm Boys, two comedy shorts with Stepin Fetchit and a rare 1915 black short subject on private eye stories. 50 min. Video/C 9321

Music and Comedy Masters. Volume 7
Black music in America: Black music is traced through its complex evolution from African dance rhythms to the myriad of sounds of today. Includes scenes of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Cannonball Adderley, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, Count Basie, Leadbelly, Sly & the Family Stone and Nina Simone.
Romance on the beat: A drama centered around a musical review with an all black cast starring Ida James with the singing group the Four Master Keys.
The Plantation Club and Cab Calloway. A drama about an African American band leader at the Plantation Club starring Cab Calloway and his band. 60 min. Video/C 9275

Nat "King" Cole, 1942-1949: Plus the Mills Brothers.
A compilation of jazz works featuring Nat King Cole and the Mills Brothers taken from produced between 1942 and 1949. 47 min. Video/C 1988

Rhapsodies in Black & Blue (1930-1932; Hollywood rhythm: Paramount Musical Shorts; 4)
Contents: A Rhapsody in Black and Blue (1932) - Louis Armstrong; Singapore Sue (1931) - Anna Chang, Cary Grant; Insurance (1930) - Eddie Cantor; All for the Band (1930) - Eddie Younger and his Mountaineers; Moonlight and Romance (1930) - Rosita Moreno and Nino Martini; Be like me (1931) - Ethel Merman; Old Man Blues (1931) - Ethel Merman; Musical Doctor (1932) - Rudy Vallee, Mae Questel.

Eight odd-ball mini-musicals produced in the early years of sound film production. Cary Grant makes his film debut as a sailor cruising the Far East. Louis Armstrong dons outlandish leopard-skin attire to stand knee-deep in soap bubbles. A manic Eddie Cantor undergoes a balmy medical exam while in another film a medical check-up by Dr. Rudy Vallee and nurse Mae Questel finds musical deficiencies to be the root of all ills. Also on tap, Ethel Merman shows the sweeter and more vulnerable side of her brassy personality. 80 min. vhs 999:1693

Radio Rhythms
During the "dawn of sound," musical short subjects were the hors d'oeuvre before the main feature, and an effective means for the studio to test their freshly signed talent in front of the camera. This volume includes emerging radio stars whose cinematic talents were tested, among them Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Ruth Etting and Lillian Roth. There's also a homage to that icon of thirties naughtiness, Betty Boop, with appearances by Betty's prototype, "Boop-a-Doop Girl" Helen Kane and Betty's actual voice, Mae Questel. A lesson in love (1931) / Helen Kane -- Hollywood rhythm (1934) / Mack Gordon, Harry Revel, Jack Oakie, Lyda Roberti -- Hoagy Carmichael (1939) / Jack Teagarden -- Favorite melodies (1929) / Ruth Etting -- Radio rhythm (1929) / Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees -- Musical justice (1931) / Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees -- Meet the boyfriend (1930) / Lillian Roth -- I surrender dear (1931) / Bing Crosby; directed by Mack Sennett. 86 min. Video/C 999:1694

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Rufus Jones for President(1933)
Directed by Roy Mack. Cast: Ethel Waters and 7-year-old Sammy Davis Jr. Rufus Jones, a black child, is elected president of the USA in this short musical comedy. Features song and dance Included on DVD VD 5066
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Swing, Swing, Swing! Vol. 1 (Cavalcade of Vitaphone Shorts.)
Before television, bands, singers and dance acts were often presented in movie theatres. Sometimes audiences were treated to live performances, but often they were regaled by great musical short films. Rarely shown since their original release, these classic shorts document many of the most crucial artists in American music. So sit back and enjoy this unique presentation of classic big band and jazz shorts from the 30's and 40's. Contents: Jamin' the Blues -- Artie Shaw & his orchestra in "Symphony of Swing" with Helen Forrest & Tony Pastor -- Jimmy Dorsey & his orchestra with Bob Eberly & Evelyn Oak -- Red Nichols & his world famous Pennies -- Larry Clinton & his orchestra with Bea Wain -- Johnny Green & his orchestra -- Freddie Rich & his orchestra with Nan Wynn, Joe Sodja & the three Symphonettes -- Ozzie Nelson & his orchestra. 80 min. VideoC 6748

Soul / Rhythm and Blues

Body and Soul. Part 2, Soul
Singer Ray Charles traces the roots of today's "soul music" through the blues, jazz, hymns, prison laments and work songs. An interpretation of its development is illustrated with performances by Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Aretha Franklin. A CBS News production, 1968. DVD 8426 [preservation copy]; Video/C MM736

Boogie in Blue
"Boogie in blue" is a bitter-sweet tribute to Harry "the Hipster" Gibson, heralded as "the mad boogie woogie genius" of his time, known for songs like "Who put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine" and "Stop that dancing up there." 1991. 40 min. DVD 9379

[Brown, James] James Brown at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968
Filmed footage of the concert by James Brown performed at the Boston Garden the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. As violence was breaking out across America, Boston mayor Kevin White was considering canceling all public events, including the James Brown concert but civil leaders advised White that canceling the concert might trigger a riot. The mayor relented and then persuaded PBS station WGHB to broadcast the event in an effort to keep people at home instead of on the street. James Brown soothed the grieving audience by dedicating the show to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and delivered an electrifying performance. Contents: Songs: That's life -- Kansas City -- Medley: It's a man's man's man's world/Lost someone/Bewildered -- Get it together -- There was a time -- I got the feelin' -- Try me -- Medley: Cold sweat/Ride the pony/Cold sweat -- Maybe the last time -- I got you (I feel good) -- Please, please, please -- I can't stand myself (When you touch me). 90 min. DVD X5857

[Brown, James] James Brown Live at the Apollo '68
Contents: Songs: If I ruled the world -- That's life -- Kansas City -- Medley: It's a man's man's man's world/Lost someone/Bewildered -- Get it together -- There was a time -- I got the feelin' -- Try me -- Medley: Cold sweat/Maybe the last time/I got you (I feel good)/Please, please, please/I can't stand myself (When you touch me)/Cold sweat (reprise). Special features: The T.A.M.I. show: from the acclaimed 1964 concert film "Out of sight;" bonus performances: I got you (I feel good), July 14, 1968 at L'Olympia, Paris, It's a man's man's man's world, November 25, 1967 at L'Olympia, Paris. 65 min. DVD X5856

[Brown, James] The Night James Brown Saved Boston
In the days following the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, America's cities burnt with rage as riots and mass destruction of property broke out. On the 5th April 1968, James Brown performed at the Garden. The decision was taken to televise the concert for all to see, with the goal of not only keeping people in their homes but also giving the Mayor the opportunity to present a message of peace and unity. This documentary looks back at this moment in rock history, looking at the politics behind the scenes, the money issues and the various personalities involved. The remainder of the film goes on to look at the significance of Brown generally thereafter; who he threw his name behind politically, the power he had to influence the African American community. Contents: Trouble in paradise -- Mr. Brown and Dr. King -- Welcome to Boston -- It was a very bad year -- Two arrogant men -- Mr. Dynamite keeps Boston from exploding -- Find James Brown -- Caught in the crossfire -- Soul power. Directed by David Leaf. Special features: Additional interview footage with Charles Bobbit, Dr. Robert Hall, James Brown's band, Rev. Al Sharpton, Rickey Vincent, Dr. Cornel West; panel at the Boston premiere. 175 min. DVD X5858

History of Rock and Roll: The Sounds of Soul.
Traces the rise of soul music, a new form of musical artistry. Rooted in gospel, developed under the influence of mainstream pop music with a strong dose of rhythm and blues feeling, soul first blossomed in the late 50's. This film includes performances and interviews with the genre's first pioneers up through today's artists. Performers: Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, The O'Jays, Daryl Hall, Gerald Levert, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross. Video/C 3943

Legends of Rhythm and Blues (Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music; 4)
Breaking away from the blues trail connecting the Mississippi Delta with Chicago, this program searches for fresh insights about rhythm and blues in the migratory route that runs from the South to the California coast, where work opportunities abounded during World War II. With its jazzy instrumentation and strong gospel flavor, R&B spread like wildfire, eventually becoming a fundamental element of rock 'n roll. Performers: Big Mama Thornton, Joe Liggins, Lowell Fulson, Lloyd Glenn, Charles Brown, Big Jay McNeely, Margie Evans. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7353

Only the Strong Survive: A Celebration of Soul
This documentary brings together an amazing array of musical icons and living legends, the stars of Stax Records, who take the audience back to the glory days of soul music. Directors, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus. Performers: Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Sam Moore, The Chi-Lites, Ann Peebles, Jerry Butler. 95 min. 2004. DVD 2678

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[Redding, Otis] Shake: Otis at Monterey
A film by D.A. Pennebaker. Contents: Shake (2:36) -- Respect (2:30) -- I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:24) -- [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction (2:42) -- Try a Little Tenderness (4:12). Filmed at the Monterey International Pop Festival June 17, 1967. 19 min total running. DVD 1475; Video/C 5020

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Respect Yourself
With rare performances, previously unreleased home movies and new recordings, presents the first comprehensive look at Stax Records, the greatest soul label of all time. Provides first-hand accounts of what really happened on the streets and behind studio doors from celebrated musicians such as Isaac Hayes, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper and Mavis Staples, as well as label president Al Bell, Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville. Originally aired August 1, 2007 on PBS. 114 min. DVD X2520

Rock and Roll: Part 4: Respect.
Chronicles the transformation of black gospel music into a defining sound for all Americans. On hand to tell the tale are Berry Gordy, Ray Charles, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Booker T. and the MG's, Wilson Pickett, Maxine Powell of the Motown "Charm School", and Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins and many more. The program journeys from Detroit's Motown Records to Stax Records in Memphis to the FAME studio in Alabama where Aretha Franklin made musical magic. Video/C 4159

That Rhythm--Those Blues (American Experience).
Focuses on the rhythm and blues music performed by black musicians during the 1940s and 1950s through the small towns and cities of the South. 58 min. Video/C 1532

Soul Power
In 1974 the most celebrated American R&B acts of the time came together with the most renowned musical groups in Southern Africa for a 12-hour, three-night concert held in Kinshasa, Zaire. The music festival became a reality when Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine the event with the 'Rumble in the Jungle,' the epic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Featuring: The Spinners, B.B. King, Celia Cruz, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, The Crusaders, Big Black, James Brown and Sister Sledge. Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte. 2010. 92 min. DVD X2587

Soul Train (The Best of Soul Train)
For over thirty-five years, Soul train was a national institution, the premier U.S. television show for showcasing the latest names in the world of black music. This series presents an amazing collection of performances from the Soul Train archives.

Vol 1: Episode 119: That lady (part 1) / Isley Brothers -- Live it up part 1 / Isley Brothers -- Summer breeze (part 1) / Isley Brothers -- Release yourself / Graham Central Station. -- Episode 142: Can't get enough of your love, babe / Barry White -- Love's theme / Love Unlimited Orchestra -- What am I gonna do with you / Barry White -- You're the first, the last, my everything / Barry White. -- Episode 89: Come get to this / Marvin Gaye -- Distant lover / Marvin Gaye. -- Let's get it on / Marvin Gaye. -- Episode 105: I wanna take you higher / Sly & the Family Stone -- Mighty mighty / Earth, Wind & Fire -- Dance to the music / Sly & the Family Stone. -- Episode 33: I heard it through the grapevine / Gladys Knight & the Pips -- Back stabbers / The O'Jays. -- Episode 314: Respect / Aretha Franklin. -- Episode 56: Rock steady / Aretha Franklin. Original air dates: episode 119, December 14, 1974; episode 142, May 24, 1975; episode 89, February 16, 1974; episode 105, June 29, 1974; episode 33, October 7, 1972; episode 314, December 1, 1979; episode 56, April 14, 1973. DVD X7131

Vol 2: Episode 37: Use me ; Lean on me / Bill Withers ; If you don't know me by now / Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes -- Episode 316: Still ; Three times a lady ; Sail on / Commodores -- Episode 45: Pusherman / Curtis Mayfield ; Cisco Kid / War ; Everybody plays the fool / The Main Ingredient -- Superfly / Curtis Mayfield -- Episode 49: Get on the good foot part 1 ; Try me ; Get up I feel like being like a sex machine (part 1) ; Super bad (part 1 & part 2) / James Brown. Original air dates: episode 37, November 4, 1972; episode 316, December 15, 1979; episode 45, January 6, 1973; episode 49, February 10, 1973. DVD X7132

Vol 3: Episode 671: Love train / The O'Jays ; Medley: My cherie amour ; Sir Duke ; I wish ; These three words / Stevie Wonder -- Episode 314: I was made for you / Aretha Franklin ; Ooo baby baby / Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson ; Respect / Aretha Franklin -- Episode 235: Whole town's laughing at me ; Don't love you anymore / Teddy Pendergrass ; Brick house / Commodores -- Episdoe 207: You'll never find another love like mine / Lou Rawls ; Love ballad / L.T.D. ; From now on / Lou Rawls -- Epidosde 35: I want you back ; Corner of the sky / The Jackson 5 ; Daddy's home / Jermaine Jackson ; Lookin' through the windows / The Jackson 5. Original air dates: episode 671, September 21, 1991; episode 314, December 1, 1979; episode 235, November 5, 1977; episode 207, January 22, 1977; episode 35, October 21, 1972. DVD X7133

Vol 4: Episode 405: House is not a home / Luther Vandross ; If this world were mine / Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn -- Episode 93: Betcha by golly, wow ; You make me feel brand new / The Stylistics ; Lookin' for a love / Bobby Womack ; Sexy mama / The Moments -- Episode 51: I'll be around ; Could it be I'm falling in love / Spinners ; World is a ghetto / War -- Episode 107: Rock your baby / George McCrae ; Tell me something good / Rufus ; Comedy routine / Franklin Ajaye ; Nothing from nothing / Billy Preston ; Ballero / War -- Episode 26: Fire and water / Wilson Pickett ; All day music / War ; Slippin' into darkness / War ; Don't knock my love pt. 1 / Wilson Pickett.Original air dates: episode 405, November 27, 1982; episode 93, April 13, 1974; episode 51, February 24, 1973; episode 107, September 7, 1974; episode 26: March 25, 1972. DVD X7134

Vol 5: Episode 11: Mr. Big Stuff / Jean Knight ; Didn't I (blow your mind this time) / The Delfonics -- Episode 12: (For God's sake) Give more power to the people ; Have you seen her / The Chi-Lites ; Bells / The Originals ; I gotcha / Joe Tex -- Episode 17: Want ads / The Honey Cone ; Thin line between love & hate / The Persuaders ; Scorpio / Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band -- Episode 52: You ought to be with me ; For the good times ; Love and happiness / Al Green -- Episode 25: Oh girl / The Chi-Lites ; War / Edwin Starr. Original air dates: episode 11, December 11, 1971; episode 12, December 18, 1971; episode 17, January 22, 1972; episode 52, March 3, 1973; episode 25: March 18, 1972. DVD X7135

Vol 6: Episode 30: I want to take you higher / Ike & Tina Turner ; I only have eyes for you / Jerry Butler ; Proud Mary / Ike & Tina Turner -- Episode 39: Power of love / Joe Simon ; Wish that I could talk to you / The Sylvers ; Me and Mrs. Jones / Billy Paul -- Episode 67: Papa was a rollin' stone / The Temptations ; Ain't no woman (like the one I've got) / Four Tops ; Love train / The O'Jays -- Episode 159: What a diff'rence a day makes / Esther Phillips ; Bad luck (part 1) ; Wake up everybody (part 1) / Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes -- Episode 312: Tears of a clown / Smokey Robinson & the Miracles ; Cruisin' / Smokey Robinson ; Get ready / Smokey Robinson. Original air dates: episode 30, April 22, 1972; episode 39, November 18, 1972; episode 67, August 11, 1973; episode 159, November 22, 1975; episode 312: November 17, 1979. DVD X7136

Vol 7: Episode 78: So very hard to go / Tower of Power ; Yes we can can / Pointer Sisters ; What is hip? / Tower of Power ; Put your hands together / The O'Jays -- Episode 96: On and on / Gladys Knight & the Pips ; For the love of money / The O'Jays ; Neither one of us (wants to be the first to say goodbye) / Gladys Knight & the Pips -- Episode 116: Good things don't last forever / Ecstasy, Passion & Pain ; Kung fu fighting / Carl Douglas ; Do it ('til you're satisfied) / B.T. Express ; Skin tight / Ohio Players -- Episode 176: Love to love you baby / Donna Summer ; Livin' for the weekend / The O'Jays ; Disco lady / Johnny Taylor ; Dance wit me / Rufus feat. Chaka Khan. Original air dates: episode 78, November 10, 1973; episode 96, May 4, 1974; episode 116, November 9, 1974; episode 176, March 20, 1976. DVD X7137

Vol 8: Episode 4: Respect yourself / The Staple Singers ; Band of gold / Freda Payne ; Theme from Shaft / Isaac Hayes -- Episode 7: Dancing in the street / Martha & the Vandellas ; Rock steady / Aretha Franklin ; Cowboys to girls / The Intruders -- Episode 47: I can see clearly now / Johnny Nash ; Love train / The O'Jays ; Love jones / Brighter Side of Darkness -- Episode 86: Funky stuff ; Jungle boogie / Kool & the Gang -- Episode 118: Everlasting love / Carl Carlton ; Lady Marmalade / LaBelle -- Episode 222: Got to give it up (pt. 1) / Marvin Gaye. Original air dates: episode 4, October 23, 1971; episode 7, November 13, 1971; episode 47, January 27, 1973; episode 86, January 12, 1974; episode 118: December 7, 1974; episode 222, May 17, 1977. DVD X7138

Vol 9: First Soul Train Music Awards. Word up / Cameo -- You give good love / Whitney Houston -- Medley: My cherie amour ; You are the sunshine of my life ; All in love is fair ; I just called to say I love you / Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick -- That's what friends are for / Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston -- So amazing / Luther Vandross -- Oh Mary don't you weep / Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Andraé Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Williams Brothers, Cissy Houston, The Winans. Originally broadcast on television March 23, 1987. DVD X7139

Commemorates the 40th anniversary of the innovative, culturally influential TV music show that featured superstar performances of the latest names in the world of black music, outrageous fashions, hip dances, and the iconic Soul Train dance line. DVD X5855

Disc 1: Episode 119 (December 14, 1974): That lady (part 1) (Isley Brothers) -- Live it up part 1 (Isley Brothers) -- Summer breeze (part 1) (Isley Brothers) -- Release yourself (Graham Central Station). Episode 142 (May 24, 1975): Can't get enough of your love, babe (Barry White) -- Love's theme (Love Unlimited Orchestra) -- What am I gonna do with you (Barry White) -- You're the first, the last, my everything (Barry White). Episode 89 (February 16, 1974): Come get to this (Marvin Gaye) -- Distant lover (Marvin Gaye) -- Let's get it on (Marvin Gaye). Episode 105 (June 29, 1974): I wanna take you higher (Sly & the Family Stone) -- Mighty mighty (Earth, Wind & Fire) -- Dance to the music (Sly & the Family Stone). Episode 33 (October 7, 1972): I heard it through the grapevine (Gladys Knight & the Pips) -- Back stabbers (The O'Jays). Episode 314 (December 1, 1979): Respect (Aretha Franklin). Episode 56 (April 14, 1973): Rock steady (Aretha Franklin). Bonus material : interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson & Brian McKnight. 119 min.

Disc 2: Episode 37 (November 4, 1972): Use me (Bill Withers) -- Lean on me (Bill Withers) -- If you don't know me by now (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes). Episode 316 (December 15, 1979): Still (Commodores) -- Three times a lady (Commodores) -- Sail on (Commodores). Episode 45 (January 6, 1973): Pusherman (Curtis Mayfield) -- The Cisco Kid (War) -- Everybody plays the fool (The Main Ingredient) -- Superfly (Curtis Mayfield). Episode 49 (February 10, 1973): Get on the good foot part 1 (James Brown) -- Try me (James Brown) -- Get up I feel like being like a sex machine (part 1) (James Brown) -- Super bad (part 1 & part 2) (James Brown). Bonus material : interviews with Don Cornelius, Cuba Gooding, Sr. & Eric Casem. 155 min.

Disc 3: Episode 671 (September 21, 1991): Love train (The O'Jays) -- Medley: My cherie amour/Sir Duke/I wish/These three words (Stevie Wonder). Episode 314 (December 1, 1979): I was made for you (Aretha Franklin) --OOO baby baby (Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson) -- Respect (Aretha Franklin). Episode 235 (November 5, 1977): The whole town's laughing at me (Teddy Pendergrass) -- Don't love you anymore (Teddy Pendergrass) -- Brick house (Commodores). Episdoe 207 (January 22, 1977): You'll never find another love like mine (Lou Rawls) -- Love ballad (L.T.D.) -- From now on (Lou Rawls). Epidosde 35 (October 21, 1972): I want you back (The Jackson 5) -- Corner of the sky (The Jackson 5) -- Daddy's home (Jermaine Jackson) -- Lookin' through the windows (The Jackson 5). Bonus material: interviews with Smokey Robinson, Jody Watley & Clarence Avant. 155 min.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. They called themselves the "Frank Brothers," and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. Tells the story of these musicians who played on every single hit Motown record from the label's beginnings to 1972. Inspired by the book "Standing in the shadows of Motown" by Allan "Dr. Licks" Slutsky. Narrator, Andre Braugher ; The Funk Brothers (Richard "Pistol" Allen, Jack "Black Jack" Ashford, Bob Babbitt, Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina, Eddie "Chank" Willis, and, in spirit: Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin, Eddie "Bongo" Brown, James "Igor" Jamerson, Earl "Chunk of Funk" Van Dyke, Robert White) ; with, Joan Osborne, Gerald Levert, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bootsy Collins, Ben Harper, Chaka Khan, Montell Jordan, Tom Scott. Special features: Disc 1. Audio commentary with director and producer -- Trivia track -- How it all began. The photo that started it all ; The video that started it all -- BMWFilms.Com trailers -- Disc 2. Dinner with the Funk Brothers -- Multiangle jam sessions -- Deleted scenes -- At long last glory -- Funk Brothers video biographies -- Music video montage -- Selected discography -- Honorable mentions. Directed by Paul Justman. 2002. 107 min. DVD 7153

Awards

National Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Non-fiction Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Documentary

Wattstax
On Aug. 20, 1972, more than 100,000 people attended a concert that came to be known as 'the Black Woodstock.' Wattstax documents this historic event and includes the once-lost original ending. Special features: Audio and video commentaries by rap activist/musicologist Chuck D and music historian Rob Bowman; audio commentary by Isaac Hayes, director, executive producer and others; Rolling Down a Mountain: Isaac Hayes performs the original 1973 versions finale; complete Albert King performance of I'll Play the Blues For You; original 1973 and special edition 2003 trailers. Directed by Mel Stuart. 1973. 103 min. DVD 3792

International Rap/Hip Hop

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
Documents the role of Hip Hop in the 2007 Senegalese elections. The film follows rappers, graffiti writers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. Examines hip-hop's role on the political process as music and spray cans were used to educate and empower the people. Directors, Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, and Christopher Moore. c2007. 70 min. DVD X763

Afrika Bambaataa and Family: Electric Dance Hop
Music video presenting hip-hop and rap by the Afrika Bambaataa family and others, with commentary between numbers by Afrika Bambaataa and rapster Jazzy Jay. Contents: Planet rock -- Looking for the perfect beat -- Renegades of funk -- Street happyness -- Unity -- World destruction -- Free South Africa. Originally released in 1990. 46 min. DVD 2169

All Rapped Up: An Inside Look at the Rap/Dance Music Scene.
A critique of the spiritual realities behind the pop/dance and rap music scene from a fundamentalist Christian biblical perspective. 135 min. Video/C 3552

And Ya Don't Stop: Hip Hop's Greatest Videos. Volume 1
Contents: Fight the power / Public Enemy -- Tennessee / Arrested Development -- C.R.E.A.M. / Wu Tang Clan -- Straight outta Compton / N.W.A. -- U.N.I.T.Y. / Queen Latifah -- Brenda's gotta baby / 2pac -- It was a good day / Ice Cube -- Slam / Onyx -- Jump around / House of Pain -- Real Compton City GS / Eazy-E -- Freaks come out at Rakim. 62 min. DVD 416

Backstage
Performers: Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and other rappers. Ride along with the groundbreaking, 50-city "Hard Knock Life Tour." From the tour bus to the hotel to the stage, follow all the craziness as the show rolls from city to city. 2000? 87 min. DVD 2566

Bagdad Rap
A documentary narrated to a hip hop rhythm by Spain's leading rap artists, filmed in Iraq a few days before the war in Iraq began in March, 2003. The film doesn't merely seek to tell about the lives of the civil population a few days before the attack, but intends to go further and show the "terrible consequences that the attack has caused to the civilian population, and will continue to cause for generations. Special features: Theatrical trailer ; rappers/recordings sessions. Audio CD: Llora por tus miserias / El Se~nor Rojo -- La palabra como arma / Frank T. -- Mal panorama / Ari [Arianna Puello] -- Vosotros en Irak / Selekta Kolektiboa -- Psicosis / Zenit -- Mienten / Kase.o y Kamel -- Marcha 271005 / Mikel Salas -- Grafittis / Mikel Salas -- Victimas civiles / Mikel Salas -- Saliendo de Bagdad / Mikel Salas -- Llora por tus miserias (Mensaje 2005 remix) / El Se~nor Rojo. Producer/director, Arturo Cisneros. 2005. 75 min. DVD 6144

The Best of DMX as Seen on Make It or Break It
Features music videos by DMX, with guest appearances by a large number of other rap singers. Performers: DMX, Aaliyah, Ruff Rygers, The lox, Eve, Mase, Ice Cube, Onyx, LL Cool J, Method Man, Redman, Canibus, Sisqo. Contents: Party up -- We be clubbin -- 4321 -- Back in one piece -- What's my name -- N*ggas die for me -- No love 4 me -- Ryde or die -- Ruff riders anthem -- Get at me dog -- 24 hours to live -- Grand finale -- What you want -- Slippin' -- How's it goin' down -- Shut 'em down. DVD 2137

The Best of 2 Pac
Contents: All about you -- Do for love -- I ain't mad at cha -- How do you want it? -- California love -- California love remix -- If my homey calls -- Holla if ya hear me -- So many tears -- Papa'z song -- To live & die in L.A. -- 2 of Americaz most wanted. Presents a variety of rock music videos featuring the hip hop artist 2Pac. This program was originally presented on a music video rating TV program which provides a telephone number for the viewer to call and offer an opinion about the artist. 62 min. DVD 415

The Best of Gil Scott-Heron
Contents: The revolution will not be televised (3:05) -- The bottle (3:58) -- Winter in America (6:09) -- Johannesburg (4:47) -- Ain't no such thing as Superman (4:13) -- Re-Ron (6:42) -- Shut em down (5:12) Sound/D 11

The Bhangra Wrap.
An energetic documentary about a vibrant South Asian youth subculture that fuses hip hop, rap and Bhangra music. Based in Toronto, Canada and New York City, Bhangra is a mix of old and new, and is symbolic of universal cultural transformation for new generations. 20 min. Video/C 4180

Big Phat Ones of Hip-hop. volume 2.
Contents: Get money / Junior M.A.F.I.A. (4:26) -- Rappers ball / E-40 (5:13) -- Leflaur leflah / Fab 5, Heltah Skeltah & OGC (4:42) -- Cell therapy / Goodie MoB (4:02) -- In my bed (So So Def remix) / Dru Hill (3:56) -- Luchini aka (this is it) / Camp Lo (3:35) -- I get around / 2Pac (3:54) -- Everyday & everynight / Yvette Michele (3:46) -- Tres delinquentes / Deliquent Habits (3:27) -- 5 o'clock / Nonchalant (4:28) -- Gettin' it / Too $hort featuring Parliament Funkadelic (5:26) -- The crossroads / Bone Thugs-n-harmony (3:44). 28 min. Video/C 5274

Black Picket Fence
Director Sergio Goes' hard-hitting documentary about Tislam Miller, a struggling rapper living in the public housing projects of Brooklyn's East New York, one of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods. Tiz is making impressive strides in his career, but remains tied to his old life, primarily through his drug-dealing best friend, Mel, who has just gotten out of prison. Tiz comes to real that escape may a goal beyond possibility. 2003. 93 min. DVD 5835

Biggie & Tupac
Nick Broomfield looks into the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, talking with their family, friends, business associates and the police. Also investigates the rumors of police corruption and music industry betrayals that turned these teenage friends into enemies. Special features: Additional scenes including previously unseen footage; commentary from director Nick Broomfield; Nick Broomfield follow-up interview; Nortorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur discographies; Christopher Wallace Memorial Fund information; trailer reel. c2002. 103 min. DVD 1697

The Black Eyed Peas Live from Sydney to Vegas
The Black Eyed Peas take to the stage for a sold out show in Sydney. Also included are highlights from performances in Las Vegas, as well as two exclusive music videos from the band's hit album Monkey Business. Contents: Hey mama -- Smells like phunk -- Dum diddly -- Don't lie -- Shut up / Shut up (knee deep remix) medley -- Taboo freestyle -- Apl.de.ap freestyle -- Will.i.am freestyle -- Fergie freestyle -- Labor Day (it's a holiday) -- Pump it -- Where is the love? -- Don't phunk with my heart -- Let's get it started -- Bonus features. Union (video) -- Bebot (video) -- London bridge (live) -- My humps (live). Filmed live at the SuperDome, Sydney, Australia, October 3, 2005 and the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. 93 min. DVD 6931

Blacking Up: Hip-hop's Remix of Race and Identity
This documentary examines the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth and asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of american popular music, the film explores racial identity in the United States. The film draws parallels between the white hip-hop fan and previous incarnations of white appropriation from blackface performer Al Jolson to mainstream artists like Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Eminem. It interweaves portraits of white hip-hop artists and fans with insightful commentary by African American cultural critics. 2010 57 min. DVD X3194

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Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Bling
Documentary that takes a satirical, hard-hitting look at how "blinging" in the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the 10-year civil war in Sierra Leone. Film takes U.S. hip-hop celebrities on a journey to Sierra Leone diamond mining communities where they meet former child soldiers, refugees and local hip-hop artists. Featuring: Tego Calderón, Raekwon, Paul Wall, Ishmael Beah, Johnny Dang, Jadakiss, Bishop Don Juan, Big Daddy Kane, Juelz Santana, Bill Stephney, Kanye West, Kareem Woods. Written and directed by Raquel Cepeda. Originally broadcast on VH1 in 2007. 87 min. DVD X1620

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony: The Collection. Volume Two /
Featuring: Bone Thugs-n-harmony: Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-N-Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone; with accompanying musicians. Rap songs performed by Bone Thugs-n-harmony in live performances with behind the scenes features, interviews and more. Contents: Resurrection : paper, paper -- Recording Resurrection -- Change the world -- Can't give it up interview -- Can't give it up -- Tha crossroads TV performance -- The weed song -- Change the world. 2000. 70 min. DVD 2150

Born to Mack: Most Dangerous Videos
Collecting together the videos of the infamous Rap star Too Short, this collection also includes behind the scenes footage and introductions to each video by the man himself. Contents: Goldy, Baby DC & Keith Murray appear courtesy of Jive Records. Life is...too short -- I ain't trippin' -- The ghetto -- Short but funky -- In the trunk -- I want to be free (that's the truth) -- I'm a player -- Money in the ghetto -- Get it where you fit in -- Cocktales -- Paystyle -- Top down -- Ain't no women -- The game is sold not told / featuring Goldy -- Get your hustle on / featuring Baby DC -- Independence day / featuring Keith Murray. Too Short (Todd Shaw) with acc. 73 min. DVD 8119

Break Ya Neck with Busta Rhymes: Unauthorized
This music video traces the life of Brooklyn's own hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes, previously known as Trevor Smith. From the streets of flatbush as the flamboyant front man of the Leaders of the New School to the pillar of pop culture, follow Busta, Rah Digga and others in this document on the life of one of hip hops native sons. c2002. 60 min. DVD 2156

Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer.
Goes behind the scenes to find the truth behind the highly sexualized images of young black women shaking their assets in hip hop music videos. Follows three young women as they compete for roles in hip hop music videos. Through their eyes we see how this world has impacted their personal values, their career ambitions and their concepts of beauty and self-image. Written and directed by Elizabeth St. Philip. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 2005. 71 min. DVD 6687

California Roll
A sexy, hip hop journey into the fast moving, high rolling Asian America youth market on the West Coast. Follow DJ Hideo as he explains how, why and for whom, this scene exists. Visits Asian American Hollywood nightspots, the Go Go Girl phenomenon, and of course, what hip hop music is to the Asian American scene today. Produced and directed by Stanley Lim. 2005. 50 min. DVD 9571

Copyright Criminals
As hip-hop rose from the streets of New York to become a multibillion-dollar industry, artists such as Public Enemy and De La Soul began reusing portions of previously recorded music for their songs. But when record company lawyers got involved, everything changed. Years before people started downloading and remixing music, hip-hop sampling sparked a debate about copyright, creativity, and technological change that still rages today. Special features: Theatrical trailer; extended interviews with Clyde Stubblefield, Chuck D, De La Soul (ca. 88 min.); soundtrack for the film, featuring 17 songs; Fair Use explained : four shorts by the Center for Social Media: Remix culture is your friend (ca. 8 min.) -- Fair Use for media literacy education (ca. 6 min.) -- Remix culture (ca. 4 min.) -- Fair Use and free speech in documentary film (ca. 7 min.). Originally produced in 2009; television broadcast premiere Jan. 19, 2010, on the PBS series Independent Lens. 53 min. DVD X3366

The Darker Side of Black.
Gangsta chic, violence and nihilism, the hard edge of Rap and Reggae increasingly dominates the image of black popular culture. This film investigates the issues raised by the genre, such as ritualized machismo, misogyny, attitudes towards homosexuality and religion, and gun glorification. Filmed in dance halls, hip hop clubs, and using interviews and music video clips, film takes us to London, Jamaica and the U.S. to examine the "darker" side of contemporary black music. Written & directed by Isaac Julien. 59 min. DVD X3212; vhs Video/C 3969

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The Coup: The Best Coup DVD Ever!
Bears witness to one of the most notoriously political groups in the history of rap music. This disc features the Coup's videos pushing political activism and fervent dedication to social change. In addition, interviews with the infamous emcee and producer Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress provide further insight into what's up with The Coup. Contents: 1. Not Yet free -- 2. Dig It -- 3. Funk (remix) -- 4. Takin' These -- 5. Fat Cats & Bigga Fish --- 6. Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night -- 7. Ride the Fence -- Extensive Interviews with Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress B Bonus feature: "Eating forever: a South African hip hop travelog," directed by Boots Riley and Chris Wroubel, shot in South Africa during the "Black August" Hip Hop Tour. 2006. 60 min. DVD 6901

Death Row Uncut: Too Gangsta for TV
Contents: Lil' ghetto boy / Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Hit 'em up / 2Pac featuring Outlawz -- Toss it up / 2Pac -- Made niggaz / 2Pac featuring Outlawz -- 2 of Americaz most wanted / 2Pac featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Mo p***y / DJ Quik -- Because of you girl / Daz Dillinger featuring Kurupt & Tha Realest -- How do you want it / 2Pac featuring KC & JoJo -- Dre day (everybody celebrate) / Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Let me rideWarren G & Nate Dogg -- Natural born killers / Dr. Dre & Ice Cube -- What would you do / Tha Dogg Pound -- New York, New York / Tha Dogg Pound -- Murder was the case / Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Who am I (what's my name) / Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Doggy Dogg world / Snoop Doggy Dogg featuring Tha Dogg Pound & Tha Dramatics -- Gin & juice / Snoop Doggy Dogg -- To live & die in L.A. / 2Pac -- Nuthin' but a "g" thang / Snoop Doggy Dogg -- Big pimpin' / Tha Dogg Pound -- Dear mama / 2Pac -- California love / 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman -- Dollars & sense / DJ Quik -- Afro puffs / The Lady of Rage -- So many tears / 2Pac -- Ain't no fun / Snoop Doggy Dogg featuring Nate Dogg -- Some bomb azz / Tha Dogg Pound. 120 min. Video/C 7644

DJ QBert's Wave Twisters
Plot: A crew of heroes, cleverly disguised as a team of oral hygenists, is determined to save the lost arts of Hip Hop (B-boying, Graffiti, MCing, and of course, Skratching) from total extinction. The lost arts are being oppressed throughout inner-space by lord Ook and his evil minions the Chinheads. The dental commander and his team, armed with the ancient relic known as the Wave Twister (the only weapon powerful enough to defeat the enemies), travel to the far ends of inner-space for a final confrontation with the sinister army of oppressors. Technique: An animated adventure cartoon synched scratch for scratch with DJ QBert's turntable masterpiece of the same title. This movie gives visual expression to QBert's narrative while pioneering the concept of visual scratching, sampling from a wide variety of techniques (from traditional cell animation to 3D to live action to photo collage), and defining a unique visual style analogous to the supercharged cutting and scratching of a turntable DJ. Special features: Commentary track with creators; Film-to-animatic comparisons; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailers for "Wave Twisters" and "Scratch"; Two clips featuring five-angle footage of Qbert, D-styles, Flare, and Yoga Frog; Sketch book and animation tests. 120 min. DVD 8258
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East Coast Mix 1
Rap artists, Nas, Jay-Z, and Q-Tip explain what hip hop and rap mean to them. This documentary also explores the heart of the culture that produces the art and makes serious observations about the record industry, the politics of making it, and surviving the game.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database 50 min. Video/C 7531

Everything Remains Raw
Coverage of a live concert at Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, August 2003. Led by The General himself, Busta delivers one of his most electrifying performances to date. The concert features compelling ragga-influenced delivery to good effect with Busta's hits and classics. Contents: Introduction -- Run DMC -- Ante up -- Make it clap -- I'll never leave -- Fire, light your ass on fire -- I know what you want -- CLAMP -- Woo Ha! Got you all in check -- Tear da roof off -- Scenario -- Dangerous -- Rides -- Gimme some more -- Put your hands where my eyes can see -- Smoke break -- Get high tonight -- Holla -- What it is -- Break ya neck -- I ain't never scared -- Get low -- Pass the courvoisier Part II -- After show. 100 min. DVD 6933

Evolution (and Flashback): The Very Best of Gil Scott-Heron. [Sound Recording]
Paint it black (1 min.) -- Evolution (and flashback) (3 min.) -- Free will (4 min.) -- Whitey on the moon (2 min.) -- Vulture (4 min.) -- Small talk at 125th and Lenox (2 min.) -- Billy Green is dead (2 min.) -- Ain't no new thing (5 min.) -- Get out of the ghetto blues (5 min.) -- King Alfred plan (3 min.) -- No knock (2 min.) -- Enough (4 min.) -- Who'll pay reparations on my soul? (5 min.) -- Home is where the hatred is (3 min.) -- The revolution will not be televised (3 min.). Sound/D 11

La Fabri-K: The Cuban Hip-Hop Factory
This documentary follows the Cuban rap musicians of Doble-Filo and Obsesión, known collectively as "La Fabri-K" (The Factory) from their humble homes in Havana throughout their eye-opening concert tour of the United States. A film by Lisandro Perez-Rey. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 2004. 62 min. DVD X2188

50 Cent: The New Breed
Videodisc presents a documentary and interviews with the rap musician 50 Cent, followed by live and music video performances. Sound disc includes additional performances with 50 Cent accompanied by other performers.Contents: DVD. (Documentaries) 50 Cent : the new breed; The interview / Tony Yayo. (Music videos) Heat; Wanksta: behind the scenes; Wanksta; In da club: behind the scenes; In da club; Heat: the street version; The detroit show; The detroit show: behind the scenes; Sessions @ AOL. CD. True loyalty / 50 cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo -- 8 mile road (G-unit remix) / 50 cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo -- In da hood / Brooklyn. c2003. DVD 2151

Follow Your Heart: China's New Youth Movement
A revealing documentary on the work and life of successful and independent Chinese Hip-Hop artists and their cultural influence in a society rapidly changing from communism to consumerism. Clashing with both traditional Chinese values and new modern ones, these artists believe that Hip-Hop allows for the expression of freedom and being true to oneself. Furthermore, the film describes the high optimism and convictions of this new generation that will inherit a political and economic superpower. Produced and directed by Duncan Jepson.Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 89 min. DVD X5110

Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme /
Features: Mos Def, Black Thought, Bahamadia, Freestyle Fellowship, Questlove, Supernatural, Craig G., Paroahe Monch, Medusa, Planet Asia, Lord Finesse, Last Poets. Documents the story of a group of underground hip-hop MCs and DJs from the early 1980s to the present day. A work-in-progress educational documentary, made over a seven year period, which explores the world of improvisational rap and takes the viewer on a journey through the previously unexamined dimensions of hip-hop as a spiritual and community-based art form. Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald. 2004. 75 min. DVD 6012

Frekuensia Kolombiana
Explores the traditional forms of Colombian music and its relation to hip hop. By way of interviews, events, situations and landscaptes, the documentary uncovers a youth that constructs from exclusion a movement of hope and truth. As we witness their efforts to self produce, organize and multiply knowledge, we realize their necessity to perpetuate, communicate, give and exist. Through the lyrics of Tribu Omera, Por Razones de Estado, Zona Marginal and others, we discover the ludid consciousness of a youth that through art, seeks to awaken and renew it's society. Compact disc contents: Himno nacional de Colombia (Espectra) -- No mas (Zona Marginal) -- Que te vaya bien (Memo Reflexión featuring Kevin Flores) -- Somos pacifico (Choquibtown) -- Freestyle in the pozon (Jhon Primera y Doggy Fresh) -- Dos copleros de lengua brava (Ramón Blanco y el Carraquito de Oro) -- A sembrar (Suramericana de Sueños Sonoros) -- Asaltos urbanos (La Suprema Conspiración Anónima) -- Por razones de estado (Por Razones de Estado) -- El mundo según los chirris (Siniestras Conspiraciones) -- Minikusuto (Griots) -- El amarillo (DJ Corpas) -- Reventando parlantes (Julo Freestyle ; Espectro Beat Box) -- Cuanto quisiera (Sociedad Fb7) -- Verdadera calle (Narcopoetas) -- No dudes mas (Laberinto) -- Cumbia hot & US visa freestyle (DJ David Fresh ; Freestyle Jhon Primera) -- Chico de mi barrio (Indigo with Systems Solar) -- Indios combatientes (Tribu Omerta) 2008. DVD X5465

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The Freshest Kids
Looks at the history and phenomenon of b-boys. Talks about the originators and the innovators, what the forces were that inspired break dancing and made it into the art form of today. Includes segments of many performances by a variety of performers & exclusive interviews with The Nigga Twins, Spy (the man with 1000 moves), Rock Steady Crew icons Crazy Legs and Ken Swift, The New York City Breakers, Fat Joe, Jurassic 5 along with hip-hop legends Kool D.J. Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Mos Def, Redman and many more. Special features: highlight reel of breaking at its ultimate level; never-before-seen street performance footage; uncut b-boy battles; exclusive interviews; underground music videos; B-boy spotlights; photo gallery; and more. 2002. 120 min. DVD 2148

From Mambo to Hip Hop: a South Bronx Tale
Tells the story of the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York salsa sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and, in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm. Featuring: Angel Rodríguez, Benny Bonilla, Bobby Sanabria, Bom 5, Carlos "Charlie Chase" Mandes, Clemente "Kid Freeze" Moreno, Curtis "Caz" Brown, David Gonzalez, Mr. and Mrs. Salsa, Eddie Palmieri, Emma Rodríguez, Jean Manuel Massenya, Louis Mercado, Luis "Trace" Otero, Luis "Track II" Mateo, Luis Chalusian, Orlando Marín, "Popmaster Fabel" Pabón, Ray Barretto, Sandra María Esteves, Tony "Peanuts" Aubert, Willie Colón, Rock Steady Crew, Dynamic Rockers. 2006. 56 min. DVD X2128

Gil Scott-Heron and the Midnight Band in Black Wax.
Gil Scott-Heron's long-standing political commitment and protean influence on rap are finally given their due in this outstanding documentary. Throughout, the music of Scott-Heron and the Midnight Band is a supple, seductive fusion of soul, funk, jazz, pop, and afro-ethnic roots.

Storm music -- Washington, D.C. -- Paint it black -- Waiting for the axe to fall -- Washington, D.C. -- Billy Green is dead -- Angel dust --Washington, D.C. -- Gun -- Washington, D.C. -- Winter in America -- Whitey on the moon -- Alien -- Black history -- Johannesburg -- "B" movie -- Washington, D.C. 1998. 79 min. Video/C 5986

Hiphopistan: Representing Locality in a Global City
This documentary examines the impact of Hip-Hop culture on Istanbul youth and reveals how young Turkish rappers, DJs, break-dancers, and graffiti artists creatively blend popular influences with their local cultural values and traditions. In a world that is becoming increasingly exposed to global media, much has been debated as to whether or not societies and individuals can adopt influences from music, television, cinema, internet and fashion in a positive and constructive way without losing their own cultural identities and heritage. A film by Çiğdem Akbay. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2006. 25 min. DVD X5076

Hip Hop By Da Bay.
Performers: Jahi, Attik, Krushadelic, Zion 1, Ise Lyfe, Pro. Presents a chronicle of the hip hop music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area including hip hop performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, East Palo Alto, Richmond and Sacramento. 2005. 92 min. DVD 4174

Hip-hop: The Collection.
Contents: DVD. R U listening / (DJ Vadim; featuring Rev. Chunky) -- Big things we inna / (Rodney P.) -- Riviera hustle / (Braintax; featuring Jehst) -- House of pain / (Blood Shedders; featuring MC Tukill) -- Unbreakable / (Ice; featuring LA Tha Darkman/Wu-Tan) -- Elvis killed Kennedy / (Ice; featuring Mista Chuck A.A. Chuck D/Public Enemy, Rehan) -- Insane killas / (Ice, Train; featuring Clown Posse, LA Tha Darkman/Wu-Tang, Zeno) -- Dreamy days / (Roots Manuva) -- Neptune / (Quakes) -- The live session / (Taskforce) -- The permanent freestyle / (Killa Kela; featuring Mista Normski) -- The live session / (Karl Hinds) -- Live session, including part 1 & part 2 / (Mixologists) -- F@*K / (Fredi Kuga; featuring DJ Dante). CD. Dreamy days / (Roots Manuva) -- Insane killas / (Ice, Train; featuring Clown Posse, LA Tha Darkman/Wu-Tang, Zeno) -- House of pain / (Blood Shedders; featuring MC Tukill) -- Unbreakable / (Ice; featuring LA Tha Darkman/Wu-Tan) -- Riviera hustle / (Braintax; featuring Jehst) -- Elvis killed Kennedy / (Ice; featuring Mista Chuck A.A. Chuck D/Public Enemy, Rehan) -- U listening / (DJ Vadim; featuring Rev. Chunky) -- Big things we inna / (Rodney P.). 130 min. DVD 2157

Hip-hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
A look at the conceptualization of masculinity in hip-hop culture. Pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for too often perpetuating destructive, deeply conservative styles of manhood that glamorize sexism, violence, and homophobia. Includes interviews with prominent rappers, music industry executives, and social critics. Produced, directed and written by Byron Hurt Dist.: Media Education Foundation. 2006. 61 min. DVD 6448
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Hip-hop Colony
Narrator: Kangere Muthubi; performers: Bruce Odhiambo, Tedd Josiah, Eric Musyoka, Harry Kimani, Steve Ominde. Genge music, Kenya's unique brand of hip-hop was initially dismissed as a passing fad, but this new musical style, a fusion of traditional African music with American hip-hop, is growing in popularity around the world. 2005. 93 min. DVD 9251

Hip hop Underground
A documentary of the burgeoning hip hop music scene developing in and around Yangon, Burma. Despite government opposition and the country's history of persecution of artists, the popularity of hip hop music continues to grow. This film asks "How how does hip hop music and an oppressive regime coesist?" and "How does this impact the work and personal lives of the musicians who live under the regime?" A film by Gabriel W. Leigh. Eisner Prize winning videos selected for creativity, produced by students at the University of California, Berkeley. Shown at the Pacific Film Archives, May 8, 2009. 9 min. DVD X5888

The Hu$tle: A Gangsta Rap Documentary
Commentary: Caviar, Kokane, Daddy V, Toddy Tee, King Tee, Ice T, Marvin Watkins, Gangsta, Young Gotti, Kam, Master P., Squeak Ru, Binky Mack, K Mac, Set Tripp, Mr. Naive, Mack 10, Ice Cube, Solo, Dutch and the Comrads, Westside Connection, ODB Wu Tang, Snoop dog, RIP, Tupac, Biggie, Damage 1, Devo Rider.

Some of the hottest stars of gangsta rap give their opinions of the rap game, the business, the hustle. Is there an East vs. West feud? Who started rap? Who put Gangsta Rap on the map? Who's got beef in the industry?. 60 min. Video/C 7636

I Love Hiphop in Morocco: Peace, Love, Hiphop
Follows the attempt to organize and present the first ever hip hop festival in three cities in North Africa in 2005 by DJ Key, founder of the Original Hiphop Association. Various Moroccan hip hop artists talk about the struggles they face between making the music they love and Muslim culture. Featuring: DJ Key, H-Kayne, Fnaire, Mafia-C, MC Bigg, Brownfingaz, Mot de Passe, Mehdi Essbai, More Moves, Salama Crew, Original Free Style Crew. 2007. 77 min. DVD X1161

Inventos: Hip Hop Cubano
Presents unique insights into the Hip-Hop scene in Cuba and the reality of contemporary Cuban politics. The film follows the innovators of this musical movement to their homes, the stage, and as they travel abroad for the first time. Inventos embodies the true spirit of Hip Hop, which is to create something powerful and useful out of what is seemingly impossible. Cuban Hip Hop demonstrates the creative and indestructible spirit of the island and its people despite the hardships of the U.S. embargo on Cuba. Special features: portfolio featuring: Barely audible, De la calle, Familia Cuba, Besin, VIP music video Ghana ; Homegrown trailer ; directors bio ; Konscious TV interview ; extra footage: live at Joe's Pub NYC, Live at Casa de Musica Cuba ; slide show gallery by Peter Graham & Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi ; Inventos trailer. Directed by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi. 2005. 50 min. DVD 7637

Know Your Enemy
Using video animation and a collage of stills film examines the controversy surrounding politically or socially offensive lyrics in "hip-hop" and rap music. 27 min. Video/C 3314

Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap. The Genesis[Sound Recording]
In the early 1970s a musical genre was born in the crime-ridden neighborhoods of the South Bronx. Hip-hop, as it was known then, was a mix of pure streetwise ingenuity, extracting rhythms and melodies from existing records and mixing them up with searing poetry chronicling life in the hood. Presented here are works from the roots of hip-hop as it spilled out of the ghetto gaining millions of new fans across America.

