Monday, December 14, 2009

Movie Monday 12.14.09 Good Vibrations!

Feature Presentation...

We have discussed Soundtracks and Musicals but never movies about Music. Today the topic at The Bumbles Blog is movies with a music related theme. So, fellow bloggers, come up with a list of movies that fit today's theme and post about them. Then link your post back to Molly and Andy's at The Bumbles Blog!

I'll admit to you that I am pretty happy and impressed with my list! But I'm not bragging, almost everyone one of the movies on my list came from my husband. Sam is the music man in our family. I love music but group names, song names, tunes they just don't stick in my head. Sam remembers music better than our cat's names (almost!) LOL He loves music, especially rock, classical, some heavier stuff. He has really expanded my musical taste and taught me a lot!

The Last Waltz (1975, movie released 1978) This is a movie about a concert given by the Canadian rock group The Band on Thanksgiving Day 1975 in San Francisco. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary released in 1978. The Last Waltz was supposed to be the end of The Band's touring career. As a result, The Band was joined by many well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr and more!

The Song Remains the Same (TSRTS) (released 1976) This is a concert film of the Led Zeppelin Band. The band's 1973 concert tour stop in New York City at Madison Square Garden was filmed for the 3 nights Led Zeppelin played MSG.

The Kids are Alright (released 1978)is a "rockumentary" about the English rock band, The Who including live performances, interviews and promotional films of The Who from 1964 to 1978. There were also guest appearances of well-known people such as Steve Martin and Ringo Starr.

Tommy (1975) is a musical film based on The Who's 1969 rock opera album musical, Tommy. Directed by Ken Russell, Tommy is comprised of the band members as well as a star-studded cast including Keith Moon, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ann Margaret, Roger Daltrey, Tina Turner, Jack Nicholson among others!

Live at Pompeii (1972) this is a film featuring of Pink Floyd performing six songs in the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy in October 1971.

200 Motels (1971) is a British musical film featuring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention written by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer. with a cast that includes Ringo Starr and Keith Moon. The movie's main theme is "Life on the road" for a touring rock musician and there is a frenzied, chaotic air about the film partly attributable to it being filmed in 7 days with 11 days of editing. The movies also makes some broad statements about the surreal state of politics and culture in American and the world.

Woodstock (1970) is a documentary about the Woodstock Festival that took place in Bethel, New York in August 1969. The lineup of acts during the Festival isn't accurately depicted but the film has the Festival correctly opening with Richie Havens and closing with Jimi Hendrix. Entertainment Weekly called this one of the most entertaining documentaries ever made and the benchmark of concert movies. This movie was directed by Michael Wadleigh and edited by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker. It received an Academy Award for Documentary Feature and Best Sound.


  1. I haven't seen any of those, I liked your synopsis, I'll check out a few. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  2. Gosh I forgot all about Woodstock! amazing! Thanks for the reminder!

  3. I haven't seen any of these, and confess I've really only heard of one. I don't watch a lot of movies like this, I'm afraid. It's a great list though. And you've got me curious about a few of those.

  4. Oh, I LOVED Live at Pompeii. I think I may even have that laser disc too somewhere around here. This is a serious rock-lovers list!

  5. Love all of these movie, especially The Last Waltz! Sam's music taste rocks!

  6. I still remember going to see The Song Remains the Same with a couple of friends of mine in a movie theatre in Forest Hills Queens. NY. I've seen about half of these movies over time. Great post!

  7. The Last Waltz is such a great documentary. Sam & Andy could hang out while we played with the cats ;0)

  8. Kaye: These are all very good music fils but The Last Waltz is fantastic as is Woodstock, which was just remade and released last year. And 200 Motels is great music & very funny. If you aren't familiar with Frank Zappa's music, many of his songs are great tunes with funny, funny lyrics, sarcastic & mocking! I hope you see some or all of these films & enjoy them!

    Amy: It's great, right? It makes me wish I was there. I cannot imagine a music festival like that happening ever again. It's wonderful how everybody got along so well & helped each other out and bonded. I haven't seen the more recent "Woodstock", did you?

  9. Rhapsodyinbooks: No worries! Happy to help! It's a wonderful film & fun to watch every few years!

    Literary Feling: Before I met my husband I had only watched "Woodstock" and "The Last Waltz" with my sister who is a huge fan of The Grateful Dead and The Band and some friends. Sam loves music so much and has seen every music film there is (of the music he likes!) so when he heard thast I never saw "Tommy" or "TSRTS" he insisted I see them. I wasn't sure I wanted too but I am so glad I did. They are fantastic, a really great way to listen to fabulous music & a lot of fun!

  10. Sandy Nawrot: Sam is a serious music fan: classic rock, classical, and bits & pieces of many other genres. And I am very lucky to benefit from his extensive knowledge & eclectic taste. My favorite bands/musicians haven't changed (Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimmy Buffet, Etta James,Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Beethoven, Mahler, Bach, Chopin etc.) but Sam has very much expanded my list of favorite music and broadened my horizons!

  11. Lisa: I will tell him you said so! You have fantastic taste is music, too, apparently! It's so great you have seen and love all of these music movies! I really love The Last Waltz! Are you sure you aren't related to Sam?(football, music, books etc!)LOL Wish you didn't live so far, we'd be great friends. So we'll all have to be great long-distance friends. lol

  12. Pesky Cat Designs: Oh how fun it would be too see most of these movies in the theater! I bet the sound is great! I never realized how many great music films there are, it's pretty cool! And Martin Scorsese is involved with several of them! Whoddathunk?!

    The Bumbles: Sounds great to me, Molly. I have a feeling that before long they'd forget we were around. You and I and the cats could have our own fun. Maybe we could cajole Andy & Sam to re-build a certain shed?! LOL