Feature Films in DVD (one week loan) - Partial List
8 mile by Grazer, BrianJimmy, known to his friends as Rabbit, is a young man trying to make his way out of the burned-out shell of inner-city Detroit. Rabbit is a white kid trying to make music in a predominantly African-American community and culture. After Rabbit freezes up in the midst of an MC battle, he's convinced he's missed his chance and that he's doomed to lead a marginal life as a factory rat for the rest of his days. With the help of his friends, and his new girlfriend Alex, Rabbit struggles to work up the courage and the confidence to take one more shot at making his dream a reality.
Call Number: DVD PN1997 .A1854 2003
Hallelujah by Vidor, KingInfused with spirituals, folk songs, blues, and jazz, Hallelujah follows the fortunes of Zeke, a poor cotton farmer. Love, loss, passion, redemption, make this cinematic milestone the first all-black feature from a major studio.
Low down by Preiss, JeffBased on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, it is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo and her father, legendary jazz musician Joe Albany, a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds.
Call Number: PN1997.2 .L69 2015 DVD
The Phantom of the Opera by Lloyd Webber, AndrewTells 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.
The soloist by Foster, GaryIn 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist and recent bike accident victim Steve Lopez more than his banged-up face, was his pressing need for story ideas. He soon discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a skid row schizophrenic street musician, who possesses extraordinary talent - even though he only has half-broken instruments to play. Inspired by Nathaniel's story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about him and attempts to do more to help both him, and the rest of the underclass of L.A. have a better life. Lopez's good intentions run headlong into Nathaniel's personal demons and the larger issues of social injustice facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Nathaniel find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations.
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .S65 2009
Whiplash by Chazelle, Damien, 1985-Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite East coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band.
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .W457 2015
Documentary Films in DVD (one week loan) - Partial List
Big Star : nothing can hurt me by DeNicola, DrewDocumentary about the 1970s rock band Big Star (Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel, Jody Stephens), together less than four years and without mainstream success, but producing a body of work that influenced many other musicians.
Call Number: DVD ML421 .B544 B5 2013
Broadway : the American musical by Kantor, MichaelThis documentary series details the razzle-dazzle history of a unique American art form. Each episode chronicles a different era and features the Broadway shows and songs that defined the period. The series draws on feature films, rare television moments, archival news footage, original cast recordings, still photos, diaries, journals, first person accounts, and on-camera interviews with many of the principals involved in creating the American musical.
Call Number: DVD ML1711.8 .N3 B762 2004
Craft in America. Music by Sauvion, CarolThe finely crafted handmade instruments and the world renowned artists who play them, demonstrating the perfect blend of form and function. By exploring how various instruments are perfected, and a unique journey through our country's past, detailing the contributions of jazz and Appalachian roots music to the American cultural landscape, as well as the intersection of the guitar and political activism, and how the legacy of West African instruments is embedded in the American banjo.
Call Number: DVD ML476 .C73 2015
The girls in the band by Chaikin, JudyThe award-winning documentary film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, history-making journeys from the late 30s to the present day. The many first-hand accounts of the challenges faced by these talented women provide a glimpse into decades of racism and sexism that have existed in America.
Call Number: DVD ML82 .G57 2014
Give me the banjo by Fields, MarcThe banjo has been an emblem of American culture for centuries, yet few realize the instrument's complicated, checkered past. Narrated by Steve Martin and featuring such banjo masters as Pete Seeger, Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck, goes beyond the stereotypes and delves into the musical odyssey of the banjo, from its African roots to the present day.
Call Number: DVD ML1015 .B3 G58 2012
Leonard Bernstein : larger than life by Wübbolt, GeorgThe fascinating documentary profiles one of most influential classical musicians of the 20th century and America's musical ambassador to the rest of the world: Leonard Bernstein. As a teacher, conductor, composer, and pianist, Bernstein tore down barriers in the classical world, reaching a worldwide audience. The documentary also includes interviews with Leonard's children Jamie, Alexander, and Nina, as well as other notable figures in the music world such as Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Sondheim, Kent Nagano and Marin Alsop.
