Movies

Booker T. and the MGs – Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993; 2014 reissue)

Booker T. and the MGs – Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (1993; 2014 reissue)

I’m sure there will be those who balk at a title like that, what with Neil Young, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan himself, of course, appearing on this gala 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration reissue.

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

On Second Thought: The Beach Boys, Elton John, Todd Rundgren – Almost Famous (2000)

A thoroughly great movie, Almost Famous is set in the early 1970s and revolves around the adventures of a teenage music journalist and a rock band called Stillwater.

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The Doors – R-Evolution (2014)

The new video collection R-Evolution tracks the Doors, always a band delicately balanced on the cutting edge, as they made forays into the media of film — highlighting their influential contribution to early music videos.

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week II, with Barbara Eden, Stockard Channing, Karen Black

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week II, with Barbara Eden, Stockard Channing, Karen Black

This second edition in Jade Blackmore’s Gimme Five series focusing on ABC Movies of the Week featuring Barbara Eden, Laugh-In’s Teresa Graves, Kim Hunter, Stockard Channing — and Karen Black, in one of the buzziest made-for-TV horror films of the 1970s.

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

‘I never laughed as much in my life!’: Jon Anderson on Yes’ inspirational role in Spinal Tap

During the tour for Yes’ early-1980s blockbuster 90125, Jon Anderson found himself driving with a young filmmaker who was at work on a documentary about the group. He suggested that Anderson stop to see Spinal Tap at a local movie theater, and something amazing happened.

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

Almost Hits: Laid Back, “White Horse” (1983)

The shocking and tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has put a spotlight on a growing heroin epidemic in America.

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

‘That ain’t no Hank Williams song!’: Big stars threw those beer bottles at the Blues Brothers

A key moment in the original Blues Brothers film finds the band dodging beer bottles at a backwoods dive where the barkeep informs them they have both kinds of music — “country and western.” Turns out, two very famous people were hurling those empty Budweisers.

Movies: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (2013)

Movies: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (2013)

This newly released documentary on the ex-Byrds singer-songwriter Gene Clark is not only very much welcome, but long overdue.

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week, with Sally Field, Dennis Weaver, James Caan

Gimme Five: ABC Movie of the Week, with Sally Field, Dennis Weaver, James Caan

Unlike 1980s miniseries full of glamour and glitz or 1990s relationship-themed cable movies, 1970s TV movies were sleazy, scary, dopey or just plain weird. They were characterized by schlock, horror and the occasional tearjerker or social commentary.

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

‘You just don’t do that’: Steve Cropper’s biggest hit once became his biggest embarassment

Steve Cropper settled into the theater seats with his wife and another couple, ready to enjoy the new film American Graffiti in 1973. He had no idea what was about to happen next.