Listen To Me Marlon. Magnetic, charismatic, yet paradoxical and complex, Marlon Brando the actor is one of the greatest actors to ever grace the screen. What is more complex is Marlon Brando the man. Stevan Riley tries to get inside Brando’s head in this new and riveting documentary. Even more compelling is that thanks to over 200 hours of recently discovered recordings, Brando narrates his own story. Told in a straight forward, brutally honest detail, Brando reveals everything on his approach to acting to his own insecurities and desires. Loaded with archival footage, movie clips and home movies, Listen To Me Marlon is the most comprehensive portrait of Marlon Brando to date.
Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975. The latest installment of the Bootleg Series showcases twenty years of performances that the legendary trumpeter/composer gave at the Newport Jazz Festival. Spread out of 4 CDs (including 26 tracks that were previously unreleased), the set Miles’ breakthrough set traces his musical transition from bebop and traditional jazz to his much discussed and dissected ‘electric period’. It’s no secret that Miles was no particularly fond of being in a studio, so to hear him and killer crew of collaborators rip it up on the platform they loved – the stage – is always a good thing. There’s a LOT of music to digest here, but its definitely worth it. A welcomed addition to the Miles legacy. Miles Davis At Newport 1955-1975 is available now through Amazon, Itunes and all major music retailers. You can also go to www.milesdavis.com for more information.
Sly & The Family Stone Live At The Filmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 Part of the Sly & The Family Stone legacy was their explosive live shows. Incredibly, outside of their historic performance at Woodstock, there has never been an official live album. This great wrong is finally corrected with the release of this new 4-CD box set which finds the band at peak form at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East. Performing two sets a night over a two day period, Sly and Co perform blistering renditions of material from their first three albums, including their just released third effort, Life. New York audiences are always a tough to win over, but after hearing their brand of Bay Area funk, rock and soul, Sly easily won them over. For anyone who downplays or underrates what Sly & The Family contributed to rock n roll, put this on and wait for the apology. One can only hope more live material surfaces (especially during the Stand/There’s A Riot Goin’ On period), but for now, this is more than enough. Live At The Filmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968 is available now through Amazon, Itunes and all major music retailers.
Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald. On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and forever changed the musical landscape. Fans expecting to hear politically charged, acoustic driven songs were shocked to hear Dylan fronting a full on electric rock n roll band. The reaction was, well, not good: Fans booed and a furious Pete Seeger attempted to cut the band’s power cables. After three songs, Dylan left the stage, but the damage had been done. The folk music revival was officially over and the era of singer-songwriter driven rock had begun. Elijah Wald writes a fresh and insightful look at the events leading up to, and the aftermath of, one of the most crucial moments in rock history. A great read for both Dylan newbies and hardcores. Dylan Goes Electric is available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all major book retailers.
New York: It Was A Very Good Life: A Paley Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra On Television. As part of the Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration, The Paley Center For Media will host a panel discussion on Sinatra’s impact on pop culture and how it translated on the small screen. Panelists will include his daughter Nancy, writer Gay Talese and E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. In addition, the Sinatra estate has opened up their archives and will be screening such rare clips such as his 1977 appearance on The Tonight Show and a never aired piece featuring a Sinatra performance in Cairo in the shadow of The Pyramids. A great chance to hear from Sinatra stories and watch one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th Century work his craft. The panel will take place on Friday, July 24th and screening will run July 25th and 26th. For those who cannot attend the panel, The Paley Center will be providing a live stream starting at 6:50pm Eastern. Go to www.paleycenter.org for tickets and more information.
New York: Mistress America. As a tie in to the upcoming Noah Baumbach film Mistress America, co-star and collaborator Greta Gerwig will be at the IFC Center to host a screwball comedy-themed double feature. It will start with a screening of Jonathan Demme’s 1986 cult classic Something Wild starring Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels and will conclude with a special advance screening of Mistress America. Gerwig will be part of a discussion following Something Wild and will introduce her latest work with Baumbach. The Gerwig/Baumbach collaborations have yielded great results so far, so with Mistress America, it has all of the ingredients to continue this streak. The double feature will screen on Tuesday, July 28th at 7pm. Go to www.ifccenter.com for tickets and more information.
Chicago: Adults Night Out at The Lincoln Park Zoo. For two Friday nights during the summer, the adults get to keep the kids at home and run wild at The Lincoln Park Zoo. Live DJs, cash bars, animal exhibits and rides are available to help channel your inner kid without having to be treated like one. Proceeds from the event help Lincoln Park Zoo free and available to the public year round. Go to www.lpzoo.org for tickets and additional information.