Program notes and performer histories by Kurtis Blow (15 p. : ill.) inserted in container. Give it up or turnit a loose (In the Jungle Groove remix) / James Brown -- Get into something / The Isley Brothers -- Melting pot / Booker T. & the M.G.'S -- Listen to me / Baby Huey -- Scorpio / Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band -- It's just begun / The Jimmy Castor Bunch -- Apache / Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band -- Hum along and dance / The Jackson 5ive -- Love the life you live / Black Heat -- Theme from S.W.A.T. (Extended 7" version) / Rhythm Heritage -- Dance to the drummer's beat / Herman Kelley & Life -- King Tim III (Personality Jock) / Fatback. Sound/D 101

Legend of the Wu-Tang: The Videos
One of the most influential rap groups in history, Wu-Tang Clan created some of the most memorable videos of their time to go with their ground-breaking music. Now, for the first time, all of the group's signature videos have been collected on one DVD with bonus material. The bonus material includes a rare alternate version of the "Method Man" video as well as the 21-minute "Enter The Wu-Tang," a previously unreleased documentary from 1994 that includes in-depth interviews with all of the original members of the group as well as rare live performances from their debut album. Also included is "Old Man" featuring the final video performance from Ol' Dirty Bastard. Contents" Method man -- C.R.E.A.M. -- Can it be all so simple -- Protect ya neck -- Da mystery of chessboxin' -- Wu-Tang Clan ain't nuthing ta f' wit ; Shame on a nigga -- It's yourz/Older gods -- Reunited -- Triumph -- Protect ya neck (the jump off) -- Gravel pit -- Careful -- I can't go to sleep (feat. Isaac Hayes) -- Uzi (Pinky ring) -- Bonus tracks: Method mad (alternate version) -- Old man (Masta Killa feat. Ol' Dirty Bastard and RZA) -- Enter the Wu-Tang (documentary). 91 min. DVD 6956

Living the Hiplife
A musical portrait of street life in urban West Africa. [The film] follows the birth of Hiplife music in Accra, Ghana, a mix of various African musical forms and American hip-hop. Archival footage and hip-hop music videos are remixed with interviews and the daily lives of rap artists. We follow Reginald "Reggie Rockstone" Ossei (the Godfather of Hiplife) in the founding of the musical movement, as well as the Mobile Boys (a group of aspiring rap artists), as they try to make it in the music business. Producer-director, Jesse Weaver Shipley. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 2007. 63 min. DVD X1160

Make it Happen! In Hip-Hop & Rap
Commentary: KRS-ONE, Afrika Islam (Producer for Ice-T), Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo (Ruffhouse Records), Ed Eckstine (Mercury Records), Kim Jackson (MCA Records), Jon Baker (Gee Street Records), Jeff Sledge (JIVE) Cat Jackson (Pendulum Records). Hip-hop and rap music recording artists, producers, and company executives talk about what it takes to be a success in the business, providing solid advice, hints and "do's and don'ts." Get solid information from insiders about: getting heard, A&R, putting out your own record, samping, publishing, attorneys, managers and more. 1995. 40 min. Video/C 7645

Mary J. Blige, Live from Los Angeles
Mary J. Blige brings passion and emotion into her live performance. Brutally honest at times, about herself, her struggles and life in general -- all the while she belts out hit after hit, demonstrating why she is unparalleled as the Queen of Hip Hop/R&B. Contents: You remind me -- You don't have to worry -- Real love -- Be happy -- Love no limit -- My love -- I'm the only woman -- I can love you -- Message in our music -- Children of the ghetto -- My life -- Your child -- The love I never had -- Not gon' cry -- It's a wrap -- Love & life intro -- Free -- No more drama -- Love @ first sight -- Everything -- Family affair -- We are family. 88 min. DVD 6932

Material Witness: Race, Identity and the Politics of Gangsta Rap.(Race & Diversity Series)
Contents: Living with difference -- The denial of race -- Race and language -- Black essentialism as defense -- American hybridity -- Complexity of black identity -- An American mix: DuBois & the classics -- Hip-hop culture as material witness to urban neglect -- Representin' the afflicteds' story -- Gangsta rap and the market -- The burden of the race artist -- A limited choice: purity or stereotype -- A wrong response: the elders react -- Towards a politics of anti-essentialism.

Michael Eric Dyson talks about the important issues of essentialism and notions of identity within the context of race, and discusses hip hop culture and the conflicts around gangsta rap. 42 min. Video/C 4493

Media Assassin.
A discussion of Hip-Hop, Black culture, and racism in America. The audio features an interview with Harry Allen, and the video displays a collage of stills and video animation. 17 min. Video/C 3317

Modulations: Cinema for the Ear
Feature-length documentary which traces the evolution of electronic music through interviews, in-studio footage, and live performances with composers, electro-funk musicians, and others. Featuring: Autechre, Can, Carl Cox, Derrick May, Coldcut, Giorgio Moroder, John Cage, Juan Atkins, LTJ Bukem, Orbital, Pierre Henry, Prodigy, Robert Moog, Teo Macero, The Future Sound of London, Aphrodite, Arthur Baker, Atari Teenage Riot, Bill Laswell, DB, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, DJ Spooky, DXT, Ed Rush, Frankie Bones, Genesis P. Orridge, Hardfloor, Jesse Saunders, Joey Beltram, Ken Ishi, Marshall Jefferson, Meat Beat Manifesto, Mixmaster Morris, Moby, Money Mark, Panacea, Photek, Rob Playford, Roni Size, Scanner, Squarepusher, Talvin Singh, Tetsu Inoue, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Westbam, X-ecutioners, etc.c1998. 74 min. DVD X5723

Nobody Knows My Name
Tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Despite the fact that these talented female artists exist within a culture that revolves around self-expression, the subjects of Raimist's documentary must struggle to be heard. Featuring: Asia One, Leschea, Medusa, DJ Symphony, and T-Love. Tells the story of women who are connected by their love for hip-hop music. Directed & filmed by Rachel Raimist. 1999. 58 min. DVD X1847; vhs Video/C MM498

The N.W.A. Legacy: the Video Collection.
The MWA Legacy is a compilaton of the best tracks from the family tree spawned by Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Drea and MC Ren. Contents: Hello (Ice Cube featuring Dr. Dre & MC Ren) -- Straight outta Compton (NWA) -- Appetite for destruction (NWA) -- Alwayz into somethin' (NWA) -- We want eazy (Eazy-E) -- Final frontier (MC Ren) -- Dead homiez (Ice Cube) -- Gangstas make the world go round (Westside Connection) -- Bow down (Westside Connection) -- From tha streetz (Mack 10) -- B please (Snoop Dogg featuring Xzibit) -- Wrong idea (Bad Azz featuring Snoop Dogg, Kokane & Lil HD). DVD 8228

Once Upon a Time in the Bronx
A collage mixing Spanish rap narration, spaghetti western styling and animated dolls depicting homeboys and flygirls, in this Bronx-based slice of life depicting male bonding, machismo and Latino culture in an episodic story influenced by hip hop sampling techniques. An anti-documentary portrait of the rap duo Latin Empire. 1994. 27 min. Video/C 9209

One Night in Vegas
Part documentary, part graphic novel, this program explores the remarkable friendship between boxing legend Mike Tyson and one of hip-hop's greatest rappers, Tupac Shakur, culminating in the infamous night in Las Vegas (September 7, 1996) when Tupac was brutally murdered. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television series "30 for 30" on ESPN. Directed by Al Szymanski & Peter Franchella. 51 min. DVD X5843

Popular Culture in Dance: The World of Hip Hop (Eye on Dance; 128)
Demonstration dances: Excerpts from "Style wars" (R. Colon) -- "Wild style" (C. Ahearn) -- "Electric boogie" -- "Beat street" -- "Wild style". A discussion of break dancing, hip hop, rapping and electric boogie as a reflection of street culture. Includes interviews with performers/choreographers, examples of graffiti as a reflection of street culture and excerpts from performance videos. 29 min. Video/C 4024

Public Enemy Live from the House of Blues
Footage from the "U.S. Poison tour" by the rock group Public Enemy filmed in Los Angeles. Includes interviews of band members by Albert Torres.

Contents: DJ mix/Prophets of rage -- Public enemy #1 -- Can't truss it -- 911 is a joke -- Black steel in the hour of chaos -- He got game -- Here I go -- Crayola -- Crash -- Give it up -- Don't believe the hype -- Rebel without a pause -- By the time I get to Arizona -- Fight the power -- DJ mix -- Common thread -- What what -- 41 19 -- Bring the noise -- Shut 'em down -- Do you wanna go our way?. 2001. 85 min. Video/C 8885

Rap: Looking for the Perfect Beat.
Commentary: Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Nelson George, Gil Scott-Heron, Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Public Enemy, Arrested Development, UFO.

Rap music has articulated a black aesthetic that is influencing pop culture around the world. But does it also promote violence, misogyny, and crime? This program featuring rap-master Melle Mel describes the history of rap and hip-hop from its roots in earlier oral and musical traditions to its full flowering in the mid-1990s. Rap innovators and others also speak out about the urban African-American experience, civil rights and social responsibility, while clips from music videos provide a visual perspective on the genre. 1994. 53 min. Video/C 7546

Rap, Race & Equality.
This documentary is an informative look at the issues which rap artists attempt to deal with through their music, such as racism, economic and social inequality and race relations. It suggests that rap music flows out of the African storytelling tradition and shows how it enhances the African American sense of identity. Also examines such controversial areas as sexism and censorship as it applies to rap music. Includes interviews with musicians from Ice Cube, Ice T, Public Enemy, and Naughty by Nature. 52 min. Video/C 3968

Rap: The Soul of the Streets.
"Take a wild ride behind the scenes and see why rap really is the soul of the streets. Explore what it takes to actually create a hit song in a studio. Meet some of the latest graffiti artists, break dancers, B-Boys and B-Girls in the country". [from container]. 51 min. Video/C 5276

Rapmania
Contents: Rapper's delight (Sugarhill Gang) -- Unity (Afrika Bambaataa) -- Droppin' rhymes on drums (Def Jef) -- I got it goin' on (Tone Loc) -- Pause (Run DMC) -- Kurtis Blow medley (Kurtis Blow) -- Gas face (3rd Bass) -- I get the job done (Big Daddy Kane) -- Rapmania (Grandmaster Melle Mel) -- I got the knack (Everlast) -- Bust a move (Young MC) -- Independent woman/Feelin' kinda horny (Roxanne Shante) -- Jingling baby (LL Cool J) -- Kool Moe Dee medley (Kool Moe Dee) -- Just a friend (Biz Markie) -- Ice-T medley (Ice-T) -- I'll work you to the bone (Wanda D.) -- Let the rhythm hit 'em (Eric B & Rakim) -- Children's story (Slick Rick) -- I'm goin' off (Grandmaster Kaz) -- Winds of change (multiple artists).

This live rap concert features dozens of hard-core, live performances simultaneously performed in New York's Apollo Theater and The Palace in Los Angeles. Old school and new school come together in this historic event featuring over 20 of the original artists who put hip-hop and rap on the map. 140 min. Video/C 7530

The Red Light District
Following his performance in the lauded 2005 feature film CRASH, Ludacris flips back to music for this release. Combining 10 live tracks with a bevy of extras, Ludacris's musical talents go on tour to Amsterdam's Red Light District, with Ludacris sampling some of the many pleasures that can be found there, including some very potent weed. Four music videos are also included, all of which were filmed while Ludacris visited some of Amsterdam's finest storefronts, where he coerced some of the city's finest ladies of the night to join him as he performed. DVD 6955

Redefinitions: Hip Hop Roots & Future.
Explore the foundation of Hip Hop culture with some of the artists and players who plan to take it to the next level. Includes a Hip Hop tutorial and Jahi's latest album, Window of opportunity. "Featuring wisdom from" Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Red Alert, Umar Bin Hassan, Grandmaster Caz; special performances and commentary by Blackalicious, Dead Prez, Toni Blackman, Sway from MTV, Raheem DeVaughn, Talib Kweli, Liberty, Slum Village. 2002. ca. 133 min. DVD 2140

Religion, Rap and the Crisis of Black Leadership: Cornel West.(World of Ideas with Bill Moyers)
A conversation and interview with Cornel West, professor at Harvard University, about religion, rap music, and the crisis of black leadership in America. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 4993

Resistencia: Hip-hop in Colombia.
A radical and thought-provoking exploration of how young Colombians feel about the crisis afflicting their country. The film follows a summer in the lives of some of Colombia's finest rappers, DJs and breakdancers. The film is a good introduction for anyone interested in Colombia's long-running civil war, as seen through the eyes of those directly affected by it. It also gives an intimate insight into life in the barrios of a very volatile country, and how traditional latino music is losing out to rap music. Its style is youthful and entertaining, but also angry and enlightening. 2002. 51 min. DVD 5376

Frekuensia Kolombiana

The Revenge of the Robots.
Performers: EL-P, RJD2, Mr. Lif. Videodisc: A tour movie of the Definitive Jux "Revenge of the robots" concerts with additional music videos and concert footage. Sound disc: Features RJD2 mega-mix, with 5 exclusive live tracks. Special features: Definitive Jux Label documentary ; animated menus ; scene selection. Directors, Jason Goldwach, Amaechi Uzoigwe. 2003. 200 min. DVD 6019

Rhyme & Reason
Performer: Various groups and performers including Ice-T, Fugees, Da Brat, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Salt-n-Pepa, BIG, Mack 10, Dogg Pound. This daring film tells the fascinating story behind the evolution of hip-hop culture. From a neighborhood pastime to a multibillion dollar industry surrounded by controversy--this funny, honest and uncompromising look at a true cultural phenomenon reveals the vibrant world of rap and hip-hop! 93 min. Video/C 6504

Roots of Rap
In 1979 Joey Robinson, son of the owner of a small black music label, joined up with Master Gee and Wonder Mike, to record "Rapper's Delight" under the moniker Sugar Hill Gang, and as they say, an industry was born. "Rapper's delight" initially sold over 10 million copies, opening the doors through which all rap music followed. This film follows the development of hip hop through the early 80s to the present meaningful, reality-based hip-hop of today. It includes five performances by rap artists which present the evolution of this musical genre. Contents: The message / Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five with Melle Mel (1979, 6 min.) -- Pump me up / Melle Mel (1981, 5 min.) -- Rapper's delight / Suger Hill Gang (1982, 6 min.) -- It's nasty / Grandmaster Flash (1983, 4 min.) -- 8th wonder / Sugar Hill Gang (1989, 6 min.). 27 min. Video/C 6070

Rhyme Pays: Hip Hop and the Marketing of Cool
As savvy teens lose interest in traditional forms of advertising, product placement in lyrics and music videos has become big, big business for manufacturers and rappers alike. Drawing on interviews with Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def jam Records; Camille hackney, of Elektra Entertainment Group; Damon Dash, CEO of Foc-a-fella Enterprises; media literacy advocate Debbie Gordon; and numerous Canadian rap artists, this program follows the money into the music/marketing arena. Originally aired on April 6, 2004 on the television program Marketplace. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 58 min. DVD 8872

Saz
This provocative documentary goes behind the ghetto walls of Ramlah to look at a year in the life of budding Palestinian hip-hop star Sameh Zakout a.k.a. Saz. Growing up in a Jewish neighborhood as a third generation of a moderate family, Saz has had to learn to balance their traditional viewpoints with his strong feelings of insult and rage for the injustices his people have suffered. He does this through music, using it as a starting point for discussion with Israeli and Arab youth who have grown further apart since the recent Intifada. For Saz, music is a place where people who disagree can come together. It takes him to the clubs and neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Haifa, and London. The film also looks at his relationship with his aging grandfather, a refugee of the 1948 war, whose conversations reveal their differing ideologies. Written and directed by Gil Karni. 2004. 51 min. DVD 6573

Say My Name
In a hip-hop and r&b world dominated by men and noted for misogyny, these unstoppable female lyricists speak candidly about class, race, and gender in pursuing their passions as female emcees. This worldwide documentary takes viewers on a vibrant tour of urban cultures and musical movements, from hip hop's birthplace in the Bronx, to grime on London's Eastside and all points Philly, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, and L.A. in between ... Delves into the amazing personal stories of women balancing professional dreams with the stark realities of poor urban communities, race, sexism, and motherhood, as the more than 18 artist featured in the film battle for a place in a society that creates few chances for women. Performers: Aaries, Big Manda, Chocolate Thai, Erykah Badu, Estelle, Georgia Girls, GTA Crew, Invincible, Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Miz Korona, Monie Love, Mystic, Princess & Diamond, Remy Ma, Rah Digga, Roxanne Shanté, Shankia, Sparky D, Trinie & Sister. Director, Nirit Peled. 2009. 73 min. DVD X4591

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Scratch
Here are some of the world's best hip hop DJs, those famous for solo scratching, competing in international DJ battles, playing for rap artists, or just rocking parties with the most insane records ever dug up. Check out dynamic performances and interviews with the latest DJs along with "old-school" innovators. Interviews/performances: DJs Qbert, Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike (of the Beastie Boys), Rob Swift and the X-ecutioners, Cut Chemist & NuMark (of Jurassic 5), DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, The Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Babu (of Dilated Peoples), KF Krush, DJ Premier (Gang Starr), Afrika Bambaataa and Grand Wizard Theodore. Directed and edited by Doug Pray.

Special features: Disc 1. Audio commentary with director Doug Pray and producer Brad Blondheim; additional scenes and extended interviews; original theatrical trailer; artist and crew bios; previews and weblinks. Special features: Disc 2. How to rock a party: with DJ Z-Trip, some tips to help you get there; "Sneak Attack": a selection from Wave Twisters; a multiangle do-it-yourself lesson with DJ Qbert; selections from the acclaimed Battle Sounds documentary; Scratch notation demo; previews and weblinks. c2002. (Documentary, 92 min.) -- Special features (255 min.) DVD 1404

Slingshot Hip Hop
Follows Tamer, Suhell, and Mahmoud of DAM, the first ever Palestinian Hip Hop group, from their early awkward studio recordings, through the outbreak of the second Intifada, to fiery sold-out shows all over the world. Directed by Jackie Reem Salloum. Performers: Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, and Mahmoud Jreri of DAM ; rapper, Mahmoud Shalabi ; R&B singer, Abeer ; and rap duo, Arapeyat ; Mohammed Al Farra (Dr), Mahmoud Fayad (Kan'aan) and Mezo of PR. 2008. 86 min. DVD X2659

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Smokefest: 1996 Tour Video
Partial contents: Dear Mr. and Mrs. (I can't go for that) -- Cee walkin -- Gangsta walk -- Eastside party -- Doin 2 much -- Real Eastsidaz -- May I funk wit you -- Too blacc. Unreleased backstage footage of rap artist Snoop Doggy Dogg on his 1996 world tour. This undercover video is raw and uncut, everything from back stage antics to hotel room partying. 60 min. Video/C 7637

Straight from the Streets
Six years in the making, this film begins with footage of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, and concludes with the Million Man March. It explores the realities of urban life for Afro-Americans focusing on the positive role rap music has played in bringing messages from popular culture to mass audiences. It looks at community self-empowerment, the prevention of gang formation and violence including interviews with rap artists, community leaders and Afro-American citizens. Featuring: Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Cypress Hill, Rage, DJ Quik, KAM, Kurupt, Maxine Waters, Louis Farrakhan, Denzel Washington, Supreme, Jorge Rivas, SLIP, Tony "Bogard" Thomas, Sen Dog, Lady of Rage, April, Big Ship, Cliff Stearns, Dick Gregory. c1999. 110 min. Video/C 6408

Straight, No Chaser
An interview with Amiri Baraka who discusses the cultural and political significance of African American music, rap, and motion pictures. He also addresses the activities of politician Jesse Jackson and motion picture producer Spike Lee. 1992. 60 min. Sound/C 1521

Straight Outta Hunters Point: A Hardcore Hip-hop Documentary.
Presents a documentary look at life in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco in an emotionally intense reality check focusing on the daily drama of gang-related rap wars which result as rival gangs dispute over who is the best rap artist. Includes interviews with gang members and residents in a community fighting for social and economic survival. 2002. 74 min. DVD 2940

Straight Up Rappin'.
This documentary is about Rap, without music. Examines the political consciousness of a new generation. 29 min. Video/C 2901

Filmakers Library catalog description

Streets is Watching: The Movie (1998)
Directed by Abdul Malik Abbott. Cast: Jay-Z, Damon Dash. A insightful dramatization of the life and times of hip-hop superstar Jay-Z. Tells a story about life in the streets, combining a narrative structure and musical numbers into an autobiographical tale of his life in Brooklyn, from hustler to performer. The title of the video comes from his album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 and also includes numbers by M.O.P, Sauce Money, and Memphis Bleek. This is Jay-Z's first direct-to-video release; it's self-directed, and aims to give a realistic view of his neighborhood without the commercial flash of over-the-top rap displays. Realism pervades within the framework of this music video, or "videomentary," about street life. Songs: It's alright (Memphis Bleek & Jay-Z) -- Love for free (Rell featuring Jay-Z) -- Only a customer (Jay-Z) -- Pimp this love (Christion) -- Murdergram (Murder, Inc.) -- The doe (Diamonds in da rough) -- Crazy (Usual suspects) -- Im my lifetime (remix) (Jay-Z) -- Your love (Christion featuring Jay-Z) -- Thugs r us (DJ Clue featuring Noreaga) -- My nigga hill figga (M.O.P.) -- Celebration (Team Roc starring Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek, Sauce Money & Wais of the Ranjahz) 60 min. DVD 6934
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Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop
A battle cry for grassroots consumers and creators of hip hop, particularly women, to snatch back our generation's culture. Aya explores a variety of characters, including a sex object emcee on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and a West Coast harcore emcee with an unusual case of Tourettes Syndrome that makes him reveal his sensitive side. She also takes time to get in touch with the gangsta rapper within. At the center, however, is her personal journey from teenage fan to center stage, from victim to visionary for women in hip hop. Written & performed by Aya de Leon. Directed by Ellen Sebastian-Chang. c2007. 77 min. DVD X6600

Through the Years of Hip Hop. Vol. 1, Graffiti
Part one of a four part documentary series called "The Architects." In this series the pioneers of hip hop music tell the story of how it all began. Part 1 explores the first element of Hip hop -- Graffiti, taking us back to the streets of Philly and NYC during the 1970's. Through narratives and testimonies, the artists tell their story of late night battles in the train yards, taking over cities and run-in's with the law and rival crews. Also features a collection of hip hops greatest classic videos. Contents: Videos: Rock box / Run DMC -- It takes two / Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock -- Ladies first / Queen Latifah -- Buddy / De La Soul -- I got it made / Special Ed -- Nightmares / Dana Dane -- We are known as emcees / Crash Crew. 2001. 90 min. DVD 1091

Too $hort "Uncensored": Nationwide Behind the Scenes
"A rare behind the scenes look at the explicit father or rap. You've heard his dirty lyrics ... now see the dirty stories! You've heard the rumors regarding his retirement from the rap game. Now hear the real story straight from shorty pimp himself!" 60 min. Video/C 7532

Too Short's Cocktails.
Contents: Coctails / directed by Rubin Whitmore III, produced by Eric Haywood, Tribal Communications (1994) -- Nuthin' but a tramp / performed by Goldy, directed by Rubin Whitmore III, produced by Eric Haywood, Tribal communications (1994) -- I'm a player / directed by Michael Lucero, produced by Roseann Cunningham, ?UC is ?U Get, Inc. (1993) -- Top down (Uncensored) / directed by Eric Haywood, produced by Rubin Whitmore III, Tribal Communications (1995).

They are nasty, raw, uncut and uncensored! Finally, the Oakland Mack's wildest rap music videos have been collected on one program. 1995. 43 min. Video/C 6461

Thug Immortal: Tupac Shakur
Through home-video footage and interviews with those who knew him, this film details the life and untimely death of Tupac Shakur, one of America's best known and most controversial Rap stars. c1997. 90 min. Video/C 6872

Tupac Shakur/Thug Angel: The Life of an Outlaw
This documentary explores Tupac, the soldier, whose career was deeply formed by his Black Panther heritage, the artist and entertainer who is, perhaps, the most prolific writer in the hip-hop music industry. Killed before he was able to realize his true and full potential he has become the first Black mythical icon. Special features: Photo gallery with never-before-seen pictures; extended interviews with people who knew Tupac; behind-the-scenes footage with Tupac on sets, in concert, and at play; never-before-released audio recordings of Tupac talking about film, love, and the future of his career; Tupac's personal reading library. c2002. 92 min. DVD 1240

Tupac Resurrection
A look at the life and career of infamous rapper Tupac Shakur, told entirely in his own words. Home movies, photographs, and recited poetry illustrate his life as one of the most beloved, revolutionary, and volatile hip-hop MCs of all time. Special features: Optional audio commentary by Afeni Shakur (Tupac's mother), Lazin & surprise guests; 4 deleted scenes; 2 additional interviews with Tupac; 1992 Malcolm X Dinner speech by Tupac; 1995 deposition by Tupac (taken after the family of a slain Texas state trooper sued Tupac, claiming his music "incited police shootings"); "About the soundtrack" featurette (Eminem & 50 Cent discuss 3 of their favorite tracks by Tupac); 2 music videos by Tupac ("Trapped" & "Brenda's Got a Baby"); "Remembering Tupac" featurette; interview with Mutulu Shakur (Tupac's stepfather); featurette about the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts; theatrical trailer; TV spot. Director, Lauren Lazin. 2003. 113 min. DVD 9662

Tha Westside
Featuring: Snoop Doggy Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Ice Cube. A look at West Coast Rap's notorious past, present, and future through never-before-seen footage and interviews with the West coast's most influential music pioneers. 74 min. DVD 2139

When the Smoke Clearz(Ammo for the Info-warrior)
A scathing indictment of the current state of the Hip Hop multi-billion dollar industry by slam poet Taalam Acey. 2002. Video/C MM76

Wild Style
Tells the story of street artists in the South Bronx who put on a large outdoor performance to showcase their unique talents: graffiti, hip hop, and break dancing. The plot concerns the tension between graffiti artist Zoro's passion for his art, and his personal life, particularly his strained relationship with fellow graffiti artist, Rose. Performers: Grandmaster Flash, The Cold Crush Brothers, The Chief Rocker Busy Bee, The Rock Steady Crew, Lee Quinones, Sandra Pink Fabara. Directed, produced & written by Charlie Ahearn. Special features: Optional audio commentary with director Charlie Ahearn and Fred Braithwaite (Fab 5 Freddy), theatrical trailer, outtakes, Wild style subway rap video, and photo gallery. 1982. 82 min. DVD 8176; vhs 999:3172

Stewart, Jesse. "Real to Reel: Filmic Constructions of Hip Hop Cultures and Hip Hop Identities." Interdisciplinary Humanities; Fall2009, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p49-67, 19p UC users only

World of Hip Hop.
A discussion of break dancing, hip hop, rapping and electric boogie as a reflection of street culture. Includes interviews with performers/choreographers, examples of graffiti as a reflection of street culture and excerpts from performance videos. 29 min. Video/C 4024

Miscellaneous

Always for Pleasure.
A film by Les Blank. Part 1 captures the music, food, and street celebrations that typify New Orleans. Part 2 focuses on the annual revival of Black Indian social and cultural traditions, featuring Wild Tchoupitoulas and other Black Indian tribes as they prepare for and celebrate Mardi Gras. Dist.: Flower Films. 58 min. Video/C 1830

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Born For Hard Luck.
A biographical study of Arthur Jackson, known as Peg Leg Sam, a Black street corner musician, telling of his days as a hobo and performer with patent medicine shows in the South. 30 min. Video/C 890

Buckdancer
Recorded on the Sea Island of Georgia, Black musicians dance on a front porth accompanied by voices, clapping, and broomstick. A craftsman shows how he made his fife and how he plays it. Produced by Bess Lomax Hawes. 1980. 6 min. Video/C MM804

Didn't We Ramble On.
Film examines how West African people have passed down their rites and spiritual fervor, generation by generation, through the black marching band. As long as 700 years ago, the Yaruba's had musicalprocessions at funerals. By the 17th century, African musicians were seen in Turkish marching bands and admired and copied by the monarchs of Europe. During both World Wars black military bands played a major role in maintaining troop morale. In the U.S. today, the tradition of the black marching band continues on the football fields as exemplified by the Forida A&M Marching Band. In New Orleans today, a jazz procession, a direct cultural link to the Yoruba ceremony of 700 years ago, is an integral part of the Afro-American funerals. By the 17th century, African musicians were seen in Turkish marching bands and admired and copied by the monarchs of Europe. During both World Wars black military bands played a major role in maintaining troop morale. In the U.S. today, the tradition of the black marching band continues on the football fields as exemplified by the Forida A&M Marching Band. In New Orleans today, a jazz procession, a direct cultural link to the Yoruba ceremony of 700 years ago, is an integral part of the Afro-American funeral observance. 1989. 15 min. Video/C 3975

Filmakers Library catalog description

Creole Giselle.
The Dance Theatre of Harlem presents its acclaimed interpretation of the ballet classic, Giselle; this version is set in Louisiana, 1841. 88 min. Video/C 3269

Flight to Freedom, The Underground Railroad.
Between 1790 and 1860, thousands of slaves fled the South for liberation on the "Underground Railroad". In addition to examining archival photographs, records and artifacts and interviews with national experts and descendants of slaves, conductors, and abolitionists, this program includes examples of spirituals sung by slaves as part of the "code" system, and visits homes which were used as shelters. The program highlights Rochester, New York, which was at the heart of the railroad, where passengers were hidden by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and others. 1995. 120 min. Video/C 4136

I'll Make Me a World. 1999. 57 min. each installment

Lift Every Vice: 1900-1924. Looks at the trials and tribulations of the first generation of African-Americans born into freedom, focusing on the contributions of this generation to the arts and to the birth of jazz... specifically, Bert Williams and George Walker in vaudeville; Oscar Micheaux in film; and many other early Afro-American performers. Video/C 6262

Without Fear or Shame: 1920-1937. This program discusses the lives of African-American leaders W.E.B DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, and Marcus Garvey; the Harlem Renaissance and its major figures, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and women blues singers; and examines the conflicts which arose over what art should express when community leaders seek to use it in the struggle for racial justice. Video/C 6263

Bright Like a Sun: 1935-1954. Discusses the creative visions of African-American artists such as singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson, who used his fame and artistry to fight for social justice; sculptor Augusta Savage, who built an art school in Harlem to nurture African-American talent; jazz musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, playing the bebop that will become a recognized musical genre. Video/C 6264

The Dream Keepers: 1940-1965. Looks at African-American artists after World War II, and the impact of African-American "firsts" in the arts and other areas of society on the nation as a whole. Focuses on playwright Lorraine Hansberry, ballerinas Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson, and author James Baldwin and others. Video/C 6265

Not a Rhyme Time: 1963-1986.From the 1960's through the 1980's, African-American artists make inroads both in civil rights and in the performing arts. Focuses on artist Romare Bearden, poet Gwendolyn Brooks and the Black Arts Movement, and author Alice Walker among others. Video/C 6266

The Freedom You Will Take: 1985-The Present. Looks at the contemporary cultural landscape, which has been transformed by the power of African-American film, performance, dance, rap music, and the spoken word art forms. Focuses on Spike Lee and his influence on American independent cinema; choreographer Bill T. Jones and how his work challenges stereotypical views of race, sexuality, and fear; and how hip-hop expresses the hopes and challenges of young African-Americans. Video/C 6267

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 3: the United States: Sacred Traditions.
Contents: African American sacred traditions: Take me to the water/Glory, glory Hallelujah; You got to move; Rock-a-way; Lay my burden down; My mother's gone; I belong to that union band; Roll Jordan roll; Precious Lord; My God called me this morning; Jesus is all the world to me; Can't nobody do me like Jesus; European & other sacred traditions: Holo mai pele mai Kahikina -- We are gathering at the river/God's not dead; Beautiful hills of Galilee; Lord, give me one more day; Mansion over a hilltop; I'm working on a building. 43 min. Video/C 4499

Paul Robeson.
A biography of the black man who became both a famous singer and actor who used his international acclaim to focus world attention on racial injustices suffered by Afro-Americans. His efforts world-wide for working class people in the 1930s, 40s and 50s are highlighted in this documentary. By 1950, Robeson's battle for freedom had cost him his rising career. Includes film clips from his performances, including Black spirituals and folk songs of other nations, interviews and archival photographs. 1994. 36 min. Video/C 5417

Paul Robeson: Here I Stand
Presents the life and achievements of Paul Robeson, an athlete, singer, scholar and champion of the rights of the poor, disenfranchised and people of color. c1999. 127 min. DVD 454; also on VHS Video/C 6429

Porgy: A Gullah Version
Performer: Michael Nesbitt (Porgy), Helen M. Hazel (Bess), Joseph Brown (Sportin Life). Dubose Heyward worked with George Gershwin to help create the famous opera Porgy and Bess, based on his play which portrayed the unusual story of a crippled beggar named Porgy living at Cabbage Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Virginia Mixson Geraty, a noted Gullah instructor, proposed that the play would sound more authentic if the African-American characters spoke Gullah. Her suggestion culminated in this translation and stage production featuring the English-based creole language spoken on the South Atlantic coast. 1992. 120 min. Video/C 999:1933

Right on! Poetry on Film.
The Original Last Poets. During 1968 on the hot streets of New York a trio of young black performers, calling themselves The Original Last Poets, were creating a hip new form of guerrilla poetry woven of soul, jazz, the blues and gospel. Today they are credited as the tap-root artists of Rap. This film, set on the rooftops and back alleys of the Lower East Side, presents the trio in the full range of performance from satire and power to tenderness and affirmation. 73 min. Video/C 3403

"Street Scene" [excerpts]
Music by Kurt Weill; words by Langston Hughes. Selections from an American opera about the frustrated lives of residents of one city block in New York, focusing on a young woman who attempts to bring happiness to her own life despite the horror-stricken death of her mother. Cast: Elisabeth Carron, Joy Clements, Andrew Frierson, Frank Porretta. 1960. 26 min. Video/C 7805

That's Black Entertainment, part I: Race Movies: The Early History of Black Cinema with Three Original Short Films
Contents: Race movies: the popular art of the Black Renaissance (1985, 20 min.) -- "St Louis blues" starring Bessie Smith (1929, ca. 15 min.) -- "Hi-de-ho" starring Cab Calloway (1935, ca. 10 min.) -- "Boogie-woogie dream" starring Lena Horne (1941, ca. 13 min.). The first film, Race movies, explores the involvement of black filmmakers in filmmaking from its earliest days through the 1920s, with particular emphasis on the work of James Weldon Johnson, Oscar Micheaux, and Richard D. Maurice. Focus is on the movies that were made and production companies that produced them, including the Lincoln Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles, Micheaux Pictures Corporation and the Norman Film Manufacturing Company. Concludes with three shorts that were shown in movie houses prior to feature presentations. 59 min. Video/C 4837

That's Black Entertainment, part II: The Soundies Era: Black music videos from the 1940's
Contents: Hey lawdy Mama / June Richmond, Roy Milton -- Take me back, baby / Count Basie -- Some of these days / Maxine Sullivan -- Beat me, daddy / Maurice Rocco -- Is you is, or is you ain't my baby? / King Cole Trio, Ida James -- Baby won't you please come home / Herb Jeffries -- Keep waitin' / George Washington Brown, Deep River Boys -- Toot that trumpet / Deep River Boys -- Keep Smiling / The Four Ginger Snaps -- Babbling Bess / the Chanticleers -- Dispossessed blues / Lynn Albritton, The Four Knobs -- Lovin' up a solid breeze / Lynn Albritton, The Six Knobs, Harlem Cuties -- Block party revels / Harlem Cuties -- Minnie the Moocher / Cab Calloway -- I call it love / King Cole trio -- Lionel Hampton: King of the vibes / L. Hampton.

A vintage collection of sixteen three-minute music videos called "Soundies" which were originally screened on a visual jukebox called Panorams during the 1940s. Includes many of the biggest names in Afro-American music and film. 47 min. Video/C 4838

Tryin' to Get Home: A History of African American Song.
A musical and dramatic one person show presenting the contributions of Afro-Americans to American music from slavery's spirituals to contemporary rap. 55 min. Video/C 3629

We Shall Overcome
Traces the transformation of the title song from an old slave spiritual to the anthem of the civil rights movement, while chronicling its effect on human rights movements in the United States and in other parts of the world, using historical footage and personal recollections. Narrator: Harry Belafonte. Performers: Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Peter, Paul & Mary, the SNCC Freedom Singers, Guy Carawan, Julian Bond, Andrew Young, Desmond Tutu. 1989. 58 min. Video/C 6400

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Accordion Dreams
A documentary featuring yesterday's and today's accordion players that define Texas Mexican Music. The arrival of the European button accordion to Texas and its merging with traditional Mexican songs gave birth to an explosive new sound, from lively polkas to smooth waltzes, an exhilarating musical style that is rapidly gaining fans worldwide. This program also looks at today's young accordionists who have expanded this musical style to include rock, blues, and pop. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 8428

Cachao: uno masi
A glimpse into the maestro's life and music, this documentary pays tribute to one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians and composers, Israel López 'Cachao'. Features a live concert in San Francisco, rare archival footage from Cuba and interviews with musical collaborators Andy Garcia, John Santos, Ray Santos and Orestes Vilató who help trace Cachao's musical journey from his early days in Cuba to worldwide fame and recognition. Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch. 2010. 83 min. DVD X4765

Chicano Rock!: The Sounds of East Los Angeles
A look at the generations of young Mexican-Americans who express their heritage through music. Features rare film, photos, and music from artists such as Lalo Guerrero and Ritchie Valens, Cannibal and the Headhunters, Tierra, Thee Midniters, El Chicano, Los Lobos, and more. 60 min. DVD X2104

Compañeras: The Story of the First All-female Mariachi Band
An intimate profile of America's first all-female mariachi band: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Since 1994, this 12-member group has been taking on a male-dominated musical tradition and building the popularity of mariachi music. A film by Elizabeth Massie & Matthew Buzzell. 60 min. 2008. DVD X349

Description from Filmakers Library catalog
Chulas Fronteras.
Features music and culture of Mexican-Americans living in southern Texas, showing food preparation, family life, dances, fieldwork,and other social activities. 58 min. DVD 3456; also VHS Video/C 1304

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Corpus: A Home Movie for Selena
Directed by Lourdes Portillo. Corpus focuses on the singer's fans -- the people on both sides of the border who saw in Selena a symbol of hope and cultural pride, and the chance to emerge from a background of poverty and despair to achieve personal and professional success. The film is structured around interviews with personal friends and family of Selena as well as fans who never met the star but consider her part of their lives. Their recollections are intercut with archival footage of Selena's performances and appearances at awards ceremonies, and news coverage about her murder and the memorial service in Corpus Christi. c1998. 47 min.DVD X2694; vhs Video/C 6551

El Corrido de Cecilia Rios.
When the life of Cecilia Rios is tragically cut short by her brutal murder, a group of teens comes together to commemorate her life and speak out about the violence that intersects their lives. Using the traditional structure of the Mexican ballad this film offers a unique entry into the lives of Latin youth and community healing. 1999. 15 min. Video/C 6905

El Corrido Mexico: musica y cuernos de chivo (The Mexican Corrido: Music and Goat Horns)
In existence for more than a century, the Mexican corrido --or musica de la frontera, as it has also come to be known --continues to be met with enthusiasm on both sides of the Mexico/U.S. border. Filmed on location in Mexico and San Diego, this program showcases live performances of corrido music and interviews with leading corrido singers. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 57 min. DVD X33

Del Mero Corazon (Straight From the Heart).
Producer, Chris Strachwitz; director, photographer, and special editing, Les Blank. A lyrical journey through the musings of the heart in the Mexican-American Nortena music tradition. Various performers are shown in dancehalls and cantinas, presenting songs of passion and death, hurt and humor, and the pleasures and torn dreams of love. Dist.: Flower Films. 1976. 28 min. DVD 3456; vhs Video/C1303

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Corridos!
Examines the influence of Corridos, Mexican and Mexican American ballads, which celebrate popular heroes and folk tales and provide a sense of history and standards of public morality. Includes performances of Corridos in a program originally produced for stage, with historical and critical commentary between performances. Performers: Clancy Brown, Evelyn Cisneros, George Galvan, Sal Lopez, Alma Martinez, Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Valdez, Luis Valdez. c1989. 58 min. Video/C 6789

From Mambo to Hip Hop: a South Bronx Tale
Tells the story of the creative life of the South Bronx, beginning with the Puerto Rican migration and the adoption of Cuban rhythms to create the New York salsa sound; continuing with the fires that destroyed the neighborhood but not the creative spirit of its people; chronicling the rise of hip hop from the ashes; and ending with reflections on the power of the neighborhood's music to ensure the survival of several generations of its residents, and, in the process, take the world's pop culture by storm. Featuring: Angel Rodríguez, Benny Bonilla, Bobby Sanabria, Bom 5, Carlos "Charlie Chase" Mandes, Clemente "Kid Freeze" Moreno, Curtis "Caz" Brown, David Gonzalez, Mr. and Mrs. Salsa, Eddie Palmieri, Emma Rodríguez, Jean Manuel Massenya, Louis Mercado, Luis "Trace" Otero, Luis "Track II" Mateo, Luis Chalusian, Orlando Marín, "Popmaster Fabel" Pabón, Ray Barretto, Sandra María Esteves, Tony "Peanuts" Aubert, Willie Colón, Rock Steady Crew, Dynamic Rockers. 2006. 56 min. DVD X2128

Latin Music U.S.A.
Latin music USA highlights the great American music created by Latinos, and celebrates the Latin rhythms at the heart of jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues. It's a fresh take on American musical history, reaching across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. DVD X2172

Disc 1: Bridges: See the rise of Latin jazz with the great Machito and the explosion of the mambo with Pérez Prado. Watch as Latin music infiltrates R&B and rock throughout the 1960s, from the Drifters to Santana and beyond. Salsa revolution: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvent Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms, adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa. Follow the rise and fall of legendary Fania Records with famed artists Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, and Rubén Blades. 120 min.

Disc 2: Chicano wave: From Ritchie Valens and Freddy Fender to Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, and Selena, a new generation of Mexican Americans raised on rock, rhythm and blues, and country music expresses their cultural identity through Chicano rock, Latin rock, and Tejano. Divas & superstars: Latin pop explodes with the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, and Gloria Estefan. But as studios concentrate on star-driven pop, Latino youth gravitate toward the urban fusions of reggaetón artists like Daddy Yankee and rapper Pitbull, while Rock En Español star Juanes becomes a global phenomenon. 120 min.

Lonely Boys: Texican Style
01. Intro of Los Lonely Boys -- 02. Crazy dream -- 03. Dime mi amor -- 04. Nobody else -- 05. Velvet sky -- 06. Man to beat -- 07. Onda -- 08. Supper time -- 09. Hollywood -- 10. Real emotions -- 11. Se~norita -- 12. Heaven -- 13. End of a new beginning -- 14. Recorded live at Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX on March 20, 2004. Texican Style captures the Los Lonely Boys historic performance to over 25,000 fans in Spring 2004 - Austin's biggest concert ever. 96 min. DVD 6120

Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore
The big ranch -- I walk alone -- Maria Christina -- Done gone blue -- Charmed -- Luz de mi vida -- Rita -- Maricela -- Chains of love -- Hurry tomorrow -- Tears of God -- Viking -- That train don't sop here -- Kino and the Lavender moon -- How much can I do? -- Mexico Americano -- I got loaded -- Good morning Aztlan -- Cumbia Raza -- Shakin' shakin' shakes -- Mas y mas. David Hidalgo, guitar, violin, accordian, percussion and vocals ; Cesar Rosas, guitar and vocals ; Louie Perez, guitar, drums and vocals ; Conrad Lozano, bass and vocals ; Steve Berlin, saxophone and keyboards ; Cougar Estrada, drums and percussion ; Victor Bisetti, drums and percussion ; Vincent Hidalgo, guitar ; Robert Randolph, pedal steel guitar. Recorded July 29-30, 2004 in San Francisco, Calif. Special feature: Behind-the-scenes documentary "Imported from E.L.A." / produced by North Beach Films ; directed by Caitlin Maynard. DVD 6122

La Musica de la Gente: The Music ofthe People.
Hispanic folk music as performed today in New Mexico in plazas, dance halls and at state fairs. 28 min. Video/C 2185

La Musica de los Viejos= The Music of the Old Ones.
Performances of traditional Hispanic folk music (in New Mexico). 28 min. Video/C 2183

New Audiences for Mexican Music
The first part of the program describes Banda, a popular dance music that originated in Mexico over a century ago and is now sweeping Los Angeles. Banda features wind instruments and drums with modern electronic rhythms. The second part of the program which explains the history of mariachi music, shows performances by the group Campanas de America which mixes mariachi with country music. The third part of the program profiles Tejano music, popularized by the late singer Selena. Contents: La Musica Banda! -- Campanas de America -- Tejano 101. 30 min. Video/C 6139

Pepino mango nance
Filmed in LA, this class project includes part of a quartet composition that is inspired by hawker calls of the vendors of downtown Los Angeles. It involves the composer, the "illegal" street vendors from Central America and policemen. It's a complex mix of weaving art, politics, law, and culture into a whole package. Dist.: Documentary Educational Resources. 2005. 11 min. DVD 9059

Plena, Canto y Trabajo = Plena is Work, Plena is Song.
Brings to life the cultural and political history of Puerto Rican plena, which is a musical blend of African and Spanish idioms. 29 min. Video/C 2534

Routes of Rhythm.
Presenter: Harry Belafonte. Traces the origins of Latin music from Spain and Africa to the New World (program 1). Focuses on pop music developed in Cuba and examines how North Americans began to discover this island's musical treasures (program 2). Shows how Spanish-African music has become the basic part of popular musical culture of the U.S. (program 3). 58 min. ea. DVD 692; Video/C 2535

Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities
Over the past 25 years salsa has influenced jazz and pop music, while Latin musicians have in turn been influenced by jazz. Includes performances, interviews and recording sessions with salsa stars and places salsa in the socio-political context of the Puerto-Rican communities in New York City and Puerto Rico. Performers: Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Reuben Blades, Charlie Palmieri, Ray Barretto. 1979. 60 min. DVD 540; Video/C 1490

Songs of the Homeland.
An exuberant journey into the history, heart and soul of Tejano music which originated in South Texas. Filmed on location throughout Texas, this documentary features images of the past and present and includes performances and interviews with musical pioneers of Tejano music. 1996. 60 min. Video/C 5177

Tex-Mex: Music of the Texas Mexican Borderlands.
Tex-Mex music is an exuberant style with a Mexican soul and a rock'n'roll heart. It combines styles of corrida, norteno and others, is full of joy and energy, but carries significance through its lyrics about social problems. Musicians are shown in performance and conversation. DVD 983; also VHS Video/C 3453

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Rap/Hip Hop
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Anvil!: The Story of Anvil
At 14, two Toronto schoolmates-- Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner-- made a pact to rock together forever. Forming the band Anvil, the duo released one of the heaviest albums of all time--'Metal on Metal'-- influencing some of the biggest names in rock, including Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax. But while those bands went on to sell millions of albums and achieve international fame, Anvil's career took a different path-- straight to obscurity. Bonus features: Optional feature audio commentary with director Sacha Gervasi, Lips and Robb; deleted scenes; interview with Lars Ulrich; "School love" in Japan with Sacha. Directed by Sacha Gervasi. 2008. 80 min. DVD X2642

Awards
International Documentary Association

Eddy, Chuck. "Bright Future." Film Comment; Nov/Dec2009, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p16-16, 1p UC users only
Lane, Anthony. "Anvil!: The Story of Anvil." New Yorker, 6/1/2009, Vol. 85 Issue 16, p18-18

The Beatles Anthology.
An eigth-part anthology of the Beatles singing group using archival footage and interviews to tell their story. 79 min. each. Video/C 4470

The Beatles Anthology, Part I: July 1940 to March 1963. Follows the Beatles from their childhoods in Hamburg and Liverpool until they form the first group made up of McCartney, Harrison, Lennon, and drummer, Pete Best. They find a manager, Brian Epstein, and a producer, George Martin of EMI Records. In 1962 Ringo Starr replaces drummer Pete Best. Film examines how the rapidly developing group were influenced by American rock n' roll and rhythm 'n blues and concludes with the success of their first number One hit record in Britain. Video/C 4470:1

The Beatles Anthology, Part 2: March 1963 to February 1964. Follows the Beatles from the Cavern Club in Liverpool to London where they play the Palladium, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Variety Show and the Morecambe and Wise Show. Along the way they give a spare hit to the Rolling Stones, play hundreds of concerts in Britain, nip over to Sweden and record "I want to hold your hand" (their 4th British number one in a year) and while they're conquering Paris the record goes to number one in America. Video/C 4470:1

The Beatles Anthology, Part 3: February 1964 to July 1964. Opens with the Beatles first tour of America and their two appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. The crowd scenes of frantic fans are particularly impressive as they travel from New York to Washington D.C. to Miami. On February 22, 1964 they return to London to film their first motion picture "A hard days night". After the publication of John Lennon's book "In their own write", they take off again this time for a tour to Holland, Hong Kong and Australia. Video/C 4470:3

The Beatles Anthology, Part 4: August 1964 to August 1965. The Beatles take their second sweep through the U.S., drawing tens of thousands of fans. In 1965 their second motion picture "Help!" is released. McCartney works up a single "Yesterday" and the Beatles are honored by receiving medals from the Queen. Life is still fun for the irrepressible quartet, albeit with a strand of stress now slicing through it. Video/C 4470:4

The Beatles Anthology, Part 5: August 1965 to July 1966. This archive of performances begins with the beatles appearance in Shea stadium, New York and moves through the American tour from August 13-September 1 with never before assembled sights, words, music and sounds. The dentist slips John and George LSD and the Indian Sitar begins to be incorporated into their music. They begin to dream of "the yellow submarine" and create a promotion film to fulfill the many requests for television appearances. The four are confident and assured in this episode, everything has come together until a bad day in Manila makes it seem that things are about to change. Video/C 4470:5

The Beatles Anthology, Part 6: July 1966 to June 1967. Film commences with the rejection of the Beatles by the fans in Manilla. They return to England and retire from touring and go into the studio which brings an amazed world the mighty wirligig of "Sgt. Pepper", "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry fields" on screen in surreal and glorious color. They sing "Baby you're a rich man" and they are. Video/C 4470:6

The Beatles Anthology, Part 7: June 1967 to July 1968. Film opens with the first around the world satellite hookup which was created for the concert in which the Beatles release "All you need is love". It covers their disillusionment with the Haight Ashbury (San Francisco's hippieville), and the death of their long time agent, Brian Epstein. They meet with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who initiates them into transcendental meditation and work out the TV film, the Magical Mystery Tour. They open their own bookstore in London (The Apple Shop) and create Apple Corps, their own company, formed to "mix business with pleasure." Video/C 4470:7

The Beatles Anthology, Part 8: July 1968 to 1970. The film reveals the rents and splits that ended their 60's life together. The Beatles work their way through two weddings, two busts, the closing of their Apple Shop, and the rooftop concert. Erik Clapton joins them and they pick up Allen Klein as their new business manager. Through it all the Beatles have survived their success and their music remains timeless and supreme against all comers. Paul, George and Ringo can still sit around a table and relive the 20th century's greatest romance. Video/C 4470:8

The Beatles Candlestick Park, 1966
Locally produced San Francisco documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Beatles last concert ever on August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park. Also includes great coverage of their '65 Cow Palace shows. And, footage of Brian Epstein and Ringo passing through San Francisco on Ringo's trip to catch up with the Beatles in Australia. Tons of original '65 & '66 stage footage, press conferences and local TV news covering all the Beatles' visits to San Francisco. Special features: Beatles videos compiled from films, TV appearances and promotional films. Songs include: "It Won't Be Long," "Another Girl," "I Should Have Known Better," "Paperback Writer," "I'll Get You," "Hello Goodbye," "I Need You," "She's A Woman," "Penny Lane," "If I Fell," "You're Gonna Lose That Girl," "You Can't Do That," "The Fool On The Hill," "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You," "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," "Twist And Shout," "Revolution," "Baby's In Black" "You're Mother Should Know," "Hey Jude." DVD 9360

The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit
Documentary filming team, David Maysles, Albert Maysles; editor, Kathy Dougherty. A day-by-day audio visual account of the group's first tour in the United States, including the Ed Sullivan appearances. Between the thirteen performances, the viewer joins the Beatles in their limos, hotel rooms and on their trips from New York to Washington, D.C. to Miami, Florida. Contents: The arrival, February 7, 1964 -- All my loving -- Till there was you -- She loves you -- I wanna hold your hand -- I saw her standing there -- I wanna be your man -- She loves you -- From me to you -- This boy -- All my loving -- Twist and shout -- Please, please me -- I wanna hold your hand -- The departure, February 21, 1964 -- It won't be long. Includes documentary The making of the Beatles first U.S. visit (51 min.); commentary by Alfred Maysles. 2003. ca. 81 min. DVD 2284

Be77er [i.e. Better] Living Through Circuitry: A Digital Odyssey into the Electronic Dance Underground
Featuring Frankie Bones, The Crystal Method, Genesis P-Orridge and Psychic TV, DJ Spooky, Carl Cox, Electric Skychurch, Roni Size, DJ Keoki, Wolfgang Flur, Atomic Babies, Moby. Presents a rare insightful look at rave culture and the electronic dance community. A cross-section of the techno subculture is represented as ravers, DJs and musicians speak for themselves about their music and ideals. Presents such dynamic aspects of rave culture as empowerment through technology, the do-it-yourself ethic and the flowering of a new spirituality embracing transcendence through sound and rhythm. Special features: Filmmakers commentary, interview with DJ Dan,, The Crystal Method, Wolfgang Flur, Roni Size, Genesis P-Orridge; computer animation reels from Nighttribe, OVT, soundtrack album audio previews, virtual flyer gallery, cast and crew biography for interviewed artists. 2000. DVD 451

Best of the Beatles: The Greatest Rock n' Roll Story Never Told
The story of the Beatles early formative years, as seen through the original Beatles drummer, Pete Best. "See and hear how it really was in Liverpool and Hamburg." Director, Geoff Wonfor. c2005. 190 min. DVD 4470

Bittersweet Motel
A look at the iconoclastic musicians of Phish, following them over the course of a year, on and off stages across the United States and Europe and at home in Vermont. The film wraps with an extensive section devoted to one of Phish's grand festivals, "The Great Went," where 70,000 fans descended on the tiny village of Limestone, Maine, for a spectacular multi-day event. c2000. 84 min. DVD 858

Bjork: Volumen
Contents: Human behavior / directed by Michel Gondry -- Venus as a boy / directed by Sophie Muller -- Play dead / directed by Danny Cannon -- Big time sensuality / directed by Stephane Sednaoui -- Violently happy / directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino -- Army of me / directed by Michel Gondry -- Isobel / directed by Michel Gondry -- It's oh so quiet / directed by Spike Jonze -- Hyperballed / directed by Michel Gondry -- Possibly maybe / directed by Stephane Sednaoui -- I miss you / directed by John Kricfalusi -- Joga / directed by Michel Gondry -- Bachelorette / directed by Michel Gondry -- Hunter / directed by Paul White.

