In the mid-‘70s, filmmaker James Szalapski documented the then-nascent country music movement that would become known as “outlaw country.” Inspired, in part, by newly-long-haired Willie Nelson’s embrace of hippie attitudes and audiences, a younger generation of artists including Townes Van Zandt, David Alan Coe, Steve Earle and Guy Clark popularized and developed the outlaw sound. It borrowed from rock, folk and bluegrass, with an edge that was missing from mainstream Nashville country. This newly-restored documentary includes rarely-captured performances of the aforementioned musicians as they perfected this then-new style and helped change the course of country music history. Rent Heartworn Highways here.
Back in 1976, soul man Ike White was doing hard time in prison when he came to the attention of producer Jerry Goldstein, who arranged for him to record an album, Changin’ Times. Decades later, filmmaker Daniel Vernon tracks down White, now out of prison, and the story takes an interesting turn. Rent The Changin’ Times of Ike White here.
A Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan, Julien Temple’s valentine to Shane McGowan, best known as the lead vocalist and songwriter for the Pogues. With the Pogues as well as during his solo career, MacGowan invested traditional Irish music with punk rock energy and became an iconic figure in the process. Get your ticket here.
Zappa is a new documentary by Alex Winter that traces the life and career of Frank Zappa – his early days with the Mothers of Invention, his musical eclecticism, his unlikely pop success, and finally, his fight against the PMRC, who sought to label and censor American music. Rent it here!
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