Monday, November 1, 2010

The Conversations: Rock Concert Films

After too long a layoff, The Conversations series is back with the first of what will be three installments over the next few weeks. In this edition, Ed Howard and I discuss a handful of rock concert documentaries: Woodstock (1970), Gimme Shelter (1970), Stop Making Sense (1984), Rattle and Hum (1988) and Instrument (2001). As you'd expect, we analyze the differences between the films (which are obvious) and the similarities (which are more common than I would have expected). We also discuss whether it's possible to admire or enjoy a rock concert documentary if you don't like the music of the artist being profiled. It's a discussion that I hope you'll find is worth the time. The next edition of The Conversations, which is totally unrelated, will post in about two weeks. So bookmark this baby for installment reading and add to the discussion at The House Next Door, if so moved.

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