A collection of inventive and fun videos from the Icelandic songstress, Bjork. Highlights include "Army of me," which involves Bjork driving a comically huge tank around, fending off a gorilla dentist and blowing up an art museum. "Bachelorette," features a story within a story, within a story to great effect. "Joga," features sweeping landscapes with odd camera work. "I miss you," has delightfully odd animation and Bjork as a redhead. 1998. 68 min. DVD 860

The British Invasion

Dusty Springfield: Once Upon a Time, 1964-1969
Unquestionably Britain's finest female vocalist, Dusty Springfield made some of the greatest recordings of the sixties. This retrospective honors her enduring legacy, and features 20 complete performances filmed from 1964 to 1969. In between the performances are interviews with Burt Bacharach, and Dusty's background singers Madeline Bell and Simon Bell, as well as newly discovered archival interviews with Dusty. Performances in feature: I only want to be with you -- Once upon a time -- Stay awhile -- Wishin' and hopin' -- I just don't know what to do with myself -- All cried out -- In the middle of nowhere -- I can't hear you -- Some of your lovin' -- Little by little -- You don't have to say you love me -- Shake -- The look of love -- I close my eyes and count to ten -- Son of a preacher man -- A brand new me. Bonus features: songs not in feature: My colouring book -- Dancing in the street -- Mockingbird -- A house is not a home. Director, David Peck 84 min. DVD X3871

Small Faces: All or Nothing, 1965-1968
"Small Faces were one of the most influential rock groups of the sixties. This first official retrospective features 27 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1968, including nine songs from their legendary masterpiece Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. Archival interviews with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with interviews with Ian McLagen and Kenney Jones, tell the fascinating story of this underappreciated yet groundbreaking group." Performances. Whatcha gonna do about it -- I've got mine -- Sha la la la lee -- Plum Nellie/You need loving/Baby please don't go (Marquee Club) -- Hey girl -- All or nothing -- I can't make it -- My way of giving -- Talk to you -- Here comes the nice -- Green circles -- Itchycoo park -- I'm only dreaming -- Tin soldier -- Lazy Sunday -- Ogden's nut gone flake -- Song of a baker -- Happiness Stan -- Rollin' over -- The hungry intruder -- The journey -- Mad John -- HappyDaysToyTown -- The universal. Bonus features: The complete performances without the interviews, including four songs not seen in the film; the last filmed interview with Ronnie Lane (March 5, 1988); photo gallery, Olympic Studios, London 1967, by Eddie Kramer. Director, David Peck 120 min. DVD X3872

Gerry & the Pacemakers: It's Gonna Be All Right, 1963-1965
"In 1963, Gerry & the Pacemakers became the first group to have their first three singles top the British charts, and along with the Beatles, ushered in the British Invasion. Their first official retrospective features seventeen complete performances filmed between 1963-1965. Gerry Marsden, in a new interview filmed in the legendary Cavern Club, reminisces on the band's history, his songwriting, the Liverpool music scene, and their friendly rivalry with the Beatles." Performances. A shot of rhythm and blues -- Dizzy Miss Lizzy -- Skinny Minnie -- How do you do it? -- I like it -- You'll never walk alone -- I'm the one -- It's just because -- Pretend -- Don't let the sun catch you crying -- Summertime -- Ferry cross the Mersey -- It's gonna be all right -- Why oh why -- I'll be there. Bonus features: The complete performances without the interviews, including two songs not seen in the film; The Cavern Club (2009); Bill Harry remembers Liverpool and the Mersey beat. Director, David Peck 95 min. DVD X3873

Herman's Hermits: Listen People, 1964-1969
"During the mid-sixties, Herman's Hermits were second only to the Beatles in terms of record sales. This is the first official Herman's Hermits retrospective and features 22 complete performances filmed from 1965 to 1969. Also included are interviews with Peter Noone and other members of the original group that celebrate one of the most underrated bands of the British Invasion." Performances. Fortune teller -- I'm into something good -- Can't you hear my heartbeat -- If you're thinking what I'm thinking -- Silhouettes -- Wonderful world -- Mrs. Brown, you've got a lovely daughter -- I'm Henry VIII, I am -- A must to avoid -- You won't be leaving -- Listen people -- This door swings both ways -- No milk today -- Dandy -- There's a kind of hush -- My sentimental friend. Bonus features: Hilton show, a 24-minute concert filmed in 1966 for Australian television; additional interviews; the complete performances, with or without commentary track by Karl Green and Keith Hopwood. Director, David Peck 120 min. DVD X3874

British invasion. Bonus Disc
Performers: Dusty Springfield; Herman's Hermits. Interviewees: Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits); Gerry Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers); Simon Bell, Madeline Bell, Burt Bacharach (Dusty Springfield); Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan (Small Faces). Performances: Dusty Springfield. You don't have to say you love me -- I only want to be with you -- My colouring book -- Twenty-four hours from Tulsa -- In the middle of nowhere -- I just don't know what to do with myself -- What's it gonna be -- Everybody gets to go to the moon -- I wanna be a free girl. Performances: Herman's Hermits. Man with the cigar -- Dandy -- I'm into something good -- Silhouettes -- Bus stop -- A Must to avoid -- No milk today. 150 min. DVD X3875

Buenos Aires, Rock IV. Festival B.A., Rock
Performances by: Spinta Jade, Raul Porchetto, Litto Nebia, Pedro y Pablo, Cantilo y Punch, Ruben Rada, Los Abuelos de la Nada, Leon Gieco, Piero con Prema, Alejandro Lerner, Orions, La Torre, and V-8. Documents performances at the 4th Festival of Buenos Aires, Rock. The filmmakers interview musicians about their music, and explore how it is received by their audiences. 1983. DVD 9462

Canned Heat: Live at Montreux 1973
This concert from Montreux in 1973, the group's only appearance at the festival, captures them at their peak, and features a guest appearance from Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown. Contents: On the road again -- Please Mr. Nixon -- Worried life blues -- About my oo poo pa doo -- Funky -- Night time is the right time -- Let's work together -- Rock and roll music -- Lookin' for my rainbow -- Shake 'n' boogie. Performer Canned Heat ; special guest, Clarence Recorded live at the Montreux Convention Center, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, July 1, 1973. 73 min. DVD X2829

Chuck Berry: Rock & Roll Music
This live performance of Chuck Berry in concert at the 1969 Toronto Rock & Roll Revival, is a testament to the raw power that makes Chuck Berry the true king of rock & roll. Contents: Rock and roll music -- Long live rock & roll -- Johnny B. Goode medley -- Promised land -- Carol -- (I'm your) Hoochie Koochie man -- Maybellene -- Too much monkey business -- Reelin' & rockin' -- Sweet little sixteen -- In the wee wee hours (I think of you) -- Johnny B. Goode. 1991. 48 min. Video/C 8835

[The Rolling Stones Present] Cocksucker Blues
"Shootin' up and gettin' down with the Rolling Stones." Presents the rare long suppressed tour movie directed by Robert Franks featuring the Rolling Stones with assorted dealers, scalpers and groupies. Originally produced as motion picture in 1972. 88 min. DVD 2445

Deadheads: An American Subculture
This program examines the Deadhead subculture, individuals who follow the Grateful Dead from concert to concert: what kinds of people are attracted to this culture, and what attracts them to it, what social forms do Deadheads resist, what forms shape their behavior, what separates them from the mainstream? The program also examines the workings of a subculture from within. Contents: Persistence of the subculture -- The parking lot: a portable community -- Freedom and order in the subculture -- Norms & values of the subculture -- Ticket to paradise. 1993. 29 min. Video/C 8344

The Devil and Daniel Johnston
Daniel Johnston, Louis Black, Bill Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Jeff Tartakov. Looks at the turbulent life of a genius musician battling manic depression who has spent the last three decades of his life in-and-out of mental institutions. A favorite with artists such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Beck, and many others, view the singer-songwriter-artist through his art and interviews, and in the eyes of his fans. Written and directed by Jeff Feuerzeig. 2005. 110 min. DVD 7273

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults

Disco: Spinning the Story
Takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of the music that defined the 1970's. Features personal recollections on the emergence of disco and its influence on modern music from those who produced and performed it. Featuring commentary by George Clinton, Randy Jones, Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Kurtis Blow, Tom Moulton, Bob Weir. Performance highlights: Gloria Gaynor, KC and the Sunshine Band, Blondie, George Clinton, Village People, Giorgio Moroder, Barry Moroder, Barry Rodgers, The Trammps, Tom Moulton, Kurtis Blow and many more. Special features: Full performances of Gloria Gaynor singing live-on-stage "I will survive" in 1979 and "Never can say goodbye" in 1974 ; Raw unedited interviews with Randy Jones of the Village People, George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic and Earl Young of the Trammps. 90 min. DVD X1955

Don't Look Back.
A film by D.A. Pennebaker. Disc 1: Bob Dylan: Don't look back -- Disc 2: Bob Dylan: 65 revisited. Performers, Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth, Joan Baez, Alan Price. Portrait of the artist as a young man. In spring, 1965, Bob Dylan a 23 year-old, pixyish troubador, spent three weeks in England. Follows him from airport to hall, from hotel room to public house, from conversation to concert. Joan Baez and Donovan, among others, are on hand. It's the period when Dylan is shifting from acoustic to electric, a transition that not all fans, including Baez, applaud. From the opening sequence Dylan is playful and enigmatic. Special features: Disc 1: Commentary by director D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth; five additional uncut audio tracks; alternate version of the "Subterranean homesick blues" cue-card sequence; original theatrical trailer; D.A. Pennebaker filmography; Bob Dylan discography; cast and crew biographies ; Disc 2: Bob Dylan: 65 revisited: A new work compiled by D.A. Pennebaker from over 20 hours of never-before-seen footage; commentary by director D.A. Pennebaker and tour road manager Bob Neuwirth. The companion book includes a complete transcription of the film, over 200 photos, and a new forward by D.A. Pennebaker. DVD 7503 [includes special feature disc]; DVD 447 [without special features]; also on vhs Video/C 3122
Information about this film from the Internet Movie Database

Awards & Honors
National Film Registry Selection

Description from Pennebaker/Hegedus Films

Don't Need You
Tells the story of the origins of Riot Grrrl in the American independent music scene of the 1990s, and how this feminist movement evolved into a revolutionary underground network of education and self-awareness through music, writing, activism, and women-friendly community. The film gives audiences a chance to meet key figures in the development of Riot Grrrl and see for themselves how these women have changed the history of music and feminism forever. The film features one-on-one interviews interspersed with rare, archival materials, including original Riot Grrrl fanzines, flyers, and photographs, as well as seldom seen footage from pioneering Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, and Bratmobile. Written, produced and directed by Kerri Koch. 2006. 39 min. DVD 6908

[The Doors] The Doors Live in Europe 1968
Never seen before film footage filmed during the Doors European tour in 1968. The Doors swept through the cities of London, Stockholm, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. This collection of rare live performances is introduced by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, members of Jefferson Airplane, who shared the bill on this tour. Contents: Light my fire -- Love me two times -- Back door man -- Spanish caravan -- Hello I love you -- When the music's over -- Unknown soldier -- Light my fire (II) -- Five to one -- Alabama song. 58 min. DVD X2831

[The Doors] When You're Strange: A Film About the Doors
The documentary uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the illustrious rock band and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of its music and legacy. Special features: interview with Jim's father, Admiral George C. Morrison, USN (Ret.) Directed by Tom DiCillo. 2009. 96 min. DVD X3962

Dig!
Dig! plunges into the underbelly of rock 'n' roll, unearthing an amazing true tale of success, self destruction, friendship, and the ultimate rivalry between two up-and-coming bands: Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols. Special features: 3 audio commentaries: members of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Dandy Warhols, the filmmakers; link-outs: an interactive technology allowing viewers to watch the film with extended and deleted scenes; Disc 2: over 2 hours of never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes; 3 Dandy Warhols music videos: "TV theme song", "Last high" (uncut version) and "Bohemian like you" (uncut version); 3 Brian Jonestown Massacre live performances: "Anemone", "Oh Lord", and "Jesus"; Courtney Taylor and Anton Newcombe jam session; "Where are they now?" band member updates; a behind-the-scenes look at the commentary track recording sessions; footage from Courtney Taylor's MTV2 Subterranean appearance; DIG! at Sundance; awards and interviews. Cinematographers, Ondi Timoner, Vasco Lucas Nunes, David Timoner; editor, Ondi Timoner. Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Courtney Taylor (The Dandy Warhols). Produced & directed by Ondi Timoner. 107 min. DVD 3754

Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Rock Video
Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to illustrate how women are portrayed in male-created videos, examining such issues as masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Questions the impact that the portrayal of sex and sexual relations in mass media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. 1991, 57 min. DVD 4892

Dreamworlds 2.
A controversial video that MTV tried to ban by threat of legal action if it was released. Portrays the impact that sex and violence in media have on society and culture in our everyday life. Shows scenes from over 165 music videos to show how the media portrays masculinity, femininity, sex, and sex roles. Includes a scene of a brutal gang rape from the movie, The accused. Updated ed. of the 1991 program: Dreamworlds (DVD 4892) c1995. 57 min. Video/C 4057

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Dreamworlds 3
Examines the stories contemporary music videos tell about girls and women, and encourages viewers to consider how these narratives shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality. Illustrated with hundreds of up-to-date images, Dreamworlds 3 offers a unique and powerful tool for understanding both the continuing influence of music videos and how pop culture more generally filters the identities of young men and women through a dangerously narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender. In doing so, it inspires viewers to reflect critically on images that they might otherwise take for granted. A look at how the narratives of music videos shape individual & cultural attitudes toward femininity, masculinity, sexuality and race. Update of Dreamworlds (Video/C 4057) & Dreamworlds 2 (DVD 4892). Written, edited & narrated by Sut Jhally. c2007. DVD 8367

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Dylan Speaks: The Legendary 1965 Press conference in San Francisco
Press conference with Bob Dylan filmed after his appearance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he was booed by the audience for using an electric guitar on stage. Dylan answers questions from Ralph J. Gleason, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Graham and others. Discussants: Bob Dylan, Ralph J. Gleason, Allen Ginsberg, Bill Graham. Filmed on Friday, Dec 3, 1965 at the KQED studios in San Francisco. 53 min. DVD X2776

[Complete] Ed Sullivan Shows: Starring the Beatles
Now viewers can experience the moment music changed forever! When the Beatles stepped onto Sullivan's New York stage on Sunday, February 9, 1964 to make their American TV debut, 86 percent of all TVs on at that hour tuned in. The Beatles appeared on the Sullivan show four times and presented here are those uncut shows, including not only all of the other performances, but also all of the original commercials. Newly remastered also includes an interview between Ed Sullivan and the Beatles, additional footage, and more.

Contents: February 9, 1964: Ed's opening. All my loving (The Beatles) ; Till there was you (The Beatles) ; She loves you (The Beatles). Card and salt shaker trick (Fred Kaps). I'll do anything for you (cast of Oliver!). As long as he needs me (Oliver!) (Georgia Brown). Frank Gorshin, comedian/impressionist. Terry McDermott, Olympic athlete. Medley of favorite show tunes (Tessie O'Shea). Comedy/office sketch (McCall and Brill). I saw her standing there (The Beatles) ; I want to hold your hand (The Beatles). Acrobatic physical comedy (Wells & the Four Fays) -- February 16, 1964: She loves you ; This boy ; All my loving (The Beatles). Audience bow (Sonny Liston, heavyweight champion). Audience bow (Joe Louis, former heavyweight champion). Boxing skit (Allen and Rossi). It's too darn hot ; Medley of hits (Mitzi Gaynor). Sway pole routine (The Nerveless Knocks). Complex comedy bits (Myron Cohen). I saw her standing there ; From me to you ; I want to hold your hand (The Beatles). DVD X6273 (First Beatles performance also on Video/C 9382)

Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics. 1
Contents: v. 1. Chart toppers, vol. 1. 1965; 1966; 1967 (65 min.) -- v. 2. Chart toppers, vol. 2. 1968; 1969; 1970 (65 min.) -- v. 3. Soul of the Motor City. Motortown review; The sweet sound of soul; Motor City magic (65 min.) -- v. 4. Elvis & other rock greats. Elvis Presley; Move to the music. (44 min.).

Four Tops; Sonny & Cher; Herman's Hermits; Four Seasons; Lovin' Spoonful; Tom Jones; Dino, Desi & Billy; Association; Supremes; Lou Rawls; Animals; Mamas & The Papas; Rolling Stones; Johnny Rivers; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; Tommy James & Shondells; Chambers Brothers; Beach Boys; Spanky & Our Gang; Smith; Oliver; Brooklyn Bridge; 5th Dimension; Creedence Clearwater Revival; B.J. Thomas; Jackson 5; Carpenters; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; Diana Ross; Stevie Wonder; Temptations; James Brown; The Righteous Brothers; Elvis Presley; Beatles; JerryLee Lewis; Martha & The Vandellas; Jackie Wilson; Jay & The Techniques; Freddie & The Dreamers; Sly & The Family Stone. DVD 1360

Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics. 2
Contents: v. 5. The Temptations & The Supremes (44 min.) -- v. 6. Love songs. Classic love songs; Rock n' roll love songs; Teen idols (64 min.) -- v. 7. Rockin' the sixties. San Francisco scene; Smash hits of the sixties; Psychedelic sixties (65 min.) -- v. 8. Legends of rock. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Rock legends, vol. 1; Rock legends, vol. 2 (65 min.) -- v. The British invasion. (43 min.).

Temptations; Supremes; Mama's & the Papas; Little Anthony & the Imperials; Carpenters; Smokey Robinson; Beatles; Elvis Presley; 5th Dimension; Lulu; Brooklyn Bridge; Jackie Wilson; Dino, Desie & Billy; Tom Jones; Paul Anka; Bobby Darin; Jefferson Airplane; Santana; Janis Joplin; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Sly & the Family Stone; Beach Boys; 4 Seasons; Petula Clark; Tommy James & The Shondells; Doors; Steppenwolf; Vanilla Fudge; James Brown; Jerry Lee Lewis; Buddy Holly; Fats Domino; Bo Diddley; Marvin Gaye; Jackie Wilson; Animals; Herman's Hermits; Rolling Stones; Searchers; Gerry & The Pacemakers; Freddie & the Dreamers. DVD 1361

Elvis '56.
Contents: Music featured: Hush little baby -- Baby what you want me to do -- Blue Suede Shoes -- Good Rockin' Tonight -- Heartbreak hHotel -- Shake Rattle and Roll -- Baby Let's Play House -- Tutti Frutti -- My Baby Left Me -- Blue Moon -- Hound Dog -- He's Only a Prayer Away -- Lawdy Miss Clawdy -- Don't be Cruel -- Trying To Get to You -- Anyway You Want Me -- Ready Teddy -- Love Me Tender -- Peace in the Valley -- Love Me.

1956 was Elvis Presley's breakthrough year, and this program takes you back, including his early television performances on the Dorsey Brothers Show and the Ed Sullivan show, and an entire hour of rare footage and performances captured during the amazing year when Elvis Presley became not only a star, but a phenomenon. 61 min. Video/C 5362

Elvis '68 Comeback Special
Disc 1. The original Elvis television special ; both Black leather sit-down shows in their entirety featuring jam sessions with original band-mates Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, and friends -- Disc 2. Both Black leather stand-up shows in their entirety featuring Elvis performing solo on stage ; the complete, raw form, used and unused takes: Trouble/Guitar man opening ; If I can dream show closer ; "Huh-huh-huh" promotional tag for the television special (all takes) ; If I can dream bonus music video created for this DVD -- Disc 3. Complete, raw form, used and unused takes: Gospel production number ; Guitar man production number. Music: A little less conversation -- All shook up -- Are you lonesome tonight? -- Baby, what you want me to do -- Big boss man -- Blue Christmas -- Blue suede shoes -- Can't help falling in love -- Don't be cruel -- Guitar man -- Heartbreak Hotel -- Hound dog -- If I can dream -- It hurts me -- Jailhouse rock -- Lawdy Miss Clawdy -- Let yourself go -- Little Egypt -- Love me -- Love me tender -- MacArther Park -- Memories -- Nothingville -- One night -- Santa Claus is back in town -- Saved -- Sometimes I feel like a motherless child -- Taht's all right -- Tiger man -- Tiptoe through the tulips -- Trouble -- Trying to get to you -- Up above my head -- When my blue moon turns to gold again -- Where could I go but to the Lord -- Downtown / performed by Andy Willaims -- I get a kick out of you -- Blues in the night -- I enjoy being a girl -- My man -- I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hear / performed by Phyllis Diller. Special features: Previously unseen material; outtakes, false starts, alternate stagings of the skits and dramatized musical numbers; If I can dream - special music video combining white-suit finale with Black-leather performance footage; scene selection. Originally taped June 1968 and aired December 3, 1968 on NBC. DVD 8829

Elvis: The Great Performances
A look at the life and career of Elvis Presley with shots of his live performances, clips from his films, and home movies of good times with friends and family. Disc 1 spotlights Elvis' physical appeal from his first performances that shocked a nation to one week before his death. Includes rare footage of his first Hollywood screen test and one of his last filmed performances. Disc 2 offers a glimpse into Elvis' private life and the difficult realities of his fame. Includes home movies with friends and family. Disc 3 follows Elvis' path to stardom covering the twelve month period before his January 6, 1957 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Special features: Elvis discography; Elvis filmography; trivia tracks. Part one and two originally released in 1990, part three originally released in 1997. 159 min. DVD 1266

Family Values Fall Tour '98
Contents: Korn: Got the life -- Blind -- A.D.I.D.A.S. -- All in the family -- Children of the Korn -- Faget. -- Ice Cube: Check yo self (remix) -- It was a good day -- F' tha police -- F' dying. -- Rammstein: Du Hast -- Buck Dich. -- Limp Bizkit: Faith -- Counterfeit -- Jump around -- Cambodia. -- Orgy: Blue Monday -- Stitches -- Revival (featuring Jona Than Davis). 86 min. DVD 417

Festival Express
Performers: The Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends; Flying Burrito Brothers; Grateful Dead; Buddy Guy Blues Band; Ian & Sylvia & the Great Speckled Bird; Janis Joplin Mashmakhan; Sha Na Na.

In 1970, such names as Janis Joplin, The Band, and The Grateful Dead traveled by a customized train for five days to Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg for a mega-concert at each stop. This experience was filmed and some footage was locked away, until now. A film by Bob Smeaton. Originally filmed in 1970. 89 min. DVD 3139

Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting, 1984-1994.
Music videos featuring Sting performing his popular music in a variety of settings and storylines. 82 min. Video/C 6397

Fillmore: The Last Days.
The legendary concert film featuring the final shows at Bill Graham's storied Fillmore West in San Francisco, June 30 to July 4, 1971. When legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in the summer of 1971, he made sure it went out with a bang. Over five nights, acts including the Grateful Dead and Santana took to the stage for one final send off. The madness leading up to the shows and the gritty backstage footage are also chronicled in this classic rock film. Contents: Hello friends (Lamb) -- You got me hummin' (Cold Blood) -- I wish I knew how it would feel to be free (Cold Blood) -- Candy man (Hot tuna) -- Uncle Sam blues (Hot tuna) -- Rehearsal jam (The Rowan Brothers) -- Isn't it just a beautiful day (Lamb) -- Fresh air (Quicksilver Messenger Service) -- Mojo (Quicksilver Messenger Service) -- Volunteers/ We can be so good together (Jefferson Airplane) -- Noodle (Jerry Garcia) -- Rehearsal Jam (Jerry Garcia with New Riders of the Purple Sage) -- Casey Jones (Grateful Dead) -- Johnny B. Goode (Grateful Dead) -- White bird (It's a Beautiful Day) -- The sky is crying (The Elvin Bishop Group) -- Incident at Neshabur (Santana) -- In a silent way/jam (Santana) -- In a silent way (Santana). 94 min. DVD X1867

Fly Jefferson Airplane
Focusing on Jefferson Airplane's 1965-1973 run, Fly Jefferson Airplane incorporates complete vintage performances with brand new interviews from almost all of the band members of the time, as well as others who were along for the ride. Contents: It's no secret -- Somebody to love -- High flying bird -- White rabbit -- Martha -- Crown of creation -- Lather -- House at Pooneil Corners -- Ballad of you & me & Pooneil -- We can be together -- Plastic fantastic lover -- Volunteers -- Embryonic journey. 111 min. DVD X2830

Gimme Shelter: The Rolling Stones. Uncut. Uncensored. Unsurpassed (1970)
Directors, David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin. Contents: The Rolling Stones: Jumping jack flash -- (I can't get no) Satisfaction -- You gotta move -- Wild horses -- Brown sugar -- Love in vain. Tina Turner: I've been loving you too long. The Rolling Stones: Honky tonk women -- Street fighting man. The Flying Burrito Bros.: Six days on the road. Jefferson Airplane: The other side of this life. The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the devil -- Under my thumb -- Street fighting man -- Gimme shelter. A documentary of the Rolling Stones' 1969 tour of the United States, focusing on a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in California where a young man was killed during violence between the crowd and the Hell's Angels hired to "keep order." Includes performances by Ike and Tina Turner, the Flying Burrito Bros., and the Jefferson Airplane. 90 min. DVD 394; vhs Video/C 4690

Schowalter, Daniel F. ""Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival." Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 86-102, Mar 2000

Grateful Dead: Downhill from Here: Alpine Valley, 1989
Performers: Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, Bob Weir. Contents: Let the good times roll -- Feel like a stranger -- Built to last -- Me and my uncle -- Cumberland blues -- It's all over now -- West L.A. fadeaway -- Desolation row -- Deal -- China cat sunflower -- I know you rider -- Playing in the band -- Uncle John's band -- Standing on the moon -- Drums -- The wheel -- Gimme some loving -- Going down the road feeling bad -- Not fade away -- We bid you goodnight -- Johnny B. Goode. 150 min. DVD 1406

Grateful Dead: View from the Vault: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990
Presents the live Grateful Dead concert recorded at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, on July 8, 1990 and some songs at Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY on July 6, 1990. Contents: Three Rivers Stadium: Touch of grey -- Greatest story ever told -- Jack-a-roe -- New Minglewood blues -- Row Jimmy -- Mama tried -- Mexicali blues -- Just like Tom Thumb's blues -- Let it grow -- Samson and Delilah -- Eyes of the world -- Estimated prophet -- Terrapin Station -- Jam -- Drums -- Space -- I need a miracle -- Wang dang doodle -- Black Peter -- Throwing stones -- Turn on your lovelight -- Knockin' on heaven's door. Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY: Standing on the moon -- He's gone -- KY jam. 215 min. DVD 1407

Grateful Dead: Ticket to New Year's
Performers: Grateful Dead band: Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland; with special guests. Contents: Bertha -- Cold rain and snow -- When push comes to shove -- Bird song -- The music never stopped -- Hell in a bucket -- Uncle John's band -- Lady with a fan -- Terrapin station -- Drums -- The other one -- Wharf rat -- Throwing stones, etc. Recorded at the historic 1987 Oakland Coliseum concert, this live performance of over two and a half hours, captures the thrill and excitement of the world's number one touring band. ca. 145 min. DVD 1405

[Hendrix, Jimi] Jimi Hendrix
Commentary: Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Peter Townshend, Little Richard. A tribute to the late rock singer/guitarist Jimi Hendrix featuring some of his most memorable performances, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews with family, friends, and fellow performers. c2005. 103 min. DVD 4313

[Hendrix, Jimi] Jimi Plays Berkeley.
Features some of Jimi Hendrix's finest ever performances filmed over two concerts at the Berkeley Community Theater on May 30, 1970. The film documented the political unrest and student uprisings in Berkeley juxtaposed against the legendary Hendrix concert. Contents Johnny B. Good -- Hear my train a comin' -- Purple haze -- I don't live today -- Hey baby (new rising son) -- Lover man -- Star spangled banner. Produced and directed by Peter Pilafian. 55 min. DVD X6638; vhs Video/C 3504

[Hendrix, Jimi] Jimi plays Monterey: As Remembered by John Phillips.
A film by by D.D. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Contents: Can you see me (2:3) -- Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1:36) -- Wild thing (1:06) -- Monterey (2:06) -- Killing floor (3:01) -- Foxy lady (2:54) -- Like a rolling stone (8:24) -- Rock me baby (3:01) -- Hey Joe (3:48) -- The wind cries Mary (3:06) -- Wild thing (7:48) -- Purple Haze (3:02).49 min. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5019

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Herman's Hermits: Listen People, 1964-1969
"During the mid-sixties, Herman's Hermits were second only to the Beatles in terms of record sales. This is the first official Herman's Hermits retrospective and features 22 complete performances filmed from 1965 to 1969. Also included are interviews with Peter Noone and other members of the original group that celebrate one of the most underrated bands of the British Invasion." Performances. Fortune teller -- I'm into something good -- Can't you hear my heartbeat -- If you're thinking what I'm thinking -- Silhouettes -- Wonderful world -- Mrs. Brown, you've got a lovely daughter -- I'm Henry VIII, I am -- A must to avoid -- You won't be leaving -- Listen people -- This door swings both ways -- No milk today -- Dandy -- There's a kind of hush -- My sentimental friend. Bonus features: Hilton show, a 24-minute concert filmed in 1966 for Australian television; additional interviews; the complete performances, with or without commentary track by Karl Green and Keith Hopwood. Director, David Peck 120 min. DVD X3874

History of Rock 'n' Roll.
1995. 60 min. each. See also the series Rock 'n' Roll

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll Explodes. In the early '50's blues, gospel, jazz and boggie woggie music all began to fuse into a new sound. This film examines the key players in the beginning years of rock 'n roll, including early rock n' roll performances and interviews with rock musicians. Performers: Fats Domino, Little Richard, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Bono (U2), Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Tina Turner, Louis Jordan, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3939

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Good Rockin' Tonight. Disc jockey, Alan Freed, was the first to call it "rock n' roll", but it was Elvis Presley who gave the new music sex appeal. In a matter of months during the summer and fall of 1956 he transformed rhythm and blues into a new kind of music, breaching the boundaries between country and blues, folk and pop, black and white. Included are his appearances on the Milton Berle Show and the Ed Sullivan Show along with performances by other early rock legends as the glory days of rock's first golden age are recounted. Includes interview with Dick Clark as he recalls the origins of American Bandstand. Performers: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dick Clark (American Bandstand), Fabian, Ben E. King, Phil Spector. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3940

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Britain Invades, America Fights Back. Tells the story of rock's renaissance between 1964 and 1966 as British rock groups became popular in the U.S. Includes footage of the Beatles in 1963, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and The Who, scarcely out of their teens. Jolted by the competition from Britain, American rock musicians rose to the occasion, fighting back with music that was original, energetic and in tune with a decade of change. Performers: The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who, Billy Harry, Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys, the Tempatations, the Supremes, Lovin' Spoonful. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3941

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Plugging In. Recounts how rock music began to re-invent itself in the mid-60's when Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Musical experimentation exploded with such innovators as The Byrds, The Mama's and the Papa's, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and others. Performers: Bob Dylan, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Townshend, Eric Burdon (The Animals), Janis Joplin. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3942

History of Rock 'n' Roll: The Sounds of Soul. Traces the rise of soul music, a new form of musical artistry. Rooted in gospel, developed under the influence of mainstream pop music with a strong dose of rhythm and blues feeling, soul first blossomed in the late 50's. This film includes performances and interviews with the genre's first pioneers up through today's artists. Performers: Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, James Brown, The O'Jays, Daryl Hall, Gerald Levert, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3943

History of Rock 'n' Roll: My Generation. Rock musicians performing in the midst of war that was tearing America apart, set the tone for the counterculture. Included in this segment are rare footage of the underground bands of the Haight Ashbury to classic performances from Woodstock. When the era ended, it was with a grisly bang as drugs killed some of rock n' roll's biggest names. Performers: Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, The Doors, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Big Brother, Holding Company, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3944

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Guitar Heroes. Without the electric guitar there would have been no rock 'n' roll. This film examines the role of this storied instrument in the history of rock n' roll. It focuses on the famous pioneers from Chuck Berry to Jimmy Page. Performers: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page, James Burton, Pete Townshend (The Who), Keith Richaards, Rolling Stones, Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Eddie Van Halen, Guns n' Roses, Jimi Hendrix. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3945

History of Rock 'n' Roll: The '70s: Have a Nice Decade. In the early '50's blues, gospel, jazz and boggie woggie music all began to fuse into a new sound. This film examines the key players in the beginning years of rock 'n roll, including early rock n' roll performances and interviews with rock musicians. Performers: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Steely Dan, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), David Bowie, Peter Frampton, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend (The Who), George Clinton, Duane Allman, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, The Wailers. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3946

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Punk. Film documents how punk used short and simple songs to reclaim rock and roll. We discover the genre's roots in the streetwise bohemianism of the Velvet Underground, the deliberate ugliness of Iggy Pop and the campy amateurism of the New York Dolls. We follow the meteoric rise of "punk" and its fall in England. Shortlived though the punk movement was, it opened rock up to a new wave of rock artists. Performers: Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols), Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, New York Dolls, the Ramones, Richard Hell, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Nirvana. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3947

History of Rock 'n' Roll: Up From the Underground. In the eighties, rock had irony, flash and more shock and sex than ever. By beaming rock video around the world, MTV became rock's first global network and created a powerful new corporate medium, complete with wild imagery and video accompanyment to a rock sound modified for the 80's and early 90's. At the same time inner-city youth were improvising a controversial medium of their own, in the form of rap. Performers: Bob Pittman (MTV), Devo and Eurythmics, Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash, Michael Jackson, Run-D.M.C., Madonna, Public Enemy and N.W.A., 1994 Lollapalooza Festival. DVD 2784; also VHS Video/C 3948

Hullabaloo: A 1960s Music Flashback.
Performers: The Animals, Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, The Byrds, The Cyrkle, Sammy Davis Jr., The Four Seasons, Martha & the Vandellas, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Herman's Hermits, The Mamas & the Papas, Barry McGuire, The Moody Blues, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Peter & Gordon, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Dusty Springfield, The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Paul Anka, Michael Landon, Trini Lopez. Seven television episodes along with 18 bonus performances from one of the most popular music series of the '60s, Hullabaloo. Spotlighted are some of the biggest hits and artists of the period. Each show is hosted by a guest celebrity. 255 min. DVD 367

Hype!
Traces the history of grunge music with interviews and concert footage of bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and the Melvins. 1996. 84 min. Video/C 4990

International Supervideos! Green Day
Selections by the Oakland, California based punk rock group, Green Day recorded between 1994 and 2001 in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Long view (4:30) -- Basket case (3:11) -- When I come around (3:35) -- Geek stink breath (2:23) -- Stuck with me (2:56) -- Brain stew/Jaded (4:29) -- Walking contradiction (3:16) -- Hitchin' a ride (2:32) -- Good riddance (Time of your life) (3:07) -- Redundant (3:20) -- Nice guys finish last (4:06) -- Last ride in (4:38) -- Minority (6:58) -- Warning (3:15) -- Waiting (3:15). All songs: words, Billie Joe Armstrong; music, Green Day. c2001. 60 min. DVD 5725

It Might Get Loud
Documents the day three generations of electric guitar players (Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White) met to share their own stories on how they developed their own unique sound and playing style. Viewers will hear fresh music from each artist and witness intimate moments as they discuss what influences how they write and play. It also looks back at their individual lives and careers. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. 2008. 98 min. DVD X2495

John & Yoko: The Bed-in
Unable to follow up on the Amsterdam bed-in in the United States, John Lennon and Yoko Ono chose Montreal and invited the press to come to them. In John's words, "expending the least energy to maximum effect," they campaigned for world peace from a bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel for a week starting on May 26, 1969. Contains the classic live bedroom recording of "Give peace a chance." Also features "Instant karma," "Remember love," "Who has seen the wind," and the acoustic version of "Because.". 74 min. Video/C MM355

Kick Some @$$
"They're hard, they're cool, and this film is your all access to the Limp Bizkit story, a rock and roller coaster unauthorized biography. Wanna know where the band played it's first gig? Where Fred tattooed? Wanna see how they looked back then? Find out the origin of the band name? Find out how such a radical band got so much airplay and made it to the top." 2000? 45 min. DVD 448

Kurt & Courtney.
Director, Nick Broomfield. Delves into the death of the leading rock star of the Nirvana rock group, Kurt Cobain. Many people feel Cobain's death was not a suicide, but was rather a homicide that was covered up. All the conspiracy theories have a common thread connecting Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, to his death. No one appears to claim she pulled the trigger, but some claim that she hired someone else to do the job, or else drove Cobain to do it himself. 1997. 95 min. Video/C 6881

The Last Waltz.
Director, Martin Scorsese. Performers: The Band: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson; featuring Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, The Staples, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Ronnie Hawkins, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood. The Band, one of rock's superstar groups, decided to call it quits after sixteen grueling years on the road. The group held this farewell concert on Thanksgiving Day, 1976, at San Francisco's Winterland, the site of their first performance. The performance is interspersed with interview footage. c2002. 117 min. DVD 3303

Legends of the Canyon: The Origins of West Coast Rock
Delivers the story of the advent of rock music spawned in the garden of the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon. Featuring Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Neil Young, America ; narrated by Henry Diltz. Bonus features: Henry Diltz's 8mm silent footage, a fan's bootleg footage from Oklahoma City "Stills tour", extended interviews, the naming of Buffalo Springfield, Henry's acid trip, photo galleries. Directed by Jon Brewer. 2010. 110 min. DVD X4540

Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Live
Presents concert performance footage by the masters and originators of rock n roll music. Join the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, "The Killer" Jerry Lee Lewis, "Mr. Blueberry Hill" Fats Domino, "Hey" Bo Diddley, the "Genius" Ray Charles, "King of the Blues" B.B. King and "Tutti Fruiti" Little Richard as they raise the roof "old school style."

Contents: Papa's got a brand new bag; I feel good / James Brown -- Bo Diddley; I'm a man / Bo Diddley -- Mess around; I'm a good for you / Ray Charles -- Great gosh a'mighty / Little Richard -- Wild one (real wild child); Great balls of fire; Whole lotta shakin' goin' on / Jerry Lee Lewis -- I'm ready; Blueberry Hill / Fats Domino -- Let the good times roll; How blue can you get? / B.B. King -- All-star jam / Everyone. 59 min. DVD 2091

[Lennon, John; Ono, Yoko] The Dick Cavett show. John & Yoko collection
Three complete episodes of the Dick Cavett late-night talk show featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono's most candid interviews as well as some rare live performances. Second episode also includes interviews with comic Stan Freberg and scientist Robert Citron; the third episode with actress Shirley MacLaine. With new episode introductions by Cavett. Originally broadcast September 11, 1971, September 24, 1971, and May 11, 1972. 210 min. DVD X3959

Let It Be.
A documentary film following The Beatles through the process of making an album. Contents: Music: Two of us -- Dig a pony -- Across the universe -- I me mine -- Dig it -- Let it be -- Maggie Mae -- I've got a feeling -- One after 909 -- The long and winding road -- For you blue -- Get back. 80 min. Video/C 999:1380

Let's Spend the Night Together: The Rolling Stones
Film of the Rolling Stones' 1981 U.S. tour. The tenth tour of the Rolling Stones and one of the most ambitious musical presentations of all time, Let's Spend the Night Together, began on September 25, 1981, at the JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, and ended on December 19 in the Hampton Coliseum and was. In total, more than two million people witnessed their success. Managed by the experienced Hal Ashby, the Stones hired him exclusively to document every second of their presentations. The result is one of the most spectacular musical concerts of all time, still inspiring megashows made in stadiums today. Contents: Intro -- Under my thumb -- Let's spend the night together -- Shattered -- Neighbors -- Black limo -- Just my imagination -- 20 flight rock -- Let me go -- Time is on my side -- Beast of burden -- Waiting on a friend -- Going to go-go -- You can't always get what you want -- Tits and ass (Little T&A) -- Tumbling dice -- She's so cold -- All down the line -- Hang fire -- Miss you -- Start me up -- Honky tonk women -- Brown sugar -- Jumping Jack Flash -- Satisfaction. Directed by Hal Ashby. 1983. 94 min. DVD X5008

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart
A definitive look at the life and career of rock musician Lou Reed. Overflowing with archival performance footage, this film spans over three decades; from the formation of the Velvet Underground, to his extensive solo career, to his most recent work--a collaboration on the futuristic rock opera Time Rocker. Interviews with Reed, major artists who comment on his work and with his friends and band members provide personal insights into the man. Performers: Lou Reed, David Bowie, David Byrne, Patti Smith, Suzanne Vega, Dave Stewart, Philip Glass. 75 min. Video/C 6068

Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop
Putting the brief but indelible British pop phenomenon of the 1990s into a fascinating social and political context, filmmaker John Dower draws on extensive interviews with musicians, critics, and sundry observers. Along with the rock groups Pulp and Blur, Oasis kick-started an upsurge heralding a new music scene, which became known as Britpop. Written and directed by John Dower. 2004. 86 min. DVD 5608

Los Lobos Live at the Fillmore
The big ranch -- I walk alone -- Maria Christina -- Done gone blue -- Charmed -- Luz de mi vida -- Rita -- Maricela -- Chains of love -- Hurry tomorrow -- Tears of God -- Viking -- That train don't sop here -- Kino and the Lavender moon -- How much can I do? -- Mexico Americano -- I got loaded -- Good morning Aztlan -- Cumbia Raza -- Shakin' shakin' shakes -- Mas y mas. David Hidalgo, guitar, violin, accordian, percussion and vocals ; Cesar Rosas, guitar and vocals ; Louie Perez, guitar, drums and vocals ; Conrad Lozano, bass and vocals ; Steve Berlin, saxophone and keyboards ; Cougar Estrada, drums and percussion ; Victor Bisetti, drums and percussion ; Vincent Hidalgo, guitar ; Robert Randolph, pedal steel guitar. Recorded July 29-30, 2004 in San Francisco, Calif. Special feature: Behind-the-scenes documentary "Imported from E.L.A." / produced by North Beach Films ; directed by Caitlin Maynard. DVD 6122

Madonna: The Immaculate Collection
Contents: Lucky star -- Borderline -- Like a virgin -- Material girl -- Papa don't preach -- Open your heart -- La Isla Bonita -- Like a prayer -- Express yourself -- Cherish -- Oh father -- Vogue -- Vogue (from the 1990 MTV Awards Show).

Rock videos of the early songs of rock singer/dancer Madonna. Covering the years 1984 through 1990 in the singer's career, most are quick, danceable tunes that are only occasionally "controversial." 1990. 60 min. DVD 1145

Madonna: Truth or Dare.
Documentary which presents an intimate view of the rock music star, Madonna and a backstage look at her "Blond Ambition" tour. From her stage show to her boudoir, this film reveals her as she really is ... outrageous, hilarious, uninhibited. 1991. 131 min. DVD 690; Video/C 7023

Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
This front row seat landmark program starring Michael Jackson, presents the making of the ultimate "music movie" "Thriller", Michael's performance of "Billie Jean" from the "Motown 25" special, excerpts of the musicvideo "Beat it", and excerpts of Michael's "Can you feel it." Also includes a behind the scenes look at Michael Jackson, director John Landis, make-up artist Rick Baker and the rest of the creators of "Thriller." c1983. 60 min. Video/C 8376

Memphis Dreams: Innocence and Rebellion. (Century: Events that Shaped the World; 7.)
Elvis: Iconoclastic phenomenon, inciting hysteria in teenagers and indignation in parents. On his way to the top he combined the R&B of the Mississippi delta with rocka-billy and tapped into the turbulent forces of youth, sexuality, class, and race, transforming American culture. This program documents the astounding career of Elvis Presley, from his first hits with Sun Records to his final days at Graceland. In the words of John Lennon, "Before Elvis there was nothing." 43 min. Video/C 6348

Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
Tony Iommi, Dee Snider, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio. A global journey to find out why heavy metal music has been consistently stereotyped, dismissed and condemned and yet is loved so passionately by its millions of fans. Includes performances and candid interviews with metal icons and members of legendary bands. >Special features: The definitive metal history family tree; mini-documentary on Norwegian black metal; 17 extended interviews; travel outtakes; Lemmy at the rainbow; director's commentary. Written and directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen & Jessica Joy Wise. 2005. 96 min. DVD 5978

Metallica: Rock Warriors
Ever since guitar player/singer James Hetfield joined drummer Lars Ulrich in creating the most successful metal band in rock today, Metallica has been climbing the charts. Find out how they stole the name Metallica and hear about the tour bus accident that killed bassist Cliff Burton and how the band found the strength to continue. Hear from the DJs and music critics that brought Metallica to the fans without benefit of radio airplay, the band's actual testimony against Napster and more... [2001?] 45 min. DVD 796

[Michael Jackson] Video Greatest Hits: History.
A compilation of music videos performed by Michael Jackson presenting a wondrous journey through his incredible solo career. Experience his unforgettable music, dance and visual images from the horror movie classic Thriller to the morphing miracle of Black or white.

Contents: Brace yourself -- A kaleidoscope of Michael Jackson history -- Billie Jean -- The way you make me feel -- Black or white -- Rock with you -- Bad -- Thriller -- Beat it -- Remember the time -- Don't stop 'til you get enough -- Heal the world. Originally released in 1995. 75 min. DVD 2189

[Michael Jackson] HIStory on Film. volume II
Presents a compilation of music videos performed by Michael Jackson including his 1995 Grammy winning video "Scream." Contents: Teaser -- Billie Jean -- Beat it (Motown 25: yesterday, today and forever) -- Liberian girl -- Smooth criminal -- 1995 MTV video music awards performance -- Thriller -- Scream / duet with Janet Jackson -- Childhood (Theme from "Free Willy 2") -- You are not alone -- Earth song -- They don't care about us -- Stranger in Moscow -- Blood on the dance floor (Refugee camp mix) -- Brace yourself. c1997. 107 min. DVD 2190

[Michael Jackson] Michael Jackson's This Is It
Presents a rare, behind-the-scenes look at Jackson as he developed, created, and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts at London's 02 Arena. Drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius, and great artist at work is captured in raw and candid detail as he created and perfected his planned final London shows. Special features: 2 making-of documentaries; "The Gloved One" featurette; "Costumes" featurette; memories of Michael; auditions: searching for the world's best dancers. 2009. 111 min. DVD X2627

Nine hundred Nights: Big Brother and the Holding Co with Janis Joplin
Traces the rise and fall of American rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, emerging in the mid 1960s from the nascent psychedelic San Francisco music scene and catapulted to fame by the introduction of Janis Joplin. Features performance excerpts, archival material and interviews. Contents: How the band got its name -- Down on me -- The new psychedelic scene -- Blow my mind -- Sam meets Peter -- James joins up with Sam & Peter -- David joins the band -- Janis joins the band -- Ball and chain -- The Avalon and the Fillmore -- Lightshows -- Drugs everywhere -- Light is faster than sound -- Combination of the two (Monterey) -- Ball and chain (Monterey)-- A new manager (Albert Grossman) -- Dope, sex and cheap thrills -- Summertime (in the recording studio) -- Bad press, mounting tensions -- Comin home (Generation Club) -- Janis leaves Big Brother -- Piece of my heart. Bonus features: Complete performance of "The Coo coo", "Ball and chain", "Piece of my heart" ; rare audio recording of "Hall of the mountain king," discography, photo gallery, biographical timelines, interview outtakes, psychedelic treats. 2001. 148 min. DVD X2832

Money for Nothing: Behind the Business of Pop Music
Explains how popular music is produced and marketed and offers an accessible critique of the current state of popular music. Examines the shrinking number of record companies, the centralization of radio station ownership, and the increasing integration of popular music into the advertising and commercial aspects of the consumer market. Also discusses independent bands and record labels. Contents: The music industry -- Radio & MTV: the gatekeepers -- Music, marketing, advertising -- The power of pop music. 2001. 49 min. Video/C 8227

Monterey Pop.
A film by D.A. Pennebaker. Big Brother & the Holding Company, John Phillips, Joe McDonald, Eric Burdon, Mamas and the Papas, Canned Heat, Simon and Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Country Joe and the Fish. The definitive document of the first great rock festival", a filmed record of the Monterey International Pop Festival, held in June, 1967. DVD contains special features: Outtake performances by The Association, Big Brother, and the Holding Company, The Blues Project, Buffalo Springfield, The Paul Butterfied Blues Band, The Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, The Electric flag, Jefferson Airplane, Al Kooper, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Simon and Garfunkel, Tiny Tim, and the Who; audio commentaries: Festival producer Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker on Monterey Pop; music critic Charles Shaar Murray on Jimi Plays Monterey; music critic Peter Guralnick on Shake! Otis at Monterey; new video interview with Lou Adler and D.A. Pennebaker on the beginnings of the Festival and the making of the film; new video interview with Phil Walden, manager of Otis Redding from 1959 to 1967; audio interviews with Festival producer Joh Phillips, Festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby; photo essay, Monterey Pop scrapbook, Theatrical trailers and radio spots. 98 min. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5338

Description from Pennebaker/Hegedus Films

Schowalter, Daniel F. ""Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival." Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 86-102, Mar 2000

MTV 20
20 years ago on August 1, 1981, MTV launched the first 24-hour all music channel. The cultural touchstone of MTV not only revolutionalized the music industry, but transformed the film, fashion and television industries as well. DVD 4034

Disc 1, Pop. Gary Numan --Flock of Seagulls --Naked Eyes --Fixx --Big Country --Elvis Costello --Lionel Ritchie --Thompson Twins --Tears for Fears --Lisa Stansfield --Aqua --Smash Mouth --Chumbawamba --K-ci & JoJo --Semisonic.Cars /I ran /Promises, promises /One thing leads to another /In a big country /Everyday I write the book /All night long /Hold me now /Shout /All around the world /Barbie girl /Walkin' on the sun /Tubthumping /All my life /Closing time.

Disc 2, Rock. Robert Palmer --The Cult --Jesus Jones --Aerosmith --Counting Crows --Soundgarden --Blues Traveler --Primus --Everclear --Goldfinger --Mighty Mighty Bosstones --Monster Magnet --Cake --blink-182 --Voodoo.Addicted to love /Fire woman /Higher ground /Red Hot Chile Peppers --Right here, right now /Livin' on the edge /Round here /Black hole sun /Run-around /Wynonna's big brown beaver /Santa Monica /Here in your bedroom /The impression that I get /Space lord /Never there /All the small things /Godsmack.