Call Number: DVD ML410 .B566 A3 2016
Marvin Hamlisch : what he did for love by Berinstein, DoriComposer, conductor, genius, and mensch: Marvin Hamlisch earned four Grammys, four Emmys, three Oscars, three Golden Globes, a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize before his untimely death, making him one of only two PEGOT winners ever. Hit after hit--The way we were, Nobody does it better, and scores for The sting, Sophie's choice, and the Broadway juggernaut A chorus line, made him the go-to composer and performer for film, Broadway, every U.S. President since Reagan and concert halls worldwide. Includes interviews with Hamlisch's family, friends, and collaborators, including his wife Terre Blair Hamlisch, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Christopher Walken, Sir Tim Rice, Joe Torre, Woody Allen, John Lithgow, Lucie Arnaz, Ann-Margret, Sir Howard Stringer, Kelli O'Hara, Brian D'Arcy James, Idina Menzel, Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager, and others.
Call Number: DVD ML410 .H1745 M37 2014
Muscle Shoals by Camalier, Greg"Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the 'Muscle Shoals sound' and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals
Soundbreaking : stories from the cutting edge of recorded music by Martin, George, 1926-2016Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds. From the Beatles' groundbreaking use of multi-track technology to the synthesized stylings of Stevie Wonder, from disco-era drum machines to the modern art of sampling, the series highlights the dynamic tension between the artificial and the natural--between the man-made and the god-given--and explores the way in which that tension has continuously redefined not only what we listen to and how we listen to it, but our very sense of what music is and can be. In the end, Soundbreaking makes us hear the songs we love in a whole new way, and illuminates the sonic alchemy by which the music we listen to becomes a fundamental part of who we are.
Call Number: DVD ML3790 .S68 2016 vol.1, vol.2
Straight outta Compton by Gray, F. GaryIn 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking viewers back to where it all began, the film tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world's most dangerous group, N.W.A.
Call Number: DVD PN1997.2 .S77 2016
This ain't no mouse music by Simon, ChrisRoots music icon Chris Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of deep American music, the antithesis of the corporate "mouse music" that dominates the American ear. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled his homeland after World War II at 16. In the U.S., he began to carry his tape recorder from sharecropper shacks to roadside honkytonks, from cantina dives to wild blues clubs. His recordings on his indie label, Arhoolie Records, brought Cajun music out of Louisiana, Tex-Mex out of Texas, blues out of the country, and into the living rooms of middle America. These recordings revolutionized the sound of American music. In this documentary, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling join Strachwitz for a hip-shaking stomp through the fertile ground of this country's roots music, as Strachwitz continues his passionate quest for the soul of America.
Call Number: DVD M1630.18 .T457 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Tom Dowd & the language of music by Dowd, TomProfiles the life and work of music producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd. Featuring music and appearances by Les Paul, Eric Clapton, John Coltrane, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Ornette Coleman and other musical luminaries.
Sound recording executives and producers--United States Biography.
Call Number: DVD ML429 .D69 T66 2004
Woody Guthrie: ain't got no home by Frumkin, PeterWritten by Woody Guthrie in 1940, "This land is your land" is one of the United States' most famous songs. Its Oklahoma-born author, Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie, was a complex, multi-talented man whose songs would come to exemplify that strain of American music. Yet his life was a tangle of unresolved contradictions: an indifferent guitar player yet an accomplished musician; three times married, but a perennially unfaithful husband; distant or doting father; acquainted with many yet well-known to few; a rambler who longed for home; the writer of as many as 1,400 songs, which he set to borrowed melodies.
Call Number: DVD ML410 .G978 W66 2007
The Wrecking Crew! by Tedesco, DennyProfiles the group of Los Angeles studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew--featuring Tommy Tedesco, guitar, Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, drums, Carol Kaye, Joe Osborne, bass--who played on many rock and pop hits during the sixties. The most famous musicians you've never heard of.