what do bob dylan and jennifer garner have in common?

What does the an­cient, craggy mu­si­cian Bob Dy­lan have in com­mon with the ever-beautiful ac­tress Jen­nifer Gar­ner? Quite a lot, of course! They're both hu­man be­ings with mil­lions of things in com­mon, start­ing with DNA and work­ing on up to spouses and exes and chil­dren and friends and en­e­mies. But they have some­thing else in com­mon that's more fun to read about here. 

"the wild angels" is now a quinquagenarian (happy 50th!)

FIFTY YEARS AGO TO­DAY, one of the quin­tes­sen­tial '60s rock & roll sound­track al­bums to one the '60s quin­tes­sen­tial biker ex­ploita­tion moves was re­leased. Ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia, THE WILD AN­GELS movie saw its gen­eral re­lease to Amer­i­can the­aters on this day. The sound­track al­bum of the same name was re­leased by Tower Records, an im­print of Capi­tol Records. So July 20, 2016, is the fifti­eth an­niver­sary of this clas­sic movie and equally clas­sic al­bum! So Happy Birth­day to every­one in­volved in the mak­ing of the movie and the mak­ing of the sound­track mu­sic and album—especially Mike Curb and Davie Al­lan!!!… Con­tinue Read­ing "the wild an­gels" is now a quin­qua­ge­nar­ian (happy 50th!)

on Wild in the Streets as political and social satire

 When Jerry Ru­bin said, “Don’t trust any­one over 30” in 1967, there is a good chance that he knew ex­actly the kind of ef­fect that it would have on young peo­ple around the coun­try. He might not have had a clue that it would also have an ef­fect on non-political movers and shak­ers in Hol­ly­wood. At least one movie fol­lowed shortly af­ter Rubin's state­ment, Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Pic­tures' Wild In The Streets. Ear­lier this year, sev­eral read­ers sug­gested that I fol­low up the post “the re­turn of max frost & the troop­ers” with a brief say-so on the AIP movie Wild In The… Con­tinue Read­ing on Wild in the Streets as po­lit­i­cal and so­cial satire

three nights three movies

Just wanted to rec­om­mend a trio of movies con­nected by gor­geous mu­sic to en­joy on a trio of nights, prefer­ably one af­ter the other. These are not movie re­views, merely rec­om­men­da­tions: three nights three movies ex­cel­lent mu­sic . . . [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgZjaxrnlPc] First night: Mao’s Last Dancer is an Aus­tralian film di­rected by Bruce Beres­ford (2009) and based on dancer Li Cunxin’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of the same ti­tle. In 1972, the 11-year old Cunxin was se­lected for bal­let train­ing and even­tu­ally ends up as an ex­change stu­dent and a star with the Hous­ton Bal­let. The adult Cinxin is played by Chi Cao, prin­ci­pal dancer… Con­tinue Read­ing three nights three movies

a whiter shade of pale in some spectacular ruins

In 1967, Pro­col Harum made a Sco­pi­tone video for their hit A Whiter Shade Of Pale. It was shot in some spec­tac­u­lar ru­ins in Wit­ley Court in Worces­ter­shire, Eng­land, once one of the great houses of the Mid­lands, but by then a spec­tac­u­lar ruin dev­as­tated by fire thirty years ear­lier.  This video fea­tures the orig­i­nal members—Gary Brooker (pi­ano), Matthew Fisher (or­gan), David Knights (bass), Ray Royer (gui­tar), and Bobby Har­rison (drums)—in per­for­mance and me­an­der­ing about the ru­ins. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PmisbzxwoQ] It was di­rected by Pe­ter Clifton, who mixed full-color con­cert film with washed-out color stock of the group in the ru­ins. These were in­ter­spersed with black and white news­reel… Con­tinue Read­ing a whiter shade of pale in some spec­tac­u­lar ru­ins

ken thorne chose the chase in the tyrol to the bitter end of an orchestral fantasy

Way back in the early 1970s, I dis­cov­ered that when a British fan bought a copy of the Beat­les’ 1965 al­bum HELP! (Par­lophone PMC-1255/PCS-3071) in the UK, he got a Beat­les al­bum with four­teen (14) new Beat­les record­ings. When an Amer­i­can fan bought the same ti­tle (HELP!, Capi­tol MAS/SMAS-2386) in the US, he got an “orig­i­nal sound­track al­bum” with only seven (7) new Beat­les record­ings! The rest of the record was padded out with five (5) pieces of “in­ci­den­tal mu­sic” com­posed and arranged by some­one named Ken Thorne. Some­how, it seemed that the Amer­i­can record-buyer was get­ting the short… Con­tinue Read­ing ken thorne chose the chase in the ty­rol to the bit­ter end of an or­ches­tral fan­tasy

Wild In The Streets as political satire and prescient black comedy (part 3)

This is the third part of a three-part ar­ti­cle “Wild In The Streets as po­lit­i­cal satire and pre­scient black com­edy (and good old b-movie hokum)" about the 1968 movie Wild In The Streets, in which I re­view the socio-political as­pects of the script forty years later and find some real ac­cu­racy, pos­si­ble pre­science, and a lot of non­sense. I have com­bined this part with the other two into one ar­ti­cle, "on Wild in the Streets as po­lit­i­cal and so­cial satire."