Disc 3, Jams. Run DMC featuring Aerosmith --Eric B. & Rakim --De La Soul --Digital Underground --Jodeci --Counting Crows --Soundgarden --Digable Planets --R. Kelly --Montell Jordan --Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige --Deborah Cox --Erykah Badu --Brian McKnight --Usher --Monica --Juvenile.Walk this way /Eric B. is president /Me, Myself and I /The Humpty Dance /Forever My Lady /Round here /Black hole sun /Rebirth of slick (cool like dat) /Bump n' grind /This is how we do it /You're all I need /Sentimental /On & on /Anytime /My way /Angel of mine /Back that thing up.

Disc 4, Bonus Beats. Technotronic --House of pain --Chemical Brothers --Fluke --Moby --Jungle Brothers.Pump up the jam /Jump around /Setting sun /Atom bomb /Bodyrock /Get down.

Music Videos

The Work of Director Spike Jonze: A Collection of Music Videos, Short Films, Documentaries, and Rarities. Music videos: Includes the director's music videos for the bands Wax, Beastie Boys, the Pharcyde, the Breeders, Daft Punk, Fatlip, Weezer, Fatboy Slim, Dinosaur Jr., MC 900ft Jesus, the Notorious B.I.G., the Chemical Brothers, and Bjork, as well as interviews, commentaries, and rarities. Documentaries: What's up Fatlip? (31 min.): A candid documentary filmed as Spike and Fatlip worked together on a music video, and Spike lets his curiosity take over. Amarillo by morning (29 min.): While filming pro bull riders at a national rodeo in Houston, Spike befriended two suburban teenagers who aspired to be cowboys. This documentary chronicles a day in their lives. Torrance Rises (34 min.): Torrance Community Dance Group on the road to their grand performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. DVD 2217

The Work of Director Michel Gondry: A Collection of Music Videos, Short Films, Documentaries, and Stories. Includes the director's music videos for the bands the White Stripes, Kylie Minogue, the Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Beck, Foo Fighters, Daft Punk, Cibo Matto, the Rolling Stones, Massive Attack, I Am, Jean Francois Coen, and Oui Oui, as well as "Stories and things" and the film "I've been 12 forever". DVD 2218

The Work of Director Chris Cunningham: A Collection of Music Videos, Short Films, Video Installations, and Commercials. Includes the director's music videos for the bands Autechre, Aphex Twin, Portishead, Madonna, Leftfield (featuring Afrika Bambaataa), Squarepusher, and Bjork; commercials for Sony Playstation, Levis, and Nissan; video installations; and the documentary, "The Making of All is Full of Love," featuring behind the scenes footage and interviews with Bjork and Chris Cunningham. DVD 2219

The Work of Director Anton Corbijn.Collection offers some of the director's best music videos including U2's One, Depeche Mode's Enjoy the Silence, Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box and Metallica's Hero of the Day. Also includes artist interviews, commercial work, and other short films. Music videos: Dr. Mabuse / Propaganda -- Red guitar / David Sylvian -- Seven seas / Echo and the Bunnymen -- Quiet eyes / Golden Earring -- The gam / Echo and the Bunnymen -- Behind the wheel / Depeche Mode -- Atmosphere / Joy Division -- My secret place / Joni Mitchell with Peter Gabriel -- Enjoy the silence / Depeche Mode -- One (director's cut) / U2 -- Straight to you / Nick Cave and the Bade Seeds -- Walking in my shoes / Depeche Mode -- Heart shaped box / Nirvana -- Liar / Henry Rollins -- hero of the day / Metallica -- Mama said / Metallica -- Barrel of a gun / Depeche Mode -- It's no good / Depeche Mode -- Bleibt alles Anders / Herbert Gronemeyer -- Opus 40 / Mercury Rev -- Goddess on a hiway / Mercury Rev -- In the sun / Joseph Arthur -- Mensch / Herbert Gronemeyer -- Electrical storm / U2 -- Re-offender / Travis -- All these things that I've done / The Killers. Special features: Beck and Dave Grohl MTV promos; U2, the making of "Electrical storm"; Some yoyo stuff; "Love will come through" by Travis; "It's no good" by Depeche Mode tour projections; "Hockey" by Palais Schaumburg (Anton's first music video); "Front by front" by Front 242; NotNa: a documentary about Anton; interviews and commentaries; 56 page book including Anton's photos, text and drawings. 400 min. DVD 4878

The Work of Director Stephane Sednaoui Stephane Sednaoui's best videos are brought together in one collection. Included are Alanis Morissette's Ironic, Scar Tissue by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2's Mysterious Ways. Also has artist interviews, commentaries and other short films. Music videos: I can't wait / Mirwais -- For real / Tricky -- Scar tissue / Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Disco science / Mirwais -- Lotus / R.E.M. -- Possibly maybe / Bjork -- Ironic / Alanis Morissette -- Tricky / Pumpkin -- Queer / Garbage -- Hell is around the corner / Tricky -- Sly / Massive Attack -- Seven Seconds / Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry -- Big time sensuality / Bjork -- Big time sensuality (new night version) / Bjork -- Sometimes salvation / Black Crowes -- Mysterious ways / U2 -- Give it away / Red Hot chili Peppers -- Le Monde de demain / NTM -- Discotheque (new director's cut) / U2. Special features: "Walk on the wild side" a short film inspired by Lou Reed's song; "Army of me" animation inspied by Bjork's song; "Acqua natasa" short film featuring Natasa Vojnovic; "Reve reche" Stephane's first short film attempt; interviews and commentaries; Stephane's presentation at New York University Film School; 56 page book includes diary of photos, storyboards, sketches and comments. 400 min. DVD 4879

The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer Videos in this collection include Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity, UNKLE's Rabbit in Your Headlights, Radiohead's Karma Police, and Blur's The Unviersal. Also includes commercials, artist interviews, and excerpts from the films Sexy Beast and Birth. Music videos: Street spirit / Radiohead; Virtual insanity / Jamiroquai; A song for the lovers / Richard Ashcroft; Into my arms / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Rabbit in your headlights / UNKLE; The universal / Blur; Karma police / Radiohead; Karmacoma / Massive Attack -- Commericals: Ride / Wrangler; Surfer (extended) / Guinness; Swim black / Guinness; Dreamer / Guinness; Protection / Volkwager; Last orders / Stella Artois; Whip round / Stella Artois; Kung Fu / Levis -- Odyssey / Levis -- Bull (with Samual L. Jackson) / Barclays; Chicken (with Samuel L. Jackson) / Barclays -- Films: "You're the problem" an excerpt from the motion picture 'Sexy beast'; "Central Park" an excerpt from the motion picture "Birth" -- Tramp: Paul Kaye. Special features: interviews and commentaries; 56 page book including photographs, sketches, storyboards and interview. 400 min. DVD 4880

The Work of Director Mark Romanek Includes the director's music videos for the bands Jay-Z, Linkin park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Audioslave, No Doubt, Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Fiona Apple, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Weezer, Eels, Snic Youth, Madonna, R.E.M., G. Love & Special Sauce, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Richards, En Vogue and kd lang, as well as interviews, commentaries and a documentary "Making of 99 problems." DVD 4881

Neil Young, Heart of Gold
Featured songs: The painter -- No wonder -- Falling off the face of the earth -- Far from home -- It's a dream -- Prairie wind -- Here for you -- This old guitar -- When God made me -- I am a child -- Harvest moon -- Heart of gold -- Old man -- Needle and the damage done -- Old king -- Comes a time -- Four strong winds -- One of these days -- The old laughing lady. This live performance of the Prairie Wind concert, on August 18-19, 2005 at the Ryman Auditorium (Nashville's Grand Ole Opry) presents Neil Young like he's never been seen before, revealing a life-affirming sentiment that transcends his music and confirms his place as one of music's most influential artists. Produced and directed by Jonathan Demme. Special features: Disc 1: Bonus, Prairie wind song/He was the king; previews. Disc 2: Fellow travelers; cruising with Neil; these old guitars; cruising with the players; rehearsal diaries narrated by director Jonathan Demme; finishing touches; warming up with Neil and the Jubilee Singers; "Blast from the past": the 1971 Johnny Cash show performance. 103 min. DVD 8926

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Nico Icon.
Featuring Nico, Andy Warhol, Viva, Lou Reed, John Cale, Jackson Browne, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, Jonas Mekas, Sterling Morrison, Velvet Underground members. A haunting documentary that seamlessly glides from the vastly entertaining to the sadly shocking, of the German model, singer and occasional actress who became the pop icon Nico. Featuring archival footage and interviews with 60's pop culture legends the film explores the deep inner scars that were buried beneath Nico, the blase femme fatale turned junkie. 67 min. Video/C 7480

Nirvana Nevermind.
Few would have predicted that in 1991 Nirvana would be No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard chart. This program tells the story behind how the punk rock group Nirvana came to record Nevermind, the effect the record was to have on the music world and on the band themselves, and why to this day it still remains a milestone in rock history. Special features: Drain you -- Dave Grohl joins Nirvana -- Going to record in LA -- Making of the Smells Like Teen Spirit video -- Polly [live performance] -- Nevermind the album sleeve. 2004. 106 min. DVD 5686

No Direction Home
Traces Bob Dylan's journey from his roots in Minnesota, to his early days in Greenwich Village, to his tumultuous ascent to pop stardom in 1966. Joan Baez, Allan Ginzberg and others share their thoughts and feelings about the young singer who would change popular music forever. Contains never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and rare concert performances. A film by Martin Scorsese. 2005. 207 min. DVD 4394

The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965
Director Murrary Lerner captures Bob Dylan's metamorphosis from folk prodigy to rock's fiercely confrontational poet who would electrify and inspire an entire nation and become the voice of his generation. 83 min. DVD 8841

Righteous Babes
Intercutting performance footage with interviews, this documentary presents women rock musicians, women music critics and scholars discussing feminism and its expression in the work of women rock musicians in the 1990s. 1998. 51 min. Video/C 7974

Rock & Roll.
5 volumes, 2 installments per tape, 60 min. each.

Corenthal, Michael. "Cohen on the Telephone: An Introductory Discussion of Recorded Jewish Humor." Jemf Quarterly. 17(64):182-191. 1981 Winter.

Rock & Roll, Volume 1. Part 1: Renegades. Part 2: In the Groove. Summary: Renegades travels southern backroads to New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville then north to Chicago, interviewing Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, pioneer disk jockey Hoss Allen and producers Dave Bartholomew, Sam Phillips and Phil and Marshall Chess along the way. These renegades of the 50's reveal how they borrowed from rhythm and blues, country, gospel and jazz to create a whole new sound--rock n roll. In the Groove reports on the years between Elvis and the Beatles, when the hit single became an intricately crafted work of art and producers, songwriters and musicians created studio magic. In interviews with Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ben E. King, Brian Wilson, Carole King, Sonny Bono and Dick Dale among others, this film recounts the era of sweet soul and girl groups when a new rock genius reigned--the producer. Video/C 4158

Rock & Roll, Volume 2. Part 1: Shakespeares in the Alley. Part 2: Respect. Shakespeares in the Alley looks at the towering influences of Bob Dylan and the Beatles on rock and roll and "folk rock". This film includes footage of performances by Dylan and the Beatles and interviews with Beatles producer George Martin, Dylan musician Al Kooper, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, Roger McGuinn and David Crosby of the Byrds and poet Allen Ginsberg. Respect chronicles the transformation of black gospel music into a defining sound for all Americans. On hand to tell the tale are Berry Gordy, Ray Charles, Martha Reeves, Mary Wilson, Booker T. and the MG's, Wilson Pickett, Maxine Powell of the Motown "Charm School", and Motown choreographer Cholly Atkins and many more. The program journeys from Detroit's Motown Records to Stax Records in Memphis to the FAME studio in Alabama where Aretha Franklin made musical magic. Video/C 4159

Rock & Roll, Volume 3. Part 1: Crossroads.. Part 2: Blues in Technicolor. Crossroads traces the blues which changed the sound of rock and roll, from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago to the UK, where this earthy rich sound inspired a host of young British musicians bored with the pop music of the day. Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Jeff Beck tell how their hits introduced American rock fans to their own indigenous blues masters, like Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker. Blues in Technicolor takes viewers on a trip into the psychedelic rock world of the late 60's and early 70's. Using interviews with the Byrds, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Pink Floyd, this film shows how a bohemian folk culture based in San Francisco set off an international explosion of musical experimentation and eclecticism--much of it drug-inspired. Video/C 4160

Rock & Roll, Volume 4. Part 1: The Wild Side.. Part 2: Make it Funky. The Wild Side tours through the rock n' roll theatrics of the '70's, when bands like the Velvet Underground, the Doors and David Bowie brought the decadent dramas of life in the underground into the limelight. Take a walk down the darker side of the streets of Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Berlin with the Door's Ray Manzarek and producer Paul Rothchild, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Kiss' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. In Make it Funky soul music stretches to create a rock n' roll revolution in rhythm and attitude in the '70's. Innovators James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton and bass players Larry Graham and Bootsy Collins take viewers on a tour of funk as the music becomes bolder and more expressive of the realities of black life. Filmed in New York, San Francisco and Philadelphia, the program also examines how funky dance hits blazed a musical trail to the disco-craze of the late '70's. Video/C 4161

Rock & Roll, Volume 5. Part 1: Punk.. Part 2: The Perfect Beat. Punk explores two late 70's musical innovations: punk and reggae. In New York, members of Blondie, Talking Heads, Television and the Ramones tell how they inadvertently created the cynical, urban sound that became punk rock. In London, punk takes off with the Sex Pistols, and members of the Wailers and the Clash) recall how Jamaican reggae crossed international boundaries, deeply influencing punk and pop rock. The Perfect Beat begins at a time when megastars like Bruce Springsteen, and Metallica filled arenas around the world and moves on to chronicle the rise of a new musical form: rap. From Grandmaster Flash to Run-DMC, from De La Soul to British innovators New Order to the Beastie Boys, the program traces the evolution of this new sound in the 80's and early 90's. Film shows how superstars like Madonna and Prince folded rap, techno and house, into their music, and how MTV ultimately embraced it. Video/C 4162

Rock and Roll Invaders
Through film clips, home movie footage, interviews and original broadcast recordings, this documentary tells the stories of the flamboyant and rebellious AM Radio deejays who pushed the envelope of rock and roll radio programming. They risked their jobs, fighting the forces of big business, religion, the Payola scandal and racism to bring rock 'n roll into mainstream culture. Includes a look at the careers of Bill "Hoss" Allen, Alan Freed, Dick Biandi, Martha Jean Steinberg, Wolfman Jack and others. 1998. 96 min. Video/C 7450

Rock Me Goong Hay.
From Hollywood to cartoon caricatures, this film confronts pervasive racist imagery of Asian Americans on the big and little screens. Personified by the Goong Hay Kid, a fictional Chinese rapper, Chinese Americans hit back with self-defined images, Chinese-American rap and rage. 6 min. Video/C 3648

Rockin' the Wall
When the Berlin Wall went up in 1960, it became the worldwide symbol of communist oppression. While the Wall kept people in, it could not keep Western influences like rock music out. Through Voice of America and Radio Free Europe, rock music penetrated the Iron Curtain with messages of freedom and rebellion. This film presents the history of the Berlin Wall through the experiences of well-known rock musicians and those who lived behind the wall. Among the rock musicians featured are Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein and Vinny Martell (Vanilla Fudge), Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), David Paich (Toto), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and the group Mother's Finest who played in East Berlin just weeks before the Wall fell. People who lived behind the Iron Curtain in several countries describe what their lives were like and how rock music provided them an important lifeline and inspiration, giving them hope and exposing the short-comings of the communist system. The film includes historical footage of the famous speeches at the Berlin Wall by Presidents Ronald Reagan and John Kennedy, as well as interviews with former government officials and with European rocker Leslie Mandoki who recalls being visited by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss the power of music. Based on the book Seven events that made America, America by Larry Schweikart. Directed by Marc Leif. Dist.: The Video Project. 83 min. 2010. DVD X7215

Rolling Stones: Stones in Exile
In the spring of 1971, the Rolling Stones reluctantly departed the U.K. to take up residence in France. Keith Richards settled at a villa called Nellcote in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band's masterpiece, Exile on Main Street. Tells the story in the band's own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as their finest achievement. Director, Stephen Kijak. 2010. 145 min. DVD X4575

Shake: Otis at Monterey
Contents: Shake (2:36) -- Respect (2:30) -- I've Been Loving You Too Long (3:24) -- [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction (2:42) -- Try a Little Tenderness (4:12). Filmed at the Monterey International Pop Festival June 17, 1967. 19 min total running. DVD 1475; also on VHS Video/C 5020

Shine a Light
The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood) with vocal and instrumental acc., including special guests Christina Aguilera, Buddy Guy & Jack White III. Contents: Jumping Jack flash -- Shattered -- She was hot -- All down the line -- Loving cup -- As tears go by -- Some girls -- Just my imagination (Running away with me) -- Far away eyes -- Champagne and reefer -- Tumblin' dice -- You got the silver -- Connection -- Sympathy for the devil -- Live with me -- Start me up -- Brown sugar -- (I can't get no) Satisfaction -- Shine a light -- Bonus songs: Undercover of the night ; Paint it black ; Little T & A ; I'm free. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Recorded live on Nov. 1, 2006 in New York City at the Beacon Theatre. 122 min. DVD X3031

Stop Making Sense
Directed by Jonathan Demme. Featuring the Talking Heads (Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, David Byrne); with addition musicicans, Bernie Worrel, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry, Edna Holt. Fifteenth anniversary re-release of the groundbreaking Talking Heads rock concert. Contents: Psycho killer -- Heaven -- Thank you for sending me an angel -- Found a job -- Slippery people -- Burning down the house -- Life during wartime -- Making flippy floppy -- Swamp -- What a day that was -- Naive melody (This must be the place) -- Once in a lifetime -- Genius of love -- A girlfriend is better -- Take me to the river -- Cross-eyes and painless -- Bonus tracks: Cities -- Big business / I Zimbra. 1984. 129 min. DVD 177
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Supernatural Live: An Evening with Carlos Santana and Friends
(Da le) Yaleo -- Love of my life -- Angel -- Put your lights on -- Africa bamba -- Do you like the way -- Migra -- Day of celebration -- Victory is won -- Maria Maria -- Apache -- Smooth/Dame tu amor -- Gypsy queen/Oye como va -- Encore: Make someone happy/Right on be free. Santana musicians: Carlos Santana (guitar/vocals), Chester Thompson (keyboards), Benny Rietveld (bass), Raul Rekow (congas, percussion), Karl Perazzo (timbales, percussion), Rodney Holmes (drums), Tony Lindsay (vocals), Andy Vargas (vocals). Horn section: Jose Abel Figueroa (trombone), Jeff Cressman (trombone), Julius Melendez (trumpet), Bill Ortiz (trumpet). Guest artists: Sarah McLachlan (piano/vocals), Dave Matthews (guitar/vocals), Carter Beauford (drums), Everlast (guitars/vocals), Lauryn Hill (vocals), Cee-Lo (vocals), The Product G & B (vocals), Wayne Shorter (saxophone), Rob Thomas (vocals). DVD 6121

Sympathy for the Devil (aka One Plus One (1968)
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard Using both documentary and staged sequences, this film alternates between an inside look at the Rolling Stone's recording process and reflections on contemporary politics and aesthetics. One half of the film focuses on the recording of the song "Sympathy for the devil" by the Rolling Stones while the other half of the film presents a series of sequences dealing with issues like black power, pornography, racism and Marxism. These sequences provide a chance for Godard to inject political commentary and musings on the nature of cinema and serve as counterpoint to the direct presentation of the creative process seen in the Stones' studio sessions. Special DVD features: One plus one (director's cut, 97 min.) ; Original theatrical trailer ; Voices, 1968 documentary about Jean-Luc Godard (43 min.) ; Stills gallery ; Promotional material archive ; Biographies ; Synopsis ; Motion menus ; Chapter points. 1968. 101 min. DVD 8449; vhs Video/C 6460

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Burke, Patrick. "Rock, Race, and Radicalism in the 1960s: The Rolling Stones, Black Power, and Godard's One Plus One." Journal of Musicological Research; Oct-Dec2010, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p275-294, 20p UC users only

Tales From Arab Detroit.
A film about music in the culture of an immigrant community (Detroit, Michigan) that takes as its point of departure the performance of the Bani Hilal epic by a story-teller from Egypt. Traditional music and dance to hip-hop to rap are featured here as the largest Arab community in North America blends the old with the new. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 5043

The T.A.M.I. Show
In 1964, thirteen of the world's top teenage recording acts were assembled for a spectacular show. This disc features the complete T.A.M.I. Show, one of the greatest rock concerts ever filmed. Jan & Dean introduces all 13 artists, whose exceptional vintage performances make it clear why these groups influenced an entire generation and are still making the top ten twenty years later. Contents: Show open : Here they come : From all over the world / Jan and Dean -- Johnny B. Goode ; Maybellene / Chuck Berry -- Maybellene ; Don't let the sun catch you crying ; It's gonna be alright / Gerry and the Pacemakers -- Sweet little sixteen / Chuck Berry -- How do you do it? / Gerry and the Pacemakers -- Nadine (Is it you?) / Chuck Berry -- I like it / Gerry and the Pacemakers -- That's what love is made of ; You've really got a hold on me ; Mickey's monkey / Smokey Robinson and the Miracles -- Stubborn kind of fellow ; Pride and joy ; Can I get a witness ; Hitch hike / Marvin Gaye -- Maybe I know ; You don't own me ; You didn't look around ; Hey now ; It's my party ; Judy's turn to cry / Lesley Gore -- The little old lady (from Pasadena) ; Sidewalk surfin' / Jan and Dean -- Surfin' U.S.A. ; I get around ; Surfer girl ; Dance, dance, dance / the Beach Boys -- Little children ; Bad to me ; I'll keep you satisifed ; From a window / Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas -- When the lovelight starts shining through his eyes ; Run, run, run ; Baby love ; Where did our love go / the Supremes -- Hey little bird / the Barbarians -- Out of sight ; Prisoner of love ; Please, please, please ; Night train / James Brown and the Flames -- Around and around ; Off the hook ; Time is on my side ; It's all over now ; I'm all right / the Rolling Stones -- All performers : Show close : Let's get together. Footage from the live concert filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 29, 1964. 141 min. DVD X3144; also DVD 9359

Priore, Domenic. Riot on Sunset Strip : rock 'n' roll's last stand in Hollywood / Domenic Priore ; foreword by Arthur London, England : Jawbone Press, 2007. (Main (Gardner) Stacks ML3534.3 .P75 2007)

Teen Spirit: The Tribute to Kurt Cobain
This director's cut music documentary is a moving tribute to Kurt the man and his music from those who were inspired by his extraordinary genius... bringing together his peers, his friends, those close to the band and not forgetting the loyal fans who keep his memory alive. Features original footage, exclusive interviews and tracks dedicated to Kurt by some of the greatest rock artists of our time. 2000 75 min. DVD 844

There is a Season: The Byrds
Music selections by the The Byrds, an American rock and roll band formed in Los Angeles in 1964. Contents: Mr. Tambourine man -- I'll feel a whole lot better -- All I really want to do -- Turn! turn! turn! (to everything there is a season) -- It won't be wrong -- Set you free this time -- So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star -- Mr. Tambourine man -- Eight miles high -- Mr. Spaceman. 30 min. DVD X2087

Tie-Died: Rock 'n Roll's Most Deadicated Fans
The story of rock 'n' roll's most fabled subculture "The Deadheads", the fans of the rock group the Grateful Dead. The documentary follows the journey of the fans across the country on one of the group's final tours in the summer of 1994. Special feature: Short film, A conversation with Ken Kesey, directed by Peter Shapiro. 1995. 80 min. DVD 856

Tommy (1975)
Directed by Ken Russell; featuring The Who (Music group), Ann Margret, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Robert Powell. A classic rock opera about a boy, traumatized by the murder of his father, who becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Growing into manhood he is subjected to bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen, the Preacher, and the Specialist. In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard and attains a devoted following and finally cured, is hailed by his fans as a "Messiah". 108 min. DVD 5708; vhs 999:1483
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Tom Dowd & the Language of Music
Profiles the life and work of music producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd. Historical footage, vintage photographs, interviews and appearances by musical luminaries from the worlds of jazz, soul and classic rock shine a spotlight on the brilliance of Tom Dowd, whose creative spirit and passion for innovative technology helped shape the course of modern music. A film by Mark Moormann. c2004. 90 min. DVD 5993

The U.S. vs John Lennon
The story of John Lennon's evolution from beloved Beatle to an outspoken artist and activist to iconic inspiration for peace, and how, in the midst of one of the most tumultuous times in American history, Lennon stood his ground, refused to be silenced and courageously won his battle with the U.S. Government. Special features: "Becoming John Lennon" documentary footage; "Dissent vs. disloyalty" documentary footage; "The 'Two virgins' album cover" documentary footage; Yoko Ono Lennon's "Letter to the parole board" documentary footage ; "Power to the people" documentary footage; "Then and now" featurette; Walter Cronkite meets The Beatles; "Sometime in New York" documentary footage; "Imagine" documentary footage; One to One benefit concert; theatrical trailer. Written, produced and directed by David Leaf & John Scheinfeld. 2006. 96 min. DVD 7263

The Velvet Underground and Nico(1966)
Lou Reed, John Cale, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, Stephen Shore, Andy Warhol. Features a rehearsal of the band at The Factory. Nico, a German singer, is seated playing a tambourine while her son plays at her feet. Camera work features psychedelic scenes, wild dancing and strobe lighting. A policeman enters to investigate the noise coming from The Factory. He turns off the amplifier, and interrupts the rehearsal. Andy Warhol is seen talking to the policeman, while the Velvet Underground and guests wait around. DVD 4737

The Way the Music Died
The modern music scene was created in 1969, at Woodstock. Half a million fans, dozens of artists, and the politics of the times came together as a big bang moment that eventually would generate billions of dollars. But over the last twenty years, MTV, compact discs, corporate consolidation, Internet piracy, and greed have contributed to a perfect storm for the recording industry. Frontline examines how the business that has provided the soundtrack of the lives of a generation is on the verge of collapse. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, May 27, 2004. 60 min. DVD 3618

Woodstock: Tree Days of Music and Peace
A film by Michael Wadleigh. Partial contents: Freedom / Richie Havens -- Joe Hill / Joan Baez -- We're not gonna take it / The Who -- With a little help from my friends / Joe Cocker -- I-feel-like-I'm-fixin'-to-die-rag / Country Joe and the Fish -- Coming into Los Angeles / Arlo Guthrie -- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes / Crosby, Stills & Nash -- I'm going home / Ten Years After -- Rainbows all over your blues / John Sebastian -- At the hop / Sha-Na-Na -- Soul sacrifice / Santana -- I want to take you higher / Sly and the Family Stone -- The Star-Spangled banner / Jimi Hendrix.

DVD 1881: The entire performance of every artist was filmed at Woodstock. This footage has been archived since that history-making weekend and has only recently been re-discovered. Never before has the complete performance been shown, before now. Special features [DVD X1881]: New retrospective: The Museum at Bethel Woods: the story of the sixites & Woodstock; Woodstock: untold stories [2 hours of musical performances as never seen before]; Woodstock: from festival to feature [comprehensive featurette gallery chroniciling the Festival and the filming from start to finish, interwoven with interviews.] 1970. 184 min. DVD X1881 [3-disc version]; DVD 452; Video/C 2945

Kitts, Thomas M.< "Documenting, Creating, and Interpreting Moments of Definition: Monterey Pop, Woodstock, and Gimme Shelter." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 715-732, Aug 2009 UC users only
Plasketes, George M. "Rock on reel: The rise and fall of the rock culture in America reflected in a decade of rockumentaries." Qualitative Sociology Volume 12, Number 1 March 1989, 55 - 71 UC users only
Schowalter, Daniel F. ""Remembering the Dangers of Rock and Roll: Toward a Historical Narrative of the Rock Festival." Critical Studies in Media Communication, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 86-102, Mar 2000 UC users only

Woodstock Diary 1969: Friday Saturday Sunday
The Woodstock diary is an enthralling "Fly on the wall" documentary about the creation of Woodstock and of the actual three-day event itself. Directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. 180 min. DVD X3015

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Rock legend David Bowie was the bizarre, ineffable Ziggy Stardust. Now this timeless concert film shot in 1973 presents the inimitable Bowie performing some of his most unforgettable songs. Contents: Beethoven ninth symphony -- Hang on to yourself -- Ziggy Stardust -- Watch that man -- Wild eyed boy from Freecloud -- All the young dudes -- Oh! You pretty things -- Moonage daydream -- Changes -- Space oddity -- My death -- Cracked actor -- Time -- Width of a circle -- Let's spend the night together -- Suffragette City -- White light/white heat -- Rock 'n' roll suicide -- Pomp and circumstance. 1983. 89 min. DVD 861

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Buenos Aires, Rock IV. Festival B.A., Rock
Performances by: Spinta Jade, Raul Porchetto, Litto Nebia, Pedro y Pablo, Cantilo y Punch, Ruben Rada, Los Abuelos de la Nada, Leon Gieco, Piero con Prema, Alejandro Lerner, Orions, La Torre, and V-8. Documents performances at the 4th Festival of Buenos Aires, Rock. The filmmakers interview musicians about their music, and explore how it is received by their audiences. 1983. DVD 9462

Hasta que se ponga el sol
Performances by: Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pesada, Color Humano, Claudio Gabis, Gabriela, Leon Gieco, Litto Nebbia con Domingo Cura, Orion's Beethoven, Pappo's Blues, Pescado Rabioso, Sui Generis, Vox Dei. Concert film of Buenos Aires Rock III (1972), featuring leading Argentine bands including Sui Generis, Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pasada and Color Humano. 80 min. DVD 9461

Heavy Metal in Baghdad; Heavy Metal in Istanbul
Heavy Metal in Baghdad: A documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda (Latin for a deadly black scorpion native to Iraq) from the fall of Saddam Hussein to their escape from Iraq. Playing heavy metal in a Muslim country has always been difficult, but after Saddam's regime was toppled, there was a brief moment for the band in which real freedom seemed possible. Then from 2003-2006, Iraq disintegrated around Acrassicauda while they struggled to stay together and stay alive. Their story echoes the hopes of an entire generation of young Iraqis. Heavy metal in Istanbul: This documentary picks up where Heavy Metal In Baghdad ends, with the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda reunited in Istanbul. The band enters a completely new world, facing international media coverage and taking on United Nations resettlement processes. With the support of the filmmakers and fans all over the world, the band faces the future with guarded but increasing optimism and, as always, unwavering dedication to metal. Directed and produced by Eddy Moretti, Suroosh Alvi 84 min. (Baghdad); 45 min. (Istanbul) DVD X43

Here We Come
In Dessau, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin in the 1980s: Simo, Beatschmidt, Magic Mayer ... breakdance was their home and Hip Hop their lives. They were not supposed to dance in the former GDR ... but they did. They met on the streets, trailored their own jogging suits and painted their shirts with graffiti, imitating the moves from movies, they trained in front of the mirror and on the streets. At first isolated by society, breakdance evolved into an important youth culture symbol in the former East Germany. Contents: "Du Weisst alles uber die DDR? Win Film uber eine Generation, Die Bisher Nicht Gefragt Wurde!" -- Container. Special features (Disc 1): Preview and premiere trailers ; musikvideo FMK & DJ Nas'D "Damals". Disc 2 (Bonus material, 250 min.): 1. Beat street -- 2. Technik -- 3. Music on -- 4. Radebeul und Ostradio -- 5. Sharp GF 777 -- 6. Malen und Sprayan -- 7. Spruhdosen basteln -- 8. Skodadosen -- 9. Trickfilmarbeiten -- 10. Klamotten salbermachen -- 11. Skateboard -- 12. Die Anfange -- 13. Die Auftritte -- 14. Das Archiv -- 15. Die Gruppe -- 16. Verschiedene Wege -- 17. Kerstin & Piere -- 18. Begriffe in de DDR -- Letzter Teil -- 20. Vorstellung -- 21. Trailer 1 "Kuhlschrank" -- 22. Trailer 2 "Karl-Marx-Stadt" -- 23. Trailer 3 "Bjorn" -- 24. Trailer 4 "Kamel aus Holz" -- 25. Here we go -- 26. Wir hatten ja nichts. Kamera, Bjorn Knechtel ; schnitt, Sven Kulik ; idee, Nico + Bjorn. Musik: ElectricB., Electric Beat Crew, DJ Gambler, Beatclub 99, PDM, Downtown Lyrics, S.B.-Jay, 3-M-Men, Pop Projekt, Rockhaus, Opossum & B-Side the Norm, Barry Kunzel, FMK & DJ Nas'D. Documentary accompanied by a sound disc with sixteen songs from the soundtrack. Originally produced by the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg in 2006. 90 min. DVD 8993

Looking for Reynols (Buscando a Reynols)
A historical overview, featuring concert footage, of the experimental Argentine rock band "Reynols." In Reynols' music there is no composition, no rehearsals, no melodies and no song. Everything is related to a primal impulse, and the most important value is improvisation and communication among the members of the band. The drummer and keyboardist (Miguel Tomasin) has Down's syndrome. They have released over 90 albums. Written and directed by Nestor Frenkel. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2004. 75 min. DVD X7039

Pop in Reykjavik.
A documentary on the vibrant Iceland pop scene. "After Bjork and the Sugarcubes paved the way, a number of bands are on the threshold of international fame (or oblivion) and this is a cross section of the best. This is not merely a collection of concert footage, but also includes a glimpse into the life of the artists, whether backstage or in the bar." Includes a tour of Reykjavik night life. 1998. 103 min. Video/C 8728

Que sea rock
Performances by: Almafuerte, Arbol, Attaque 77, Babasonicos, Bersuit, Andres Calamaro, Catupecu Machu, Gustavo Cerati, Charly Garcia, Leon Gieco, Intoxicados, Fito Paez, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Piojos, Ratones Paranoicos, Gustavo Santaolalla, Le Vela Puerca. Shot at the Siempre Rock festivals, in the city of Cosquin, during the Pepsi Music festival at Obras Stadium and in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santa Fe and Montevideo. This musical feature completes the trilogy including two classics of the genre "Hasta que se ponga el sol" (1972) y "Buenos Aires Rock" (1982). The film not only presents the most popular songs by Argentine rock music soloists and bands, but goes backstage and shows the artists' private world, how they write their music, where they live, how they became what they are and what their dreams are. 2006. DVD 9463
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Afro-punk
Afro-Punk explores race identity within the punk rock scene. The film looks at the lives of four African Americans who have dedicated themselves to the punk rock lifestyle. They find themselves in conflicting situations, living the dual life of a Black person in a mostly White community. Afro-Punk features excerpts of performances by Bad Brains, Tamar Kali, Cipher, and Ten Grand. The film also contains exclusive interviews by members of Fishbone, 247- spyz, Dead Kennedys, Candiria, Orange 9mm and TV on the Radio, and others. Featuring interviews with: Moe Mitchell, Tamar-kali Brown, Mariko Jones, Matt Davis ; excerpts of performances by Bad Brains, Tamar-kaii, Cipher, Ten Grand. Written, produced, directed, by James Spooner. 67 min. DVD X508

Blank Generation; Dancing Barefoot.
Performers: Patti Smith Group, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Tuff Darts, Wayne County, Blondie, Harry Toledo, Marbles, Miamis, Shirts, Dolls, Heartbreakers. Blank Generation tells the story of punk music in New York City in the mid-70s and documents the moment in musical history when diversity blossomed. Witness the real performances of these bands, plus their backstage footage, photo shoots and hanging out. Dancing Barefoot traces the musical journey of Ivan Kral (the Patti Smith Group). Through the early days in Prague, to the late 70's in New York City, up to present day Seattle, Ivan has played his way through rough times and changing environments. [2000?] DVD 901

Blitzkrieg Bop!: With The Ramones, Blondie, The Dead Boys
A documentary film examining the early glory days of the punk rock explosion interspersed with live performances recorded in New York in 1977. Here punk rock musicians candidly share their musical outlook and philosophies along with commentary by their managers, music critics and promoters. Music performed: You just had to laugh / Blondie -- Cretin hop / Ramones -- Sonic reducer / Dead Boys -- In the flesh / Blondie -- Rockaway beach / Ramones -- Blitzkrietg bop / Ramones -- All this and more / Dead Boys -- Pin head lover / Ramones -- Rifle range / Blondie -- Ain't nothing to do / Dead Boys -- Sheena is a punk rocker / Ramones. Music and commentary: The Ramones; Blondie; The Dead Boys; Commentary: Charles M. Young (Rolling Stones), John Rockwell (N.Y. Times), Robert Christgau (Village Voice), Danny Fields (Manager, Ramones), Hilly Kristal (CBGBs), Peter Leeds (Manger, Blondie), Lou O'Neill Jr. (N.Y. Post), Bob Rudnick (Manager, Circus), Genya Raven (Record producer). 1999. 52 min. Video/C 7003

Dead Kennedys: DMPO's on Broadway.
Loud, angry, and as controversial as their name Dead Kennedys, they were pioneers and purveyors of the sonic assault known as punk. This Dead Kennedys' performance, documented by the director Dirk Dirksen, marked the closing of San Francisco's DMPO's on Broadway avant-garde theatre and nightclub. 58 min. DVD 393

Dead Kennedys: The Early Years Live
Presents early performances in various locations in Northern California by the punk rock group, Dead Kennedys. Performers, Dead Kennedys: Jello Biafra (vocals), East Bay Ray (guitar, echoplex), Klaus Flouride (bass, vocals), D. H. Peligro (drums). Contents: California Uber Alles (San Francisco, 1979) -- Man with the dogs (San Francisco, 1980) -- Bleed for me (San Francisco, 1981) -- Kill the poor (San Francisco, 1979) -- Insight (San Francisco, 1980) -- Holiday in Cambodia (San Francisco, 1981) -- Drug me (San Francisco, 1979) -- Let's lynch the landlord (San Francisco, 1980) -- Viva Las Vegas (U.C. Berkeley, 1978). Special features: Sing-a-long option; band biography. 30 min. DVD 797

The Decline of Western Civilization
Contents: Performances: White minority (Black Flag) -- Depression (Black Flag) -- Revenge (Black Flag) -- Manimal (The Germs) --Underground Babylon (Catholic Discipline) -- Beyond and back (X) -- Johny hit and run Paulene (X) -- We're desperate (X) -- Red tape ( Circle Jerks) -- Back against the wall (Circle Jerks) -- I just want some skank (Circle Jerks) -- Beverly Hills (Circle Jerks) --Gluttony (Alice Bag Band) -- Fear (Alice Bag Band) --I don't care about you (Alice Bag Band) -- I love living in the city (Fear) -- Anthem (Fear). A documentary of the punk rock scene in Los Angeles; a riveting, unflinching account of its alienated, reactionary subculture. This fierce, bleak portrait documents the infamous punk bands as they perform on stage and examines their lives, music and philosophy off stage through interviews with band members, their managers, club owners, rock writers and fans. 1985. 100 min. Video/C 7524

End of the Century: Story of the Ramones
Chronicles The Ramones from the band's CBGB and London heydays, the decade-long silence between Joey and Johnny caused by a dispute over a girl, through the deaths of Joey and Dee Dee Ramone and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002. Includes unseen live and studio footage, along with extensive interviews with ex-band mates, family, friends and figures from New York City's punk scene. Special features: Theatrical trailer; deleted scene; Joey Ramone radio interview excerpts from FM 106.3; Marky Ramone drum techniques; Johnny Ramone interview excerpts; Richie Ramone interview excerpts; Dee Dee Ramone interview excerpts; Joe Strummer interview excerpts; "Who wrote what on the first 3 albums" by Tommy Ramone. 2005. 150 min. DVD 7272

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The Filth and the Fury: A Sex Pistols Film
The musical group Sex Pistols was in existence for only 26 months and recorded only one album, yet they changed the face of music forever. This shocking portrait of arguably the most influential and certainly the most notorious rock group of all time documents their rise from the back streets of London, through their crucifixion by the British tabloids and ultimate implosion on tour in America. Culled primarily from the band's own 20-hour-plus archive it includes candid interviews, performances, rehearsals and recording sessions. Special features: Feature length commentary by director Julien Temple, original documentary un-defining punk: an indepth examination of the Punk Movement, original theatrical trailer, audio options, scene selections. Directed by Julien Temple. 2000. 103 min. DVD 359

Hampton, Howard. "The Filth and the Fury." Film Comment, May/Jun2000, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p74, 2p UC users only
Rhodes, Eric Bryant. "The Filth and the Fury." Film Quarterly Mar 2001, Vol. 54, No. 3: 57–59. UC users only
Sloboda, Noel. "Something Rotten: The Punk Rock Richard III of Julien Temple's The Filth and the Fury." Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 141-150, 2011 UC users only

Flüstern & Schreien: ein Rock-report
Features concert clips and interviews with band members from Chicoree, Die Zollner, Feeling B, This Pop Generation, and more, as it shows how the young adults of East Germany used legendary punk and glam bands to protest the direction their country was heading. A film by Dieter Schumann, Michael Lösche, Jochen Wisotski. 1988. 116 min. DVD X2631

The Future is Unwritten
Documentary follows the life of musician and political activist Joe Strummer before, during, and after the Clash. Features interviews with musicians, celebrities, and those whose lives were changed forever by one man's music. Director, Julien Temple. 2007. 124 min. DVD 9917

Reynolds, Simon. "Tombstone Blues: The Music Documentary Boom." Sight and Sound, vol. 17, no. 5, pp. 32-36, May 2007 UC users only

I Wanna Be Adored
Young people in British Columbia who live alternative lifestyles discuss their philosophies of life and the reasons why they shun traditional modes of dress, corporate structures, mass media, and consumerism. Narrators: Jello Biafra, Bif Naked. 1998. 48 min. Video/C 7443

Our Nation: a Korean Punk Rock Community
A stunning portrayal of how Korean youth are using punk rock to find a voice in their rapidly changing culture. Through the eyes of two young college fans, the film journeys through the underground punk rock scene presenting the impact of a steady stream of new musical influences from abroad. Sociology professor Cho Hai Joang provides a socio-historical overview of the youth subculture in Korea, and the impact of the emergence of consumer capitalism and the social impact of globalization on Korean culture. 2001. 39 min. DVD X1776

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Hall, Erle. "Our Nation: a Korean Punk Rock Community." Journal of American Folklore, Spring2004, Vol. 117 Issue 464, p193-195, 3p UC users only

Out of the Bin.
Lori / Alcoskalics--M&M's / Blink-182--Where's your mom / Chixdiggit--Freaky / Cub--I'm the one / The Descendents--Radio ragga / Down By Law--Red fox room / Dragons--24-7 years / Fluf--Harbored / Garden Variety-- 63 hours / Gas Huffer--Only a day / Goldfinger--Island of Pago Pago / Groovie Ghoulies--Happiness / Hagfish-- Wake up and lose / Humpers--Hot topic / Let Downs-- Rowena's theme / Longfellow--Ba ba ba ba ba / The Mr. T Experience--Hammerless nail / New Bomb Turks--Punk next door / Padded Cell--I really wanted you / Pansy Division--Punk rock girls / the Queers-- Eldrich sauce / the Red Aunts--Everything sucks / Reel Big Fish--Escalator / Sicko--Pushing it / Skinnerbox-- Especially you / Smugglers--Here and there / Spazboy-- Good times / Sprung Monkey--Swirl / Sprung Monkey--Tin spam / Stubborn All-Stars--Braang / Turkey Mallet-- Alleged / Unsane--Superman / Unwritten Law--Fat randy / Voodoo Glow Skulls--Sea kelp / Ziggens. 109 min. Video/C 5275

Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Patti Smith is a renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Her music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. Traces Patti's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Touches on her early days in New York City and includes the people dearest to her, her family, and the political causes she champions. Special features: Deleted scenes; "Jackson:" an interview with Patti's son, Jackson Smith; 16min: raw footage montage; theatrical trailer. Director, Steven Sebring. 2008. 109 min. DVD X874

Punk.(History of Rock and Roll)
Film documents how punk used short and simple songs to reclaim rock and roll. We discover the genre's roots in the streetwise bohemianism of the Velvet Underground, the deliberate ugliness of Iggy Pop and the campy amateurism of the New York Dolls. We follow the meteoric rise of "punk" and its fall in England. Shortlived though the punk movement was, it opened rock up to a new wave of rock artists. Performers: Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols), Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, New York Dolls, the Ramones, Richard Hell, the Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Nirvana. Video/C 3947

Punk.(Rock and Roll)
Explores two late 70's musical innovations: punk and reggae. In New York, members of Blondie, Talking Heads, Television and the Ramones tell how they inadvertently created the cynical, urban sound that became punk rock. In London, punk takes off with the Sex Pistols, and members of the Wailers and the Clash) recall how Jamaican reggae crossed international boundaries, deeply influencing punk and pop rock. The Perfect Beat begins at a time when megastars like Bruce Springsteen, and Metallica filled arenas around the world and moves on to chronicle the rise of a new musical form: rap. From Grandmaster Flash to Run-DMC, from De La Soul to British innovators New Order to the Beastie Boys, the program traces the evolution of this new sound in the 80's and early 90's. Film shows how superstars like Madonna and Prince folded rap, techno and house, into their music, and how MTV ultimately embraced it. Video/C 4162

Punk and Its Aftershocks.
Punk and its aftershocks was shot in Great Britain from December, 1979 through January, 1980. Live recordings of the Clash, the Police, Sex Pistols, Madness and many more present unique documents of this era but the film covers more than just the music. Interviews with musicians give a flavor and feeling of the situation of the British music scene in the early 1980s. Contents: God save the queen / Sex Pistols -- London calling; Police & thieves; Complete control / Clash -- Someone is looking at you / Boomtown Rats -- Where is Captain Kirk; Virginia Plane / Spizzenergi -- Eton Rifles; David Watts / Jam -- Time for action / Secret Affair -- Regatta be blanc; Bed too big without you / Police / Too much too young; Gangster; Guns of Navarone / Specials -- Murder; Too much pressure / Selecter -- Prince; Swan lake; My girl / Madness -- Sweet Gene Vincent; Hit me / Ian Dury -- Brass in pocket / Pretenders -- Down in the park / Gary Numan -- Stop your sobbing / Pretenders -- Attitude; Superman / Kinks. 85 min. Video/C 7474

Punk & New Wave: The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder.
Host, Tom Snyder; performers and interviewees include Joan Jett, Kim Fowley, Paul Weller, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Iggy Pop, The Plasmatics, Patti Smith, John Lydon, The Jam, The Ramones. As the popularity of punk and new wave in the '70s and '80s took flight, the groundbreaking late night talk program The Tomorrow Show welcomed many of the key figures of the genre. Includes explosive live performances and revealing interviews Disc 1: Roundtable discussion on the emergence of punk (October 11, 1977); Elvis Costello & The Attractions (February 3, 1981); Iggy Pop (February 12, 1981);The Plasmatics (May 20, 1981) -- Disc 2: Patti Smith (May 11, 1978); John Lydon (June 25, 1980); The Jam (May 27, 1981); The Ramones (September 1, 1981). Songs, Disc 1: New lace sleeves / Elvis Costello & The Attractions; Watch your step / Elvis Costello & The Attractions; Dog food / Iggy Pop; Five foot one / Iggy Pop; TV eye / Iggy Pop; Head banger / The Plasmatics; Master plan / The Plasmatics -- Disc 2: Pretty green / The Jam; Funeral pyre / The Jam; We want the airwaves / The Ramones; I wanna be sedated / The Ramones; The KKK took my baby away / The Ramones. 320 min. DVD 5240

Punk: Attitude
Acclaimed director Don Letts explores the music, fashion, and attitude that came to define 'Punk' and the impact it had on pop culture. Music from the New York Dolls, MC5, The Stooges, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones and many more. Special features: (Over 2 hours of extra footage): Disc 1. Where Are They Now?; Artist bios; Punk Family Tree; Disc 2. Henry Rollins interview; Dave Goodman feature; California Screamin' "Behind the Masque"; Fanzines; Fashion; Women in Punk; Record Companies; UK vs. the US; The Attitude/Spirit of Punk; Punk on Culture and the Arts; Punk Evolution; The Gigs/Performance; The Punk Sound; US Post Punk documentary; LA Punk (short film by Dick Rude) Sex Pistols, The Clash, Ramones, Black Flag, Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex. 2005. 270 min. DVD 4908

Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock, Westcoast Style
A documentary examining Punk rock music, its beginnings and some of the top musicians who started it. Includes rare video clips, narration by the people involved, interviews, director commentary and lots of great music. Performers: Jack Grisham (TSOL), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Duane Peters (U.S. Bombs), Keith Morris (Circle Jerks), Gitane Demone (Christian Death), Don Bolles (Germs). 2000. 60 min. DVD 798

A Riot of My Own. (The Rebels)
With the worlds "I am an anarchist" Londoner Johnny Rotten began a full-blown counterculture of protest and self-expression; a cry against crushing youth unemployment and a voice for the disenfranchised. This film examines a new kind of music, a new social critique and a new form of free speech. Featured are the bands, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Damned who turned the rebellious tension of rock and roll back on itself -- and blew it up. 1998. 47 min. Video/C 7447

Rude Boy.
Contents: Garageland -- London's burning -- White riot -- White man in Hammersmith Palais -- USA -- Safe European home -- Complete control -- Stay free -- I fought the law -- Rudie can't fail. In this mixture of concert film and social documentary about the class system as it exists in the British Commonwealth, the rock group The Clash performs many of their hit songs while lashing out against this oppression. The mood is one of disillusion and political failure in England, as an increasing number of unemployed and aimless youths see little or no chance of excitement or purpose. The film features numerous live concert performances of The Clash as well as offstage and informal performance footage. 1980. 127 min. Video/C 7481

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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
Taqwacore chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. It was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, a convert to Islam who wrote the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk). The film follows Knight and a variety of young Muslim musicians on tour through the U.S. before bringing their music to Lahore, breaking taboos along the way-- from staging a lesbian thrash act at an Islamic convention to stomping on the American flag, or as Knight explains, giving the finger to both sides. Taqwacore charts their attempts to navigate the gap between their cultures and their countries, their religion and their individuality. Written and directed by Omar Majeed. 2009. 82 min. DVD X4426

Westway to the World
The Clash were the band who made Punk real, they were the last great British rock 'n roll band. Blasting away from the London Punk scene of the late 1970's, The Clash explored and expanded musical boundaries like no other act before. In 1981 The Clash played in front of a screaming full house as their fifth album stood in the top 5 of American charts. A little over a year later they were no more. Presented here is the only full, unexpurgated story of the rock band as told by the members of the band. Special features: "Clash on Broadway," previously unseen U.S. footage from the band's personal collection filmed in 1982 when The Clash went to New York; exclusive unseen interview footage; photo gallery; discography. 107 min. DVD 1144
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Musicals/Musical Theater

Movie musicals

American Musical Theater: 1800's to 1960's.
Presents a chronicle of the evolution of the American musical theater using contemporary visuals and original recordings. An engaging chronicle of the musical stage, it covers the minstrel and variety shows of the 19th century, the growth of the theater of social significance in the 20's and 30's, continued developments major composers and producers of the era. 61 min. Vidoe/C 4044.

