Saturday, June 21, 2008

We Don't Put Out

Speaking of rock ‘n’ roll films, the Lou Adler directed cult classic Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains will be available legally on September 16th from Rhino Home Video. Long relegated to shady bootleggers and the occasional art house screening, the 1981 film stars Diane Lane as an ambitious teenage girl who forms a punk rock band to escape her dead end life in a small Pennsylvania town. The cast includes Laura Dern, Christine Lahti, Steve Jones & Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols, Paul Simonon of the Clash, Ray Winstone, Fee Waybill, Debbie Rochon, E.G. Daily, Brent Spiner and Black Randy. As if that’s not a good enough indie pedigree, “Stains”was written by Oscar winners Jonathan Demme and Nancy Dowd. Shelved by the studio after a poor test screening, the film gained popularity after appearing on L.A.’s Z Channel and the TBS show Night Flight in the mid '80s.

Join The Professionals- the Stains

Sunday, June 15, 2008

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Ok, enough twaddle about mainstream rock acts of the ‘70s. Let’s get back to business.

The annual Don't Knock the Rock Film and Music Festival features rock-themed videos and films. Curated by director Allison Anders (Gas, Food, Lodging, Sugar Town, episodes of Sex and the City) and hosted by Michael Des Barres (Pamela’s ex). The festival takes place this year at L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater during July and August, with opening and closing events at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This year’s films include:

You Weren't There - Chicago Punk 1977-84
Traces the history of Chicago punk rock, with clips of bands like Naked Raygun, the Effigies, Big Black, Articles of Faith and DV8. The Chitown punk scene also spawned La Mere Vipere, the country’s first punk dance club. It burned down suspiciously in April 1978 after incurring the wrath of neighbors and local cops. If you think the “establishment” in L.A. didn’t like punks in the late ‘70s, the atmosphere in Chicago was much worse. It was like aliens had landed in their midst.