Check out this very rare documentary The Power Of The Witch from 1971. This film was only aired once and not very much is known about it. This an interesting look at the British occult world during the 70′s.
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When AMC’s Breaking Bad premiered in 2008, one of Alabama’s most successful meth cook was already knee deep in building one of the biggest meth empires the state would ever see. His name? Walter White. In this documentary, Walter tell us the secret behind his product, how he stacked up thousands of dollars per day, and why his partner is now serving two life sentences.
Snap…Hip-Hop is in the place to be! The connection between the early punk movement and the early hip hop movement has been well documented. Growing up in California, I saw first hand how hardcore kids embraced rap. All you have to do is go back to the first Youth Brigade album and peep their attempt at creating a hip hop jam. Many documentaries have been made about the history of the rebel music from South Bronx, but Beat this!: a Hip-Hop History is by far the best. You can smell the funk of NYC jumping out of the screen, plus it’s rad seeing some off the chain style from back in the day! Rock out to the funky beat and peep this film!
While I lived in San Francisco in 1984, I ran with a close knit crew of weirdos, both punks and metal heads. The interesting thing is that we didn’t treat the kids who lived on the street any different from those that had homes. There was a strong sense of sisterhood and brotherhood that bonded us all, and we always had each other backs. When I watch the 1988 documentary SADOBABIES it hits home, because that could be me or my homies. This film follows some Bay Area punks as they go through their daily lives. I’m glad that films like SADOBABIES were made, because they offer a look at a world that was underground and underrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream culture. A interesting fact is that many of the kids in this documentary are now dead. I can relate to that, since many of my friends from that era are now dead as well. Check out the film SADOBABIES – it gives a voice to kids that society wanted to dispose of!
DAVID BOWIE means different things to different humans. For me, he was an alien creature that I used to see on TV when I was young. As I got older, he became someone I listened to and he me made realize music is all about self expression! Alan Yentob’s 1974 documentary Cracked Actor is a very intense look at David Bowie.
Who created the riffs that changed the way we hear heavy music? Hands down, JIMI HENDRIX manifested a style & sound that was the soundtrack for a generation. He meant so much to so many different humans around the universe. Check out this brand new documentary entitled JIMI HENDRIX My Train A Comin’ from PBS. On a personal level, my mother has told me stories about how I thought I was Jimi when I was 4 and I wanted the world to know this whenever I could. Jimi’s story is deeper than just music, it’s also about a nation dealing with it’s demons and the blues of it’s people.
I have smoked weed off and on for the past 27 years, and I still enjoy it to this day. I know it’s not for everyone, but I also know the reason why it’s is illegal is because of big business more than it being harmful to people, like tobacco or alcohol. The nation’s opinion on this plant that brings so many humans joy is changing, and the medical benefits of weed are starting to get the shine that they deserve. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, recently made this thought-provoking, and more interestingly, made-for-the-mainstream, documentary about weed as a medicine that everyone should watch, so check it out here and now! Even if you don’t puff, this film will get you high on knowledge.
The other day, I watched the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess that tells the tragic story of Marian Anderson of The Insaints. This film made me think about my past and my friends from the punk scene. It also made think about how so many kids in the scene had damaged home lives, but through all of the bullshit they were able to create outstanding art. Marian’s music spoke to a generation of youth that were raised on TV dinners and parental disfunction. She was willing to sacrifice herself for the empowerment of other humans. Let’s not forget that she had an amazing voice and her stage show was off the chain! Check out the killer documentary Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess, narrated by Henry Rollins….RIP to all of the street punks that never made out of the 80′s!
Take it down a little slower, or just get a little weirder…better yet, get a little more FLIPPER. This bunch of sonic freaks crossed all boundaries in the 80′s. I never understood how me and my friends were so into this band in the 80′s because their music went against the norm of our tastes. We all had their album in our collection, plus we all had their logo hand drawn on our jeans. Looking back on it, FLIPPER were way before their time and were willing to create music that was different from the hardcore of the time, which made than heavier and more original than many bands that were on the scene. Thanks to Target Video we can witness them in their full glory. So check out the demented side of American Hardcore and watch FLIPPER – Live Target Video 1980-81 – this band still rules!