American Musical Theater: the 1970's.
Discusses popular musicals of the 1970's, reflecting on the new focus on topical issues, the importance of the concept musical, the entry of Black productions into the Broadway mainstream, and other significant new trends of the decade. 33 min. Video/C 4045

Broadway!: A Musical History
Presents a chronological history of the Broadway musical from The Black Crook to The Phantom of the Opera. Features interviews with famous people of the theater, including actors, actresses, directors, and historians. Contents: v. 1. The formative years -- v. 2. Broadway comes of age -- v. 3. The golden years -- v. 4. The revolution on Broadway -- v. 5. The revolution mellows. 1989. 720 min. Video/C 2912 Pt. 1-5

Broadway, The American Musical.
6 part series on the history of Broadway musical theater. 60 min. each installment

Episode 1, Give my regards to Broadway (1893-1927). Part 1: New York City's turn of the century musical theater embodied the hope that America offered to millions of immigrants. The story of legendary producer Florenz Ziegfeld introduces the era's key figures: songwriter Irving Berlin, comedienne-singer Fanny Brice and comic Bert Williams -- America's first "crossover" artists -- and brash song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II unleased Broadway's potential with the groundbreaking Show Boat. DVD 3077

Episode 2, Syncopated City (1919-1933. Part 2: Prohibition and jazz, along with newly-won freedoms for women, proved to be fertile ground for musical comedy. Marilyn Miller, the Marx Brothers, and Al Jolson rocketed to stardom, as songwriter teams like George and Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, and Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the music that seduced the nation with New York City's syncopated rhythm. But Broadway's Jazz Age suffered a one-two punch with the "talking picture" and the stock market crash. DVD 3077

Episode 3, I got plenty o' nuttin' (1930-1942). Part 3: In the Depression, a musical theater dichotomy emerged: shows like Cole Porter's Anything goes offered glamour as an escape, while others -- like Of Thee I sing and The cradle will rock -- dealt with the era's political concerns. Rodgers and Hart returned to New York to create new shows, stars like Ethel Merman and Ethel Waters became top box office draws, and George Gershwin created his epic folk opera, Porgy and Bess. The advent of World War II prompted Irving Berlin to write one of his biggest hits, This is the Army. DVD 3078

Broadway, the American musical. Episode 4, Oh, what a beautiful mornin' (1943-1960). Part 4: Beginning with Oklahoma! in 1943, the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II set a new standard for storytelling on Broadway. With On the town, Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jerome Robbins musicalized wartime New York and Irving Berlin and Ethel Merman triumphed with Annie get your gun. Shows like Kiss me, Kate, Guys and dolls, and My fair lady offered sophisticated literary adaptations, and the Ed Sullivan show brought a television spot-light to Broadway. With the death of Oscar Hammerstein II in 1960 after the Sound of music, the curtain lowered on a golden age. DVD 3078

Episode 5, Tradition (1957-1979) Part 5: In the late 50s and early 60s, Broadway continued producing enduring hits, including the groundbreaking West Side story choreographed by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein. But in the era of rock & roll and tumultuous social change, Broadway reinvented itself and established new traditions. The conceptual theater of John Kander & Fred Ebb's Cabaret, as directed by Hal Prince, was followed by the rock musical Hair and the urban angst of Stephen Sondheim's Company. Bob Fosse showcased sexy cynicism in Chicago, and Michael Bennett created the blockbuster A chorus line. With Prince and Sondheim's production of Sweeney Todd, the musical reached unexpected heights in style and material. DVD 3079

Episode 6, Putting it together (1980-2004) Part 6: As producer David Merrick conquered Broadway with 42nd Street, and producer Cameron Mackintosh and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber redefined Broadway, the business of show business took center-stage. Sondheim's Sunday in the park with George moved from a workshop Off-Broadway, while Jerry Herman's La cage aux folles broke new ground in its portrayal of gay romance. Julie Taymor re-imagined Disney's The lion king, composer Jonathan Larson scored a bittersweet triumph with Rent, and the old-fashioned musical was reborn in Mel Brooks' The Producers. The creation of Wicked, the biggest hit of 2004, highlights the challenges of producing on Broadway in the 21st century. DVD 3079

Broadway's Lost Treasures
A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1967 and 1986. Hosted by Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey, Tommy Tune, Jerry Orbach & Chita Rivera. Contents: Guys and dolls. Adelaide's lament / (Vivian Blaine, 1971) -- Evita. A new Argentina / (Patti LuPone, 1980) -- Sweeney Todd. Worst pies in London / (Angela Lansbury, 1979) -- Hello, Dolly! Before the parade passes by / (Carol Channing, 1971) -- A little night music. Send in the clowns / (Julie Andrews, 1984) -- Fiddler on the roof. If I were a rich man / (Zero Mostel, 1971) -- The King and I. Shall we dance? / (Yul Brynner, 1971) -- The pajama game. Hey there / (John Raitt, 1971) -- The music man. Trouble / (Robert Preston, 1971) -- Bye bye Birdie. Kids / (Paul Lynde, 1971) -- Cabaret. Wilkommen / (Joel Grey, 1967) -- My one and only. Chasin' the clouds away / (Tommy Tune & Twiggy, 1983) -- Chicago. All that jazz ; Nowadays / (Gwen Verdon & Chita Rivera, 1984) -- 42nd Street. Lullaby of Broadway / (Jerry Orbach, 1981) -- Annie. Tomorrow ; You're never fully dressed without a smile / (Andrea McArdle & the cast, 1977) -- Cats. Jellicle songs ; Memory / (Betty Buckley & the cast, 1983) -- Sugar babies. McHugh medley / (Ann Miller & Mickey Rooney, 1980) -- Evita. Buenos Aires / (Patti LuPone, 1981) -- The apple tree. Movie star gorgeous / (Barbara Harris, 1967) -- Applause. Applause / (Bonnie Franklin, 1970) -- Annie. Easy street ; Tomorrow (Reprise) / (Dorothy Loudon & the cast, 1977). Originally compiled for public television in 2003. 109 min. DVD X4287

Broadway's Lost Treasures II
A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1971 and 1992. Hosted by Lauren Bacall, Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell & Jerry Orbach. Contents: Anything goes. Anything goes / (Patti LuPone, 1988) -- Mame. Bosom buddies / (Angela Lansbury & Bea Arthur, 1987) -- How to succeed in business without really trying. I believe in you / (Robert Morse, 1971) -- Piaf. La vie en rose / (Jane Lapotaire, 1981) -- Man of la Mancha. The impossible dream / (Richard Kiley, 1971) -- Ain't misbehavin'. Ladies who sing with the band ; Off-time / (Cast, 1977) -- Grand hotel. Take a glass together / (Michael Jeter & Brent Barrett, 1990) -- Jelly's last jam. That's how you jazz / (Gregory Hines & the cast, 1992) -- Guys and dolls. Sit down, you're rockin' the boat / (Walter Bobbie & Nathan Lane, 1992) -- La cage aux folles. I am what I am / (George Hearn & the cast, 1984) -- Les Misérables. At the end of the day ; One day more! / (Cast, 1987) -- Carousel. You'll never walk alone / (Shirley Verrett & the cast, 1994) -- Chicago. All I care about / (Jerry Orbach, 1976) -- Coco. Always mademoiselle / (Katharine Hepburn, 1970) -- Me and my girl. Lambeth walk / (Robert Lindsay, 1987) -- Fiorello! The name's LaGuardia / (Tom Bosley, 1971) -- Nine. Be Italian / (Kathi Moss & the cast, 1982) -- Medley from Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat / (Bill Hutton & the cast, 1982). Originally aired as segments on the Tony Awards between 1971-1992. Originally compiled for public television in 2004. 91 min. DVD X4288

Broadway's Lost Treasures III
A compilation of Broadway song & dance numbers from The Tony Awards, as performed by the original cast members between 1968 and 2002. Hosted by Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Robert Goulet & Harvey Fierstein. Contents: 42nd Street. 42nd Street ; We're in the money / (Cast, 2001) -- Damn Yankees. Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets / (Gwen Verdon & Ray Walston, 1971) -- Medley from Into the woods / (Vanessa Williams & the cast, 2002) -- Promises, promises. She likes basketball / (Jerry Orbach, 1969) -- West Side story. America / (Debbie Allen & the cast, 1980) -- Fosse. Sing, sing, sing! / (Cast, 1999) -- Show boat. Ol' Man River / (Michel Bell & the cast, 1995) -- How now, Dow Jones. Step to the rear / (Anthony Roberts & the cast, 1968) -- Kiss me, Kate. Where is the life that late I led? / (Alfred Drake, 1971) -- Medley from My fair lady & Camelot / (Julie Andrews, 1991) -- Crazy for you. I can't be bothered now / (Harry Groener & the cast, 1992) -- Kiss of the spider woman. Where you are / (Chita Rivera & the cast, 1993) -- Rose-Marie. Indian love call / (Robert Goulet & Inga Swenson, 1982) -- Black and blue. T'ain't nobody's bizness if I do / (Cast, 1989) -- A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. Comedy tonight / (Zero Mostel, 1971) -- Medley from Girl crazy, Call me madam & Gypsy / (Ethel Merman, 1972) -- You're a good man, Charlie Brown. My new philosophy / (Kristin Chenoweth, 1999) -- Five guys named Moe. Caledonia / (Cast, 1992) -- Ragtime. Ragtime / (Cast, 1998) -- Miss Saigon. The American dream / (Jonathan Pryce, 1991) -- Gypsy. Everything's coming up roses / (Angela Lansbury, 1975) -- The happy time. The happy time / (Robert Goulet, 1968) -- Too many girls. She could shake her maracas / (Desi Arnaz, 1972). Originally compiled for public television in 2004. 95 min. DVD X4289

Company, A Musical Comedy
Directed for television by Lonny Price. Cast: Raul Esparza, Keith Buterbaugh, Matt Castle, Robert Cunningham, Angel Desai, Kelly Jeanne Grant, Kristin Huffman, Amy Justman, Heather Laws, Leenya Rideout, Fred Rose, Bruce Sabath, Elizabeth Stanley, Renee Bang Allen, Bradley Dean, Brandon Ellis, David Garry, Jason Ostrowski, Jane Pfitsch, Katrina Yaukey, and Barbara Walsh. Set in modern upper-crust Manhattan, this musical comedy centers on Bobby, a confirmed bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his 10 closest friends (who also happen to be five couples). "Company" culminates in Bobby's transformation from unattached swinger to tentative monogamist. 132 min. DVD X5

Company: Original Cast Album (1970)
A chronicle of the recording session of the cast album of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Company. Over the course of a grueling 18 1/2 hour session, acclaimed filmmker D. A. Pennebaker with Jim Desmond and Richard Leacock, captured the stress, the frustration, the exhilaration and ultimate success of the creative process. Special features: Commentary from Harold Prince, Elaine Stritch, D.A. Pennebaker; additional music track "Have I got a girl for you" from the original cast recording session; photo gallery from original Broadway performance accompanies music track; filmmaker biography. 58 min. DVD 3112

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Great American Songbook.
Entertainer extrordinaire Michael Feinstein hosts a brand-new documentary on the evolution of American popular music and musical films as told through stories of the greatest songwriters and lyricists of all time, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin and many others.

Contents: Minstrel shows -- Stephen Foster -- Spirituals -- Ragtime -- Blues and jazz -- Publishing and recording -- Operetta -- Friml and Romberg -- Kern and Berlin -- World War I -- Gershwin -- Show boat -- Ziegfeld legacy -- Rodgers and Hart -- Carmichael and Waller -- Depression -- Warren and Dubin -- Arlen, Duke, and Fields -- Porter -- Depression recovery -- 1930s recap (Over the rainbow) -- Hollywood stampede -- Pal Joey -- Hitman Harry -- Freed/Brown and Harburg -- Team Gershwin -- World War II -- Big bands and boogie -- War on their minds -- Styne and Cahn -- Postwar optimism -- New life for old songs -- Songwriter biopics -- Rodgers and Hammerstein -- Stage to screen -- Loesser and more Berlin -- A star is born -- Rock 'n' roll -- Tradition : As time goes by. 2003.174 min. DVD 2023

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
Director, Denis Heroux Performer: Elly Stone (lady with shopping bag), Mort Shuman (taxi driver), Joe Masiell (Marine), Jacques Brel (himself), Judy Lander, Annette Perrone. A plotless four-person musical revue based on the songs of Belgian balladeer Jacques Brel, the show opens on a dark and rainy Parisian night. Three strangers -- a cab driver, a soldier, and a meek woman -- find themselves in a theater. After watching a puppet show, they venture backstage and then onto a beach, where they sing songs during increasingly surreal events. Features such songs as "Marathon," "Timid Frieda," "Marieke," "Ne Me Quitte Pas," "The Middle Class," "Jackie," "Au Suivant," "Chanson des Vieux Amours" and "Carousel (La Valse a Mille Temps)." 97 min. DVD 2114
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Lost in the Stars
Music by Kurt Weill; book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Daniel Mann. Performer: Brock Peters, Melba Moore, Raymond St. Jacques, Clifton Davis, Paul Rogers, Paula Kelly, Alan Weeks, Paulene Myers. Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searches the unfamiliar back alleys and shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with this father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart, and his heroic determination to tell the truth set the stage for a tragic climax. Based on the novel "Cry, the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton. 1974. 97 min. DVD 2115
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New Faces(1954)
Cast: Ronny Graham, Arthur Siegel, June Carroll, Sheldon Harnick, Michael Brown ; sketches mostly by Ronny Graham and Melvin Brooks. Eartha Kitt, Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley, Ronny Graham, June Carroll, Robert Clary, Virginia DeLuce, Bill Mullikin, Rosemary O'Reilly, Carol Lawrence, Allen Conroy, Jimmy Russell. A filmed performance of the highly popular Broadway hit that was basically a collection of skits, sketches, songs and dances built around a light plot to meld them all together which, for the most part, worked. The plot involves a performer/producer who finds himself in financial difficulties on the eve of opening night because a big check is needed before the curtain can go up. Many of the then-unknown artists who appeared in New faces went on to major stage, screen, and television careers. Includes such hit songs as "C'est si bon," "Santa Baby," "Monotonous," and "Lizzie Borden." 98 min. Video/C 999:3834

[Andrew Lloyd Webber's] The Phantom of the Opera
Cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver, Ciaran Hinds, Simon Callow, Victor McGuire, Jennifer Ellison, Murray Melvin, Kevin McNally, James Fleet. A musical version of the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants. When he falls fatally in love with Christine, the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents. Special features: "No one would listen" additional scene; "Behind the mask": the story of 'The Phantom of the Opera' documentary; Easter eggs; "The making-of 'The Phantom of the Opera' in 3 acts: preproduction, the director, production" featurette. Based on the novel "Le Fantome de l'Opera by Gaston Leroux and the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed by Joel Schumacher. 2004. 141 min. DVD 8563
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Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute to Cole Porter to Benefit AIDS Research and Relief.
Various performers perform songs composed by Cole Porter in an AIDS benefit concert. Contents: Don't fence me in / David Byrne -- I've got you under my skin / Neneh Cherry -- From this moment on / Jimmy Somerville -- After you, who? / Jody Watley -- Begin the beguine / Salif Keita -- Too darn hot / Erasure -- You do something to me / Sinead O'Connor -- I get a kick out of you / The Jungle Brothers -- In the still of the night / The Neville Brothers -- So in love / k.d. Lang -- I love Paris / Les Negresses Vertes -- Do I love you / Aztec Camera -- Well, did you evah! / Deborah Harry & Iggy Pop -- Down in the depths / Lisa Stansfield -- Miss Otis regrets; Just one of those things / Kirsty MacColl & The Pogues -- It's alright with me / Tom Waits -- Night and day / U2 -- Ev'ry time we say goodbye / Annie Lennox -- Bill Irwin comedy sketch. 90 min. Video/C 4439

Richard Rodgers: The Sweetest Sounds
In a prolific career that spanned seven decades, Richard Rodgers wrote over 900 songs for more than 70 shows -- a body of work unmatched by any other theatrial composer in American history. His celebrated partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II produced some of the most beloved musicals of all time, but unknown to most, the man behind the music was dark and solitary -- in complete contrast with the music he created. This biography of the composer is enriched by interviews with his associates and archival performances. c2001. 117 min. DVD 1442

Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific in Concert from Carnegie Hall
Overture -- Dites-moi -- A cockeyed optimist -- Twin soliloquies -- Some enchanted evening -- Dites moi (reprise) -- Bloody Mary -- There is nothing' like a dame -- Bali h'ai -- Bali h'ai (reprise) -- I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair -- Some enchanted evening (reprise) -- A wonderful guy -- Bali h'ai (reprise) -- Younger than springtime -- A wonderful guy (reprise) -- This is how it feels -- Finale Act 1: Some enchanted evening (reprise) -- Entracte: Happy talk -- Honey bun -- This nearly was mine -- You've got to be carefully taught -- This nearly was mine -- Some enchanted evening (reprise) -- Honey bun (reprise) -- Finale Act II: Dites-moi (reprise) Cast: Reba McEntire, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Alec Baldwin, Jason Danieley, Lillias White ; Orchestra of St. Lukes ; Paul Gemignani, conductor. Reba McEntire sings the Broadway role of Nellie Forbush in the stage production of South Pacific accompanied by Broadway and Hollywood icons Brian Stokes Mitchell as the French planter Emile de Becque, and Alec Baldwin as wise-guy sailor Luther Bills. Recorded at Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y, on June 9, 2005. 172 min. DVD 5648

Stephen Sondheim Collection

Sunday in the Park with George. Cast: Mandy Patinkin (George); Bernadette Peters (Dot/Marie); Charles Kimbrough, Barbara Bryne, Dana Ivey, Mary D'Arcy, Sue Anne Gershenson, Cris Groenendaal, John Jellison, Frank Kopyc, Judith Moore, Nancy Opel, William Parry, Natalie Polizzi, Michele Rigan, Brent Spiner, Melanie Vaughan, Robert Westenberg, supporting soloists. A television production of the Broadway musical loosely based on the life of artist Georges Seurat. In Act 1 Seurat is working on his latest painting with the woman he loves posing for him. As Georges interacts with various people who happen through the park, they become characters in his painting. In Act 2 Seurat's great grandson and his grandmother return to the place where Seurat created his masterpiece to ponder ideas of what is art and what is life. Originally broadcast on American Playhouse in 1985. 146 min. DVD 1998

Into the Woods. Original Broadway cast: Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason, Chip Zien, Tom Aldredge, Robert Westenberg, Kim Crosby, Danielle Ferland, Ben Wright, Barbara Bryne. In this television production of the 1987 Broadway musical the fairy tale characters of Little Red Ridinghood, Cinderella, and Jack (and the Beanstalk) are linked together with the characters of a baker and his wife. Their stories intertwine as they all search for something different in the woods. After they have all found happiness, they must band together to fight a giant. Originally produced for television in 1990. 153 min. DVD 1999

Passion. Cast: Donna Murphy, Jere Shea, Marin Mazzie. In this Broadway musical play set in 19th century Italy, handsome soldier Giorgio is embroiled in a steamy affair with lovely, and married, Clara. Giorgio is transferred from Milan to a remote military outpost, where he comes in contact with the ailing, homely Fosca, his commanding officer's cousin. Fosca falls instantly and deeply in love with Giorgio, who resists her affections. Gradually, she reveals, and Giorgio learns to appreciate, her inner beauty. Based on the film Passione d'amore directed by Ettore Scola. Recorded in New York City, December 18, 2002. 115 min. DVD 2000

Follies in Concert. Musical selections: Beautiful girls -- Listen to the rain on the roof -- Ah, Paris! -- Broadway baby -- In Buddy's eyes -- Who's that woman -- I'm still here -- Too many mornings -- One more kiss -- Could I leave you -- You're gonna love tomorrow/Love will see us through -- Buddy's blues -- Losing my mind -- Story of Lucy and Jessie -- Live, laugh, and love -- Finale. Narrator, Roy Scheider; cast, Licia Albanese, Carol Burnett, Liz Callaway, Betty Comden, Barbara Cook, Adolph Green, Andre Gregory, George Hearn, Howard McGillin, Erie Mills, Liliane Montevecchi, Phyllis Newman, Mandy Patinkin, Daisy Prince, Lee Remick, Arthur Rubin, Elaine Stritch, Jim Walton. This documentary follows the preparations for a concert performance of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim's 1971 musical "Follies". Ranging from the rehearsal rooms to backstage and including interviews with the composer and cast, it concludes with musical excerpts from the concert. Originally broadcast March 14th, 1986 in the PBS Great Performances series. 90 min. DVD 2001

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: In Concert. Cast: Patti LuPone, George Hearn, Davis Gaines, Victoria Clark, Timothy Nolen, John Aler, Lisa Vroman, Neil Patrick Harris, Stanford Olsen; San Francisco Symphony; San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Performed at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco in July 2001. A staged concert version with the original Broadway cast of the darkly comic story of a razor-wielding barber seeking revenge in turn-of-the-century London and the sly meat pie seller who helps dispose of his handiwork. 132 min. DVD 2002

Sondheim, a Celebration at Carnegie Hall. Songs: Sweeney Todd -- Loveland -- Back in business -- Good thing going -- Losing my mind -- You could drive a person crazy -- Our time -- Children will listen -- Being alive -- Sooner or later -- Ballad of Booth -- Broadway baby -- Not a day goes by -- Green Finch and Linnet Bird -- Weekend in the country -- Send in the clowns -- Old friends -- Sunday. Performers: Liza Minnelli, Billy Stritch, Jerry Hadley, Dorothy Loudon, Boys Choir of Harlem, Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone, Karen Ziemba, Patrick Cassidy, Victor Garber, Daisy Eagan, Bernadette Peters, Harolyn Blackwell, Glenn Close, The American Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Paul Gemignani. Live recording of a June 10, 1992 concert in Carnegie Hall to honor and celebrate the work of composer Stephen Sondheim. Originally broadcast on the television series Great performances. 86 min. DVD 2003

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; book by Hugh Wheeler; directed for the stage by Harold Prince; production designer, Eugene Lee; lighting, Ken Billington; costumes, Franne Lee; musical director, Paul Gemignani; dance and movement. Cast: Angela Lansbury, George Hearn, and the original Broadway cast. A staged version of the 1982 national tour of the Broadway musical set in 1846 London. Times are hard and one must make do, so Nellie Lovett adds something extra to the meat pies she peddles on Fleet Street. The secret ingredient: freshly murdered victims of her partner in crime, barber Sweeney Todd. 139 min. DVD 3150

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1974)
Directed by Tim Burton. Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jayne Wisener, Jamie Campbell Bower, Laura Michelle Kelly, Ed Sanders, Anthony Head, Peter Bowles. Reinventing himself as Sweeney Todd, a man unjustly sent to prison returns to exact revenge on those who ruined his life, especially the evil Judge Turpin who sent the man to prison. When he returns to his home town, he reopens his barber shop, where Mr. Todd becomes the Demon of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett is Sweeney's amorous accomplice who creates diabolical meat pies out of the remains of Mr. Todd's victims. Special features: Commentary by Tim Burton; "Burton + Depp + Carter = Todd" featurette. Based on the musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler and the musical adaptation by Christopher Bond. 117 min. DVD X1089
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Experimental and Avant Garde Music

[Anderson, Laurie] The Sensual Nature of Sound: 4 Composers
Four women composers - Laurie Anderson, Tania Leon, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros - talk about their backgrounds, musical development, and work. Although all are pioneers in American music, each pursues a distinct direction of her own. Filmed at rehearsals and performances in the United States and abroad, the program examines the contributions of these diverse composers to contemporary American music. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 8413

[Anderson, Laurie] Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology. [Sound Recording]
Contents: O Superman (for Massenet) -- From the air -- Big science -- Born, never asked -- It tango -- Gravity's angel -- Excellent birds -- Langue d'amour -- Sharkey's day c(single edit) -- Walk the dog -- Cartoon song -- So happy birthday -- City song -- The big top -- Dr. Miller -- Lighting out for the territories -- Smoke rings -- Talk normal -- Language is a virus -- Credit racket -- Strange angels -- Babydoll -- Collsville -- My eyes -- The dream before -- The day the devil -- Speak my language -- Love among the sailors -- Poison -- In our sleep -- Night in Baghdad -- The night flight from Houston -- The rotowhirl -- The ouija board -- The end of the world. 153 min. SOUND/D 73

[Bjork] Bjork: Volumen
Contents: Human behavior / directed by Michel Gondry -- Venus as a boy / directed by Sophie Muller -- Play dead / directed by Danny Cannon -- Big time sensuality / directed by Stephane Sednaoui -- Violently happy / directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino -- Army of me / directed by Michel Gondry -- Isobel / directed by Michel Gondry -- It's oh so quiet / directed by Spike Jonze -- Hyperballed / directed by Michel Gondry -- Possibly maybe / directed by Stephane Sednaoui -- I miss you / directed by John Kricfalusi -- Joga / directed by Michel Gondry -- Bachelorette / directed by Michel Gondry -- Hunter / directed by Paul White. A collection of inventive and fun videos from the Icelandic songstress, Bjork. Highlights include "Army of me," which involves Bjork driving a comically huge tank around, fending off a gorilla dentist and blowing up an art museum. "Bachelorette," features a story within a story, within a story to great effect. "Joga," features sweeping landscapes with odd camera work. "I miss you," has delightfully odd animation and Bjork as a redhead. 1998. 68 min. DVD 860

[Cage, John] 26'1.1499" for String Player
Jud Yalkut's video realization of Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik's concert performance of John Cage's compositon 26'1.1499" for String Player. In this extraordinary performance, which is manipulated and synthesized by Yalkut, Paik and Moorman, they play Cage's score on a collection of "instruments" that include a pistol, a dish of mushrooms, balloons, a practice aerial bomb, and a telephone call to President Nixon. Dist.: Electronic Arts Intermix. 42 min. Video/C MM1051

[Cage, John] Cage/Cunningham: A Film.
Featuring: Merce Cunningham and John Cage; with Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolyn Brown, Viola Farber, Alvin Lucier, LaMonte Young, Rudolf Nureyev, David Tudor, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Virgil Thomson. Combines archival material and eight years of world tour footage to document the 50 year collaboration between composer John Cage and dancer/choreographer Merce Cunningham. 1991. 95 min. Video/C 5312

[Cage, John] The Collaborators.
Interview with John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg who discuss their collaborative efforts in artistic dance production. Includes excerpts from dance productions such as Travelogue and Nocturnes, as well as the entire production of Coast zone. 1987. 56 min. Video/C 5320

[Cage, John] 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs: For Performer(s) or Listener(s) or Record Maker(s) : 1977
A video realization of all locations in John Cage's work. Includes the names of the actual locations, a detailed map of the locations, and a full view of the map indicating the 3-point triangulation of the current waltz. Bonus: audio realization of Waltz 9, recorded by Gillespie in March 1979. A complete video realization by Don Gillespie, Roberta Friedman and Gene Caprioglio; produced by Brian Brandt]. Video realized 1994-1995. 128 min. DVD X3963

[Cage, John] John Cage
A conversation between avant garde composer and philosopher of aesthetics, John Cage and Jack Kroll, senior arts editor at Newsweek. In this far ranging conversation Cage discusses his life and work, the purpose of his music, his experiments, and social agenda, nothing less than one world, with all resources shared equally. "The world mind can be changed". 27 min. DVD 9425

[Cage, John] John Cage (4 American Composers)
Insights into the music and ideas of American composer John Cage, incorporating performance and conversations with and about the artist. Cage finds environmental sounds and noises more interesting than those produced by the world's musical cultures. By challenging every established convention of classical music, Cage has become one of America's most influential modern composers and a leading theoretician. Partial Contents: Double Music -- Music for Marcel Duchamp -- Indeterminacy -- Song Books -- Branches -- Inlets -- Roaratorio: An Irish Circus on Finnegans Wake. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 3404

[Cage, John] John Cage: From Zero: Four Films on John Cage
19 questions : Cage answers 19 questions on a variety of subjects using chance operations to determine the duration of his often witty answers. A unique opportunity to view the Cagean process of chance in real time. Fourteen : a unique performance film in which the position and operation of the cameras, the lighting design, placement of the musicians and the editing process were all subjected to chance operations. Paying attention : agreeing on the duration, Scheffer worked with the video and Culver the audio from an interview with Cage, treating their parts independently. The video and audio were reunited during the editing in the same spirit as Cage/Cunningham music and dance collaborations -- the two aspects are presented together for the first time in the performance. Overpopulation and art : Cage's spoken performance is presented simultaneously with Ryoanji for four voices and percussion. The video was shot at two locations where Cage lived -- Manhattan and at Stony Point, N.Y. Scheffer used the graphic score of Ryoanji to track the camera's movements for much of this work. Special features: The making of Fourteen: documentary (14 min.) ; individual interviews with Frank Scheffer and Andrew Culver (39 min.) Films by Frank Scheffer and Andrew Culver. 2004. DVD 8562

[Cage, John] John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It
56 min. The life, music, and philosophy of the composer John Cage. Includes performances of his music, and comments by Merce Cunninghan, Yoko Ono, and Laurie Anderson. 1990. 56 min. Video/C 2947

[Cage, John] Points in Space
Looks at the production process of a modern dance ballet, followed by a performance of the same resulting from a collaboration between Merce Cunningham, the choreographer, and composer, John Cage. 55 min. Video/C 3268</p>

[Cage, John] Sound??
An exploration of the nature of music which cuts back and forth between John Cage talking about the relationship between music and sound and Roland Kirk playing the saxophone in this celebration/collaboration by two very different musical iconoclasts who share a similar vision of the boundless possibilities of music. 27 min. Video/C 7475

[Cage, John] Strange Music of Nam June Paik
Contents: Global groove -- Medium is the medium -- Paik meets Beethoven. Presents Nam June Paik's performance and video art with Charlotte Moorman, John Cage's music and performance. 1975. 27 min. Video/C 5306

[Cage, John] A Tribute to John Cage
A tribute to composer/musician John Cage. Includes footage of Cage performing, a live telecast of the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer, and some Japanese television commercials. Performers: John Cage, Marianne Amacher, Richard Teitelbaum, Pulsa, Charlotte Moorman, David Behrman, Davd [i.e. David] Tudor. Excerpts from works by Cathy Berberian, Jud Yalkut, Francis Lee, David Rosenboom, Jackie Cassen, Stan Vanderbeek, and Alfons Schilling. By Nam June Paik; directed by David Atwood and Fred Barzyk. 1976 edited version release of the 1973 film. Dist. Electronic Arts Intermix. 30 min. Video/C MM1054

[Cage, John] Variations VII
The second in a series of dance, music and theater performances from 1966, involving engineers and scientists from Bell Telephone Laboratories. In this case Cage's inspiration was electronic technology's ability to make the unaudible audible. The sound system was designed with the limitation that only sounds that arose during the performance were to be used -- in other words, the performers would not make any actions to generate sounds deliberately, but rather would use technological means to discover sounds in the air "as through with a net." ... This archival video reconstructs the performance of John Cage's Variations VII and uses interviews with the artists, engineers and performers. Disc includes previously unreleased audio recording of Variations VII. Running time for film 41 minutes; audio-only track 85 minutes. 41 min. DVD 9624

[Cage, John] The Works for Piano. John Cage. Vol. 7
Margaret Leng Tan, piano. Contents: Chess pieces and Chess serenade are presented with full video; Sonatas and interludes are presented with the title pages to the scores of each movement (no continuous video). Chess pieces : for piano (7:48) ; Sonatas and interludes : for prepared piano (59:58) / John Cage -- Chess serenade : for piano / Vittorio Rieti (1:28). Contains presentations of Chess Pieces (1944, world premiere); Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano and Chess Serenade by Vittorio Rieti with Margaret Leng Tan (piano). Along with these performance films of the 2 Chess works are over 90 minutes of documentaries with Ms. Tan: Cage?s Prepared Piano presents a documentary on the history of the prepared piano. Cage?s Box of Preparations explores the prepared piano & Cage?s actual box of preparations for the Sonatas & Interludes. In Cage: Music/Art/Chess, Ms. Tan and Larry List (currator of "The imagery of Chess Revisited" exhibition) explore Cage?s "score-painting" of Chess Pieces and his involvement in The Imagery of Chess exhibition with the surrealists in 1944. 172 min. DVD 6755

[Eno, Brian] 14 Video Paintings
Brings together Brian Eno's 'ambient videos,' Mistaken memories of mediaeval Manhattan and Thursday afternoon, which were originally exhibited in art galleries. These videos demonstrate the use of video as an art medium, accompanied by music also by Brian Eno. Mistaken memories of mediaeval Manhattan (48 min.) was filmed in New York in 1980-81. Thursday afternoon : seven video paintings of Christine Alicino (82 min.) was filmed in San Francisco in April 1984. 130 min. DVD 6408

[Firth, Fred] Step Across the Border
A snapshot of the life of Fred Frith, an English-born multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improvisor. It finds him in Europe, Japan, and the US, working and playing with a variety of avant garde artists. This film uses music and cinema to explore improvisation and the melding of the two media. There is no narrative, or narrator. Images blend with his music, and visa versa, creating a narrative all their own. Music by Fred Frith, John Zorn, Arto Lindasy, Joey Baron, Iva Bittova, Rene Lussier, Jean Derome, Tom Cora, Bob Ostertag, and many others. A ninety minute celluloid improvisation by Nicolas Humbert & Werner Penzel. c2003. 116 min. DVD X3968

[Galas, Diamanda] Robert Wilson and the Civil WarS
On "Its Clean, It Just Looks Dirty." 9:35 min. Video/C 4346

[Glass, Philip] Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera
Through performance and rehearsal footage and interviews with composer Philip Glass and designer/director Robert Wilson, film examines the opera Einstein on the Beach. Glass and Wilson explain some of their structural choices and the concepts behind the opera which is a poetical interpretation of Albert Einstein. 58 min. Video/C 3419

[Glass, Philip] Glass(4 American Composers; 2)
Insights into the music and ideas of American composer Philip Glass, incorporating performance and conversations with and about the artist, whose "systems music" has been described as a "high mass on Mars." Combining the Western disciplines of the classical music tradition with Eastern influences and visceral rock, Glass' music has a hypnotic, rhythmic sound appreciated by rock, jazz, and classical audiences alike. 60 min. Video/C 3405

[Glass, Philip] Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
For 18 months, award-winning director Scott Hicks followed the legendary composer Philip Glass across three continents, creating a remarkable portrait of one of the greatest artists of all time. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass's working process and long time collaborators (including Martin Scorsese and Errol Morris), Hicks provides a unique glimpse into the composer's life. Contents: Disc 1. Feature presentation ; Deleted/extended scenes ; Director's commentary -- Disc 2. Bonus interviews and performances. Directed & photographed by Scott Hicks. c2009. 119 min. DVD X1640

[Glass, Philip] Looking Glass
Composer Philip Glass talks about his beginnings, moving to Paris for two years of intensive study with Nadia Boulanger and meeting Indian musician Ravi Shankar and director Robert Wilson who both had a deep influence on his career. Special features: Interview of Philip Glass; Philip Glass on "The sound of a voice"; excerpts from "The sound of a voice"; interview of Bob Wilson; Philip Glass plays "Study no. 2". 2005. 103 min. DVD 5001

[Glennie, Evelyn] Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie
Opens the door to a world where sight, sound, and touch magically converge to elevate our everyday sensory experiences. Featuring Evelyn Glennie, a Grammy winning percussionist who is also deaf, the filmmaker weaves performances, street noises and visual collages to engage the viewer in Glennie's artistry, from an improvisation with chopsticks and cans in a Japanese restaurant to a recording session with avant-garde musician Fred Frith. Written, directed and edited by Thomas Riedelsheimer. 2004. 98 min. DVD 6034

[Harrison, Lou] Lou Harrison (and His Music): Cherish, Conserve, Consider, Create
Presents a portrait of composer-performer-instrument builder Lou Harrison, who transcends boundaries of cultural and musical disciplines. Presents a collage of his music, life, and philosophy which he speaks of at length, and statements from some of his friends, such as John Cage, Virgil Thomson, and Bill Colvig. 1986. 28 min. Video/C 9950; also in Music Library - MUSI VCA77

Listen
In this film, some of the music world's most daring composers and musicologists probe ideas of sound and hearing. A new idea about the art of listening emerges: to actively listen is to encounter an enchanted world of sound and music. Includes interviews with prominent composers, performers, musicologists, and psychologists. Features interviews with and/or performances by Gyorgy Kurtag, Vincent Dehoux, Michel Imberty, Georges Aperghis, Laurent Garnier, Celestin Deliege, Johnny Griffin, John Cage, Luciano Berio, the Venance Fortunat Ensemble, the Symphonic Orchestra of Finnish Radio, and many others. A film by Miroslav Sebestik. 1992. 121 min. DVD X165

Modulations: Cinema for the Ear
Feature-length documentary which traces the evolution of electronic music through interviews, in-studio footage, and live performances with composers, electro-funk musicians, and others. Featuring: Autechre, Can, Carl Cox, Derrick May, Coldcut, Giorgio Moroder, John Cage, Juan Atkins, LTJ Bukem, Orbital, Pierre Henry, Prodigy, Robert Moog, Teo Macero, The Future Sound of London, Aphrodite, Arthur Baker, Atari Teenage Riot, Bill Laswell, DB, Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, DJ Spooky, DXT, Ed Rush, Frankie Bones, Genesis P. Orridge, Hardfloor, Jesse Saunders, Joey Beltram, Ken Ishi, Marshall Jefferson, Meat Beat Manifesto, Mixmaster Morris, Moby, Money Mark, Panacea, Photek, Rob Playford, Roni Size, Scanner, Squarepusher, Talvin Singh, Tetsu Inoue, The Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Westbam, X-ecutioners, etc.c1998. 74 min. DVD X5723

[Monk, Meredith] Ellis Island
The visual images of this film, basically without dialogue, become a poetic evocation of the immigrants and the ordeals they faced while waiting at Ellis Island to enter the United States at the beginning of the century. 28 min. Video/C 3397

[Monk, Meredith] Meredith Monk(4 American Composers)
Partial Contents: Dolman music -- Travelling quarry -- Ellis Island -- Turtle dreams. Incorporates performance and conversations with Meredith Monk, an artist of many media, who has transcended the accepted boundaries of vocal song. She is her own composer, choreographer, and filmmaker who blends all of these into a unique style and content of performance. Here she performs with her vocal group. 60 min. Video/C 3406

[Monk, Meredith] The Films of Meredith Monk
Summary: Book of Days: Imaginary vignettes of medieval town life; Ellis Island: visual images, basically without dialogue, of the immigrants and the ordeals they faced while waiting at Ellis Island to enter the United States at the beginning of the century. 105 min. Video/D 106

[Monk, Meredith] The Sensual Nature of Sound: 4 Composers
Four women composers - Laurie Anderson, Tania Leon, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros - talk about their backgrounds, musical development, and work. Although all are pioneers in American music, each pursues a distinct direction of her own. Filmed at rehearsals and performances in the United States and abroad, the program examines the contributions of these diverse composers to contemporary American music. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 8413

[Moog, Robert] Moog
Robert Moog has been inventing and building electronic musical instruments for nealy half a century. Moog, the film, takes us inside the mind of this legendary figure as he shares his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity and spirituality. To this day, Moog continues to shape musical culture with some of the most inspiring instruments ever created. Extras (47 min.): Director's video notes, deleted scenes, interviews and additional performances by Stereolab, The Album Leaf, Tino Corp. with Charlie Clouser, Money Mark with Woody Jackson and others. A film by Hans Fjellestad. 2004. 70 min. DVD X261

[Moorman, Charlotte] SEE Experimental and Avant Garde Artists, Performers, and Film Makers

[Paik, Nam June] Strange Music of Nam June Paik
Contents: Global groove -- Medium is the medium -- Paik meets Beethoven. Presents Nam June Paik's performance and video art with Charlotte Moorman, John Cage's music and performance. 1975. 27 min. Video/C 5306

[Paik, Nam June] For other works by/about Nam June Paik, SEE Experimental and Avant Garde Artists, Performers, and Film Makers

[Reich, Steve] Steve Reich's City Life
This documentary traces the background and creation of the musical composition "City life," by experimental composer Steve Reich. Capturing sounds from New York City street life with the aid of two sampling keyboards and a microphone, Reich forges the noise of the city street into a work for string quartet, wind, percussion and two pianos. The film culminates in a performance of the piece from the Frankfurt Opera House, with the Ensemble Modern conducted by Sian Edwards. 1995. 61 min. DVD 8091

Rewind: Based on Rewind, a Cntata for Voice, Tape and Testimony
In 2006 South African composer, Philip Miller, created a cantata to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Liza Key's documentary, Rewind is a bricolage of interviews, news archive and extracts from the Market Theatre performance of REwind: A Cantata for Voice Tape and Testimony .... Rewind is an original and devastating expose of injustice under apartheid. Soloists, Sibongile Khumalo, Kimmy Skota, Arthur Swan, Kaiser Nkosi ; choir, Gauteng Choristers. Conceived and composed by Philip Miller; produced by Philip Key ; directed by Liza Key . 52 min. DVD X2498

[Riley, Terry] In C
Performers: Salt Lake Electric Ensemble: Matt Dixon, Charlie Lewis, Oliver Lewis, Greg Midgley, Patrick Munger, Brian Patterson, dan Thomas, Ben Warden, laptops and other instruments. In C is a semi-aleatoric musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for any number of people. It is often cited as the first "minimalist" composition. The score consists of 53 short, numbered musical phrases. Each performer begins on the first phrase and works his way through each of the 53 in sequence. 2010. 106 min. DVD X6143

[Sun Ra] Space is the Place
In this film featuring Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Myth-Science Solar Arkestra, a space traveler returns to earth to duel with the forces of evil. 63 min. Video/C 3401

[Wilson, Robert] Absolute Wilson
A look at one of experimental theater's most influential figures, who collaborated on works with people such as Tom Waits and Philip Glass. Explores his life from his upbringing in Waco, Texas to the way of life he brought to the screen. 58 min. Video/C 3419

[Wilson, Robert] Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera
Through performance and rehearsal footage and interviews with composer Philip Glass and designer/director Robert Wilson, film examines the opera Einstein on the Beach. Glass and Wilson explain some of their structural choices and the concepts behind the opera which is a poetical interpretation of Albert Einstein. Special features: Extended interviews with Robert Wilson, Susan Sontag and Philip Glass and Robert Wilson's 1965 short film: The house. A film by Katharina Otto-Berstein. 2006. 105 min. DVD 8902

[Wilson, Robert] Robert Wilson and the Civil WarS
On "Its Clean, It Just Looks Dirty." 9:35 min. Video/C 4346

Miscellaneous Works and Compilations

Its Clean, It Just Looks Dirty
Trust in the Lord / Cabaret Voltaire (5:55) -- Girl who lives on Heaven Hill / Husker Du (5:00) -- Two excerpts from Eyes Without Blood / Diamanda Galas (4:28) -- Sand / Einsturzende Neubauten (4:00) -- Energy and How To Get It / Robert Frank; Rudy Wurlitzer; Gary Hill (14:20) -- Scum & Slime / John Giorno Band (4:04) -- Heard the News / David Johansen (4:18) -- Excerpts directed by Howard Brookner / Robert Wilson and the Civil WarS (9:35) -- A Screw / Swans (3:30) -- Unclean / Psychic TV (3:30) -- No Smoking in This Theater / John Waters (:39). 60 min. Video/C 4346

Modulations: Cinema for the Ear
This documentary traces the evolution of electronic music through a collage of interviews, cutting edge visuals, in-studio footage, and live performances with avant garde composers, electro-funk musicians, and other artists of the post-human techno sound. Performers: Can, Carl Cox, Derrick May, Coldcut, John Cage, Orbial, Pierre Henry, Prodigy, Bob Moog, Teo Macero, the Future Sound of London, Bill Laswell, Frankie Bones, Genesis P-Orridge, Jesse Saunders, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Marshall Jefferson, Money Mark,Panacea, Roni Size, Talvin Singh, Tetsu Inoue, the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Westbam. c1998. 74 min. Video/C 7965

Musical Outsiders: an American Legacy: Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley
Focuses on three American composers with musical ideas and forms of expression that are outside the classical European mainstream: Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and Terry Riley. Their stylistic influence has become powerful in the legacy of musical outsiders. Through conversations with Harrison and Riley, a deep ) understanding of what those alternatives are is offered and how they have worked in American culture. c1995. 60 min. Video/C 9101

The Sensual Nature of Sound: 4 Composers
Four women composers - Laurie Anderson, Tania Leon, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros - talk about their backgrounds, musical development, and work. Although all are pioneers in American music, each pursues a distinct direction of her own. Filmed at rehearsals and performances in the United States and abroad, the program examines the contributions of these diverse composers to contemporary American music. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 8413

Sound Creations
Bob Gravi, Dean Drummond, Skip Le Plante, Bill Buchen, and other musicians/inventors. Introduces some of America's most original artists -- musicians who invent their own instruments in order to create the new music of our time. Here inventors of the gravikord, zoomoozophone, sound engine, and other homemade musical instruments describe and perform on their instruments. 1989. 25 min. Video/C MM699

Latin America and the Caribbean

Afrocubanismo!
A celebration and study of the influence of Afrocuban culture on contemporary North American music. The program traces the origins of Afro-cuban music from West Africa to Cuba and the subsequent development of this unique music and dance alongside religion. Interviews and performances by Munequitos de Matanzas and Chucho Valdes provide insight to the significance of Afro-Cuban music and dance forms from Rhumba to the sacred music of Santeria. 53 min. Video/C 6043

Argentinisima.
Inspired by the lyrics of the folk musical group Atahuapa Yupanqui, an imaginary trip is begun, which alternates between fiction and history, to show the regional variety of the folk music of Argentina. 95 min. Video/C 1288

Bahia of All the Sambas (Bahia de todos os sambas)
Presents concert coverage of the greatest stars of music from the state of Bahia, Brazil, who got together in an unforgettable musical event in Termas de Caracalla, Rome, in August 1983. In addition to the musical numbers, there are backstage scenes, rehearsals and interviews. Directed by Paulo Cesar Saraceni and Leon Hirszman. SF International Latino Film Festival Collection. 1983? 102 min. Video/C MM1247

Before Reggae Hit the Town.
Discussion of the roots of reggae and ska in the music and dance of Jamaica's traditional African religion, with scenes of religious ceremonies and sacrifices; also contains scenes of Rastafarians and their music. Filmed and recorded in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica. 22 min. Video/C 6187

Black Music of Brazil.
Street tour of Brazil including visits to ghettos of Rio, Samba schools preparing for Carnival and the African-rooted Bahia region. Includes interview with superstar Gilberto Gil, probing the political impact of his music, and performancesand conversation with other Brazilian performers. Finally there's The Capoeira dancers, performers of a unique martial arts dance which originated in Angola. Film surveys many styles of music of the country including Samba, bossa nova and others. 50 min. DVD 537; also VHS Video/C 3260

Black Orpheus. (1959)
Based on Orfeu da Conceicao, by Vinicius de Moraes. Director, Marcel Camus. Music score, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa. The classical legend of Orpheus and Eurydice unfolds in an updated version against the riotously colorful background of the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the black section of the city, Orpheus is a street-car conductor and Eurydice a pretty country girl fleeing from a mysterious man sworn to kill her, a man who in the story represents Fate or Death. 103 min. DVD 50; vhs Video/C 999:352

Bossa Nova.
Music: Chega de saudade -- Wave -- Insensatez -- Corcovado -- Aguas de Marco -- Luiza -- Carota de Impanema. Antonio Carlos Jobim, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Nana Masconcelos, Paulinho da Viola, Gilberto Gil, Gerry Mulligan, Jon Pareles, Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Sergio Mendex, Clare Fischer, Bernard Lavilliers. A history of the origins and development of the Brazilian bossa nova. Contains musical performances, as well as stories and reminiscences from leading figures of bossa nova and commentaries by musicians who trace its influence outside of Brazil. 52 min. Video/C 4340

Buena Vista Social Club. (1999)
Director/writer, Wim Wenders. Featuring Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzales, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Compay Segundo. In 1996, a group of legendary Cuban musicians were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a compact disc. This film shows some of their songs being recorded in the studio, concert footage from Amsterdam and New York City, and some of the musicians talking about their lives in Cuba and how they got started in music. 105 min. DVD 418; also on VHS Video/C 6747

Awards

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Feature Documentary
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards - Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
National Board of Review, USA - Best Documentary
National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA - Best Documentary
New York Film Critics Circle Awards - Best Non-Fiction Film

Buenos Aires, Rock IV. Festival B.A., Rock
Performances by: Spinta Jade, Raul Porchetto, Litto Nebia, Pedro y Pablo, Cantilo y Punch, Ruben Rada, Los Abuelos de la Nada, Leon Gieco, Piero con Prema, Alejandro Lerner, Orions, La Torre, and V-8. Documents performances at the 4th Festival of Buenos Aires, Rock. The filmmakers interview musicians about their music, and explore how it is received by their audiences. 1983. DVD 9462

Calle 54
Introduced to Latin jazz in the 1980s, when he was beginning his career as a director, Fernando Trueba has since become a devoted fan of the music. Noted jazz artists have scored for some of his films and he took his love of the music one step further in which he gathered together a number of his favorite Latin jazz artists for a series of interviews and performances. 2001 106 min. Video/C MM198

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Candombe: Afro-kultur e Uruguay.
Fernando Nunez, a black man, a musician, and a maker of drums, sees himself as the heir to "Candombe," an important social and cultural legacy from his slave forefathers in Uruguay. However, the official history and culture of Uruguay continues to marginalize expressions of black culture. Fernando Nunez and his friends from Barrio Sur, a back street quarter of Montevideo, fight to keep these important cultural roots alive in the consciousness of the Uruguayan people. 17 min. Video/C 5780

Caribbean Crucible (Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music; 6)
From Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, this film traces the ties that bind the music of coastal Africa to the music of Europe and the Caribbean. Spirited performances move through a variety of Afro-European fusions to the tough and exhilirating sounds of urban Jamaican popular music, including reggae and deejay. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7355

El Charanguero.
A documentary tribute to the Argentinian Indian musician, Jaime Torres, the world's foremost performer on the charango (a stringed Andean instrument). Includes live performances of charango music and a ritual to Pachamama (Mother earth) by the indigenous people of the Quebrada in Northern Argentina along with dances and music, as well as dramatic concert footage. 56 min. Video/C 4341

Chutney in Yuh Soca: A Multicultural Mix.
Chutney in Yuh Soca: a film showing the interaction of the East Indian and African populations of Trinidad and Tobago through the popular music "Chutney" which is an combination of Indian folk tunes with the tempo and spice of the Caribbean. The Gospel Truth: A Black family in Great Britain reaffirms their values and family cohesiveness through the singing of gospel music. Songs For Our Daughters: West Indian women in Britain discuss the way they pass their heritage and culture on to their mixed race daughters. 1996. 37 min. DVD X3209; vhs Video/C 5075

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Corridos!
Examines the influence of Corridos, Mexican and Mexican American ballads, which celebrate popular heroes and folk tales and provide a sense of history and standards of public morality. Includes performances of Corridos in a program originally produced for stage, with historical and critical commentary between performances. Performers: Clancy Brown, Evelyn Cisneros, George Galvan, Sal Lopez, Alma Martinez, Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Valdez, Luis Valdez. c1989. 58 min. Video/C 6789

Cuban Cinema Classics. Volume 5, Singers
Contents: Yo soy la cancion que canto = I am the song I sing (homage a Bola de Nieve) / Mayra Vilasis (1985, 27 min.) -- Omara / Fernando Perez (1983, 26 min.). Contains two short films from Cuba's national film institute, ICAIC. I am the song I sing pays tribute to legendary Cuban performer Bola de Nieve. Omara presents the life and career of Omara Portuondo through dramatic sequences interworven with interviews and performance footage. DVD X5284

Cuban Cinema Classics. Volume 6, Jazz
Contents: Buscandido a Chano Pozo = Looking for Chano Pozo / Rebecca Chavez (1987, 27 min.) -- Manos y el angel : tributo a Emiliano Salvador = Hands and the angel : a tribute to Emiliano Salvador / Esteban Insausti (2002, 27 min.) Contains two short films from Cuba's national film institute, ICAIC. Looking for Chano Pozo includes testimony from family, friends, and fellow musicians to piece together the life and premature death of jazz drummer Chano Pozo while highlighting his unique contribution to modern jazz rhythms. The hands and the angel shows one of the world's greatest jazz musicians, Emiliano Salvador, and his place in Cuban musical history. DVD X5285

Dancing with the Incas
Explores the lives of three Huayno musicians in a contemporary Peru torn between the military and the Shining Path guerrillas. The film examines the roots of Huayno music as well as its contemporary forms. Rather than focusing on a single community or ethnic group, the film investigates a broad cultural region and illustrates what happens to it as it confronts the commercial traditions and demands of the West. Camera, directed and produced by John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1991. 58 min. DVD 7845

De Donde Son los Cantantes?
Examines the importance of popular music in the Cuban culture and the history of Cuban musical groups with particular emphasis on the Trio Matamoros. 31 min. Video/C 4213

Fados
Explore a musical genre that combines African and Brazilian origins into a fusion of cinema, song, dance, and instruments. The film first traces the history of the fado form, then moves into a veritable concert of fado all-stars (or fadistas) including Mariza, Camane, Caetano Veloso, and others -- staged and filmed on a succession of elaborate sets such as a recreation of a period Lisbon bar. Saura also works in tributes to such past fado performers as Amália Rodrigues and Chico Buarque.

