This VH1 documentary looks at the rise of crack cocaine in urban America in the 1980s and it’s influence on popular culture, especially in hip-hop music. (83 min)
Jimi Hendrix started the rock revolution in the 60′s by changing the way blues music is played. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, Jagger, The Who and all the 60′s greats are here in this installment of the epic Seven Ages of Rock Series. (59 min)
Let’s Get Lost is an American documentary film about the turbulent life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker written and directed by Bruce Weber. When Baker died in 1988, he was demonized and dismissed as a musician because of his love affair with heroin. This Academy Award-nominated film didn’t pull any punches but also highlighted his genius and brought him back from obscurity. Now more Chet Baker records are sold than ever in his lifetime. (120 min)
Through interviews with friends, former colleagues and business associates, Bloomberg’s GAME CHANGERS reveals the many layers of the intensely private Steve Jobs – his style of leadership, management and creative process. Interviews include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Apple CEO John Scully, journalist turned Venture Capitalist Michael Moritz, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, former Apple “Mac Evangelist” and Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, Guy Kawasaki and Robert X.Cringely, technology journalist and former Apple employee. (48 min)
Segment 1 (10 min)
This is the ninth episode of a 10 part 1995 documentary series on the history of Rock & Roll music. This episode documents the rise of Punk with Blondie, Talking Heads, the Ramones, the Clash, the Sex Pistols. Segment 1 (10 min)
In 1995, PBS (Hugh Thompson & Robert Palmer, the critic not the musician) produced a comprehensive series on the history of rock and roll. There were other documentaries produced at that time with the same name so it’s a bit confusing. In this, part 7 of the series, the filmmakers examine the impact of Andy Warhol & the Velvet Underground on The Doors, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Alice Cooper. They describe how glam became more theatrical, leading to bands like Kiss.
After World War II, black music was mostly still segregated. They had their own radio stations, and their independent record labels were putting out blues music. Few white folks listened to black music on these records and radio stations and liked them for what they were. Fats Domino was the first black musician to crossover in a major way with his boogie based style and non-threatening persona. Little Richard and Chuck Berry was crossing over with their unique blend of boogie woogie, and country music influence. Sam Phillips of Sun record was recording black blues musicians but couldn’t get the crossover hit he was looking for until Elvis Presley walked in his door. Segment 1 (9:40 min)
Through interviews with music collaborators, friends and family, this excellent film documents the turbulent life and times of Miles Davis, widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. (130 min)
Segment 1 (8:32 min)
Released in 2000, this was the first major documentary profiling the life of Freddie Mercury outside the world of the rock band Queen. It tells the story of Freddie’s life, and recreates his early life in Zanzibar and India, his early days in England, his life in Queen, his solo projects and collaboration with Montserrat Caballe, and his illness and death.
The excellent documentary features contributions from many people closest to Freddie – his mother Jer Bulsara, sister Kashmira Cooke, Brian May, long term partner Jim Hutton, former girlfriend and longterm friend Mary Austin, personal assistant Peter Freestone, best friend Peter Straker, and numerous other people who knew Freddie as socially or through Queen projects. Segment 1 (10:36 min)