Owner Tom Butchart outside Sound It Out Records (click for larger image). Photograph by Jeanie Finlay.
It’s at this time of year, with Record Store Day only a week away, that my interest in vinyl ramps up a notch or two. In preparation for the big day, I’ve been watching favourites from my collection of music documentaries, including Sound It Out, a film directed by Jeanie Finlay about the last remaining independent record store in Stockton-On-Tees in the North-East of England. (Read more…)
Highly acclaimed independent film Good Vibrations tells the true story of Terri Hooley, the self-styled “Godfather of Ulster Punk”, who opened a record shop on the most bombed street in Belfast during the height of the Troubles in the 1970s. (Read more…)
In 1979, when I was a teenager, I saw Led Zeppelin at Knebworth. The one and only time I saw the band live. Jimmy Page is one of the reasons I play guitar. Along with 20 million other people who tried to get tickets to see Led Zeppelin at London’s 02 Arena, I failed. So I’m desperate to see Celebration Day – the film of the concert – which will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray on November 19. It is, by all accounts, outstanding. (Read more…)
Based on the successful book of the same name by Graham Jones, Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop is a charming 50 minute warts-and-all documentary about the history of independent record shops in the UK. (Read more…)
Set to a frantic soundtrack from Wayne Kramer, Fender’s latest short film takes you on a high-speed ride through the creation of a Fender Stratocaster guitar at Fender’s U.S. manufacturing facility in Corona, California.
Foo Fighters frontman, Dave Grohl, has been working on a documentary about Sound City Studios. The film is a celebration of the studio complex, based in California, and the classic albums recorded there, which include Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’, Slipknot’s ‘Iowa’, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’, Spirit’s ‘The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus’ and Neil Young’s ‘After The Gold Rush’. Recent recordings include ‘Suck It And See’ by the Arctic Monkeys in 2011.