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Black Lives Matter Organizations and COVID-19 Resources.

WFMU is building a list of grassroots organizations and resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic. WFMU believes that these organizations are doing important work to help people and change attitudes. Check out this page for a growing list of useful organizations and resources. Suggestions on other grassroots organizations on this list can be e-mailed to Michele here.

Virtual Premiere of Jazz on a Summer’s Day. A beautiful restoration of the 1959 documentary. A portion of the rental proceeds will benefit WFMU.

Filmed at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and directed by world-renowned photographer Bert Stern, Jazz on a Summer’s Day features intimate performances by an all-star line-up of musical legends including Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Chuck Berry, Dinah Washington, and closes with a beautiful rendition or The Lord’s Prayer by Mahalia Jackson at midnight to usher in Sunday morning. The film has been beautifully and extensively restored in 4K from the best surviving vault elements by IndieCollect. Thanks to Kino Marquee for partnering with us on this benefit for the station. More information and rental available here >

Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine Documentary Premiers this Friday, available for pre-order today. Rent this film and help the station at the same time.

Capturing the messy upheaval of the ’70s just as rock was re-inventing itself, CREEM: AMERICA’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MAGAZINE explores CREEM Magazine’s humble beginnings in post-riot Detroit, follows its upward trajectory from underground paper to national powerhouse, then bears witness to its imminent demise following the tragic and untimely deaths of its visionary publisher, Barry Kramer, and its most famous alum and genius clown prince, Lester Bangs, a year later. Fifty years after publishing its first issue, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine” remains a seditious spirit in music and culture. Directed by Scott Crawford and released by Greenwich Entertainment. 50% of the proceed to benefit WFMU. Rent here and rent now >

 

WFMU and The Museum of Interesting Things presents Soundies Secret Speakeasy! 16mm short films, music fest, and party. Sun, August 16th, 7pm

The Museum of Interesting Things takes you back to the beginning of music film history! The first music videos were Soundies on 16mm film. Come virtually view them, as well as items from a vast collection of musical antiques from all eras of history. Vintage music players will be demonstrated and played. Live Zoom event on Sunday, August 16th at 7pm. $10 admission, WFMU receives 50% of the ticket sales. Purchase a ticket here.

Drummer Stream Discotheque! — Every Friday, 3-7pm

Every Friday afternoon on the stream from now until the lockdown ends, we’re throwing a weekly series of parties to dance away the crazy. For our August 14 show, Matt Fiveash returns to his broadcast alma mater Give The Drummer Radio as he tries to get you to dance like no one’s watching. Without hewing to any particular style of music, an attempt will be made to make the ingredients taste good together. Rock and Roll (whatever that is), Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Funk, Disco, Island rhythms, goofy summer oldies, and hopefully some stuff with curse words in it since we will be out from under the iron hand of the FCC. Tune in and shake-a-you boogie through the generously proportioned Friday happy hour!

Danny Says New On-Demand! 50% of rental proceeds benefit WFMU.

Rent Danny Says and help WFMU at the same time.
50% of rental proceeds benefit WFMU.
DANNY SAYS is a documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. Since 1966, Danny Fields has played a pivotal role in music and “culture” of the late 20th century: working for The Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico, Judy Collins and managing groundbreaking artists like The Stooges, The MC5 and The Ramones. DANNY SAYS follows Fields from Phi Beta Kappa whiz-kid, to Harvard Law dropout, to the Warhol Silver Factory, to Director of Publicity at Elektra Records, to “punk pioneer” and beyond. Danny’s taste and opinion, once deemed defiant and radical, has turned out to have been prescient. DANNY SAYS is a story of marginal turning mainstream, avant-garde turning prophetic, as Fields looks to the next generation.

WFMU On Demand! Rent movies and help the station.

WFMU has started a virtual movie house! We are adding films to rent with 50% of the proceeds go to benefit the station, which always needs a little help. JUST ADDED! Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, Muscle Shoals, and Danny Says. Recently Added Scott Walker: 30th Century Man, Wild Combination – A Portrait of Arthur Russell, We also are offering – One October, Desolation Center,  The Wrecking Crew Good Ol’ Freda, Bad Reputation – The Joan Jett Story!, Once Were Brothers – Robbie Robertson and The Band, and Nico, 1988. We will continue to add new titles and you can peruse all the films available here > wfmu.org/ondemand

The Swag Shall Come

Many of you may be wondering why your swag (otherwise known as your fundraising-marathon goodie pack) has not yet arrived at your humble abode. The main reason is that the volunteer army that usually helps us to ship out your swag isn’t in the picture this year, so it’s just a handful of us in the WFMU skeleton crew sending out as much as we can when we can. Hang in there, and we promise we will get to you – it will just take us a little longer this time around. Thanks in advance for your patience!

Donate Your Clunker to WFMU

Maybe you’re home a lot more, and that old junker in the backyard you keep seeing through the window is starting to get under your skin. Well, maybe now is the time to donate it to WFMU and get it off of your hands! WFMU accepts all old cars (and boats), running or not running, from any state in the U.S. Call 1-855-WFMU-CAR (855-936-8227) to arrange for vehicle pick-up (it’s free and easy). The CARS folks have assured us that they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety during pick-up of the vehicle, so get rid of that old heap today and help WFMU at the same time. We get 80% of every vehicle donated!

Records & CDs for Sale on eBay!

Support WFMU and bid on our items listed on eBay. All the proceeds go to WFMU and the goods go right to YOU. It’s a win, win! More items added often, but you can bid on the following right now –  “Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus” 10″ Compilation, “Vintage Vinyl’s Original Cast” 45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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