This documentary has been on my watchlist for awhile thanks to my fellow bloggers and I finally got around to watching it. ‘ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas’ is a documentary that covers the history of the band from the origins in the late 60’s only up to the album ‘Eliminator’ in 1983 which in my opinion was too short, but that is the only fault I have with this documentary.
The story kicks off in how the band came in to being and I love a good origins story. They talk about how Dusty Hill met Frank Beard, then Frank met Billy Gibbons and so on and so forth…I don’t want to spoil it if you don’t know. What makes this documentary so special is that it actually is told from the perspective of the people that were there. I mean it is basically told by Dusty, Billy and Frank along with some key people involved in their success from recording engineers (Robin Hood Brians and Terry Manning) to even a publicists (Howard Bloom). There are a few guest appearances from Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Steve Miller and Billy Bob Thornton which add a nice flavor, but give me the ZZ Top boys all day and every day please.
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This Australian heavy metal band is a full on rock band that is loud, obnoxious and freaking awesome. If you like AC/DC, well here is the second coming of the band. Where Greta Van Fleet get blasted for sounding like Zeppelin, no one seems to care that these guys sound like AC/DC. Hell, they are doing AC/DC better than AC/DC right now.
If you don’t know about the band, know that Lemmy (Motorhead) was a huge fan of the band and even showed up in one of their music videos from their debut album. That was enough for me to give this band a try and and I am so glad I did. After Lemmy’s passing, the band paid tribute to Lemmy in their song “It’s All For Rock & Roll” and even had the airplane lighting rig Motorhead used on tour in the video. It was pretty cool to see.
After the band’s fourth album, ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, they decided to put together a collection of B-Sides together for an album and released it as a Box Set that included their first 3 albums. I received the Vinyl Edition as a Christmas gift from my girls and to top if off, the bought “Breakin’ Outta Hell’ on vinyl as well. My Airbourne Vinyl collection was complete.
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Amazingly, I have a had time to watch a few documentaries I have been wanting to see. First it was ‘Hired Gun’ Review and now it is the Lady Gaga documentary, ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ which I have been wanting to watch since its release in September 2017 on Netflix. The documentary covers the time in Stefani Germanotta’s life (aka Lady Gaga) between the making of her outstanding album ‘Joanne’ and her Super Bowl appearance in 2017.
The style of the video takes a minute to wrap your head around and understand why it is being filmed that way. The style is called Cinéma Vérité which is an observational style of filiming. Click on the name to learn more. Once I got passed the style, I really started enjoying the film. It is an in depth, behind the scenes, look into her life. It doesn’t look like she was too worried about how she came across. You see her happy and smiling, crying, with or without make-up or even clothes at times.
Lady Gaga bares it all and doesn’t hold back anything which really draws you into her world and makes her feel authentic. You start to feel what she is going through and she becomes relatable. The thing I got out of it, being a rock star is not glamorous at all. It is grueling work, it is brutal, it is exhausting, it is painful and it is not a life for the faint of heart.
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On July 4th, I wasn’t feeling well and decided to sit and watch the Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers documentary called Runnin’ Down a Dream that is now streaming on Netflix. I figured I might as well watch one of America’s greatest rock bands ever on our country’s birthday.
The film is by Director Peter Bogdanovich and released in 2008 by Warner Brothers. When it was originally released it was as a 4 disc box set with the first 2 DVD disc being the movie, the third DVD disc was the 30th Anniversary concert and the fourth disc was a CD of rare tracks. I just might pick this up if I see it when I am out.
Now be warned, if you plan to watch make sure you have 4 hours available because once you start there is no stopping. The 4 hours flies by as this documentary is so entertaining mixed with great interviews and great footage of the band’s history. Any fan of Tom Petty should check it out as you will not be disappointed.
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