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.