Music Documentaries
Jazz

Charlie Mingus Documentary (Directed by Thomas Reichman)

via Wikipedia: Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968 is a 1968 American documentary film directed by Thomas Reichman (1944-1975) that follows the later life of jazz musician Charles Mingus and his five-year-old daughter in 1966, as they are being evicted from his New York apartment for not paying the rent.

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Tom Browne - Funkin For Jamaica
Music Documentaries
Jazz

The Story behind Tom Browne’s “Funkin For Jamaica (N.Y.)” (1980)

One of Queen’s finest, jazz trumpeter, Tom Browne, recorded what would become a Billboard #1 R&B chart topper back in 1980 – a funky, soulful laden track titled “Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)” This is a nice little feature giving us some insight into the studio when Browne and his band …

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Music Documentaries

“All Things Must Pass” Tower Records Documentary

Established in 1960, Tower Records was once a retail powerhouse with two hundred stores, in thirty countries, on five continents. From humble beginnings in a small-town drugstore, Tower Records eventually became the heart and soul of the music world, and a powerful force in the music industry. In 1999, Tower …

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Music Documentaries
Soul & Funk

Trailer for “THE GET DOWN” upcoming series based in late 70’s NYC

via Netflix: “The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York City – broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped – dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them – except each other, armed only with …

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Music Documentaries
Hip-Hop

The Pharcyde ‘Labcabincalifornia’ 20th Anniversary – Mixed by Chris Read

via WhoSampled: This Saturday (14th November 2015) marked the 20th Anniversary of the release of The Pharcyde‘s seminal sophomore album ‘Labcabincalifornia‘. Produced in part by the late great Jay Dee together with various members of the group and guest producers including Diamond D, it’s a timeless long player that sounds …

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Music Documentaries

The Ultimate Halloween Obscure Movie Marathon

We wanted a great Halloween mix so we called RendezVous crew out of LA as they are some of the absolute best in the world when it comes to soundtracks, sound library grooves, global psychedelia, incredibly strange cosmic funk, and other sleazy listening oddities. Not only did they deliver an outstanding mix called …

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Music Documentaries
Hip-Hop

“Rapping to the Beat” 1981 Report by ABC News

When the mainstream media reports on an emerging artistic movement or even new technology it’s usually pretty cringe-worthy. Much like the hilarious 1994 TV feature on “what is the internet“, this 1981 TV report on ABC News will make you laugh, shake your head is disbelief and make you realize how far …

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Music DocumentariesSunday @ the Movies
Worldwide Sounds

Brasil Brasil! “Part 2: Tropicalia Revolution” (BBC Documentary)

The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back – and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao, that was matched …

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Music Documentaries
Jazz

Oscar Peterson on Signature Piano Styles in 1979 TV Appearance

Internationally renowned, Montreal-born jazz pianist Oscar Peterson entertained the world with his mastery and prowess over the piano for over 40 years. “The Maharaja of the keyboard” as he was called by Duke Ellington, shows that not only is he a genius of the piano but also true Musical Polyglot, …

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