Classic documentary: Heartworn Highways – the best music documentary ever made!

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The best music documentary ever made: Heartworn Highways

For it is just that, the best documentary about music I have ever seen! It looks like a home movie, you feel like you get insight into a world long gone and you feel like looking into a world just for the invited.

It is up on YouTube , so catch it before it gets taken down (or better, buy yourself a copy so you can see it as often as you want).

Heartworn Highways is made by James Szalapski whose vision captured some of the founders of the Outlaw Country  and Singer/Songwriter movement in Texas and Tennessee in the last weeks of 1975 and the first weeks of 1976. The film was not released theatrically until 1981.

Highlights for me: The visit to Townes Van Zandt’s caravan and the Christmas party at Guy and Susanna Clark (especially Steve Earle singing Mercenary Song).

Heartworn Highways (full movie):

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Video Of The Day: Taylor Swift´s Wonderful Performance Of “All Too Well” @ The Grammy’s 2014

I must admit that I know very little about Taylor Swift and her music. But reading Michael Robbins great book “Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music” inspired to check out this performance.

It was – well, cards on the table, I think it was transcendent. Someone forgot to tell her the Grammys are a joke. She got her Stevie Nicks on, banging her locks and singing pretty much in key, hunched over the piano like a velociraptor and tearing the meat off its bones. On record, the song is one of her best, but on that night, on my television screen, for as long as it lasted, it was the best song I´d ever heard.
-Michael Robbins

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July 10: Watch Tom Waits @ Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012

I realised in New York that the only people qualified to run the country are cutting hair and driving cabs..

Interviewed by Fallon he talks about who should be running the country, how he wanted to have a room not a hall regarding to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and how he once was rejected from being a member at a New York City Y.M.C.A.

Watch his performance of “Raised Right Men” and the interview below.

Tom Waits @ Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
July 10, 2012

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6 Great New Americana Videos

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit at The Øyafestival 2016

 

From time to time we collect some of our new favourite videos to publish in here, for your convenience. Enjoy!

Sam Outlaw – Everyone’s Looking For Home
New album Tenderheart out April 14 on Six Shooter Records / Thirty Tigers:

The official video for ‘It Don’t Suit Me (Like Before)’ by John Moreland, directed by Sterlin Harjo.
From the new album ‘Big Bad Luv’, released May 5th on 4AD:

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November 25: The Last Waltz was recorded in 1976 (full 4h20m concert)

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This film should be played loud!

This is a message on a title card at the beginning of the film. The greatest concert movie ever made. This post concerns the movie, the audio releases have to wait for it’s own post.

Wikipedia:

The Last Waltz was a concert by the rock group The Band, held on American Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The Last Waltz was advertised as the end of The Band’s illustrious touring career, and the concert saw The Band joined by more than a dozen special guests, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles and Neil Young.

The event was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name, released in 1978. The film features concert performances, scenes shot on a studio soundstage and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band. A triple-LP soundtrack recording, produced by Rob Fraboni, was issued in 1978. The film was released on DVD in 2002 as was a four-CD box set of the concert and related studio recordings.

Trailer:

I have several versions of the film, and I’ve seen many versions of it. I’ve seen it at the cinema, I’ve played it to death on video casette, I have two DVD releases , a blu-ray release and I’ve seen/heard quite a bit of bootlegs of the show.

This is a film that I’m really passionate about, and I have often wondered if there’s footage, filmed sequences, that is not in the official version. Whatever condition such film would be in was irrelevant, I wanted to see as much as possible of the legendary concert.

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Van Morrison @ Donegal Square, Belfast 1995 (video)

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On 30 November, Van played to sixty thousand people in Belfast city centre as a preview to Bill Clinton´s appearance. .. Van sang “Days Like This”, which had become the official anthem of the peace movement, and the theme music for a television advert licensed by the Northern Ireland Office.
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Broadcast live on Sky News, BBC Northern Ireland C4 News – Peace Rally for President Clinton visit.

  • Ralph Salmins – drums
  • Leo Green- saxophone
  • Brian Kennedy – vocals
  • Dermont Harlan – saxophone
  • Linley Hamilton – trumphet
  • Peter O´Hanlon – guitar

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