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  • Never-Before-Seen June 1974 Concert Footage of the Who
    Shot by Barbara Wolf on Super 8 from an orchestra seat at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Don’t know which one of the four shows it was. These three reels have been sitting in a box in a series of closets for 48 years, and I just thought to have…
  • Nell Davies: Happy Birthday
    Nell Davies is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from rural Cornwall. Already in her 40s, she started making music in late 2020 after reading Viv Albertine’s memoir inspired her to buy a guitar and begin writing songs. She records in a converted pigsty and produces herself. “Happy Birthday” is her fourth single.
  • Walden Pink
    This short film from 2005 features David Yow (Jesus Lizard), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Vincent Douglas (Chicha Libre), a virtual Warped Tour of oblique cinema. https://vimeo.com/144129689
  • Poly Styrene: Woman on Film
    Poly Styrene stormed her way into punk greatness with the opening lines of X-Ray Spex’s first single. Her band’s 1978 album, Germfree Adolescents, is a classic, avoiding the genre’s traps and standing out through Styrene’s voice and perspective (as well as the unusual choice of including a saxophone in the mix.) The band broke up before recording a follow-up, and Styrene – born Marianne Elliott-Said in London to a Somali father and a Scottish-Irish mother – only released two solo albums and an EP before her death from breast cancer in 2011. She was 53.
  • R.E.M.: Nice Guys Still Finish First
    From 1992:
    It’s been ages since anyone over the age of 12 expected perfection from a rock’n’roll band, but the members of R.E.M. have managed to become Genuine Rock Gods without making a public nuisance of themselves.
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