Contents: Fado da saudade = In the patios, brothels and taverns (Carlos do Carmo) -- San Jon of Cape Verde (Grupo Kola San Jon do Mainho da Juventude) -- Variações em lá = Variations (Ricardo Rocha, Jaime Santos) -- Transparente = Mozambique (Mariza) -- Menina você que tem = Modinha and lundu (Toni Garrido) -- Sopra demais o vento = Minor fado of the City of Porto (Camané) -- O fado de Severa = Maria Severa, 19th century (Catarina Moura) ; Rua do capelão (Cuca Roseta) -- Marceneiro = Homage to Alfredo Marceneiro (NBC, SP, Wilson) ; Tricana (Alfredo Marceneiro) -- Um homem na cidade = Lisbon (Carlos do Carmo) -- Foi na travessa da palha = Homage to Lucília do Carmo (Lila Downs) ; Foi na travessa da palha (Lucília do Carmo) -- Vida vivida = Minor fado (Argentina Santos) -- Fado batido (Brigada Victor Jara dancers) -- Flor di nha esperança = Morna (Lura) -- Quadras = Fado alfacinha (Camané) -- Estranha forma de vida = Homage to Amália Rodrigues (Caetano Velosa) -- Fado tropical = Revolution (Chico Buarque) ; Grândola (José Afonso) -- Meu fado meu = Fado flamenco (Mariza and Miguel Poveda) -- House of fados (Vicente da Câmara ... [et al.]) -- Ó gente da minha terra (Mariza). 92 min. DVD X2316

Frekuensia Kolombiana
Explores the traditional forms of Colombian music and its relation to hip hop. By way of interviews, events, situations and landscaptes, the documentary uncovers a youth that constructs from exclusion a movement of hope and truth. As we witness their efforts to self produce, organize and multiply knowledge, we realize their necessity to perpetuate, communicate, give and exist. Through the lyrics of Tribu Omera, Por Razones de Estado, Zona Marginal and others, we discover the ludid consciousness of a youth that through art, seeks to awaken and renew it's society. Compact disc contents: Himno nacional de Colombia (Espectra) -- No mas (Zona Marginal) -- Que te vaya bien (Memo Reflexión featuring Kevin Flores) -- Somos pacifico (Choquibtown) -- Freestyle in the pozon (Jhon Primera y Doggy Fresh) -- Dos copleros de lengua brava (Ramón Blanco y el Carraquito de Oro) -- A sembrar (Suramericana de Sueños Sonoros) -- Asaltos urbanos (La Suprema Conspiración Anónima) -- Por razones de estado (Por Razones de Estado) -- El mundo según los chirris (Siniestras Conspiraciones) -- Minikusuto (Griots) -- El amarillo (DJ Corpas) -- Reventando parlantes (Julo Freestyle ; Espectro Beat Box) -- Cuanto quisiera (Sociedad Fb7) -- Verdadera calle (Narcopoetas) -- No dudes mas (Laberinto) -- Cumbia hot & US visa freestyle (DJ David Fresh ; Freestyle Jhon Primera) -- Chico de mi barrio (Indigo with Systems Solar) -- Indios combatientes (Tribu Omerta) 2008. DVD X5465

Resistencia

Great Day in Havana.
A vibrant celebration of artists and musicians in Havana, Cuba's capital. Musicians, painters, sculptors, writers, and filmmakers reveal and reflect on Cuba's precarious political climate, its African heritage, the ironies of tourism, and how to live with dignity in the face of the United States embargo. Directed & produced by Laurie Ann Schag & Casey Stoll. 2003. 73 min. DVD 6560

The Harder They Come(1973)
Raggae singer, Jimmy Cliff, is a country boy who comes to Kingston to make his fortune. Cheated by a sleazy record producer of the profits of his hit recording, he turns to a life of crime and ends up as the most hunted criminal in Jamaica. A cult movie favorite featuring reggae music and a sizzling performance by reggae superstar, Jimmy Cliff. 93 min. DVD 383; vhs Video/C 999:814

Hasta que se ponga el sol
Performances by: Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pesada, Color Humano, Claudio Gabis, Gabriela, Leon Gieco, Litto Nebbia con Domingo Cura, Orion's Beethoven, Pappo's Blues, Pescado Rabioso, Sui Generis, Vox Dei. Concert film of Buenos Aires Rock III (1972), featuring leading Argentine bands including Sui Generis, Arco Iris, Billy Bond y La Pasada and Color Humano. 80 min. DVD 9461

If I Go Totally Bananas: The Percussive Life of Cyro Baptista
Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his musician friend Romero Lubambo, discuss the personal role music plays for them in the celebration of their shared Brazilian culture. Baptista presents and plays a variety of percussion instruments. 2002. 14 min. Video/C 9220

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas II, Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia, Argentina
Contents: Cancion ranchera: "Ay Jalisco, no te rajes" -- Dance with mariachi ensemble: "Jerabe Tapatio" ("Mexican hat dance") -- Guajira: "Guantanamera" -- Controversia -- Son at the Casa de la Trova: "Intimate calls" -- Voodoo gathering -- Samba -- Capoeira -- Candomble -- "Qunapaqui" ("Why?") -- "Waritay" ("My little star") -- "El Condor Pasa" ("The condor passes") -- "Mananachu" ("No longer") -- Tango: "La Cumparsita" ("The masquerade") -- Tango: "El Choclo" ("Corn") -- Chorus: "Hail Boca" -- Chamame: "Merceditas" 57 min. Video/C 3541

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 4: The Caribbean.
Contents: Barbados -- Cuba -- Curacao & Bonaire -- Dominica -- Haiti -- Jamaica -- Martinique -- Puerto Rico -- St. Lucia -- Trinidad and Tobago -- Carnival Montage. 59 min. Video/C 4500

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 6: Central and South America: Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela.
55 min. Video/C 4502

JVC Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of the Americas. Volume 5: Central and South America: Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana.
54 min. Video/C 4501

Javier Echecopar entre Paris y el Peru: de lo Barroco a lo Andino
Features an award-winning Peruvian guitarist and composer Javier Echecopar playing both baroque and traditional guitar. Contents: Himno nacional & variaciones / Jose B. Alcedo ; Javier Echecopar Mongilardi -- Tocata [de] Libro de zifra, Lima, siglo XVIII ; transcripcion, J.E. Mongilardi -- Sonata en la menor [de] Libro de zifra -- Fandango [de] Cuaderno de Matias Maestro, Lima, 1? de enero de 1786 ; transcripcion, J.E. Mongilardi -- Suite barroca. Minuet y diferencias ; Giga y variaciones ; Tocata ; Sonata en la menor ; Fandango -- Concierto en re mayor. II movimiento (largo) / Antonio Vivaldi -- Marizapalos [de] Codice Zuola, Cusco, siglo SVII -- Hanacpachap / Jan Perez de Bocanegra -- Festejo (derechos reservados) -- Semana santa / recopilacion, Raul Garcia Zarate ; transcripcion, J.E. Mongilardi -- Tonada de Tupac Amaru / recopilacion, Martinez de Compa?non, siglo XVIII ; version y transcripcion, J.E. Mongilardi -- Minuet no. 1 [de] Cuaderno de Matias Maestro ; transcripcion, J.E. Mongilardi -- Pajaro marino / J.E. Mongilardi. -- Malabrigo / C. Miro/A. Carre?no -- Eguriana no. 1 / J.E. Mongilardi -- Andante no. 3 [de] Cuaderno de Matias -- Sonata en la mayor [de] Libro de zifra -- Huerfano pajarillo (tradicion popular ayacuchana) -- Caliz del 36 / J.E. Mongilardi. Javier Echecopar, baroque guitar; with accompaniment. The 1st-5th works filmed in the Sacrista di San Pedro, Peru; the 6th-13th in the Biblioteca nacional, Peru ; the remainder in Paris. DVD X444

O Mandarim
Directed by Julio Bressane. A feature film, telling the history of 20th-century Brazilian popular music through the life of the singer Mario Reis. In Portuguese w/o subtitles. 100 min. Video/C 999:1671

Marcelo Alvarez: In Search of Gardel
Originally an accountant, the meteoric rise of Argentinean tenor Marcelo Alvarez caught the world of classical music by surprise. This spring Alvarez accepted a most meaningful artistic challenge -- performing and recording the songs of Carlos Gardel, the legendary Tango crooner. Here Marcelo Alvarez chats with colleagues and friends and visits Gardel's old haunts in Buenos Aires, but most importantly he sings the songs that have made Tango one of the 20th century's most popular music forms. 2000. 55 min. Video/C 7626

Mosaico Criollo
A collection of traditional Argentine music and dance, including singing, piano, and guitar, from the 1920s. Directed by Edmo Cominetti. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 1929. DVD X4151

The Music of the Devil, The Music of the Bear, The Music of the Condor
Film visits the heart of the Andes to capture the atmosphere of the annual music festivals, showing ceremonies of the Aymara Indians who dress as devils, bears and sacred spirits that come to life at carnival time. The mythology of the powerful Inca gods is explained, as well as their influence in the daily lives of the Aymara. 54 min. Video/C 4366

Mountain Music of Peru
A portrait of the folk music, culture and lifestyle of the people of Qeros, high in the Peruvian mountains. The musical thread that runs through the Andes extends back past the ancient culture of the Incas, and it is strong enough to have successfully resisted both the Spanish conquest and the forces of modern Western culture. This musical journey travels from small towns and remote mountain villages to the capital city of Lima, showing how Peru's popular music connects even the most isolated people. Written, narrated, produced and directed by John Cohen. Dist.: Berkeley Media. 1984. 59 min. DVD 7843

La Musique Antillaise(The Caribbean Eye)
Examines the roots and current forms of "zouk" and "cadance," internationally known musical styles from Martinique and other parts of the French Caribbean region which have heavily influenced calypso and other folk music of the region. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 9807

Pan Caribbean. The Caribbean Eye)
Presents the history of the steel pan of Trinidad and Tobago, one of the only acoustic musical instruments invented in this century. The spread of this instrument in the popular culture of the other islands of the region has made it almost synonymous with the Caribbean. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 9808

Plena, Canto y Trabajo: Plena is Work, Plena is Song.
Brings to life the cultural and political history of Puerto Rican plena, which is a musical blend of African and Spanish idioms. 29 min. Video/C 2534

Rebel Music: The Bob Marley Story
The story of legendary reggae superstar Bob Marley, the musician, the poet and the prophet. Marley was a symbol of human rights who, through his music, decried the injustices of all people and fought for social equality with zealous determination. Includes previously unheard recordings, news footage of the time and live performances of many of his classic hits. Also features intimate glimpses of life with his family and the early years in "Trenchtown," and exculsive interviews with his wife Rita Marley, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Chris Blackwell and the original members of The Wailers. Special features: Bob Marley discography; previews; song and scene access. 2000. 89 min. DVD 867

Que sea rock
Performances by: Almafuerte, Arbol, Attaque 77, Babasonicos, Bersuit, Andres Calamaro, Catupecu Machu, Gustavo Cerati, Charly Garcia, Leon Gieco, Intoxicados, Fito Paez, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Piojos, Ratones Paranoicos, Gustavo Santaolalla, Le Vela Puerca. Shot at the Siempre Rock festivals, in the city of Cosquin, during the Pepsi Music festival at Obras Stadium and in Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba, Santa Fe and Montevideo. This musical feature completes the trilogy including two classics of the genre "Hasta que se ponga el sol" (1972) y "Buenos Aires Rock" (1982). The film not only presents the most popular songs by Argentine rock music soloists and bands, but goes backstage and shows the artists' private world, how they write their music, where they live, how they became what they are and what their dreams are. 2006. DVD 9463

RiseUp: Stories From Jamaica's Music Underground
Reggae music is considered a way of life in Jamaica. Riseup follows the underground music scene and highlights three artists who are aspiring to be as legendary as their predecessors. With music and appearances by legends Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and a slew of soon-to-be superstars, the film follows artists in the dangerous streets, back alleys and crowded dance halls of Kingston and the countryside. 2009. 87 min. DVD X6067

Rockers
Offers a funny, complex picture of life among poor Jamaican Rastafarians, including cogent commentary about the music business. A raggae celebration woven into a comedy about Rastafarian drummer Wallace's efforts to crack open the Jamaican music establishment backed by the expansive rhythm of reggae. Performers: Leroy "Horseman" Wallace, Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Kiddus I, Robbie Shakespeare, Leroy Smart, Big Youth, Dillinger. Originally released as a motion picture in 1977. 99 min. Video/C 6889

Roots Daughters
A moving testament to a modern living myth that informs about the Rastafari culture, as experienced by Rastawomen. It chronicles the lives of 16 Rastawomen from Guyana, Jamaica and Canada, including the acclaimed reggae singer Judy Mowatt. The film traces the origins of Rastafari from Africa, the mysterious warrior Queen Nyahbinghi after whom Nyahbinghi secret society was named, and Queen Kitami and Queen Muhumusa, who pioneered the spread of Nyahbinghi. In addition the film profiles Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey and Reggae superstar Bob Marley and includes footage of H.I.M. Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor and spiritual leader of Rastafari, in Geneva at the League of Nations. c1992. 98 min. Video/C MM364

Roots, Rock, Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene.
Reggae music mostly originated from a few poor districts in Kingston, Jamaica. This film is a street-level tour of the Kingston music scene originally filmed in 1977, a flashpoint year for reggae and Jamaica. The importance of the African-derived music and culture of Rastafarians surfaces in drumming-and-chanting scenes in this film which features reggae performances, interviews and studio scenes with the originators of reggae music and rhythms. Performers: Jimmy Cliff; Bob Marley; Toots & The Maytals; Jacob Miller & Inner Circle; The Abysinnians; Lee "Scratch" Perry; Ras Michael & Sons of Negus; The Heptones; Jr. Murvin; Joe Higgs.30 min. DVD 982; also VHS Video/C 3261

Routes of Rhythm.
Presented by Harry Belafonte. Traces the origins of Latin music from Spain and Africa to the New World. Focuses on pop music developed in Cuba and examines how North Americans began to discover this island's musical treasures. 58 min. DVD 692; Video/C 2535

Sabemos Mirar We Can See (South Series).
Looks at how rock music has become an outlet for young Argentinean's frustrations. The 1976 military coup dramatically halted the political activities of Argentina's youth. 25 min. Video/C 3042

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Samba da Criacao do Mundo.
Each year the Rio de Janeiro 'samba schools' (neighborhood organizations devoted to celebrating Carnival) choose a narrative or theme to produce for the parade. This video shows one pageant based on the creation legend of the Nago, performed by the Beija-Flor Samba School. Includes music, singing and dancing, splendid costumes, and scenes from the parade interspersed with the same characters in natural settings. 57 min. Video/C 4229

Shotguns & Accordions: Music of the Marijuana Growing Regions of Colombia.
Explores vallenato music, a rocking blues which evolved out of the marijuana-growing regions of Columbia. It is a hot, jumpy dance music which mixes accordians, electric bass, percussion and open-throated singing. Vallenato absorbed the local traditions from the vibrantly rhythmic, African-rooted cumbia music to the traditional flute music of various Indian peoples to become the soundtrack for the wide-open lifestyle of gambling and carousing fueled by drug profits. 1983. 30 min. DVD 984; also VHS Video/C 3262

Soca. (Caribbean Eye)
Traces the history and many forms of Soca music, a combination of soul and calypso music, which has had a major impact on the international markets beginning in the 1970s. Looks at the influence of Harry Belafonte, the Andrews Sisters and includes interviews with soca musicians and footage of modern soca artists in performance. 1991. 26 min. Video/C 9816

Song of the Earth: Traditional Music from the Highlands of Chiapas (Son de la tierra)
Tzotil elders explain the significance of traditional music and the role of musicians in their communities and talk about the influence of western music and dress on youth and express their hopes that indigenous youth will maintain their traditions and culture. 2002. 17 min. Video/C MM851

Sou feia mas tô na moda
A documentary about the musical and social phenomenon of Brazilian funk, which is a style derived from Miami Bass, a music that consists of repetitive bass drum loops and lyrics full of sexual and violent overtones. This style emerged in the slums and poor neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, and is deeply associated with the lower social classes, but is gradually being accepted in higher social circles. The film is especially interested in women's participation, focusing on its major female stars. Directed and written by Denise Garcia. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2005. 61 min. Video/C MM1279

The Spirit of Samba: Black Music of Brazil.
A tour of Brazil and its many forms of music. 30 min. Video/C 3260

Stepping Razor Red X: The Peter Tosh Story.
Packed with rare concert footage, interviews, and narration by Peter Tosh himself from his personal taped diaries, this film traces the rise of the Reggae musician from the slums of Kingston to international superstardom, and probes the unanswered questions concerning his brutal murder. 103 min. Video/C 4209

Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella.
A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him an have been influence by his music. 35 min. Video/C 4067

Hagedorn, Katherine J. "Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella." (movie reviews) Ethnomusicology v41, n2 (Spring-Summer, 1997):326 (4 pages).

Tango, Our Dance (Tango, Baile Nuestro)
The sensuality and stylized rituals adored by the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are captured in the complex art form of the tango. Jorge Zanada, the director, spent years researching the unique role of the tango in the national landscape, exploring the machismo and passion that feed the dance. 70 min. Video/C 2266

A Tango Story (Si sos brujo: una historia de tango)
A moving documentary following the quest of Ignacio, a young Argentine musician who races to find legendary maestros from tango's golden age (now men in their eighties) in order to save the almost lost oral transmission of style before the secrets of the real tango are gone forever. Includes performances by tango maestros Leopoldo Federico, Jose Libertella, and Atilio Stampone. Director, Caroline Neal. 2005. 79 min. DVD X905

Le Top des Stars: 56 Minutes de Zouk
Presents performances of Zouk music from the French West Indies. Contents: I Sale I Sikre / Luc Leandry -- Coctail / Di Mwen -- Week-end / Listwa -- Groove style / W. Blonbou, Henri Debs -- Peyi en Mwen / Philippe Dilo -- Baby loving / Kobra -- An Nou Kadanse / Eric Brouta -- Dans tes Yeux / Luc Leandry -- Un Mot de Toi / Mario Chicot -- Kompe Leve / Metiss -- Pa Rete La / Entre-Deux -- Malika / Franck Balustre -- Mi Belle Jounee / Al Lirvat -- Manman Ka Rive / Henri Debs, Max Severin. 56 min. (SECAM format). In French. Video/C 9858

Tosco: El rey de la timba
A documentary on Jose Luis Cortes, one of the most important contemporary Cuban musicians with live performance footage. 66 min. DVD X652

[Waiapi] Music, Dance and Festival Among the Waiapi Indians of Brazil.
Examines five Waiapi Indian festivals and shows the importance of manioc beer in the festivals, the variety of musical instruments and songs, and how Waiapi identity and societal order are reinforced by these communal celebrations. 1988. 39 min. Video/C 9939

Waiapi Instrumental Music.
Examines a variety of wind instruments used by the Waiapi Indians of Brazil, the setting in which each is played, and the Waiapi's practice of dividing vocal and instrumental music based on sex. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 9936

We Are the Music (Nosotros, la música!): The Golden Age of Cuban Music
An extraordinary and rare panorama of Cuban music and dance from the 1960's. From the streets of Havana to the back stairs and dressing rooms of a concert hall, into churches and smoky clubs features legendary Cuban musicians as well as vibrant spontaneous performances. Captures the mood and vitality of Cuba during its golden era. Performers: Chapottón y su orquesta con Miguelito Cuní, Conjunto Folclórico Nacional, Charanga francesa, Bola de Nieve, Conga santiaguera, Grupo Orilé, Celeste Mendoza y Carlos Embales, Coro de Guaguancó, Joseíto Fernández, Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro con: Silvio y Ada, Ana Gloria, Elena Burke, Quinteto -Cubano de Jazz (Frank Emilio). Written and directed by Rogelio París. 2008. 66 min. DVD X1826

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Concierto de Aranjuez.
Performers: Paco de Lucia, Jose M. Bandera, Juan Manuel Canizares; Orquesta de Cadaques (dirigida, Edmon Colomer). Contents: Pt. 1. Concierto de Aranjuez: Allegro con spirito, Adagio, Allegro gentile (25 min.) -- Pt. 2. Solo, Duo, Trio: Mi Nino Curro (Rondena), Zyryab, Cana de Azucar (Rumba), Cancion de amor/Alta mar (66 min.). Video/C 5227

Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould
An enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate 27 years after his untimely death. This documentary features an unprecedented array of never-before-seen footage of Gould, photographs, and excerpts from his private home recordings and diaries, plus personal interviews with Gould's most intimate friends and lovers, some who have never spoken about him publicly before, to reconstruct his thoughts on music, art, society, love, and life. Directed by Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont. c2011. 113 min. DVD X5061

Jordi Savall: In Search of Perfect Sound
Presents an in-depth profile of Jordi Savall, the Spanish composer, conductor and performer of baroque instrumental music, specializing in the viola da gamba (a precursor of the cello). The documentary probes Savall's performance philosophy, and looks at his work with other musicians. Features interviews with Savall and various performance clips. 1996. 50 min. DVD X2141

Mademoiselle: A Portrait of Nadia Boulanger
Former students, now well-known contemporary composers, such as Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Louise Talma, David Diamond, Michel Legrand, Emil Naoumoff, and others, reminisce about Nadia Boulanger in this portrait of the influential music teacher. Also, in excerpts from an interview, she gives her thoughts on music. c1987. 56 min. Video/C 9945

Music in the Age of Alfonso el Sabio.
Alfonso the Tenth of Spain earned the sobriquet "the learned" as one of the central cultural figures of 13th century Europe. Centering on the Cantigas de Santa Maria, this program describes the cultural currents in the Spain of his time with particular emphasis on the music of jongleurs and troubadours. 20 min. Video/C 5096

Papageno
Presents three animated films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, plus one short documentary film showing her at work cutting and wiring her intricately detailed paper figures for her shadow theater and film productions. Contents: Carmen, Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, George Bizet (1933, silent with music, b&w, 9 min) -- Papageno, Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Die Zauberflote) (1935, silent with music, b&w, 11 min.) -- Ein Scherenschnittfilm entsteht , Regie, Louis Hagen (1970/71, in German, col., 16 min.) -- 10 Minuten Mozart (Zehn Minuten Mozart), Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Cosi fan tutte, Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (1930, silent with music, b&w, 10 min.). PAL format. In German. 1991. 46 min. Video/C 8370

Perlman Live in Russia
Film of the tour. Music Selections: Andante cantabile from String quartet, op. 11 / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskv; arr. Kreisler. La ronde des lutins, op. 25 / Antonio Bazzini. March from "The love for three oranges" (excerpt) / Sergei Prokofiev; arr. Heifetz. Violin concerto in D, op. 35. III movement / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky -- Recital in Moscow: Sonata for violin and piano "The Devil's trill" / Giuseppe Tartini; cadenza, Kreisler. Liebesleid / Fritz Kreisler. March from "The love for three oranges" / Sergei Prokofiev; arr. Heifetz. Nigun, no. 2 from "Baal Shem" / Ernest Bioch. Caprice in A minor / Henrvk Wieniawski; arr. Kreisler. Andante cantabile from String quartet, op. 11 / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; arr. Kreisler. La ronde des lutins, op. 25 / Antonio Bazzini. Itzhak Perlman, violin; Janet Goodman Guggenheim, piano; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta, conductor. 100 min. Video/C 9373

Songbook
Presents songs and song cycles to texts by Celan, Shakespeare, Mozart and Rimbaud. Recorded live at the Musikhalle, Hamburg, on Feb. 4, 1992. Sung in German, English, and French. Contents: Miranda (instrumental): from Prospero's Books / text by Shakespeare -- A letter and a riddle / text by Mozart -- L'Orgie Parisienne: Allez! on previendra les reflux d'incendie; Quand tes pieds on danse / texts by Rimbaud -- Six Celan Songs: Chanson einer Dame im Schatten; Es war Erde in ihnen; Psalm; Corona; Nachtlich geschurzt; Blume / texts by Paul Celan. 55 min. Video/C 8140

A Stravinsky Portrait.(1956)
A film by Richard Leacock and Rolf Liebermann. This exceptional, intimate film follows the great composer and conductor Igor Stavinsky at his home in California, in London and in Hamburg, where he conducts an orchestra rehearsal. Stravinsky emerges as more than a great artist, but as a warm and witty personality, as he converses with a variety of friends and musical collaborators. 58 min. Video/C 7334

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring
Music director Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony go from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthy power of Russian folk music and dance. Thomas then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of pre-war Paris, where the composer collaborates with the great impresario Diaghilev and his star dancer Nijinsky to develop the shocking, erotic, and violent evocation of pagan Russia that became The Rite of Spring. Includes a live performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and music from The Firebird by the San Francisco Symphony, with Thomas conducting. Bonus material: About Keeping score; About Michael Tilson Thomas; About the San Francisco Symphony; Trailer for Beethoven's Eroica; Trailer for Copland and the American sound. Aired on the PBS television program, Keeping score : revolutions in music. Bonus material: About Keeping score; About Michael Tilson Thomas; About the San Francisco Symphony; Trailer for Beethoven's Eroica; Trailer for Copland and the American sound. Aired on the PBS television program, Keeping score : revolutions in music. 107 min. DVD 8205

Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould.
These thirty-two vignettes, spanning pianist Glenn Gould's life from age four until his death at fifty, give an impressionistic depiction of his life. Each of the vignettes depicts the many diverse aspects of this internationally renowned pianist's character from artist to financier, humorist to nature-lover, recluse to iconoclast, resulting in a powerful mosaic of genius. Colm Feore as Glenn Gould. 1993. 94 min. Video/C 6917

Diffrient, David Scott. "Filming a Life in Fragments: Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould as "Biorhythmic-Pic"" Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p91-101, 11p UC users only

The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin.
A look at Stalin's purge on Russia and the musical response Dmitri Shostakovich made through his symphonies Four to Nine, which he called "tombstones." Filmed on location in St. Petersburg and Moscow. c1997. 82 min. Video/6340

Winifred Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried 1914-1975A documentary in six episodes on Richard Wagner's mansion Wahnfried near Bayreuth. Based on interviews with the composer's daughter-in-law Winifred Wagner, who takes the viewer through the life and times of Wagner, his family and relatives. Some of the aspects that the documentary deals with are Wagner's antisemitism and relationship with Hitler, the Bayreuther Festspiele, Nietzsche's friendship with Wagner, etc. A film by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. In German or partially dubbed English with English subtitles. 1975. 300 min. DVD X327

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Ashkenaz: Eastern Europe
A compilation of Jewish music from Eastern Europe including Yiddish folksongs, the liturgical music of the synagogue, Klezmer melodies, as well as Yiddish theater tunes--all of which are the essential components of Ashkenazic music. The film also features rare archival footage of Jewish life in Eastern Europe as it existed prior to World War II, providing an understanding of the environment from which the music grew. 1993. 28 min. Video/C 5558

Black and White in Colour
A film by Mira Erdevicki. "Vera Bila does everything in a big way. Her body is oversized. Her dark hair billows untidily. Her temperament is fiery. She chain smokes. She belts out songs with gusto in a hoarse, earthy voice. In fact, this singer from the Romany tradition is on her way to being a cabaret star in Europe. Surrounded by the husband she adores, and a loyal entourage of amateur Gypsy musicians who began as manual laborers, she tours the capitals of Europe in a caravanthat frequently breaks down. Here is a portrait of a Gypsy diva who is viewed with indifference and suspicion in herown country, even as she gains acclaim elsewhere.The age-old discrimination against Gypsies has shaped Bila's character. She must constantly battle for acceptance. "Ising about the troubles I have. I just put everything into my songs. Sometimes when I sing I cry..." [from Filmakers Library catalog] 1999. 59 min. Video/C 6525

Chants de Sable et d'Etoiles: Chants of Sand and Stars
So you think you know Jewish music? This film literally goes to the four corners of the Earth to collect performances of sounds that make up traditional Jewish music. From Belgium to Canada, from France to Israel, to the Netherlands and further...this exhaustive celebration of Yiddish songs, Klezmer music, synagogue celebrations and Jewish chant examines the role music plays in uniting and sustaining Jewish culture and faith throughout the world. 90 min. Video/C 6017

Culture Makes Communities
Six projects from the North of England are featured here demonstrating how arts projects can lead to a significant energising of communities, either directly, or indirectly through their impact on individuals. 2000. 20 min. Video/C 7279

Death for Five Voices: The Composer Carlo Gesualdo (1560-1613.
Werner Herzog's chilling and atmospheric chronicle of sixteenth century composer Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, whose life embraced sexual excess, ghastly murder and obsession. Filmed on location in Italy, the program explores both Gesualdo's musical legacy and the extraordinary influence his tormented life has continued to exert on those whose lives crossed his path. 2001. 60 min. DVD 2856

East Side Story.
"That's Entertainment," Communist style. A documentary of Soviet and Eastern bloc communist musical films. Comrades drive tractors, sweep factory floors, feed farm animals, harvest crops, all the while singing their hearts out about the joys of socialism. Included are interviews with people involved in the making of some of these movies, as well as a film historian and moviegoers. Film excerpts: Antique coin (Bulgaria, 1965) -- Adventure in Marienstadt (Poland, 1954) -- Handful of notes (GDR, 1961) -- Vacation on the Black Sea (Romania, 1963) --My wife wants to sing (GDR, 1958) -- New Years punch (GDR, 1960) -- Wayward wife (Czech., 1965) -- I don't want to marry (Romania, 1961) -- Carnival night (USSR, 1957) -- Jolly Fellows (USSR, 1934) -- Volga, Volga (USSR, 1938) -- Swineherd and the shepherd (USSR, 1941) -- Tractor drivers (USSR, 1939) -- Bright path (USSR, 1940) -- Cossacks of the Kuban River (USSR, 1946) -- At 6PM at the end of the war (USSR, 1944) -- Ernst Thalman, class leader (GDR, 1955) -- Midnight revue (GDR, 1962) -- Lovable white mouse (GDR, 1964) -- Hot summer (GDR, 1968) -- No cheating darling (GDR, 1973) -- Woman on the rails (Czech., 1965). 1999. 79 min. Video/C 6396

Ennio Morricone
One of the most celebrated composers in international cinema, Ennio Morricone has written scores for more than 400 classic and contemporary films. In this program Morricone explains how he got his start in show business, the challenges of composing for film and his experiences working with big-name directors and musicians. Interviews with directors, producers, and others offer insight into Morricone's genius for composition. Includes scenes from numerous films. Originally produced in 1995. Dist.: Films Media Group. 54 min. DVD 6091

Ennio Morricone, Arena Concerto
A concert for symphony orchestra and polyphonic choir conducted by Ennio Morricone. Special features include a rare 17 minute interview with the famed composer speaking about his career and his method of working. Special features: Documentary "Microgrooves : Ennio Morricone's musical paths" (16:52) ; Sala prove = Chamber concert (27:10) ; Biography. Contents: Cinema Paradiso (6:40) -- Once upon a time in America (7:17) -- The legend of 1900 (13:52) -- The good, the bad, and the ugly. Titles (3:17) -- Once upon a time in the West (3:05) -- A fistful of dynamite (3:35) -- The good, the bad, and the ugly. The ecstasy of gold (4:13) -- The Battle of Algiers (2:26) -- Investigation of a citizen above suspicion (2:58) -- The working class goes to heaven (3:54) -- Casualties of war (8:41) -- The desert of the Tartars (3:57) -- Richard III (3:27) -- The desert of the Tartars (reprise) (3:27) -- The mission (21:17). Recorded at the Arena of Verona, Sept. 28, 2002. 146 min. DVD 7264

Flamenco
Director, Carlos Saura. Popular dancers and folk groups demonstrate what is considered to be the national dance of Spain, the Flamenco. Over 300 dancers participate as they are photographed by the master cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro. Performers: Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente, Joaquin Cortes, Jose Menese, Lole y Manuel, Mario Maya, Jose Merce, Matilde Coral, Carmen Linares, Merche Esmeralda, Chocolate, Manuela Carrasco, Farruco, Fernanda de Utrera, La Paquera de Jerez, Manzanita, Ketama, Agujeta, Manuel Moneo, Paco Toronjo, Maria Pages, Aurora Vargas, Remedios Amaya, Juana la del Revuelo, La Macanita, Chano Lobato, Rancapino, Tomatito, Potito, Duquende, Belen Maya, El Grilo. 100 min. Video 999:2041
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Flamenco at 5:15.
Shows how, for a brief interim each year, senior students at the National Ballet School of Canada meet with Susana and Antonio Robledo, flamenco dancers, teachers and choreographers, to learn flamenco dancing. Includes views of the students and their flamenco dancing as well as views of the students and their teachers dancing, alternated with segments of explanation. 30 min. Video/C 3445

For Ever Mozart.
A film director attempts to stage a Musset play in war-torn Sarajevo. As these modern-day Quixotes proceed on their fool's quest through the bloody chaos of Bosnia, writer/director Jean-Luc Godard provides witty updates on his earlier films, notably Weekend, Les carabiniers, and Contempt. This mix of fast-paced intellectual vaudeville with graceful philosophical reflections presents startling moments of great beauty that pierce through the rapid-fire barrage of gunfire. 1996. 85 min. vjs999:2854
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Gael Force: Ireland's Greatest Entertainers
Recorded live in concert at Dublin's Point Theatre and introduced by Emmylou Harris, combines stunning live performances, beautiful melodies and virtuoso playing from Ireland's greatest musicians and performers. Contents: Dublin reels / Chieftains--Changing your demeanor / Chieftains--B minor medley / Leahy with The Chieftains--Thank you for hearing me / Sinead O'Connor--Donegal reels / De Dannan--Maggie / Maura O'Connell--Newgrange / Clannad--In a lifetime / Clannad with Brian Kennedy--Whirl-y-reel / Afro Celt Sound System--Ride on / Christy Moore--City of Chicago / Christy Moore--Still I love him / Eleanor Shanley-- Mouth of the Tobique / Sharon Shannon--All the lies that you told me / Frances Black--Boxty set / Altan--Crazy love / Brian Kennedy--I'm going to set you free / Nomos--Song for Ireland / Mary Black-- Rosina medley / Carlos Nunez--Hard times / De Dannan with Mary Black, Maura O'Connell, Eleanor Shanley & Tommy Fleming--Believe it if you like / Sinead Lohan-- Tullochgorum / Ashley MacIsaac--He moved through the fair / Sinead O'Connor. c1998. 100 min. Video/C 7674

The Gallowglass Ceili Band: Together for One Last Re-union
Contents: Siege of Ennis. Out on the ocean/The girls of Banbridge/Gallagher's frolics -- Siamsa beirte. Bluebell polka -- Walls of Limerick. My little Jimmy/Sword Colmcille/All the way to Galway -- Veleta waltz. -- Harvest time jig. Shandon bells/The cobbler/A health to the ladies -- Hornpipe stepdance. Galway hornpipe -- Two hand reel. Rolling on the ryegrass/Mrs. Curran's reel/The soldier's joy -- St. Bernard's waltz. -- Gay Gordons. Maid of the mill/The shores of America -- Three tunes. Haste to the wedding/Leslie's hornpipe/The German beau -- Polka set. Kerry set tunes -- Set hornpipes. Saratoga hornpipe/The red haired lad -- Lilac waltz. Kildare waltz -- Fairy reel. Siege of Ennis/The rare bog -- Cloneen jig. Cloneen jig/Saddle the pony -- Stack of barley. Love, won't you marry me -- Old time waltz. Summer's morn/Maggie -- Haymaker's jig. Tobin's favorite/Fasten the legin her/The blue rogue.

The Gallowglass Ceili Band (Jimmy McGarr, bass; Mick Dempsey, sax; Peggy Keogh, fiddle; Davey Scott, drums; Pat McGarr, accordion/leader; Brendan Breen, accordion; Sean Keogh, piano); also featuring 150 costumed Irish dancers.

In the 1960's Pat McGarr and the Gallowglass Ceili Band brought the dance music of Ireland to every corner of the globe through radio, television and albums. Here the individual members who retired years ago, are brought together one more time, accompanied by 150 costumed young Irish dancers to recreate on film the halycon days of Ceili music.1993. 59 min. Video/C 7280

Gypsy Caravan
In a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, five bands unite for a concert tour across North America and astound every audience they meet. Their musical styles range from flamenco to brass band, from Romanian violin to Raga and jazz. Performers: Taraf De Haidouks, Esma Redzepova, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Maharaja, Antonio de Pipa Flamenco Ensemble. Special features: Uncut performances by Esma Redzepova, Taraf de Haidouks, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Maharaja; photo gallery; extended interview with Johnny Depp; filmmaker biography. 2007. 111 min. DVD X159

Hassidut.
Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community. Filmed within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies as sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in the day to day life of Hassidic Jews. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5612

The Heritage of Flamenco
This classic program helps make accessible the mysterious, intimate, plaintive form of music known as flamenco, promoting a deeper appreciation of Spanish culture. Background information on Moorish Spain, Andalusia, and a chronology of gypsy history provide the context for generous footage of juerga -- an informal flamenco performance -- that includes a full complement of dancers, singers, guitarists and palmeros. 1992. 60 min. Video/C 7379

A History of Irish Music and Dance.
Performers: Thomas Makem, the Irish Brigade, Boiled in Lead, the Trinity Dance Company, Peter Yeates, the Makem Brothers, Brian Sullivan.

This musical and historical documentary traces the many threads of Irish influence on American music andculture. From the Middle Ages in Ireland to the modern United States, the Irish people have preserved a dynamic "living tradition" that continues to this day. Includes archival footage and interviews, as well as performances of Irish music. 1994. 113 min. Video/C 7193

Improvising Jerez-style
Shot in Spain, in Jerez de la Frontera (the "cradle of flamenco") this documentary examines the flamenco fiesta dance form, "bulerias." Features historical clips, classes in Flemanco, performances and interviews with local flamencos and known artists such as Antonio de la Malena, Moraito, Mercedes Ruiz, Juan Antonio Tejero and others. Directed by Eve A. Ma. 2007. 30 min. DVD X6995

Inspired by Bach. Vol. 2
Contents: Falling down stairs / choreographer, Mark Morris -- Sarabande / director, Atom Egoyan, producer, Niv Fichman. Presents cellist Yo-Yo Ma in artistic collaborations with choreographer Mark Morris and filmmaker Atom Egoyan, involving two of Bach's six Cello Suites. Originally produced from 1995-1997. 111 min. DVD 3563

The Internationale
Using rare archival footage and interviews with historians, musicians and activists, this film tells the story of this 100-year-old anthem of the oppressed and exploited, and celebrates the relationship between music and social change. A Spanish Civil War veteran, a labor activist, a student leader of the Tiananmen Square protests and others describe the emotional reaction they have when they hear the notes which still unite those who are part of the international movement for justice and equality. Directed by Peter Miller. 2000. 57 min. DVD X5372; Video/C 7476

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Fletcher, Ian Christopher. "The Internationale." Radical History Review 82 (2002) 187-190 UC users only

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden.
Shows these two klezmer bands both in performance and in the process of re-discovering this traditional music through its Yiddish, Eastern European, and early 20th Century American roots.75 min. Video/C 2179

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe I, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, West Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece
Contents: Uilleann pipe -- Folk dance with concertina accompaniment -- Parade of the Military Band of Buckingham Palace -- Bagpipe performance -- Sword dance of Scottish soldiers -- Chanson: "Les feuilles mortes" -- Harlequin's dance -- Farandole -- Alphorn quartet -- Naturjodel ensemble -- The bear spirit at the carnival of Wilflingen -- The Uberlingen sword dance -- Sevillanas and rumba flamenca -- Cossiers -- Folk dance: "Bolero de Belmar" -- Folk dance: "Copeo de Monta~na" -- Sardana -- Neapolitan folk song: "Santa Lucia" -- Lament -- Sardinian folk song: "Love and error" -- Joyous dance -- Sardinian dance song: "Ballo" -- Pentozali -- Wedding ceremony from Crete. Video/C 3533

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe II,Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
Contents: Folk dance medley from Krosno -- Zbojnicki -- Cofava: "Hemp is growing" -- Folk song from the Hana area of Moravia: "The lark in the sky" -- Dance music with early instruments: "Aria Hannaco" -- Hatscho -- Tuschlied and Radl -- Bohemian sword dance -- Karicka and cardas -- Gypsy songs and dances from Slovakia -- Country dance procession -- Citera: "Zavaros a Tiska" -- Tekero -- Legenyes -- Legenyes with Kelimaski gilji -- Hungarian wedding ceremony of Transylvania in Romania. Video/C 3534

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Europe III, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania
Contents: Romania. Ensemble from Muntenia; Kaval; Whistling "Ciocirlia" (Skylark); Romanian folk song "Hometown"; Hora and sirba, round dance and line dance of Muntenia; Music of the autumn harvest festival; Dance from Botosani in northern Moldavia; Capra, Christmas "dance of the billy goat"; Song and dance of the mountain people from Mures in Transylvania; Sirba, dance from Oltenia in southern Romania -- Yugoslavia. Potkorak, dance from Dalmatia; Dalmatian folk song "I am a girl of the harbor"; Serbian folk song "Beautiful Emina"; Guslar; Narrative poetry from Montenegro -- Bulgaria. Wedding songs and dances; Gadulka; Farm workers' songs -- Albania. Tepsije, tray-spinning song of Kosovo; Women's chorus from the village of Zur "Tkom thon'dada mos shko me fitve"; Dance from Zur "Dy mollat e kuge"; Trio of ethnic instruments from the village of Zur "Canakala mrena"; Men's folk song "Kanga e ) Bjram Currit"; Wedding song with dance from Metohija; Kallcoja, war dance/sword dance; Narrative song with Lahuta. Video/C 3535

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 1
Dance from Iceland, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium. Video/C 4504

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Europe. Volume 2
Dance from France, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Romania. Video/C 4505

The JVC Video Anthology of Music and Dance. Europe I, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, West Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece.
Contents: Uilleann pipe -- Folk dance with concertina accompaniment -- Parade of the Military Band of Buckingham Palace -- Bagpipe performance -- Sword dance of Scottish soldiers -- Chanson: "Les feuilles mortes" -- Harlequin's dance -- Farandole -- Alphorn quartet -- Naturjodel ensemble -- The bear spirit at the carnival of Wilflingen -- The Uberlingen sword dance -- Sevillanas and rumba flamenca -- Cossiers -- Folk dance: "Bolero de Belmar" -- Folk dance: "Copeo de Montana" -- Sardana -- Neapolitan folk song: "Santa Lucia" -- Lament -- Sardinian folk song: "Love and error" -- Joyous dance -- Sardinian dance song: "Ballo" -- Pentozali -- Wedding ceremony from Crete. 53 min. Video/C 3533

The JVC Video Anthology of Music and Dance. Europe II, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
Contents: Folk dance medley from Krosno -- Zbojnicki -- Cofava: "Hemp is growing" -- Folk song from the Hana area of Moravia: "The lark in the sky" -- Dance music with early instruments: "Aria Hannaco" -- Hatscho -- Tuschlied and Radl -- Bohemian sword dance -- Karicka and cardas -- Gypsy songs and dances from Slovakia -- Country dance procession -- Citera: "Zavaros a Tiska" -- Tekero -- Legenyes -- Legenyes with Kelimaski gilji -- Hungarian wedding ceremony of Transylvania in Romania. 58 min. Video/C 3534

The JVC Video Anthology of Music and Dance. Europe III, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania
Contents: Romania. Ensemble from Muntenia; Kaval; Whistling "Ciocirlia" (Skylark); Romanian folk song "Hometown"; Hora and sirba, round dance and line dance of Muntenia; Music of the autumn harvest festival; Dance from Botosani in northern Moldavia; Capra, Christmas "dance of the billy goat"; Song and dance of the mountain people from Mures in Transylvania; Sirba, dance from Oltenia in southern Romania -- Yugoslavia. Potkorak, dance from Dalmatia; Dalmatian folk song "I am a girl of the harbor"; Serbian folk song "Beautiful Emina"; Guslar; Narrative poetry from Montenegro -- Bulgaria. Wedding songs and dances; Gadulka; Farm workers' songs -- Albania. Tepsije, tray-spinning song of Kosovo; Women's chorus from the village of Zur "Tkom thon'dada mos shko me fitve"; Dance from Zur "Dy mollat e kuge"; Trio of ethnic instruments from the village of Zur "Canakala mrena"; Men's folk song "Kanga e Bjram Currit"; Wedding song with dance from Metohija; Kallcoja, war dance/sword dance; Narrative song with Lahuta. 59 min. Video/C 3535

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union I, Russia
Contents: Lyric folk songs "Tsvetiki-tsvetochki" -- Khorovod, ) group dance song -- Wedding song "Iz-za lesu to lesu tiomnogu" -- Lyric folk songs "Belaia berezon'ka"; "Ne vo nashikh vo poliakh"; "Ne za rechen'koi"; "Solovei" -- Korovod song "Vykhodili krasny devushki" -- Winter song "Po goram devki khodili" -- Dance for six persons -- Chastushka, folk song of Tarnogskii Gorodok -- Village chorus "Balalaechka gudit -- Spinning song -- Khorovod -- Spring song "Poidiomte devochki" -- Rozhok "Vo luziakh" -- The Briansk-Sverdlovsk Joint Ensemble -- Timonia, dance song of Kursk -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Korovod "Tatianina matushka mela mela seni" -- Children's pliaska (fast dance) -- Lyric folk song " Oi ty batushka nash provoslavnyi Tikhii Don" -- Dance song "Byl ia rano" -- Historical song "Aei da na slavnoi bylo bratsy da na rechushke" -- Wedding song "Rodimaia da mati" -- Lyric folksong "Lazorevyi tsvetochek" -- Lyric folk song and pliaska "Uzh ty batiushka, nash bystryi Terek." Video/C 3536

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union II, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Belorussia, Ukraine, Moldavia
Contents: Folk song accompanied with folk instrument ensemble -- Folk song: "The beanstalk" -- Antiphonal song from Alsunga -- Kokle -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Medley of ethnic dances -- Waltz: "I have cut hay" -- Wedding song: "Oh my brothers" -- Male chorus: "Song of youth" -- Folk instrument ensemble: waltz -- Folk instrument ensemble: polka -- Female chorus: lyric song -- Game song: "The magpie" -- Game song: "The gray rabbit" -- Folk dance medley -- Chastushka: "Do not sing under my window" -- Duma: "The death of the Cossack bandura player" -- Folk instrument ensemble -- Folk song: "So that grain will bear much fruit" -- Ethnic dance medley -- Ethnic dances -- Wedding song. Video/C 3537

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet UnionIII, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Dagestan
Contents: Performance on ethnic instruments by the Makhiliar group -- Puppet dance -- Saz: "Beloved one" -- Balaman (shawm) and saz (plucked lute): "Gule gule" -- Saz -- Duduk: "Memories" -- Wedding dance and song -- Male chorus: "Mravalzhamier" -- Male chorus: "The song of Khasan-bek" -- Song and dance from the Adzhar region -- Krimanchuli -- Ossetian ethnic dance -- Ethnic dance and tightrope walking -- Song: "The girl" -- Song: "The Gypsies are going" Video/C 3538

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Soviet Union IV, Kazakh, Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik, Kirgiz, Kalmyk, Mari, Bashkir, Siberia
Contents: Kiui with dombura ensemble: "Sary Arka" -- Zhir -- Wedding song with dutar -- Karnai -- Ethnic dance: "Joy" -- Song: "Song of the horse" -- Dance of celebration -- Wedding song and dance -- Ensemble of ethnic instruments -- War dance -- Folk dance and folk song -- Ensemble of ethnic instruments -- Ensemble of Udehe ethnic instruments -- Udehe song and dance -- Nanaitsy musical children's story -- Love story of Nanai fishermen -- Evenki folk song: "Our mother Katanga" -- Folk dance by a Kamchatkan ensemble -- Koriaki bird dance and Eveny dance -- Koriaki folk song ("Ocha") and bird dance -- Eskimo song and dance: "Ceremonial dance" -- Eskimo song and dance: "Dance of the raven" -- Eskimo song and dance: "Walrus hunting" Video/C 3539

Konkurs (Audition)
(Czechoslovakia, 1964)
Directed by Milos Forman. Cast: Film 1: Jan Vostrcil, Frantisek Zeman, Vladimir Pucholt, Vaclav Blumental. Film 2: Jiri Suchy, Jiri Slitr, Marketa Krotka, Vera Kresadlova. Two Czech New Wave films about different kinds of musical competitions: the rivals, the expectations and waiting for prizes. 79 min. DVD X3546
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O'Donoghue, Darragh. "Konkurs." Senses of Cinema, Issue 55, Jul 11, 2010

Latcho Drom.
This film presents, in documentary format, a glimpse of contemporary Gypsy life as expressed in a variety of musical settings. Scenes and music from Gypsy cultures in India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain. A film by Tony Gatlif. 1993. 103 min. DVD X4122; vhs Video/C 4068

Bori, Erzsébet. "Caravans Without Wheels (Documentary Films on the Roma)." The Hungarian Quarterly (179/2005)
Dobreva, Nikolina. "Constructing the 'Celluloid Gypsy': Tony Gatlif and Emir Kusturica's 'Gypsy films' in the context of New Europe." Romani Studies, Dec2007, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p141-153, 13p UC users only
Imre, Aniko. "Roma Music and Transnational Homelessness." Third Text; May2008, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p325-336, 12p
Morier, Roger. "History's scapegoats." New Internationalist, Apr95 Issue 266, p23, 3p
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Lenya Sings Weill
The Viennese born actress-singer Lotte Lenya was regarded in her lifetime as the leading interpreter of the songs of her husband, composer Kurt Weill. On this program Lenya sings songs from "Mahagony," "Happy End," "Das Berliner Requiem" and "Die Dreigroschenoper" (The Threepenny Opera). All of the songs have texts by Bertolt Brecht. Originally broadcast as a segment on the television series, Camera three in 1958. 25 min. Video/C 7823

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The New Klezmorim: Voices Inside the Revival of New Yiddish Music
Explores the most important popular Jewish cultural phenomenon of recent times, the revival of Yiddish music. This documentary features performances by some of the leading figures in Klezmer music and Yiddish songs today. Includes interviews with performers and students of the music about the origins of the Klezmer revival, the reasons for the widespread popularity of the music among young people and the newfound appeal of Yiddish culture. Performers: Aaron Schwebel, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Bruce Adler, Brave Old World, Josh Waletzky, German Goldenshteyn, Adrienne Cooper, Mimi Robson, David Harris, Judy Bressler, Deborah Strauss, Jeff Warschauer, Zalmen Mlotek. 2000. 69 min. Video/C 7717

The Romany Trail.
Part 1 is a search for the "lost" gypsy tribes of Egypt, and traces their route into Spain; pt. 2 goes to India, to find what are believed to be the original gypsy families whose descendants migrated across the Middle East to Africa and Europe, and then goes to Eastern Europe, among the oppressed gypsy communities of then-Communist Europe. 1992. 120 min. Video/C 3266 Pt. 1-2

Sanjoaninas na Terceira.
A visit to the celebration of the Festas Sanjoaninas held on the island of Terceira in the Azores. This festival of Portuguese songs, dances, storytelling and bullfights celebrates the religious and cultural heritage of the residents of the Azores. 58 min. Video/C 4381

Sepharad: Judeo-Spanish.
Over 500 years have passed since the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. Despite having been scattered to the far corners of the globe, Sephardic Jews have preserved their rich musical heritage. This unusual film enables the viewer to hear and learn about the rich tradition and beautiful music of the Romanceros (Ladino love songs), as well as lullabies, wedding tunes, songs of mourning and melodies from the synagogue. 1993. 27 min. Video/C 5493

September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill
Performers: Theresa Stratas, Lou Reed, Betty Carter, William S. Burroughs, Elvis Costello, Brodksy String Quartet, Charlie Haden, The Persuasions. Set against the stark backdrop of an abandoned turn-of-the-century warehouse, musicians and musical groups perform and interpret the music of Kurt Weill. 90 min. Video/C 6632

Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story
A documentary portrait of composer Hanns Eisler, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, but one of the least known. A devoted Communist, he was persecuted by the Fascists of Germany, the right-wing Committee on Un-American Activities in the United States, and the Communist government of East Germany. Features interviews with friends and relatives and newly recorded performances of his music. Performers: Gisela Way, H.K. Gruber, Robyn Archer, Richard Stoltzman, Stefanie Wust, Christoph Keller, Carmen Maja Antoni, Andreas Scheibner, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Berlin Rundfunkorchester and Choir; voice of Eisler, Benjamin Wilchfort. c1997. 84 min. Video/C 8418

Weinstein, Larry. "Solidarity Song: The Hanns Eisler Story: Some Comments from the Filmmaker." Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 18 (4): 585-90. 1998 Oct.

