Doc’n Roll Film Festival update - programme to be announced soonLast month we introduced you to the the inaugural edition of the Doc’n Roll film festival happening at the Hackney Picturehouse on 26th-28th September. So far the festival organisers are keeping their cards very close to their chest with the full programme for the three day event. Here are a few films we’re hoping make the cut when they announce the first part of the programme later this month.
This feature documentary explores the life of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, a musician that was once described by Dr. John as the ‘the best black, gay, one eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced’, a huge statement when New Orleans is the birthplace to so many musical legends including Louis Armstrong. New Orleans has always been considered as the home of rhythm and blues, funk, jazz and hip hop and James Booker’s unique style typified that. His combination of rhythm and blues with jazz made him one of the most exciting pianists the world never truly appreciated. Bayou Maharajah documents the eccentricities and showmanship of Booker and his battle against prejudice and isolation in never before seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews.
Her Aim is True
A Band Called Death
Before the Sex Pistols, Bad Brains and even the Ramones, an electrifying band called Death brought punk to the world before punk existed. Death was made up of three teenage brothers in the early 70’s, who introduced their bedroom made music to the world by playing a few local gigs and even produced their own pressed single in the hopes of being signed. The problem they encountered was they began at a time when Motown and emerging disco dominated the mainstream music world and record companies found their persona and name too intimidating. A Band Called Death is a fascinating family love story that takes you on an incredible fairy-tale journey, when 3 decades later a dusty demo tape from 1974 found an audience several generations younger. Death are now considered for playing music far ahead of their time and have now received long overdue recognition as the first black punk band and true pioneers of the genre.