Song of the Sephardi.
A feature-length documentary musical film about the songs and traditions of the Spanish Jews ... with the participation of the Sephardic communities of Seattle and Jerusalem. 75 min. Video/C 2325

Songs of Bertolt Brecht: Gisela May Sings Brecht.
Gisela May, star of Bertolt Brecht's East German theater the "Berliner Ensemble" sings songs, one in English, the others in German (English subtitles on film) on texts by Brecht to music by Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau. May introduces each song with an English explanation. 1972. 27 min. Video/C 7756

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Songs of The Spanish Civil War.
Himno de Riego (1:58) -- Los cuatro generales (3:10) -- Somos los soldados vascos (1:16) -- Ya sabes mi paradero (2:56) -- La sardana de les monges (2:56) -- Que sera? (2:55) -- La Santa espina (2:30) -- El paso del Ebro (2:40) -- El tren blindado (2:59) -- Fuerte de San Cristobal (3:01) -- Marineros (3:19) -- El tragala (2:23) -- El pendon morado (2:52) -- Els segadors (1:57).Performers: Cobla de Barcelone; unnamed chorus and orchestra; Gustavo Pittaluga and Rodolfo Halffter, conductors of the chorus and orchestra. SOUND/D 49

Strings of Soul
Documentary about the East European instrument called the bandura. The film traces its roots from the 6th century onward and exposes its tragic past, reflected through a traditional "duma," to its recent revival by bandura virtuoso Roman Hyrnkiv and his collaboration with American jazz guitarist Al Di Meola. An instrument that was banned by the Soviets in the 1920's, the bandura is a symbol of perseverance and the soul of a people. c2001. 23 min. Video/C 9139

A Tickle in the Heart
Follows three traveling musicians, the Epstein brothers, Klezmer music legends now on a joyous international come-back tour revisiting the places of their past, including Florida, Poland, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Shows the three brothers -- Max, Julie and Willie Epstein -- discussing their past and handling the nuts and bolts of their business: booking dates, haggling over fees, and performing at retirement homes and synagogue functions. 2003. 84 min. DVD 3166

Underground Orchestra.
An extensive look at the lives and music of a diverse group of international refugees who have fled political repression and who now play on the sidewalks and in the Metro of Paris. Among those interviewed are a pianist from Argentina, a violinist from Sarajevo, a harpist from Venezuela, and singers from Mali and Vietnam. 1997. 111 min. Video/C 9797

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Valse brillante
Chopin's performed by Alexander Brailowski, filmed in Paris in 1936. 5 min. Included on Video/C 999:621

We Have No War-Songs: Gypsies: the Professional Amateurs of Life.
Since their appearance in Europe first recorded in the 14th century, the Gypsies have always struggled for the freedom to live their own lives in their own way. They have been persecuted, tortured, expelled and killed, and yet remain unique as the only nation of people that have never written or sung war songs. Filmed at the seven day gathering of thousands of Gypsies from all over the World in Saintes Maires de-la Mer in the South of France, this film celebrates the unique nature of the Gypsy people and poses questions of tolerance and individuality in today's increasingly materialistic and nationalistic world. In English and French with English subtitles. c1995. 53 min. Video/C 6338

Whose Song Is This?
Recounts the filmmaker's search for the true origins of a folk song claimed by citizens of various Balkan Peninsula countries to be their own. In her search for the true origins of the melody, the filmmaker travels to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria. The trip is filled with humor, suspense, tragedy and surprise as each country's citizens passionately claim the song to be their own and can even furnish elaborate histories for its orgins. The tune emerges again and again in different forms: as a love song, a religious hymn, a revolutionary anthem, and even a military march. The powerful emotions and stubborn nationalism raised by one song seem at times comical and othertimes, eerily telling. In a region beseiged by ethnic hatred and war, what begins as a light-hearted investigation ends as a sociological and historical exploration of the deep misunderstandings between the people of the Balkans. Directed by Adela Peeva, 2003. 70 min. DVD 7154

Opera

Arabella
By Richard Strauss; libretto by Hogo von Hofmannsthal. Cast: Kiri Te Kanawa, Marie McLaughlin, Helga Dernesch, sopranos ; David Kuebler, tenor ; Wolfgang Brendel, Donald McIntyre, baritones ; Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra ; Christian Thielemann, conductor. Concerns the efforts of the improverished Count Waldner to make a profitable marriage for his daughter Arabella. Complications intervene before she is happily betrothed to Mandryka and her younger sister, Zdenka, to Arabella's former admirer Matteo. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Nov. 1994. 178 min. DVD 9694

Ariadne auf Naxos
Music by Richard Strauss ; libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Cast: Jessye Norman, Primadonna/Ariadne; Kathleen Battle, Zerbinetta; Tatiana Troyanos, the Composer; James King, Tenor/Bacchus; Franz Ferdinand Nentwig, Music teacher; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; James Levine, conductor. Richard Strauss' version of the Ariadne-Theseus-Bacchus myth presented presented as part of a story-within-a-story of 18th century Vienna. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, March 1988. 154 min. DVD 9691

The Bald Soprano
Directed by Ron Myrvik. Cast: Blaine Hendsbee, Patricia Dell, Elem Eley, Lynn Matthews, Keith Howard, Deborah Massell. An operatic production of Ionesco's absurdist play. Since its 1950 debut in Paris, the play has been hailed as an "intensely amusing mixture of social satire, Alice in Wonderland-type logic, verbal delirium and surrealist farce." For the fiftieth anniversary of the founding work of this Theater of the Absurd, the Center for Contemporary Opera has adapted the play, featuring music by American composer Martin Kalmanoff and state-of-the-art video techniques. 63 min. Video/C 8600

Beggar's Opera(UK, 1953)
Directed by Peter Brook. Cast: Laurence Olivier, Stanley Holloway, Dorothy Tutin, George Devine, Mary Clare, Daphne Anderson, Hugh Griffith, Margot Grahame, Denis Cannan. Set in the tawdry underbelly of 17th century London, a sordid world of bandits, cut throats and corrupted officials, The Beggars? Opera follows the raffish escapades of Captain Macheath, a reckless, brooding, adventurer and notorious highwayman, and the seething plot to have him hanged. Based on the opera by John Gay. 94 min. DVD X1797
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Beggar's Opera(UK, 1983)
Directed by Jonathan Miller. Cast: Roger Daltrey, Carol Hall, Stratford Johns, Patricia Routledge.A ballad opera originally written by John Gay in 1728 set among London's criminal classes full of thievery, deceit and corruption in high places. 135 min. Video/C 1755

La Bohème(Giacomo Puccini)
Performers: Anna Netrebko (Mimi) ; Rolando Villazón (Rodolfo) ; George von Bergen/Boaz Daniel (Marcello) ; Nicole Cabell (Musetta) ; Vitalij Kowaljow (Colline) ; Adrian Eröd/Stéphane Degout (Schaunard) ; with supporting performers ; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks ; Kinderchor des Stadttheaters am Gärtnerplatz ; Bertrand de Billy, conductor. A true romantic tragedy, and unquestionably the most popular opera of all time. The chemistry between Rolando Villazon and Anna Netrebko as the protagonists, Rodolfo and Mimi, is electric and unrivaled in the theatre today. Opera in 4 acts. Soundtrack recorded Apr. 2007, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich. 180 min. DVD X6466

La Bohème(Giacomo Puccini)
English text, Howard Dietz; conductor, Alberto Erede; costumes and scenery, Rolf Gerard; television script, John Gutman; chorus master, Kurt Adler; director, Bob Banner. Nadine Conner (Mimi), Brian Sullivan (Rodolfo), Brenda Lewis (Musetta), Frank Guarrera (Marcello), Clifford Harvuot (Schaunard), Norman Scott (Colline), Alessio de Paolis (Alcindoro). Host Alistair Cooke introduces an episode of Omnibus, the television cultural anthology series, devoted entirely to an English language production of Puccini's dramatic opera, La Bohème. It is the story of the lives and loves of four 19th century Paris Bohemians. 81 min. Video/C 1329

Candide
A live production of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide. Based on Voltaire's tale of an innocent young man's journey through a life filled with colorful characters and unexpected life lessons. Performers: Paul Groves, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Sir Thomas Allen, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Janine LaManna ; with supporting performers ; Westminster Symphonic Choir ; Juilliard undergraduate workshop ; New York Philharmonic ; Marin Alsop, conductor. Musical selections: Overture -- Life is happiness indeed -- The best of all possible worlds -- Oh, happy we -- It must be so -- Westphalia Chorale -- Dear boy -- Auto-da-fé -- This world -- Paris waltz scene -- Glitter and be gay -- You were dead, you know -- I am easily assimilated -- Quartet finale -- Entr'acte -- My love -- We are women -- Alleluia -- Quiet -- Sheep's song -- Ballad of Eldorado -- Bon voyage -- What's the use? -- You were dead, you know : reprise -- Make our garden grow : finale. 116 min. DVD X6172

Capriccio: A Conversation Piece for Music in One Act
Music by Richard Strauss. Libretto by Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss. Cast: Kiri Te Kanawa (Countess) ; Hakan Hagegard (Count) ; Tatiana Troyanos (Clairon) ; Victor Braun (La Roche) ; David Kuebler (Flamand) ; Simon Keenlyside (Olivier) ; Michel Senchal (Monsieur Taupe) ; Dale Travis (Major-domo) ; San Francisco Opera Orchestra ; conducted by Donald Runnicles. Two rival suiters, one a poet the other a composer vie for the love of a beautiful woman who must decide which one she loves. Recorded live from the San Francisco opera as part of A celebration of Strauss 1993. 155 min. DVD 9693

Carmen (France/Italy, 1984)
Performers: Julia Migenes-Johnson, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Faith Isham; Orchestre National de France; Lorin Maazel, conductor. Live performance of the 1978 Opera Cominque production of Bizet's opera Carmen with spoken dialogue, conducted by Carlos Kleiber, with Placido Domingo and Elena Obraztsova. 155 min. DVD X6349; Video/C 9273

Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN57.C33 C37 2005)
Herzog, Amy. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 .H478 2010)
Leicester, H. Marshall, Jr. "Discourse and the film text: Four readings of Carmen." Cambridge opera journal, 6(3) p245 Nov, 1994 UC users only

Carmen
Directed by Carlos Saura; cast: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucia, Cristina Hoyos, Pepa Flores. The line between fantasy and reality dissolves when during intense rehearsals for a dance production of Carmen the director of the dance company and his young star find themselves living the "Carmen" story of love and treachery. 97 min. DVD 9169; also DVD 2179

Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN57.C33 C37 2005)
Herzog, Amy. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 .H478 2010)
Leicester, H. Marshall, Jr. "Discourse and the film text: Four readings of Carmen." Cambridge opera journal, 6(3) p245 Nov, 1994 UC users only

Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
Directed by, Robert Townsend. Cast: Mekhi Phifer, Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def, Rah Digga, Joy Bryant, Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri, Lil' Bow Wow, Casey Lee, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Sam Sarpong, Troy Winbush, Fred Williamson. Based upon the 19th century novel and often performed opera Carmen, this timeless tale of desire, passion, and betrayal is told through song by a cast of hip-hop stars. 88 min. DVD 1291
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McClary, Susan. "Carmen as Perennial Fusion: From Habanera to Hip-Hop." In: Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main Stack PN57.C33.C37 2005)
Herzog, Amy. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 .H478 2010)
Leicester, H. Marshall, Jr. "Discourse and the film text: Four readings of Carmen." Cambridge opera journal, 6(3) p245 Nov, 1994 UC users only

Carmen, Baby
Director, Radley Metzger. In this updated version of the novel, Carmen is a seductive waitress who destroys the lives of a police officer and a rock & roll singer in a complicated intrigue of passion and jealousy. 1966. 90 min. DVD 6365
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Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN57.C33 C37 2005)
Herzog, Amy. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 .H478 2010)
Leicester, H. Marshall, Jr. "Discourse and the film text: Four readings of Carmen." Cambridge opera journal, 6(3) p245 Nov, 1994 UC users only

Carmen Jones(1954)
Produced and directed by Otto Preminger. Books and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd. Performers: Harry Belafonte, Dorthy Dandridge, Pearl Bailey, Olga James, Joe Adams, Diahann Carroll. Joe, a military policeman about to make officer, is infatuated with the flirtatious and sexy Carmen Jones. Their ill-fated romance comes to a grisly end by the conclusion of the drama but not before their liaison has wreaked havoc with their lives and all who cross their paths. Based on the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet. DVD 3429; Video 999:1169
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Carmen : from silent film to MTV / edited by Chris Perriam and Ann Davies. Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, 2005. (Main (Gardner) Stacks PN57.C33 C37 2005)
Herzog, Amy. "Dissonant Refrains: Carmen on Film." In: Dreams of difference, songs of the same : the musical moment in film / Amy Herzog. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2010. (Full text available online (UC Berkeley users only); Print: Music ML2075 .H478 2010)
Leicester, H. Marshall, Jr. "Discourse and the film text: Four readings of Carmen." Cambridge opera journal, 6(3) p245 Nov, 1994 UC users only

A Chinese Cracker: The Making of The Peony Pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris.
Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context. Written and directed by Derek Bailey; China and United States sequences directed by Bill Shebar. c2000. 53 min. DVD X7227; Video/C 8674

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Performers: Placido Domingo (Hoffman), Ileana Cotrubas (Antonia), Agnes Baltsa (Giulietta), Luciana Serra (Olympia), Robert Lloyd, Geraint Evans, Nicola Ghiuselev. 149 min. DVD X6310; Video/C 5462

Così fan tutte: dramma giocoso in due atti
Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Directed by Peter Sellars. Cast: Susan Larson (Fiordiligi) ; Janice Felty (Dorabella) ; Frank Kelley (Ferrando) ; James Maddalena (Guglielmo) ; Sue Ellen Kuzma (Despina) ; Sanford Sylvan (Don Alfonso) ; Arnold-Schonberg-Chor ; Wiener Symphoniker ; Craig Smith, conductor. Relocates Mozart's comedy of love to the neon-and-chrome glare of a seaside diner, mirroring the turbulent world of late-twentieth-century America. 199 min. DVD 9730

Doctor Atomic: Opera in Two Acts
Composer, John Adams; libretto, Peter Sellars from original sources; stage director, Peter Sellars. J. Robert Oppenheimer began an experiment that formed a threat to the whole of humanity, and whose scientific results still do today. The question of the moral implications of the atomic bomb is raised in Adams' opera. Extra features: illustrated synopsis; cast gallery; mini documentaries about the opera, the cast, the composer and the director; interview with Peter Sellars, librettist & stage director. Performers: Gerald Finley (J. Robert Oppenheimer) ; Jessica Rivera (Kitty Oppenheimer) ; Eric Owens (General Leslie Groves) ; Richard Paul Fink (Edward Teller) ; James Maddalena (Jack Hubbard) ; Thomas Glenn (Robert Wilson) ; Jay Hunter Morris (Captain James Nolan) ; Ellen Rabiner (Pasqualita) ; Ruud van Eijk (Lieutenant Bush) ; Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest ; Koor van De Nederlands Opera ; Lawrence Renes, conductor. Recorded live at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, 7, 25 & 29 June 2007. ca. 230 min. DVD X658

Don Giovanni
Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Cast: Eugene Perry, Herbert Perry, Dominique Labelle, Lorraine Hunt, Carroll Freeman, James Patterson, Ai Lan Zhu, Elmore James, Arnold-Schonberg-Chor, Wiener Symphoniker, Craig Smith, conductor. Summerfare Festival at SUNY Purchase in 1990. Director, Peter Sellars; libretto, Lorenzo da Ponte. Arnold-Schonberg-Chor, Wiener Symphoniker, Craig Smith, conductor. 189 min. Video/C 3633

Don Giovanni () (1979)
Director, Joseph Losey. Cast: Ruggero Raimondi, Edda Moser, John Macurdy, Kiri Te Kanawa. Mozart's operatic masterpiece, beautifully translated to film, is centered around a young nobleman who is obsessed with amorous conquest. It follows his romantic exploits and continued encounters with Donna Anna, the woman who plots to destroy him. 177 min. DVD 1457; Video 999:285

La Donna del Lago: Opera in Two Acts
Performers: June Anderson (Ellen), Marilena Laurenza (Albina), sopranos ; Martine Dupuy (Malcolm), mezzo-soprano ; Chris Merritt (Roderick), Rockwell Blake (James V), Ernesto Gavazzi (Serano), Ferro Poggi (Bertram), tenors ; Giorgio Surjan (Douglas), bass ; Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala ; Roberto Gabbiani, chorus master ; Riccardo Muti, conductor. James V of Scotland loses his way and is forced to seek shelter in the house of his enemy, Douglas. Douglas' daughter, Elena, has been forced to marry Roderick. After Roderick is killed in an uprising, Elena begs James to spare her father's life and seeks permission to marry her lover, Malcolm. Directed by Werner Herzog. 164 min. DVD X3408

Einstein on the Beach: The Changing Image of Opera
Through performance and rehearsal footage and interviews with composer Philip Glass and designer/director Robert Wilson, film examines the opera Einstein on the Beach. Glass and Wilson explain some of their structural choices and the concepts behind the opera which is a poetical interpretation of Albert Einstein. 58 min. Video/C 3419

Elektra
Bu Richard Strauss; libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Cast: Mignon Dunn (Klytamnestra), Birgit Nilsson (Elektra), Leonie Rysanek (Elektra), Robert Nagy (Aegisth), Donald McIntyre (Orest), John Cheek (der Pfleger des Orest), Constance Webber (die Vertraute), Elizabeth Anguish (die Schlepptragerin), Charles Anthony (ein junger Diener), Talmage Harper (ein alter Diener), Elizabeth Coss (die Aufseherin), Batyah Godfrey, Shirley Love, Ariel Bybee, Loretta di Franco, Alma Jean Smith (funf Magde), Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, conductor. Filmed in 1981. A musical interpretation of Sophocles' tale of the violent revenge that Elektra exacts for the murder of her father by his wife and her lover. 156 min. DVD 9710

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; libretto by Gottlieb Stephanie (the younger), after Christoph Friedrich Breatzner. Cast: Thomas Holtzmann (Selim) ; Francisco Araiza (Belmonte) ; Edita Gruberova (Konstanze) ; Reri Grist (Blonde) ; Norbert Orth (Pedrillo) ; Martti Talvela (Osmin) ; Chor und Orchester der Bayerischen Staatsoper ; Karl Bohm, conductor. Filmed in 1980. Belmonte, a Spanish nobleman, arrives at the palace of Pasha Selim to seek his beloved Konstanze in order to rescue her from the hands of the Pasha. 146 min. DVD 9707

Fidelio
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven; libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner with revisions by Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke. Cast: Karita Mattila (Leonore) ; Jennifer Welch-Babidge (Marzelline) ; Ben Heppner (Florestan) ; Matthew Polenzani (Jaquino) ; Falk Struckmann (Don Pizzaro) ; Rene Pape (Rocco) ; Robert Lloyd (Don Fernando) ; supporting soloists ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; James Levine, conductor. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, October 2000. A performance of Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera. The story dramatizes plight that befalls Florestan - the only political dissident brave enough to openly criticize the criminal misdeeds of governor Don Pizarro. 123 min. DVD 9696

Die Fledermaus
Cast: Kiri Te Kanawa ; Hermann Prey ; Hildegarde Heichele ; Benjamin Luxon ; Royal Opera, Covent Garden ; Placido Domingo, conductor. This effervescent comedic opera which includes Viennese dance music, tells of the revenge taken by a certain Dr. Falke on Gabriel von Eisenstein for playing a practical joke on him. 1984. 180 min. DVD 9739

Der Fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman)
By Richard Wagner; staged and directed by Harry Kupfer. Cast: Lisbeth Balslev, Anny Schlemm, Matti Salminen, Robert Schunk, Graham Clark, Simon Estes ; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus ; Woldemar Nelsson, conductor. Filmed in performance at the Bayreuth Festival in 1985. A psychologically-driven interpretation of Wagner's opera, which presents the entire story as a hallucination on the part of Senta, a young woman with mental problems. 135 min. DVD 9727

Die Frau ohne Schatten
Cast: Cheryl Studer (Die Kaiserin) ; Thomas Moser (Der Kaiser) ; Robert Hale (Barak) ; Eva Marton (sein Weib) ; Marjana Lipovsek (Die Amme) ; Andrea Rost, Herbert Lippert, Elizbieta Ardam, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Manfred Hemm, Hans Franzen, Wilfried Gahmlich, Carmen Fuggiss, Petra Schnitzer, Dalia Schaechter, Rannveig Braga, Noriko Sasaki, Gerhard Eder, Karl Nebenfuhr, Wolfgang Scheider, Birgit Beer, supporting soloists ; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor ; Salzburger Chorknaben und -Madchen ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Sir Georg Solti, conductor. The daughter of Keikobad, ruler of the spirit world, has married an Emperor. As a result she is now neither human nor a spirit and cannot bear children unless she can find a shadow. Recorded live at the 1992 Salzburg Summer Festival. 203 min. DVD 9692

Der Freischutz
By Carl Maria von Weber; text, Friedrich Kind. Cast: Ernst Kozub (Max) ; Gottlob Frick (Kaspar) ; Franz Grundheber (Kilian) ; Toni Blankenheim (Kuno) ; Arlene Saunders (Agathe) ; Edith Mathis (Annchen) ; Tom Krause (Prince Ottokar) ; Hans Sotin (Hermit) ; Bernhard Minetti (Samiel) ; Regina Marheineke (Brautjungfe) ; Chorus and Ballet of the Hamburg State Opera ; Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra ; Leopold Ludwig, conductor. Studio production from the Hamburg State Opera, 1968. Max the Huntsman struggles against his rival Kaspar to win Agathe in marriage. His desperation leads him to bargain with the Devil in order to best Kaspar for the hand of his beloved. 123 min. DVD 9708

Giacomo Puccini: Music of the Heart
A biographical sketch of Giacomo Puccini who transformed opera from a remote world of fantasy into a modern art form that explored everyday experiences. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by David O'Dell. Supplementary feature accompanying: Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. 25 min. DVD X233

Giovanna d'Arco
Giuseppe Verdi ; libretto by Temistocle Solera. Directed for the stage by Werner Herzog and Henning von Gierke. Cast: Vincenzo La Scola, Susan Dunn, Renato Bruson, Pierre Lefebvre, Pietro Spagnoli ; Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna ; Riccardo Chailly, conductor. Werner Herzog joins forces with the great Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly to effect a masterful rendition of this rarely-performed opera, very loosely based on the life of Joan of Arc. Filmed at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, December 1989. DVD X3418

Hansel und Gretel
By Engelbert Humperdinck ; libretto by Adelheid Wette. Cast: Brigitte Fassbaender (Hansel), Edita Gruberova (Gretel), Hermann Prey (Vater), Helga Dernesch (Mutter), Sena Jurinac (Hexe), Wiener Sangerknaben, Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir George Solti, conductor. Humperdinck's charming opera based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The story features a gingerbread house, a wicked old witch, and a young brother and sister who get lost in the woods and trapped by the witch. With a little help from on High and their own pluck and courage they manage to save themselves as well as all the children who were previously victims of the witch. Filmed in Vienna, Wien-Atelier, 1981. 107 min. DVD 9740

Idomeneo
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; libretto by Gianbattista Varesco. Cast: Luciano Pavarotti (Idomeneo) ; Frederica von Stade (Idamante) ; Ileana Cotrubas (Ilia) ; Hildegard Behrens (Elettra) ; John Alexander (Arbace) ; Timothy Jenkins (Gran Sacerdote di Nettuno) ; Richard J. Clark (La voce) ; supporting soloists ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; James Levine, conductor. Recorded in performance Nov. 6, 1982. During a storm at sea, Idomeneo, King of Crete, vows to the god Neptune that, if he survives, he will sacrifice the first human he meets on shore, which turns out to be his son, Idamante. 182 min. DVD 9706

It's Opera
Why do people listen to opera? Is there a secret to understanding it? What makes opera...opera? Includes segments from master classes and opera performances. Features archival film footage with commentary by singers and historians. Produced and written by David O'Dell. Supplementary feature accompanying: Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. 29 min. DVD X233

Du jour au lendemain (Von heute auf morgen)
A dramatization of the opera by Arnold Schoenberg. 1996. 59 min. DVD X4210

Karmen Gei (Senegal, 2001)
Directed by Joseph Gai. The first African Carmen, based on Bizet's celebrated opera, and arguably, the first African filmed "musical." Like every Carmen, Karmen Gei is about the infinite desire for freedom and the laws, conventions and human limitations which constrain the desire. Here Karmen transgresses every convention, escaping prison through her lesbian relationship with the warden and then wrecking the marriage and career of a police corporal by making him her lover and co-conspirator in a smuggling ring. She abandons the corporal who in a fit of jealous rage stabs her. Contains much singing and dancing with Bizet's score replaced with indigenous Senegalese music and choreography. DVD 3568; vhs 999:3238

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Lohengrin
Music and libretto by Richard Wagner. Cast: Eva Marton (Elsa) ; Leonie Rysanek (Ortrud) ; Peter Hofmann (Lohengrin) ; Leif Roar (Telremund) ; John Macurdy (King Henry) ; supporting soloists ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; James Levine, conductor. Taped live at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City, January 10, 1986. The power and radiance of the Lohengrin score express Wagner's deeply held belief that love is essentially mystical. The frail and lovely Elsa of Brabant is accused of murdering her own brother, but God sends a mysterious knight, Lohengrin, to defend her honor. 223 min. DVD 9726

Lulu
By Alban Berg Cast: Christine Schafer (Lulu) ; Kathryn Harries (Countess Geschwitz) ; Patricia Baron (Wardrobe Mistress, Schoolboy, Groom) ; Jonathan Veira (Doctor, Theatre Manager, Banker, Professor) ; Stephen Drakulich (Painter, Negro) ; Wolfgang Schone (Dr. Schon, Jack the Ripper) ; David Kuebler (Alwa) ; Norman Bailey (Schigolch) ; Donald Maxwell (Animal Trainer, Athlete) ; Neil Jenkins (Prince, Man Servant, Marquis); supporting soloists ; London Philharmonic Orchestra ; Andrew Davis, conductor. Filmed at Glyndebourne. Based on a pair of once-banned plays by the fin de si?ecle satirist Frank Wedekind, Alban Berg's operatic swansong charts the rise and fall of a femme fatale, a serial seductress, from life as a society heiress to prostitution and eventual death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. 183 min. DVD 9700; vhs Video/C 8634

The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote)
Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; libretto, Emanuel Schikaneder. Cast: Kathleen Battle, Luciana Serra, Francisco Araiza, Manfred Hemm, Kurt Moll, Barbara Kilduff, Heina Zednik, Andreas Schmidt, soloists ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine, conductor. Recorded Feb. 1991, Metropoliatan Opera House. A young man is enlisted to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter from a sorcerer. 169 min. DVD 9695

The Magic Flute (Trollflojten) (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Videocassette release of a motion picture originally produced in 1975. Produced, directed and written by Ingmar Bergman; music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Cast: Ulric Cold, Josef Kostlinger, Erik Saeden, Birgit Nordin, Irma Urrila, Haken Hagegard, Swedish State Broadcasting Network Symphony; Eric Ericson conductor. 134 min. DVD 214
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Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Staged and directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Cast: Kiri Te Kanawa, Mirella Freni, sopranos ; Maria Ewing, mezzo-soprano ; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, Paolo Montarsolo, bass-baritones ; Wiener Philharmoniker ; Karl Bohm, conductor. The marriage of Figaro and Susanna runs into difficulties from the count and is fraught with mistaken identities before they can celebrate their wedding night. 184 min. DVD 9729

Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Director, Stephen Medcalf; Designer, John Gunter; music by the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the London Philharmonic; conductor, Bernard Haitink. Cast: Gerald Finley, Alison Hagley, Renee Fleming, Andreas Schmidt. A superb production of Mozart's comedy in which the impending marriage of Figaro to Susanna is threatened by the scheming of Count Almaviva, who desires Susanna for himself, and Marcellina, who wants to marry Figaro herself. This performance opened in 1994 on the 60th anniversary of the first performance at Glyndebourne, inaugurating the new opera house. 190 min. DVD X6311; Video/C 6421

Marriage of Figaro: A Comic Opera in 4 Acts (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Music, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Libretto by da Ponte; produced by Peter Hall Knut Skram (Figaro), Ileana Cotrubas (Susanna), Frederica Von Stade (Cherubino), Kiri Te Kanawa (The Countess), Benjamin Luxon (Count Almaviva), Marius Rintzler (Dr. Bartolo), Nucci Condo (Marcellina), John Fryatt (Don Basilio). The London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Chorus, conducted by John Pritchard; harpsichord continuo played by Martin Isepp. Videorecording of the performance at the Glyndebourne Festival, 1973. Opera based on Beaumarchais' sequel to his Barber of Seville. 168 min. Video/C 1582

Médée: opéra-comique en trois actes, 1797
Music, Luigi Cherubini. Libretto by François-Benoît Hoffman. Adapted by Krzysztof Warlikowski and Christian Longchamp.Twentieth century adaptation of Cherubini's tragic opera. Medea, the notorious sorceress figure from Greek mythology, has given everything for Jason, committing fearful crimes to win him the Golden Fleece. Jason repays her by leaving her in favour of the younger and gentler Dirce. Medea's revenge is fearsome, murdering her own two sons by Jason and causing Dirce to be consumed in flames at her wedding. 2011. 138 min. DVD X9162

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
By Richard Wagner. Opera in three acts, libretto by the composer. Cast: James Morris (Hans Sachs) ; Rene Pape (Veit Pogner) ; Thomas Allen (Sixtus Beckmesser) ; Ben Heppner (Walther von Stolzing) ; Matthew Polenzani (David) ; Karita Mattila (Eva) ; Jill Grove (Magdalene) ; John Relyea (Ein Nachtwachter) ; supporting soloists ; Metropolitan Opera and Chorus ; James Levine, conductor. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, December 2001. In this three act opera a young man strives to be the meistersinger in order to win the hand of a lovely young woman. 292 min. DVD 9697

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
By Richard Wagner. Opera in three acts, libretto by the composer. Bernd Weikl (Hans Sachs) ; Manfred Schenk (Veit Pogner) ; Andras Molnar (Kunz Vogelgesang) ; Martin Egel (Konrad Nachtigall) ; Hermann Prey (Sixtus Beckmesser) ; Jeff Vermeersch (Fritz Kothner) ; Udo Holdorf (Balthasar Zorn) ; Peter Maus (Ulrich Eisslinger) ; Helmut Pampuch (Augustin Moser) ; Sandor Solyom-Nagy (Hermann Ortel) ; Heinz Klaus Ecker (Hans Schwarz) ; Dieter Schweikart (Hans Foltz) ; Siegfried Jerusalem (Walther von Stolzing) ; Graham Clark (David) ; Mari Anne Haggander (Eva) ; Marga Schiml (Magdalene) ; Matthias Holle (Ein Nachtwatcher) ; Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele ; Orchester des Bayreuther Festspiele ; Horst Stein, conductor. Recorded: Bayreuth Festspielhaus, 18-29 June 1984. In this three act opera a young man strives to be the meistersinger in order to win the hand of a lovely young woman. 267 min. DVD 5888

Moses und Aron: Opernfragment in zwei Akten
Musik und Text, Arnold Schonberg; Inszenierung, Reto Nickler. Place/Publisher [Halle/Saale, Germany] : Arthaus Musik, Cast: Franz Grundheber (Moses), Thomas Moser (Aron), Ildiko Raimondi, Janina Baechle, Peter Jelosits, Morten Frank Larsen, Georg Tichy, ; Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera ; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus ; Daniele Gatti, conductor. Perfomed by the Vienna State Opera in 2006. This work represents Schoenberg's finest attempt at meshing his philosophical ideas with his artistry. The libretto reflects his own voice, and his own approach to the original biblical text. Schoenberg's main point lies in the relationship between Moses and Aron, and the question of which one of these two is better suited to leading the Jewish people to their ultimate goal. Schoenberg is willing to distort the text, and even fabricate, in order to bring this point across. By showing us the faults in Aron, Schoenberg highlights the greatness, and the inhumanity, of Moses. 134 min. DVD 9711

Moïse et Aaron (Moses und Aron)
A radical film version of Schoenberg's opera. Straub utilizes minimalistic camera techniques to capture the philosophical stalemate of the Biblical figures, Moses and Aaron. Performers: Günther Reich, Louis Devos, Eva Csapó, Roger Lucas, Richard Salter; Österreichischer Rundfunk chorus and orchestra ; conductor, Michael Gielen. A film by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub. 1974. 102 min. DVD X4210

Oedipus Rex
Director, Brian Large; produced by Peter Gelb, Pat Jaffe; stage production and film direction by Julie Taymor. Performers: Philip Langridge, Jessye Norman, Min Tanaka; Saito Kinen Orchestra conducted by Sejii Ozawa; Shinyu-Kai Chorus; Tokyo Opera singers; Saito Kinen Festival. Performance of Stravinski's work from the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto, Japan. Opera-oratorio in two acts by Igor Stravinsky. Original libretto, Jean Cocteau; English translation, e.e. cummings; Japanese translation, Kazuko Matsuoka. Poem by Jean Cocteau based on the play by Sophocles. c1992 58 min. DVD 4790; also Video 9581

Otello(Giuseppe Verdi)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Placido Domingo (Otello), Katia Ricciarelli (Desdemona), Justino Diaz (Iago). Otello, a Moor appointed governor of Cyprus on behalf of the 15th century Venetian Republic, loves and is loved by his young bride, Desdemona. Soon, however, he is deceived by the evil Iago, his ensign, into believing that Desdemona is unfaithful to him. Otello's jealousy overwhelms him and he murders Desdemona. Upon learning the truth, he kills Iago and himself. c1986 123 min. Video/C 1486

Papageno (Die schonsten Musikfilme von Lotte Reiniger)
Presents three animated films by the early German experimental animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger, plus one short documentary film showing her at work cutting and wiring her intricately detailed paper figures for her shadow theater and film productions. Carmen / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, George Bizet (1933, silent with music, b&w, 9 min) -- Papageno / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Die Zauberflote) (1935, silent with music, b&w, 11 min.) -- Ein Scherenschnittfilm entsteht / Regie, Louis Hagen (1970/71, in German, col., 16 min.) -- 10 Minuten Mozart (Zehn Minuten Mozart) / Drehbuch, Silhouetten und Animation, Lotte Reiniger; Musik, W. A. Mozart (Cosi fan tutte, Eine kleine Nachtmusik) (1930, silent with music, b&w, 10 min.) Video/C 8370

Parsifal (1982)
Director, Hans Jürgen Syberberg. Cast: Armin Jordan, Wolfgang Schoene, Martin Sperr, Hans Tschammer, Robert Lloyd, Michael Kutter, Karen Krick, Reiner Goldberg, Aage Haugland, Edith Clever, Yvonne Minton ; Prague Philharmonic Choir ; Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg takes the viewer on an exhilarating journey through the philosophical latticework which makes Parsifal unique in the world of opera. Syberberg's pacing, dictated by the majestic pace of Wagner's score, is slow, but enlivened by constant subtle shifts in point of view, and memorable performances by actress Edith Clever as the villainess/heroine Kundry (sung by Yvonne Minton), orchestra conductor Armin Jordan as the remorseful knight Amfortas (sung by Wolfgang Schoene), and Robert Lloyd (the faithful retainer Gurnemanz). 255 min. Video/C 2785; DVD X329 (in German without English subtitles)

Parsifal
Cast: Siegfried Jerusalem, Eva Randova, Bernd Weikl, Hans Sotin, Leif Roar, Matti Salminen. Staged and directed by Wolfgang Wagner A performance of Wagner's opera about the legend of the Holy Grail and the sacred spear used by Longinus to pierce the side of Christ. 232 min. Video/C 7607

Parsifal
Cast: Bernd Weikl, Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Kurt Moll, Siegfried Jerusalem, Franz Mazura, Waltraud Meier, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine, conducting. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Mar. 1992. An interpretation of Wagner's last opera of German and Christian mythology about the legend of the Holy Grail (the chalice from which Christ drank at the Last Supper) and the Sacred Spear used by Longinus to pierce the side of Christ. 264 min. DVD 9698

Porgy: A Gullah Version
Performer: Michael Nesbitt (Porgy), Helen M. Hazel (Bess), Joseph Brown (Sportin Life). Dubose Heyward worked with George Gershwin to help create the famous opera Porgy and Bess, based on his play which portrayed the unusual story of a crippled beggar named Porgy living at Cabbage Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Virginia Mixson Geraty, a noted Gullah instructor, proposed that the play would sound more authentic if the African-American characters spoke Gullah. Her suggestion culminated in this translation and stage production featuring the English-based creole language spoken on the South Atlantic coast. 1992. 120 min. Video/C 999:1933

Porgy and Bess.
Adapted for the screen by Trevor Nunn with Yves Baigneres. Cast: Willard White, Cynthia Haymon, Gregg Baker, Cynthia Clarey, Marietta Simpson, Damon Evans, Paula Ingram, Gordon Hawkins; the Glyndebourne Chorus; Craig Rutenberg, chorus master; The London Philharmonic; Simon Rattle, conductor. An adaptation of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera stage production of the Gershwins' classic musical drama Porgy and Bess, which portrays the lives of the occupants of Catfish Row. 184 min. Opera in three acts originally produced in 1993. DVD 1015

Poussieres d'amour (Abfallprodukte der Liebe)
Werner Schroeter invites opera singers to a 13th century French abbey for several days, where they rehearse and perform operatic selections by Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Verdi, Berg, among others, and respond to his philosophical questions. Cast: Anita Cerquetti, Martha Mödl, Rita Gorr, Kristine Ciesinski, Katherine Ciesinski, Laurence Dale, Jenny Drivala, Gail Gilmore, Serguei Larin, Trudeliese Schmidt. In German without English subtitles. 2009. 125 min. DVD X1815

The Ring Cycle (Richard Wagner)
James Levine, conductor. Produced at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and broadcast by Metropolitan Opera Television in June 1990.
Das Rheingold Performers: James Morris (Wotan); Siegfried Jerusalem (Loge); Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Alberich); Christa Ludwig (Fricka); Mari Anne Haggander (Freia); Birgitta Svenden (Erda); Heinz Zednik (Mime); Kaaren Erickson (Woglinde); Diane Kesling (Wellgunde); Meredith Parsons (Flosshilde); Mark Baker (Froh); Alan Held (Donner); Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Fasolt); Matti Salminen (Fafner); Metropolitan Opera Orchestra;

The first segment of the "Ring" cycle, Das Rheingold is concerned with a precious treasure -- the Rhinegold -- which, if made into a ring, would enable the wearer dominion over the world, however, whoever would steal the gold would have to renounce love. 163 min. DVD 2313

Die Walkure Performers: Hildegard Behrens (Brunnhilde); James Morris (Wotan); Jessye Norman (Sieglinde); Christa Ludwig (Fricka); Gary Lakes (Siegmund); Kurt Moll (Hunding); Katarina Ikonomu (Helmwige); Marth Thigpen (Ortlinde); Pyramid Sellers (Gerhilde); Joyce Castle (Waltraute); Diane Kesling (Siegrune); Jacalyn Bower (Rossweisse); Wendy Hillhouse (Grimgerde); Sondra Kelly (Schwertleite).

This second segment of the "Ring" cycle, follows Wotan and Alberich as they scheme to reclaim the all-powerful Ring, from Fafner the dragon. Brunnhilde has become Wotan's trusted advisor in his quest, and he has also trained his son Siegmund to take up the cause in the event of his death. 241 min. DVD 2314

Siegfried. Performers: Siegfried Jerusalem (Siegfried), Hildegard Behrens (Brunnhilde), James Morris (the Wanderer), Heinz Zednik (Mime), Dawn Upshaw (Forest Bird), Birgitta Svenden (Erda), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Alberich), Matti Salminen (Fafner)

The third opera in the "Ring cycle." Siegfried follows the adventures of the son of demigods Siegmund and Sieglinde as he conquers his enemies and rescues the beauteous Brunnhilde with the help of his magic sword. 253 min. DVD 2315

Gotterdammerung. Performers: Hildegard Behrens, Christa Ludwig, Siegfried Jerusalem, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, James Morris, Matti Salminen; other soloists.

In this final segment of the "Ring cycle," Wagner brings the double tragedy of Wotan and Siegfried full circle. Brunnhilde declares that Wotan is all-powerful and everlasting. With helmet and gleaming armour, she rides through the air leading a resurrected Siegfried by the hand. Siegfried is reconciled with Wotan, and society is cured of its ills. 281 min. DVD 2316

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)
Director, Brian Large; producer, Michael Heinzl, 1998. Music by Kurt Weill; book and lyrics, Bertolt Brecht. Radio Symphone Orchestra Vienna; conductor, Dennis Russell Davies; Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Performers: Gwyneth Jones ; Catherine Malfitano ; Jerry Hadley. Production of the Weill/Brecht opera which depicts the consumerism of the mythical city of Mahagonny. Mahagonny is presented as a Hollywood Babylon full of pyramidal towers, carved elephants, commodified sex and licensed gluttony. 160 min. DVD X4467; Video 6681

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny)
Music by Kurt Weill; book and lyrics, Bertolt Brecht. Performers: Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Anthony Dean Griffey, Robert Wörle, Donnie Ray Albert, John Easterlin, Mel Ulrich, Steven Humes ; Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; James Conlon, conductor. Welcome to Mahagonny, where sin is 'in' and love is always on sale. Presents an opera set in an old West boomtown that rises from the desert to become a razzle-dazzle mecca for lust and the pursuit of pleasure, where cash is king and poverty is punishable by death. Directed for television by Gary Halvorson. Recorded live March 1 & 4, 2007 at the Los Angeles Opera. 133 min. DVD X4451

Der Rosenkavalier
Music by Richard Strauss ; produced for the stage and adapted for television by John Schlesinger; directed by Brian Large. Cast: Kiri Te Kanawa (the Marschallin) ; Anne Howells (Octavian) ; Aage Haugland (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau) ; Barbara Bonney (Sophie) ; Royal Opera Chorus ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ; Georg Solti, conductor. Videotaped at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1985. Octavian loves the much older and married Marschallin. When the Marschallin's cousin, Baron Ochs, needs a go-between to send a gift to his young fiancee, he asks Octavian and the results prove to be life changing for all. 197 min. DVD 9701

Saga of Hau Mulan
Performers: Performers: Bai Shuxian, Zhang Xiaomei, Xu Mingjie. A lavish Chinese opera production based on one of China's most famous legends; the story of Mulan who decides to hide her gender to take her father's place in the army. The film is a lavish production of a Beijing opera designed for film with magnificent costumes, sets and brilliant choreographed martial arts battle sequences. This highly stylized performance represents the very soul of China. Originally released as a motion picture in 1994. 97 min. DVD 2500

Salome
Cast: Catherine Malfitano, Anja Silja, sopranos ; Kenneth Riegel, tenor ; Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone ; other singers ; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House ; Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor. An Opera based on the Biblical character Salome, the daughter of Herodias, who seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist. Libretto from Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play. 109 min. DVD 9737

Satyagraha
Director, Hugo Kach; producer, Achim Freyer; music, Philip Glass; libretto by Philip Glass and Constance De Jong. Cast: Leo Goeke, Ralf Harster, Helmut Danninger, Inga Nielsen, Georg Greiwe, Elke Estlinbaum, Wolfgang Probst, Limmo Lappalainen, Karl-Friedrich Durr.

This visionary opera tells the story of how Mahatma Gandhi developed the philosophy of satyagraha, nonviolent active resistance, as a political revolutionary tool to fight oppression, connecting his lifework to three historical figures who advanced his philosophy: the celebrated Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, the great Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore and the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. 166 min. 55 min. DVD 1019

Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle
An in-depth, behind the scenes look at the work of stage designers and stage crew as they prepare for a performance of Richard Wagner's opera the Ring Cycle. Beginning a month before the production it shows the stage preparation, set design, grips, lighting, sound, props and the preparation of scenery and special effects. Concludes by following the crew manipulate their creations during the performance and perform scenery changes during the opera. 55 min. DVD 2776; also VHS Video/C 5925

"Street Scene" [excerpts]
Music by Kurt Weill; words by Langston Hughes. Selections from an American opera about the frustrated lives of residents of one city block in New York, focusing on a young woman who attempts to bring happiness to her own life despite the horror-stricken death of her mother. Cast: Elisabeth Carron, Joy Clements, Andrew Frierson, Frank Porretta. 1960. 26 min. Video/C 7805

Tannhauser
Cast: Eva Marton, soprano ; Tatiana Troyanos, mezzo-soprano ; Richard Cassilly, tenor ; Bernd Weikl, baritone ; John Macurdy, bass; other soloists ; Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra ; James Levine, conductor. Recorded at the Metropolitan Opera House, Nov. 22 and Dec. 20, 1982. One of Richard Wagner's most enduring works, this bold operatic tale of a medieval knight's struggle for freedom against the gods was given a striking production by the Metropolitan Opera. 189 min. DVD 9699

Threepenny Opera(Die Dreigroschenoper) (1931)
Director, G.W. Pabst. Highwaymen and thieves stand for the great lords and powerful public officials of Georgian England, in this spoof of the corrupt politics during that time. Depiction and intimation of crime and vice in all strata of society make it universally appealing. Based on John Gay's Beggars' Opera (see Video/C 1755) 113 min. DVD 8381 (Criterion); DVD 3593; vhs 999:1098
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Thriller.
A film by Sally Potter. This rewriting of Puccini's opera, La Boheme, has become a classic in feminist film theory. A model for the deconstruction of the Hollywood Film, Thriller turns the conventional role of women as romantic victims in fiction on its head. Mimi, the seamstress heroine of the opera who must die before the curtain goes down, decides to investigate the reasons for her death. In doing so, she explores the dichotomy which separates her from the opera's other female character, the "bad girl" Musetta. 1979. 34 min. Video/C 5363

Tommy (1975)
Directed by Ken Russell; featuring The Who (Music group), Ann Margret, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Jack Nicholson, Tina Turner, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Robert Powell. A classic rock opera about a boy, traumatized by the murder of his father, who becomes deaf, dumb and blind. Growing into manhood he is subjected to bizarre cure attempts by The Acid Queen, the Preacher, and the Specialist. In spite of his handicap, Tommy defeats the Pinball Wizard and attains a devoted following and finally cured, is hailed by his fans as a "Messiah". 108 min. DVD 5708; vhs 999:1483
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Tristan und Isolde
By Richard Wagner. Cast: Rene Kollo, Matti Salminen, Johanna Meier, Hermann Becht, Robert Schunk, Hanna Schwarz, Helmut Pampuch, Martin Egel. Bayreuth Festival Chorus, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Recorded: Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 1-9 October 1983. When Tristan kills Isolde's fiance, Morold, in combat, Isolde challenges him to give her satisfaction for Morold's death. Isolde resolves that both she and Tristan should drink a toast of "atonement" and die. But her faithful maid, Brangaene, substitutes a love potion for the death-potion. 245 min. DVD 9709

Tristan et Isolde: drame lyrique en 3 actes
Performer: Birgit Nilsson, Jon Vickers, Ruth Hesse, Walter Berry, Bengt Rundgren; Orchestra National de l'O.R.T.F., conductor, Karl Bohm; Choeurs New Philharmonica de Londres. A live performance of Richard Wagner's tragic opera filmed in 1973 in the Roman Theater at Orange, France with the incomparable Birgit Nilsson as Isolde and Jon Vickers as Tristan. Filmed at the Theatre Antique d'Orange in Orange, France, on July 7, 1973. 214 min. DVD X6312; Video/C 8648

U-Carmen (South Africa, 2004)
Directed by Mark Dornford-May. Cast: Pauline Malefane, Andile Tshoni, Lungelwa Blou, Zorro Sidloyi, Andries Mbali. The story of the doomed affair between Carmen, a cigarette factory worker, and a police sergeant, set in the pool halls, bars, courtyards and barracks of South Africa. 122 min. DVD 8314
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Wonders Are Many
Follows composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars in 2005 as they create an opera about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the first atomic bomb. Interspersed with archival material, commentary and interviews about the subject. Directed and written by Jon Else. 2007. 92 min. DVD X1123

Wozzeck
Libretto by the composer after Georg Buchner's Woyzeck. Cast: Franz Hawlata (Wozzeck) ; Reiner Goldberg (Drum Major) ; Angela Denoke (Marie) ; Hubert Delamboye (Captain) ; Johann Tilli (Doctor) ; David Kuebler (Andres) ; Vivien Tierney (Margret) ; Steven Cole (Fool) ; Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre Del Liceu ; Vivaldi Chorus - IPSI Petits Cantors de Catalunya ; Sebastian Weigle, conductor. Calixto Bieito's controversial but visually stunning production is set in a grisly, chaotic, post-industrial maze, giving a contemporary edge to the disturbing and hair-raising intensity of Alban Berg's expressionistic masterpiece. Special features: Documentary (interview with Sebastian Weigle and Calixto Bieito), synopsis and cast gallery. Recorded in performance Jan. 14 and 17, 2006, Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona. 129 min. DVD 9738

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Africa Come Back: The Popular Music of West Africa (Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music; 7)
From Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, this film traces the ties that bind the music of coastal Africa to the music of Europe and the Caribbean. Spirited performances move through a variety of Afro-European fusions to the tough and exhilirating sounds of urban Jamaican popular music, including reggae and deejay. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7356

African Jim.
Made on the eve of apartheid's inception, this is the first full length feature film made in South Africa with an all native African cast. Featuring top African singers and music of the 1950's, this is a unique record of a lost era. 51 min. Video/C 4008

African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
Documents the role of Hip Hop in the 2007 Senegalese elections. The film follows rappers, graffiti writers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before, during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal. Examines hip-hop's role on the political process as music and spray cans were used to educate and empower the people. Directors, Ben Herson, Magee McIlvaine, and Christopher Moore. c2007. 70 min. DVD X763

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritural dimension named for the Xhosa word for "power". An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph. Featuring Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu. Special features: Q & A with director, producer and Vusi, Vusi at Joe's pub, director and producer commentary, Dave Matthews interview, deleted scenes, sing-a-long, Amandla! production notes, theatrical trailer, and trailer gallery. 2002. 103 min. DVD 8466

Bitter Melons (!Kung San Series).
Portrays the difficulty of survival in the central Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, in a zone where game is scarce because waterholes are dry most of the year. A native musician performs songs about animals, the land, and the social life. Includes traditional music, dances, and children's games. 30 min. Video/C 3427

Blaze Africa
Kenyan musician Odongo Mayaka presents Luo traditional music. 2006. 50 min. DVD 7447

Chopi Music of Mozambique; Banguza Timbila.
Two short documentary films which depict performances of the timbila (marimba) music of the Chopi people who live in the village of Banguza, in the province of Zavala, in Mozambique. The procedures and techniques employed in making the musical instruments are shown in detail and the stories of the dances performed to the music are explained. 60 min. Video/C 3560

The cultural Music of the People and Church of Eastern Africa
A look at songs, hymns and dances by performers from various countries in East Africa, particularly Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. 2004. 34 min. Video/C MM985

Dance, Voodoo, Dance (Benin).
Among the many ethnic groups of Benin, two in particular stand out as practitioners of the ancient rites of voodoo. This program explains who the voodoo practitioners are as well as the mythical origins of their cult; it also shows the music and dance of these two groups. 15 min. Video/C 3028

Didn't We Ramble On.
Film examines how West African people have passed down their rites and spiritual fervor, generation by generation, through the black marching band. As long as 700 years ago, the Yaruba's had musicalprocessions at funerals. By the 17th century, African musicians were seen in Turkish marching bands and admired and copied by the monarchs of Europe. During both World Wars black military bands played a major role in maintaining troop morale. In the U.S. today, the tradition of the black marching band continues on the football fields as exemplified by the Forida A&M Marching Band. In New Orleans today, a jazz procession, a direct cultural link to the Yoruba ceremony of 700 years ago, is an integral part of the Afro-American funerals. By the 17th century, African musicians were seen in Turkish marching bands and admired and copied by the monarchs of Europe. During both World Wars black military bands played a major role in maintaining troop morale. In the U.S. today, the tradition of the black marching band continues on the football fields as exemplified by the Forida A&M Marching Band. In New Orleans today, a jazz procession, a direct cultural link to the Yoruba ceremony of 700 years ago, is an integral part of the Afro-American funeral observance. 1989. 15 min. Video/C 3975

Discovering the Music of Africa
Describes music and rhythms of Africa, especially Ghana, and how they are used both as music and means of communication. Demonstrates the complex rhythmical music of the bells, rattles and the drums; shows several traditional dances. 198? 22 min. Video/C 6549

Djabote: Senegalese Drumming & Song from Master Drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose.
A spellbinding film of an Eric Serra audio recording session of Senegalese master-drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose with his drum orchestra and singers on the Island of Goree, off the coast of Dakar. 1993. 43 min. Video/C 4338

Graceland, the African Concert. (1987)
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Blending the most popular styles of African music, Paul Simon chose the best musicians he knew to join him in introducing that music to the world, playing to a racially mixed audience of over 45,000 people in Zimbabwe. Performers: Paul Simon, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Contents: Township Jive -- Boy in the bubble -- Gumboots -- Whispering bells -- Bring him back home -- Crazy love, volume II -- I know what I know -- Jinkel E. Maweni -- Soweto blues -- Under African skies -- Unomathemba -- Hello my baby -- Homeless -- Graceland -- You can call me Al -- Stimela -- Diamonds on the soles of her shoes -- N'Kosi Sikeleli Africa -- King of Kings. 90 min. DVD 158; also on VHS Video/C 9379

Gumboots
Gumboot dancing was born out of the oppressive gold mines of South Africa. Forbidden to speak and in almost complete darkness, the slave laborers developed their own language by slapping their gumboots and rattling their ankle chains. In time it has developed into a truly unique dance form unrivaled in its energy and physicality, which celebrates the body as a musical instrument while highlighting South Africa's rich culture. Contents: Nelson Mandela Paulina -- Ta la li la le -- Joburg -- Shosholoza -- Egoli, City of Gold -- Joburg (instrumental) -- Sibiziwe -- Amazinyo Amphlophe -- Amazinyo Amhlophe -- Who's foolin who? I'm yoo sexy -- Mabele -- Bump jive -- Uqhuba Isisu -- Dronkie -- Train -- Omm ohh ho la la -- Hiyo! hiyo! -- Ukuvalwa kwe mine -- Asikhathali -- Ma-Gumede. Performers: Vincent Ncabashe, Thami Nkwanyana, Nicholas Nene, Themba Short. 2000. 80 min. Video/C 8295

Hado (South series).
Hado Gorgo Leontine is a 60 year old grandmother and farmer in Burkina Faso and the leader of a 22 piece touring orchestra that travels the country performing traditional songs a well as her own compositions. 13 min. Video/C 3033

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Femi Kuti Live at the Shrine
Disc 2: Intro -- Dem bobo -- Oyimbo -- I wanna be free -- If them want to hear -- Eho -- 1,2,3,4 -- Yeparipa -- Can't bury me -- Bring me the man now -- '97 -- Intro Shotan -- Shotan -- Water no get enemy. Femi Anikulapo Kuti, lead vocals, saxophones ; with vocal and instrumental acc. Disc 1 contains a music documentary of Afrobeat artist Femi Kuti performing live at the Shrine in the his family's hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, where every Sunday Femi plays to a packed house of revelers. Disc 2 is an audio disc containing songs performed at the concert. 87 min. DVD 9374

Have You Seen Drum Recently?
A unique social documentary capturing the scope of black South African life in the fifties and the impact of apartheid on their lives. Includes original fifties music and dance, big band, jazz, swing, kwela, penny whistle. 77 min, PAL format Video/C 3202

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 1.
Dance from Egypt, Uganda, Senegal. Video/C 4506

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 2.
Dance from Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria. Video/C 4507

The JVC/Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthology of Music and Dance of Africa. Volume 3.
Dance from Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana. Video/C 4508

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa II, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania
Contents: Egyptian popular song: "Ana gambak ya kol Iraqi" -- Bedouin dance -- Mal'uf -- Berber dance -- Nawba -- Saharan dance: "Twana" -- Berber street musicians -- Imdyazn -- Street artists of Marrakech -- Masked dance of the Dogon -- Song praising King Iisa -- Sanza -- Balafon -- Dummbo -- Buusaw -- Garayya -- Minstrel poet of Maroua -- Minstrel poet of Dargala -- Cowherd's song of Bogo town -- Drum performance of Guirvidik town -- Dance of the Bambuti -- Dance of the Masai. Video/C 3530

The JVC Video Anthology of World music and Dance. Middle East & Africa III, Chad, Cameroon
Contents: Orchestra of the Town of Mongo -- Sultan's orchestra of the town of Mao -- Festival orchestra -- Dambio -- Hero praise song with Kundinge accompaniment -- Praise song with kukuma accompaniment -- Libo -- Children's dances -- Djele -- Bardjat -- Djersiss -- Al beher -- Am haraba -- Memorial ceremony for King Mkong Moteh -- Mourning music by a mask clan. 41 min. Video/C 3531

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa III, Chad, Cameroon
Contents: Orchestra of the Town of Mongo -- Sultan's orchestra of the town of Mao -- Festival orchestra -- Dambio -- Hero praise song with Kundinge accompaniment -- Praise song with kukuma accompaniment -- Libo -- Children's dances -- Djele -- Bardjat -- Djersiss -- Al beher -- Am haraba -- Memorial ceremony for King Mkong Moteh -- Mourning music by a mask clan. Video/C 3532

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Middle East & Africa IV, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Republic of South Africa
Contents: Singing and performing on a bow harp -- Drum language -- Gbagba -- Goli -- Gegon mask dance: "The maple song" -- Children's dance of Biankouma: "Lelje" -- Children's dance of Biankouma: "Gua" -- Stilt dance of the kupegbouni -- Masked dance of Bangolo -- Acrobatic dance of the snake girl -- Dance of Zorofla women: "Greagba" -- Masked dance: "Uale" -- Dance of the leopard association -- Musical bow performance -- Handelo -- Dongo -- Trance-dance treatment of sickness -- Lullaby accompanied by musical bow -- Wedding ceremony. Video/C 3533

Kenyatta University, Muziki Wetu
Kenyatta University, the cradle of music scholarship and performance in Kenya, presents contemporary and traditional music and dance of Kenya through performances in designated "cultural villages" throughout the country. 2003. 60 min. Video/C MM991

The Kenya Cultural Music Safari.
This music and dance video from Kenya brings together the cultural diversity of the North Rift which includes Turkana, Pokot, Kipsigis and the Kapsengwer peoples. The songs and dances focus mainly on the environment in which they live, heroic acts and praise for their cultural heritage. Nairobi : Ministry of Information and Communications, Dept. of Film Services, c2002. 27 min. DVD 9544

Konkombe: Nigerian Music
An extraordinary journey into the Nigerian pop music scene including juju, Afrobeat, highlife, reggae, afro-pop and Lagos street music. Includes performances, interviews, and recording sessions with Sunny Ade, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, I.K. Dairo, Sonny Okusun, Lijadu Sisters, and others. 1988. 50 min. DVD 981; also VHS Video/C 3264

Mbira Music: The Spirit of the People.
A music documentary. 52 min. PAL format Video/C 3204

Music of the Spirits.
Features a performance of traditional mbira music performed by Stella Nekati-Chiweshe of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Images of traditional hut painting by Othelia Ngwena and "Bib Boy" Sibanda, aspects of the stone structures of Great Zimbabwe and ancient rock paintings accompany Stella's evocative music. 26 min. Video/C 3553

Oba Koso: Nigerian Music and Dance Drama
Excerpts from the famous Yoruba folklore drama about a wicked man who tries to overthrow the king. Features intricate dance steps, brilliantly colored costumes, and Yoruba instruments and singing. 28 min. Video/C 5967

On Tiptoe: The Music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Library of African Cinema)
Tells the inspiring story of the group that introduced South African music to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The film recounts how a music affirming its deeply traditional roots has been passed down and popularized under the most hostile circumstances. With its origins in the oppression of the apartheid years, Zulu men driven from their land to jobs in cities and mines, eager to maintain contact with their homeland, invented a kind of singing and dancing descended from traditional Zulu "stomping." They added influences from American popular music -- vaudeville, rag time, gospel and rock 'n roll to invent a unique musical form of resistance. 2000. 56 min. Video/C 8260

The People Will Dance.
In Nigeria a village chieftain tries to convince his villagers to locate a missing canoe but all they want to do is dance. A drama designed to highlight the dance and music of the people of the Benue State. 120 min. Video/C 4327

Repercussions: A Celebration of African Influenced Music.
For other installments of this series, see African American music
Born Musicians: Traditional Music from the Gambia. Traveling from remote villages to Gambia's capital, Banjul, this program focuses on the music of the Mandinkas and their jalis, the society's hereditary professional musicians. Displaying the delicate beauty of such instruments as the 21 string harp-lute and the xylophone and the expressive singing of the instrumentalist's wives, Gambian music is presented as an essential part of ceremonial occasions. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7350
The Drums of Dagbon. Dagbon, a 500-year old kingdom in Northern Ghana, has an elaborate royal hierarchy in which each member has his own orchestra of "talking drums." This program, filmed on location, explores the ritual use of drum music at every milestone of life in the villages. The roles of the master drummers, born into their calling and rigorously trained from childhood as guardians of their culture, are also examined. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 7351
On the Battlefield: Gospel Quartets Spirituals have been described both as the literature of American slavery and as the jewels that slaves brought out of bondage. Today, the harmony, percussive precision, and evangelical fervor of gospel music have made it a hit around the world. This program examines the influence of African music on the gospel sound and spotlights venerable gospel groups concluding with a Sunday gospel quartet celebration. 1984. 60 min. Video/C 7352

Rewind: Based on Rewind, a Cntata for Voice, Tape and Testimony
In 2006 South African composer, Philip Miller, created a cantata to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Liza Key's documentary, Rewind is a bricolage of interviews, news archive and extracts from the Market Theatre performance of REwind: A Cantata for Voice Tape and Testimony .... Rewind is an original and devastating expose of injustice under apartheid. Soloists, Sibongile Khumalo, Kimmy Skota, Arthur Swan, Kaiser Nkosi ; choir, Gauteng Choristers. Conceived and composed by Philip Miller; produced by Philip Key ; directed by Liza Key . 52 min. DVD X2498

Rhythm of Resistance.
Features South African music that has been ignored, suppressed or ghettoized, some filmed clandestinely. Featured performers: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Malombo, Johnny Clegg/Shipho Mchunu of Juluka, The Mahotella Queens, Abafana Baseqhudeni and others. 47 min. DVD 980; also VHS Video/C 1583

SongoLoLo: Voices of Change.
This documentary program presents an example of Black South African anti-apartheid culture. By means of poetry, music, politics and social life Blacks express their feelings against apartheid. Includes interviews with Black South African intellectuals. 1990. 54 min. Video/C 5789

Songs Worth Singing, Words Worth Saying
Through a series of summer music and poetry workshops, panel discussions and seminars, young people representing a range of cultural organisation in Cape Town were exposed to the musical strengths of different communities. This compilation comprising of a DVD, CD and E-songbook showcases the performance of seven youth musical groups and ten young poets from communities such as Kensington, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Nomzamo Yethu and Hout Bay, Athlone and Pinelands at the Reconciliation Day presentation 2007. Contents: What if -- She was born during a Cape Flats storm -- Cape Jazz -- Cape jazz medley one -- Caged -- Mbombela, the train of hate -- The struggle movements one --String tone lyric -- The struggle movement two and three -- African lullaby: Thula, thula -- As he weer kom -- Ghoemaliedjies -- Ghoema, ghoema dans met my -- Daar kom die Alibama -- Cries -- Daar kom die Alibama (instrumental version) -- Tshumayela -- Rosa -- Cape jazz medley two -- These are people -- Nomalizo -- Mixed masala -- Moppies -- Moppies medley -- Dare -- Rainbow imagine nation -- Suffering -- Political and spiritual songs -- New vision -- We shall overcome. 2007. 88 min. DVD X2499
Sworn to the Drum: A Tribute to Francisco Aguabella.
A film-portrait of the Afro-Cuban master drummer, Francisco Aguabella. Born in Cuba, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1957 where he made outstanding contributions to Latin popular music while maintaining his roots in traditional Afro-Cuban religious drumming. Film explores Aguabella's role both as a sacred drummer and a figure of historical influence in Latin Jazz, Pop and Fusion. Included are many interviews with musicians who have worked with him an have been influence by his music. 35 min. Video/C 4067

We Jive Like This.
Records the dance, poetry, theatre and music of South Africas' streets and backyards which provide a kind of street education in the arts and function as an outlet for self-expression which developed as an effort to heal the ravages suffered from apartheid, especially the psychic wounds experienced by the children of South Africa. 54 min. DVD X8638

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Chants de Sable et d'Etoiles: Chants of Sand and Stars
So you think you know Jewish music? This film literally goes to the four corners of the Earth to collect performances of sounds that make up traditional Jewish music. From Belgium to Canada, from France to Israel, to the Netherlands and further...this exhaustive celebration of Yiddish songs, Klezmer music, synagogue celebrations and Jewish chant examines the role music plays in uniting and sustaining Jewish culture and faith throughout the world. 90 min. Video/C 6017

Crossing the Bridge--The Sound of Istanbul
Alexander Hacke, European musician and composer, sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul as he roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and microphone to assemble a portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electron, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". The film is also a visual documentary of Istanbul, with stark contrasts of old and new, western and eastern, poor and rich, modern and traditional. 2005. 90 min. DVD 6479

Davies, Sam. "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 1 (January 2006) p. 52UC users only

Dissonance and Harmony
Follows a group of musicians from the Middle East as they travel to the United States to work with American musicians, form bonds, entertain people, and discuss how the political situations in their countries have direct effects on their music, careers, and beliefs. Features Egyptian pop star Saad El Soghayar, Jordanian composer and devout Muslim Tareq Al Nassar, Lebanese hip-hop artist Wael Kodeih (a.k.a. Rayess Bek), Lebanese activist Tania Saleh, and Ilham Al Madfai, an Iraqi guitarist who was the first to play traditional Iraqi folk music on Western instruments. Originally broadcast on PBS on Nov. 2, 2008 as an episode of the television program America at a crossroads. 60 min. DVD X1288

Googoosh: Iran's Daughter
Googoosh, Iran's legendary pop diva, was silenced following the 1979 Islamic revolution, when women singers were labeled "temptresses" and forbidden to perform publicly in the presence of men or to release recordings. Looks at her beginnings as a child star to her full-fledged adult career of unpreceedented scope, to silence and resurgence. Packed with clips from her films as well as concert footage, examines her image and cultural significance, and places her story in a political and historical context. 2004. 158 min. DVD 3305

The JVC Video Anthology of World music and Dance. Middle East & Africa I, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar
Contents: Azan -- Mehter: "Eski ordu marsi" ("An old army march") -- Hancer bar -- Dances from the Gaziantep region -- Dance from the Black Sea region -- Dance from the Afyon region -- Saz -- Dance from the Silifke region -- Asik -- Sema -- Santur: "Nagme-ye karevan" -- Bedouin dance -- Contemorary Iraqi song: "Ya zahrat al-madiyin" -- Lebanese popular song: "Ya qalbi" -- Belly dance -- Traditional songs of the Persian Gulf Arab States -- Bedouin song and dance -- Mortar-pounding song -- Song and dance of welcome. 60 min. Video/C 3529

The JVC Video Anthology of World music and Dance. Middle East & Africa II, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Mali, Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania
Contents: Egyptian popular song: "Ana gambak ya kol Iraqi" -- Bedouin dance -- Mal'uf -- Berber dance -- Nawba -- Saharan dance: "Twana" -- Berber street musicians -- Imdyazn -- Street artists of Marrakech -- Masked dance of the Dogon -- Song praising King Iisa -- Sanza -- Balafon -- Dummbo -- Buusaw -- Garayya -- Minstrel poet of Maroua -- Minstrel poet of Dargala -- Cowherd's song of Bogo town -- Drum performance of Guirvidik town -- Dance of the Bambuti -- Dance of the Masai. 56 min. Video/C 3530

Night on the Sea of Galilee: Israel Folk Dance Festival.
A collection of the best folkloric dance groups performing in Israel today, consisting of one hour of action, colors and music reflecting the traditions and history of the Israeli people. 41 min. Video/C 1994

The Singing Sheikh.
Sheikh Imam Mohammad Ahmad Eissa, born 1918, is famous throughout the Arab world for his folk songs indicting the ruling classes. He is considered the voice of the oppressed, banned from state television and radio. 11 min. Video/C 3034

Information about his film from First Run/Icarus web site

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Ethnographic film of Upper Egypt with footage of agricultural workers, work songs, household activities,epic songs and folktales, music and dance, musical instruments and religious customs. Contents: Lavoro e canto = Work and song -- Lo spazio domestico: lavoro, rito e gioco = The household: work, ritual and play -- Una fiaba: "La figlia del nibbio" = A folk-tale: "The kite's daughter" -- "Abu zayd e zanati halifa": canto epico hilaliano = Hilali epic song -- Musica e danza = Music and dance -- Strumenti musicali = Musical instruments -- Religiosita popolare = Popular religiosity. In Arabic with introductions to each segment in Italian. 32 min. Video/C 9658

Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt.
Documentary about singer Umm Kulthum, born a peasant at the turn of the century, who became a powerful symbol of the aspirations of her country. Produced, written and directed by Michal Goldman. Based on the book: "The voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic song, and Egyptian society in the twentieth century" by Virginia Danielson. c1996. 69 min. DVD 8835; vhs Video/C MM84
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Asia: China, Korea, Japan

The Art of Kabuki
This program provides an introduction to the 400-year-old tradition of Kabuki, explaining its origins and purposes, its literary sources, and the meaning of its symbolism. The program shows the rehearsal, preparation of costume and wigs, and the performance of the Kabuki play. 35 min. Video/C 3029

A Chinese Cracker: The Making of The Peony Pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris.
Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The Peony Pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context. c2001. 53 min. Video/C 8674

Dream Girls
Each year thousands of Japanese girls apply to enter the highly disciplined school for the Takarazuka Revue, the incredibly successful musical theater company where women play both male and female roles. This documentary presents a compelling look at this company and phenomenon, and a study on the interplay of gender and sexual identity in Japan today. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 7630

Five Generations of Musicians.
Profiles a Korean musician and his ancestors who for five generations have been performing traditional Korean music and dance. 38 min. Video/C 3683

From Mao to Mozart.
From Mao to Mozart: Follows Isaac Stern to China where he taught classical music to Chinese students. Contains a segment on the suffering of Chinese musicians during the Cultural Revolution. Musical encounters: A poignant short film made twenty years after the original which documents Stern’s return to China. There he finds that the children he had once taught have grown to become master musicians in their own right. Directed by Murray Lerner. 1980. 84 min. DVD X3302; vhs Video/C 2146

Gagaku: The Court Music of Japan.
Performers: Host, William P. Malm with Dr. Sidney Brown and Suenobu Togi; Music Dept. of The Imperial Household Agency, Tokyo. 1989. 29 min. Video/C 2584 (also in Music Library MUSI VCA13)

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 1-2, Kyutei geino to shinji geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Bugaku "Ryoo," Bugaku "Nasori." -- Pt.2. Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri, Omoto saitengaku "Imayo," Kurozumikyo saitengaku kibigaku "Haru." Video/C 6300 Pt. 1-2

Geisha Blues
Contents: Vol. 1. Kawakaze -- Kono saki ni -- Hike wa kokonotsu -- Sekare -- Otagai ni -- Sake to onna -- Hana no kumo -- Hitokoe wa -- Nushi wa Amerika -- Hitokoe wo (Hana no azuma) -- Harete kumo ma ni. Ko-uta are a window into the intimade side of the geisha world. Here Liza Dalby introduces the genre, with recordings of the Kyoto geisha Sumika and shamisen player Kasuga Nobuyuki. Each song is accompanied by evocative imagery and Japanese and English text. The text accompanying the songs appears in Japanese script, romaji, and English translation. Written, produced, and directed by Liza Dalby. DVD X166

Genghis Blues
This documentary tells the story of a blind blues singer, Paul Pena, and his triumphant trek to the forgotten land of Tuva seeking the mysterious art of throat singing, a seemingly impossible form of singing that produces multiple vocal tones simultaneously. He traveled to Tuva to live among the descendants of Genghis Khan and to compete in their triennial throat singing contest. Special features: Concert footage, running commentary, interview with filmmakers, Paul Pena biography, Tuva information page, interactive menu. 1999. 90 min. DVD 414

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 3-4, Bukkyo gyoji to Bukkyo geino.
Contents: Pt. 1. Shitennoji shoryoe, Todaiji shunie goya, jinjo -- Pt. 2. Shingonshu Buzan-ha Nika hoyo tsuki chukyoku rishuzanmai, Sotoshu Daihonzan Eiheiji Ryakufusatsu. Video/C 6301 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 5-7, No to kyogen.
Contents: Pt. 1. No "Funabenkei," -- Pt. 2. Kyogenjo "Nasu no Yoichi katari," Kyogen "Boshibari" -- Pt. 3. Kurokawa no "Shiki sanban," Nogo no noto kyogen, Mibu dainembutsu kyogen "Dojoji,", Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Sagiryu kyogen "Sadogitsune," Sado Daizen Jinja takigino Kita-ryu "Aoinoue." Video/C 6302 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 8-15, Kabuki
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Kabuki I: "Kanadehon Chushingura," nanadanme Gion Ichiriki jaya no ba. -- Pt. 3-4 Kabuki II: "Ehon Taikoki," judanme Amagasaki kankyo no ba. -- Pt. 5-6 Kabuki III: "Kanjincho," ataka no seki no ba. -- Pt. 7. Kabuki IV (jo): "Sannin kichisa kuruwa no hatsugai," okawabata Koshinzuka no ba, "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya Koshisaki no ba. -- Pt. 8 Kabuki IV (ge): "Kuruwa Bunsho," Yoshidaya okuzashiki no ba. Video/C 6303 Pt. 1-8

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 16-18, Bunraku.
Contents: Pt. 1-2 Bunraku I: "Omi Genji senjinyakata" Moritsuna jinya no dan. -- Pt. 3. Bunraku II: Hadesugata onna maiginu Sakaya no dan. Video/C 6304 Pt. 1-3

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 19-20, Katarimono no ongaku.
Contents: Pt. 1. Moso biwa "Kaidan hoyo," heikyoku "Nasu no Yoichi," Satsuma biwa "Jinyoko," Chikuzen biwa "Nasu no Yorchi." -- Pt. 2. Gidayubushi "Nozaki-mura-Shinban Utazaimon," Shinnaibushi "Rancho-Wakaki no adanaguca, Tokiwazubushi," Seki no to-Tsumoru koi yuki no sekito, "Kiyomotabushi Miyama no hana todokann edaburi, Rokyoku "Nogitsune Sanji." Video/C 6305 Pt. 1-2

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 21, Edo nagauta to kabuki buyo.
Contents: Nagauta "Kishu Dojoji," Buyo "Shiokumi." Video/C 6306

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 22, Kamigatauta to zashikimai.
Contents: Inoue-ryu Kyomai "Yuko," Yamamura-ryu Kamigatamai "Kigisu." Video/C 6307

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 23, Sankyoku.
Contents: Sokyoku danmono "Rokudan," Sokyoku Kumiuta "Shiki no kyoku," Yamada-ryu sokyoku "Hototogisu," Sankyoku gasso "Yugao," Shakuhachi Honkyoku "Sokaku Reibo." Video/C 6308

JVC Anthology of Japanese Classical Performing Arts. 24-25, Ongaku o chushin ni mita Nihon koten geinoshi.
Contents: Pt. 1. Nihon ongaku no akebono, Tairiku ongaku no torai to shoka, Bukkyo geino no denrai to shoka, Nihon geino no koryu. -- Pt. 2. Shamisen no denrai, Junana-seiki no kigaku gasso, Gendai no kigaku gasso, Ningyo shibai no tenkai, Shamisen no hatten, Kabuki no ongaku. Video/C 6309

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia I, Korea 1
Contents: Hyangak: "P'yojongmanbang-jigok" -- Chongjae: mugoch'um -- Salp'uri --Chakpop: Parach'um -- Kayagum pyongch'ang: "Sae-t'aryong" ("Song of the birds") -- Chongak: taegum solo: "Sangyongsan" from "Pyongjo hoesang" -- Talch'um -- Pompae: "Toryanggye" performed with Nabich'um. 49 min. Video/C 3514

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia II, Korea 2
Contents: Sungmu -- Chakpop: Parach'um -- Kop'uri -- Salp'uri -- P'ansori: "Hungboga" -- Koktukaksi-norum -- Chul-t'agi -- Nongak -- Mudang kut. 255 min. Video/C 3515

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia III, China 1.
Contents: Dizi: "Gusuxing" ("Trip to Suzhou") -- Pipa: "Shimian maifu" ("Ambush on all sides") -- Erhu: "Erquan Yingyue" ("The moon reflected in a spring") -- Zheng: "Yuzhou changwan" ("The fisherman singing in the evening") -- Instrumental ensemble: "Chunjiang huayueye" ("A beautiful moonlit night by the river in springtime") -- From liyuanxi: "Paixiongwu" ("Beating the chest dance") -- Instrumental ensemble: "Meihuacao" ("Plum blossoms") -- Dongxiao: "Huainian" ("Nostalgia") -- From liyuanxi: Colored ball dance -- From jingju: "Bawang bieji" ("The King's parting with his favorite") -- From chuanju: "Baishezhuan" ("The white snake"). 60 min. Video/C 3516

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia IV, China 2.
Contents: Dage -- Dage: "Xianzige" -- Shange -- Shange -- Narrative song: "Kaitian pide" ("The origin of heaven and earth") -- Sword dance: "Eruyeba shuadao" -- Dage -- Datiao: ("Beat leap") -- Lushengtiao ("Reed mouth organ leap") -- Dance with song and lusheng: "Amengda" -- Dance with song: "Orere" -- Circle dance with song: "Alili" -- Gugi: "Ximasha" -- Lusheng, flute, and Kouxian -- Masked dance-drama: "Rgya-lu Rngon-pa" and dance of battle. 55 min. Video/C 3517

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. East Asia V, China 3.
Contents: Threshing song and lullaby -- Mashrap -- Dance from Kucha -- Song with dutar and daf: "A woman as beautiful as the moon" -- Panjgah-mukam: "Sambang" -- Group dance: "The joy of the farmers" -- Dance Solo: "Pomegranate garden" -- Doppasorman -- Mukam -- Mashrap -- Urtiin duu: "Uyaxan ambuu tiviin naran" ("The beautiful sun of the universe") -- Urtiin duu: "Ulemdziin canar" ("Ulemdziin's traits") -- Xoomij: "Tsombon tuuraitai xuren" ("The chestnut horse with round hooves") and "Xanin dzoroo mori" ("The dzoroo horse that walks with small steps like a sheep"). 44 min. Video/C 3518

A Korean Festival of Music and Dance
Video/C 3678

Living Music for Golden Mountains
A portrait of a folk musician from southern China, Leo Lew, telling about his immigration to America and his commitment to teaching the traditions of Cantonese music to generations of Chinese-Americans. Directed by Arthur E. Dong. 1981. 27 min. Video/C MM894

Living Treasures of Japan.
Profiles nine artisans and performing artists who are recognized by law as "holders of important intangible cultural properties" and are charged with publicly exhibiting their works and teaching their artistry to apprentices. Pays visits to a potter, doll sculptor, papermaker, koto musician, swordmaker, textile weaver and dyer, kabuki theater actor, and bellmaker. 59 min. Video/C 337

Monkey King Looks West.
This colorful production contrasts the rich heritage of Chinese opera with the day-to-day realities of its emigre performers in New York's Chinatown. Having come to America, these performers cannot support themselves through their art, but they are determined to keep it alive, working at menial jobs during the day, but in their spare time performing and teaching Chinese Opera. 1989. 42 min. Video/C 6788

Music of Bunraku.
Shows the exotic drama of Bunraku, the puppet theater of Japan, and is intended to enable the viewer to understand its music as well. The musical styles, notation and performers of Bunraku are introduced by Prof. William P. Malm of the University of Michigan, while the historic roots of Bunraku, as illustrated in antique paintings and prints, are explained by Prof. Sidney D. Brown of the University of Oklahoma. Artists from the National Bunraku Theater of Japan demonstrate the musical styles of Bunraku, and perform Ise ondo koi no netaba (The massacre of a geisha house in Ise). 1991. 29 min. Video/C 2583 (also in Music Library MUSI VCA22)

Music of Modern Japan.
Modern Japan has nurtured a rich variety of musical forms. This film offers a representative sample of this wide variety of forms matched with visual images that each type of music evokes. Everything from and Kabuki music to modern symphonic music and electronic music is covered. 30 min. Video/C 6149

The Musical Steppes of Mongolia
Ethnomusicologist Alain Desjacques takes us on a pilgrimmage to find and record the best traditional musicians and singers on the steppes of Mongolia. Set against stunning vistas of the rugged terrain, the film captures not only the music, but the details of daily life -- hospitality customs, food preparation, games, and care of the herds of horses, yaks, camels and sheep. 51 min. Video/C 8785

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Nagauta: The Heart of Kabuki Music.
Presents the Naguata version of the piece Sue Hirogari by Kineya Rokuzaemon X. Performed on a no drama practice stage by students at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. 31 min. Video/C 3985

Pansori: Korean Dramatic Songs.
Produced by Korea Film Production Center in collaboration with Korean Traditional Performing Arts Centre. An introduction to the history and performance of Pansori, traditional Korean long dramatic songs. 1991. 38 min. Video/C 3676

The Peony Pavilion
This Chinese opera presents a romantic and poetic love story about a woman who returns from the dead to reunite with her true love. This is an abridged version of the epic masterpiece. Combines acting, singing, dance, aerobatics, stilt-walking, puppetry, recitation, pagentry and martial arts. Videodisc release of the 2000 PBS television show. Cast: Qian Yi, Wen Yuhang. 120 min. DVD 825

The Performing Arts. (Japan, The Living Tradition)
Introduces the performing arts of Japan with a survey of some of the most important. Discusses some of the early origins of theater and dance. Examines the unique form of puppet theatre called Bunraku, the music and dance of Kabuki, and modern films. Discusses origins, distinctive features, and relationship with audience. 1976. 56 min. Video/C 3244 Pt. 1-2

Performing arts of China: The Opera
An overview of traditional Chinese opera, a complex mixture of music, mime, acrobatics and acting, including a discussion of some orchestral instruments. 27 min. MUSI VCA41 (Music Library)

The Perfumed Handkerchief: a Chinese Opera.
Performed on location by members of the Peking Opera Theatre. Stars from the Peking Opera Theatre perform on location at the splendid Imperial Summer Palace of Peking. In this ancient story of romance and humor told in the idiom of the Chinese opera, falsetto singing and stylized gestures epitomize the traditional culture of the Orient, as do the beautiful sets and costumes. "Adapted from a traditional Sichauan opera piece." 1981. 70 min. Video/C 6882

Shinto Festival Music.
Describes the music and theatricals of Shinto which has remained fundamental to the Japanese lifestyle. 30 min. Video/C 3986

Seiichi Tanaka & San Francisco Taiko Dojo Highlights
Features selections from performances by members of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo, a group based in California, which performs the art of Taiko (Japanese drum). 2008. DVD X6878

Two Faces of Thailand: A Musical Portrait
Popular music in Thailand, where even the king of Thailand is a jazz musician, juxtapositions folk music with Western pop to produce the Luk Tung music scene. Director Marre, joins Luk Tung star Sumbatcharon on the road as he takes his huge troupe across country to stage sprawling, uniquely Thai extravaganzas that are the common man's entertainment. We are also taken into the cities, into the kick-boxing arenas and the red-light districts where music plays an integral role. 60 min. Video/C 3586

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South/Southeast Asia/Oceania/Pacific Islands

Action Remix Geet Mala. (1999)
Contemporary "super hit" songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films. Song selections: Pardesi babu, Doli saja ke rakhna, Kachche dhage, Wajood, Hu tu tu, Private songs, Daag, Aa ab laut chalen, Kala Samara jiya, Bade dil wala, Hum aapke dil mein rehte hain, Doli sajea ke rakhna, Zakhm, Lal badshah, Laawaris, Lo main agaya. 176 min. Video/C 6866

Ajuba Dance and Drama Co.
Introduces a troupe of popular entertainers in North India. Performing in private compounds, factory yards, and mango groves, they stage a type of theatre known as Nautanki, an amalgam of music, dance, comedy routines, and drama. Nautanki draws as easily from the arts of royal courts as it does from the latest Bombay feature films. 20 min. Video/C 3380

Bhangra Dance Hits (199-?)
Performances of contemporary Indian music and dance. Performers: Daler Mehndi, Bhuppi, Malkit Singh, Bally Sagoo, Raageshwari, Sukhbir, Stereo Nation, Nitin Bali, Mika Singh, Baba Sehgal, Gurdas Maan, Jassi, Aziz, Udham Singh, Tabun. 94 min. Video/C 6863

Bran nue dae
This film is structured around two main themes; the production of the musical entitled Bran Nue Dae and the life of Jimmy Chi. Both elements are interwoven with key participants, players in Jimmy's life and archival footage. The musical Bran Nue Dae, devised by Jimmy Chi, is the story of an Aboriginal boy's flight home from the city of Perth to his homeland at Djaridjin. His search for identity, love and security are shown through a blend of traditional Aboriginal music, rock and roll, blues and opera. Produced and directed by Tom Zubrycki. 1991. 55 min. DVD 9187

Buddha and the Rice-planters: Songs and Drums of Sri Lanka
In the 3rd century B.C. Sinhalese village life, folklore, religious rites, sculpture, painting, music and dance became wholly integrated with Buddhism and remains so today. Villagers are seen cultivating and harvesting their rice fields, accompanied by songs and dances. 198? 27 min. Video/C MM1016

Eros Top 20 Hits. Vol. 1. (199-?)
Popular musical numbers from Hindi language motion pictures released by Eros International. Contents: Dil se [motion picture]. Chaiya chaiya [song] -- Ghulam. Aati kya khandala -- Duplicate. Kathai aakhon wali -- Major Saab. Sona sona -- Zor. Main apna namm bhula -- Kareeb. Churalona dil mera -- Saat rang ke sapne. Aati ho to chal -- Dushman. Pyar ko ho jane do -- Yugpurush. Chalo hum dono -- Bandhan. Balle balle -- Barood. Razi razi mein hoon -- Kabhi na kabhi. Tu hi tu -- Jeans. Columbus Columbus -- Sham ghansham. Mitwa re -- Satya. Goli maar -- Jane jigar. Naraz kyon ho -- Saat rang ke sapne. Ba ba batao na -- Major Saab. Pyar kiya to nibhana -- Kabhi na kabhi. Mere yaara dil daara -- Ghulam. Tujhko kya. 104 min. Video/C 6865

The Flute Player
Documentary about the life and work of Cambodian genocide survivor, Arn Chorn-Pond. Shows his attempts to bring Cambodia's once outlawed traditional music back to the Cambodian people. Also features members of the Cambodian Master Performers Program. 2003. 53 min. DVD 2501

Free to Sing?: The Music of Suman Chatterjee.
Suman Chatterjee is a Bengali political singer from Calcutta whose political stance, critical of the right as well as the left, has made him a persecuted and an immensely popular singer at the same time. This film which contains interviews with Suman and citizens of Calcutta, poets, journalists, artists, intellectuals and fellow musicians is also generously interlaced with song sequences and scenes from Calcutta. 56 min. Video/C 4715

I'm British But--
Using Bhangra and Bangla music and the testimonies of young British Asians, the video uncovers a defiant popular culture--a synthesis--part Asian, part British. 30 min. Video/C 3827

Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Indian Classical Music.
Compilation of performances featuring some of the finest musicians of India: Ali Akbar Khan, Alla Rakha, Amjad Khan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, and Ravi Shankar. Each a supreme virtuoso of his instrument, the artists perform ragas that illustrate the range, scope and texture of Indian classical music. 85 min. Video/C 4583

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Oceania I, Micronesia, Melanesia, Australia.
Contents: Canoe navigation dance -- Lehp -- Stick dance -- Dance of welcoming: "Hafa adai" ("Hello") -- Wedding dance -- Dance based on lullabies -- Tagarangau -- Woragutngau -- Sumi -- Kul -- Song of the mythical ancestors -- Ensemble of seven bamboo flutes and drum: "Yumanwusmange" -- Memorial service in the village of Gaikorobi -- Work song -- Jew's harp performance -- Song and dance from Bellona -- Dance from Tiga -- Dance from Ouvea -- Dance from the eastern side of the main island (New Caledonia) -- Ngalko -- Balununbir -- Bomba -- Gomonge -- Bulunbulun -- Larajeje -- Baritje -- Brolga. 53 min. Video/C 3542

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Oceania II, Polynesia, New Zealand
Contents: Excerpts from a [Tahitian] drama -- Himene-tarava -- 'Otea -- 'Ute -- 'Aparima: "O Vai 'ete rabi" -- Putu -- Song and dance from the Marquesas -- Tape'a -- Fa'ataupati -- Ma'ulu'ulu -- Sasa -- Seated dance -- Ula -- Prelude to ma'ulu'ulu -- Mauluulu -- Me'etu'upaki -- Lakalaka -- Seasea -- Meke wesi -- "Isa Lei" ("Farewell Song") -- Songs and dances -- Kaparima: "Taku manu e" -- Kaparima: "Onakura" -- 'Ura pa'u -- fa'atele -- Parting song -- Haka poi -- Tititorea -- Maori love song: "Pokarekare ana". 39 min. Video/C 3543

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia I, India 1
Contents: Bharata natyam: "A devotional dance to Shiva" -- Kathakali: "Dryodana-vadham" from the Mahabharata -- Manipuri: "Vasanta Ras" ("Circular dance of spring") -- Kathak: "Panchavati-varnam" (Rama and Sita in the forest) -- Folk dance from Manipuri "Thougal jagoi" (Prayer for a rich harvest) -- Dhol cholam -- Kathak: "Tarana". 54 min. Video/C 3524

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia II, India 2
Contents: Chhau: "Mahishasur-vadh" (Killing of the demon Mahishasur); "Abhimanyu-vadh" (Death of the young hero Abhimanyu) -- Chhau: "Hara-Parvati" ("Shiva and Parvati"); "Ratri" ("Night"); "Nabik" ("Boatman"); "Mayur" ("Peacock") -- Yakshagana: "Abhimanyu-vadhum" -- Geet or bhajan -- Bhajan. 53 min. Video/C 3525

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia III, India 3
Contents: Rudra-vina -- Sitar -- Pabuji-ki-phad -- Kath-putli -- Folk songs from Bengal -- Bhatiyali: "Majhi baiya yaore, akul dariyar majhe" -- Sari-gan: "Sundoira majhir nao ujan chale dhaiya" -- Baul songs -- Lalan giti: "Sabloke Kaya Lalan ki jat samsare" -- Prem-tattva: "E prem garal makha naya " -- Guru-tattva: "Ki chamatkar phal go Guru dhare oi gachhe". 38 min. Video/C 3526

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia IV, Pakistan, Bangladesh
Contents: Qawwali -- Hamd -- Manqabat -- Trance ritual of bitan and instrumental prelude -- Lolo han -- Bericho surnai -- Tarwar -- Trance ritual of bitan -- Women's dance: "Sonari ansh" ("Golden fiber") -- Mountain folk dance -- Dance-drama: "Our life". 52 min. Video/C 3527

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. South Asia V, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan
Contents: Tovil -- Dance based on the Kohomba kankariya ceremony: "Asne" -- Dance based on a ritual to Devol: "Telme" -- Dance from Perahara Festival: "Ves" -- Dance based on a ritual to Devol: "Devol" -- Panchaturya -- Hunting song of the Vedda -- Gaine song with sarangi: "Krishna murari" -- Dhime, dapa khin, dholak and madal -- Dapa khala -- Lamaist ritual music -- Masked dance-drama: "Mahakali pyakhan" -- Cham. 48 min. Video/C 3528

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Southeast Asia I, Vietnam, Cambodia
Contents: Water puppet play -- Sao -- Saranai and trong ki nang -- Roneat -- Sao phong tieu, t'rung, and angklung -- Dan tranh: "Treo len nui thien thai" ("Climbing Mt. Thien Thai") -- Folk song with dance: "Ngoi tua man thuyen" ("Reclining on the side of a boat") -- Folk instruments performance -- Saranai, trong bara nung, and trong ki nang -- Gong ensemble -- Festival of the Gialai people -- Apsara dance -- Lakhon Bassac -- Folk instruments performance -- Wedding ceremony. 47 min. Video/C 3519

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Southeast Asia II, Thailand, Burma
Contents: Fawn tien -- Ram sat chatri -- Khon: "Prince Rama's fight with the Devil King Thosakanth" from the Ramakian -- Dance-drama: "Chui-chai Prahm" ("Chui-chai of a Brahmin") -- Jakhe: "Lao Phaen" -- Khlui: "Phya Kruan" -- So sam sai: "Khaek mon" -- Kruang sai: "Lao duong duen" -- Molam -- Classical music in the yo-daya style: "Mo bwe nan thein" ("Song of the rain god") -- Monkey play -- Hsaing-waing ensemble: Overture -- Salutation dance -- Dance to pray for the protection of the spirits -- Saung -- Drum dance -- Dance performance: Pledge of love -- Puppet dance. 58 min. Video/C 3520

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Southeast Asia III, Malaysia, Philippines
Contents: From a court dance: "Tarinai Layang Mas" ("Golden swallow dance") -- From folk tradition: "Selayang Kercing" ("Flying Kercing") -- Dance-drama: Ramayana -- Sapeh: "Jempen letoh" -- Balingbing -- Tongali -- Onnat -- Kulibit -- Paldong -- Saggeypo -- Tongatong -- Topayya -- Palook -- Fishermen's supplication dance: "Tahing baila" -- Bamboo pole dance: "Singkil" -- Folk dance medley. 45 min. Video/C 3521

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Southeast Asia IV, Indonesia 1
Contents: Gamelan: "Sekar jupun" -- Pendet -- Baris -- Legong keraton -- Kebyar trompong -- Calonarang. 60 min. Video/C 3522

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance. Southeast Asia V, Indonesia 21
Contents: Kecak -- Wayang -- Gamelan degung -- Tembang Sunda Cianjuran -- Pantun: "Mundinglaya Dikusumah" ("The story of Mundinglaya") -- Tembang Sunda Cianjuran: "Papatet" -- Tarawangsa and kacapi siter: "Kidung" -- Celempungan: "Tablo". 43 min. Video/C 3523

Kamal Dandona's Bollywood Awards
Performers: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Javed Jaffery, Anupam Kher, Shilpa Shetty, Junoon, Runa Laila, Apache Indian and South Asian singers, musicians and dancers. Awards ceremonies for South Asian films interspersed with dance and musical performances by various Indian motion picture stars, musicians and singers. Humanitarian award presented to entertainer Michael Jackson. 199-? 74 min. Video/C 6862

Kay ganda ng ating musika: with Kuh Ledesma
Popular singer Kih Ledesma performs songs of the cultural minorities of the Philippines. VHS format (PAL). In Tagalog. 46 min. Video/C 9159

Kembali: To Return
Presents the gamelan music of Bali as performed by a group of American musicians from Oakland California who call themselves "Gamelan Sekar jaya". After rehearsing and performing for six years, the group was invited to Bali to perform at the island's annual arts festival. This program chronicles the American musicians' visit to Bali as well as their performance at the festival. 1989. 46 min. Video/C MM800

Mat Thuong Nhin Cuoc Doi.
Cultural celebration of Vietnamese dance and music,accompanying a Vietnamese American Buddhist conference held in San Jose, California. In Vietnamese. 162 min. Video/C 4110

A Musical Tradition in Banaras.
Centered around the activities and approach to music of Panchu Maharaj, a classical drummer and musical instructor at Banaras Hindu University. Viewer is invited into the home of Prof. Maharaj, to view private aspects of Indian family life including their religious customs. Includes practice sessions in the home where Indian music is played in the casual atmosphere in which it is most frequently heard. In Tamil with English voiceovers. 40 min. Video/C 3778

Musika: A Video Documentary on Philippine Ethnic Music.
Shows the development and variety of music and musical instruments of the peoples of the Philippines, and the important place of music in both daily activities and on special occasions. c1992. 30 min. Video/C 8060

New Marriage Songs. (199-?)
Select romantic ballads and dances featured in popular Indian motion pictures depicting wedding scenes. Selections from films: Major Saab, Pyar to hona hitha, Qilla, Qareeb, Dulhay Raja, Karishna, Zoor, Dil walay dulhanya lay jaingay, Private, Dewana Mastana, Dushmani, Salma pay dil aa gaya, Hum aapkay hain kown, Satya, Papa Kehtay hain, Balma, Koiyla, Jab Pyar kisi say hota hay, Aadmi khilona hay, Aaina, Waris, Jigar, Dewana mujh sa nahin, Raja ki aay gi barat, Khuda Gawah, Sowarg, Chandni, dar, Spanay sajan kay. 169 min. Video/C 6864

Non Stop Kajol-Karishma. (199-?)
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films produced by Eros International. Features songs by Indian motion picture stars Kajol and Karishma Kapoor. Song selections: Hum aapke dil mein rehte hain, Raja hindustani, Dushman, Jeet, Gupt, Mrityudaata, Baazigar, Megha, Taaqat, Sapoot, Suhag, Yeh dillagi, Andaz, Karan Arjun, Yeh dillagi, Aatish, Hamesha, Coolie no.1. 114 min. Video/C 6868

Non Stop Madhuri. (199-?)
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films produced by Eros International. Features songs by Indian motion picture star Madhuri Dixit. Song selections: Hum aapke hai koun, Raja, Khalnayak, Yaraana, Mohabbat, Prem granth, Sahibaah, Saajan, Paapi devia, Tridev, Mrityudand. 114 min. Video/C 6869

Opera Kali
Documentary of opera performance in annual festival of the Salihara Community. Filmed in performance on November 22-23, 2008 at Teater Salihara, Jakarta. DVD X2976

The Overture.
Based on the life of Luang Pradit Pairoh (Sorn Silapabanleng) the most revered traditional Thai music master who lived during the reigns of Kings Rama V to VIII. The movie traces the life of Sorn, who picked up the ra-nad ek (Thai xylophone) mallets as a small child and played all his life. The backdrop to Sorn's life tale is the story of Thailand's classical music from its golden age during the reign of King Rama V to near extinction after the end of the absolute monarchy when the government banned it as uncivilised in the 1930s. The film shifts back and forth from the time when Sorn was a young man, playing in a xylophone duel with the intense Kun In, to the 1940s, when Thailand was under Japanese occupation and Sorn's playing would provide some inspiration to the oppressed citizenry of the time. A film by Itthisoontorn Vichailak. 2004. 104 min. DVD 5989
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Painted Ballad of India.
Focuses on painters working on horizontal and vertical scrolls, then follows the singer/painter as he presents the tale depicted on the scroll. 27 mins. Video/C 2376 (also in Music Library MUSI VCA42)

Puamana
Features one of Hawaii's best loved and most prolific composers, Irmgard Farden Aluli, whose songs express the Hawaiian themes of love for the land, people, and spirit of the islands. Auntie Irmgard, as she is affectionately known, is part of the Farden family, one of the most outstanding and accomplished musical families in the field of Hawaiian music. A film by Les Blank. Dist.: Flower Films. 1991. 37 mins. Video/C 9418

Raga.
Illustrates the complex Raga system of music and its foundation on simple folk songs and Hindu religious chants. 27 min. Video/C 2613

Raj Kapoor: Forever--
A collection of 44 hit songs from Raj Kapoor films. Special feature: Compoled film "The showman: Raj Kapoor." Excerpts from: Aag (3 songs) -- Barsaat (5) -- Aah (4) -- Aawara (5) -- Shri 420 (5) -- Jis desh mein ganga behti hain (4) -- Jaagte raho -- Sangam (3) -- Mera Naam Joker (4) -- Bobby (3) -- Dharam Karam --- Satyam shivam sundaram (2) -- Prem rog -- Ram teri ganga maili (2). 146 min. DVD 4123

Rhythms to Nirvana: An Introduction to Indian Classical Music
Since India's ancient times, music has been considered a potent vehicle for attaining nirvana, spiritual salvation. This intriguing program provides an overview of Indian classical music, from its divine orgins to the present day, showcasing popular stringed, wind and percussion instruments such as the sitar, sarangi, veena, tambora, and sarod; the flute, shehnai, and harmonium; and the mridang, tabla and bayan. The Indian approach to teaching music is also discussed. 1999? 30 min. Video/C 6678

Sabah Top Ten. Vol. 23. (199-?)
Contemporary songs presented in theatrical scenes excerpted from Indian feature films. Song selections from films: Bandhan, Soldier, Maharaja, Bade miyan chote miyan, Hero hindustani, Dil se, Prem aggan, Barood, Pyaar to hona hi tha, Kuch kuch hota hai, plus bonus songs. 180 min. Video/C 6867

Songs From Papua New Guinea
Selected from the collection compiled by Christopher Roberts in 1982 with title: Songs of a distant jungle. Features 13 uncut selections of tribal music from the Western, West Sepik, and Southern Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea; presented without commentary. Directed and photographed by Robert Charlton; produced by Rick Laubscher. 1982? 20 min. DVD 7175 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C MM841

Songs of a Distant Jungle.
Shows Chris Roberts, a young musician from the Julliard School, who plays Bach and Mozart on his string bass for villagers in remote corners of Papua New Guinea. In exchange the villagers share their songs with Chris, who records and translates them for future generations. Directed and photographed by Robert Charlton. c1983. 20 min. Video/C MM801

There'll Always Be Stars in the Sky: The Indian Film Music Phenomenon.
Takes you behind the scenes of India's Hollywood to meet actors, singers, musical directors and others. 60 min. DVD 1753; also on VHS Video/C 3265

Yarkyi Y2K: 41st Anniversary of TIPA
Performances of traditional and contemporay tibetan songs and folk dances to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts.

Contents: Performances: Uhnyay drenlu (solo singer) -- Jangsem chen (solo singer) -- Nangchen choedro (dance) -- Toeshay gangtoe thonpo (dance) -- Nangsay kabshey (group song) -- Tashipai dhar (group song) -- Gungngon uhphang thojung (dance) -- Doemey gar (dance) -- Lungpa chigdang lungsang ghi fu (group song) -- Drimoe drilen (group song) -- Dharkar ringmo (solo singer). PAL format 2000. 90 min. Video/C 8919

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