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Jools Holland webchat – your questions answered on punk, Amy Winehouse and his favourite rapper

The bandleader and television presenter has tickled ivories with the biggest names in music. He told us which musician he’s most in awe of, what late legend he’d like to spend eternity with and his peculiar fear of dying

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Thank you so much for joining me and taking the time to think up your eloquent questions. I hope you found my answers satisfactory. I have the honour to remain your humble and obedient servant. I'm sorry there wasn't time to answer them all.

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25aubrey asks:

Of all the people you’ve sat alongside tickling the ivories with, who were you most in awe of?

I think many of us will be in awe of the people who we have idolised since our childhood. I remember listening to Gladys Knight when I was a teenager and going to see her at the Lewisham Odeon. So
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Psychedelically Awesome Trailer for Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Girls At Parties

When trailers often pop up as I search the sea that is the internet, I often will see some and think, "huh, that's a trailer". Other times I'll think, "wow, now, that's a trailer". And more often than not, I'll think, "great... another trailer for this friggin thing". Luckily, the trailer for How to Talk to Girls at Parties is nothing like I expected.

It stars Elle Fanning, the younger of the Fanning sisters as she is introduced to the world of punk... and the world of Earth. The trailer is very odd but I like what I'm seeing. It's visually beautiful and it features some great music. Elle Fanning looks like she might have landed a hit role for herself. Check out the trailer below. It's worth the two minutes of your life.

The story is set in the "exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 70s.
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A Gentle Giant in Captivity - An Interview with Derek Schulman

Recently, Dusty provided me a golden opportunity: in connection with the release of Three-Piece Suite -- a remastering of some compositions from Gentle Giant's first three albums -- their media team offered an interview with Derek Schulman, lead singer for the group, and now a high-level record company executive. Knowing my love of Gentle Giant, Dusty offered the interview to me. There was no constraint on content, only on the number of questions (an even dozen). So, with thanks to Anne Leighton (of Anne Leighton Media), who coordinated, here is my interview with one of progressive rock's most iconic figures, both as an artist and as a rep:

1. There has been a sort of minor resurgence of things Gentle Giant, including the induction of the band into the Portsmouth Hall of Fame, and the imminent release of Three-Piece Suite, a collection of compositions from the first three Gentle Giant albums,
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Who Knew They Were Friends? Bill Nye and Flavor Flav Hang Out Shirtless Together — See the Pic

  • PEOPLE.com
Who Knew They Were Friends? Bill Nye and Flavor Flav Hang Out Shirtless Together — See the Pic
Who doesn’t want to be a part of Bill Nye‘s squad?

The mechanical engineer and TV presenter was tagged in a photo posted by the Sex Pistols’ lead guitarist Steve Jones on Instagram Thursday, along with Public Enemy’s Flavor Flav and a female friend in Beverly Hills, California.

“Man its hot! Glad i got a pool,” Jones, 61, wrote in the caption of the photo that featured all three men shirtless.

Flav, 58, also took to Instagram to commemorate the occasion of hanging out with a Sex Pistols member, writing, “Steve Jones from the Punk Rock Group The Sex Pistols,
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Blu-ray Review: Sid & Nancy's Slime Shines Brighter On New Criterion Blu-ray

Alex Cox's Sid & Nancy is a classic amour fou romance plastered over the backdrop of London's emerging punk scene of the late '70s. The film is the approximately real-life story of the life and death of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious and his soulmate, a shrill caricature of a woman named Nancy Spungen and the simultaneous rise and fall of the Pistols. A lot can be said about the creative license Cox takes with the material, after all this was a well documented story and created a media frenzy when the Sex Pistols burst onto the scene between 1976 and 1978, but it is difficult to fault the filmmaker's attention to detail and craft in the final product. Cox was a student and aficionado...

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Japanese Trailer For Neil Gaiman's How To Talk To Earth Girls At Parties with Elle Fanning

This Japanese trailer for the feature film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's short story How To Talk To Girls At Parties is the first full trailer that I've seen for the movie. It looks like the story has made for a great and charming movie. It was directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Nurse Jackie) and has a great cast that includes Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, and Ruth Wilson.

The story is set in the an "exotic and unusual world: suburban London in the late 70s. Under the spell of the Sex Pistols, every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn. Hearing the local punk Queen Boadicea is throwing a party, Enn crashes the fun and discovers every horny boy's dream; gorgeous foreign exchange students. When he meets the enigmatic Zan, it's lust at first sight. But these girls have come a lot further than America.
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Man In The Camo Jacket Documentary: Mike Peters of The Alarm Reflects On Music, Cancer And Life

Cancer can change anyone’s life--including rock stars.

The documentary Man In The Camo Jacket showcases the life story of the iconic Welsh rock front man Mike Peters of The Alarm from his rise to fame, to battling cancer and finally leading a worldwide philanthropy around the world with the top musicians in rock history.

The film is directed by Russ Kendall (The Song That Changed My Life).

The documentary includes a short interview with Fred Armisen, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, Martha Quinn, Billy Bragg, Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze and Billy Duffy.

Lrm had a phone interview earlier this month with Mike Peters to discuss his accomplishments in life and his ongoing fight against cancer.

Man In The Camo Jacket is currently available on VOD and iTunes.

Mike Peters: I’m very excited to come
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Review: It was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond (2017)

A straw poll of the average music fan on what the biggest British albums of all time are is likely to consist of: Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd; (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis; probably 21 by Adele; maybe Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits; Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1, perhaps; but most definitely, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. The latter of these has reached the grand old age of fifty, and so in way of celebration has been remastered and re-released in a sparkly new boxed set, which also includes a plethora of alternative recordings, outtakes and interviews, over four CDs and two DVDs and 100 minutes of extra footage. Imagine the 1995 release of The Beatles era defining anthology series, but focused purely on 1967. The release is also supported by a feature length documentary, directed by long time Beatles fan Alan G. Parker
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Competition: Win ‘The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead’ on DVD

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To celebrate the release of The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead – available on Digital Download 22nd May and Blu-ray/DVD 29th May – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A rip-roaring, hellraising account of one of the first and greatest punk bands, The Damned, who ripped up the 70s music scene, fell apart in chaos, reformed and are still touring today 40 years strong! This joins Lemmy, The Filth and the Fury and Anvil as a gleefully riotous, must watch rock-doc!

From the co-director of Lemmy, featuring Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Lemmy, and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Blondie, The Buzzcocks and many more!

Pre-order today: po.st/DocBeDamned

To win The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead on DVD, just answer the following question:

How many studio albums have The Damned released
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Cannes 2017: How to Talk to Girls at Parties Review

  • HeyUGuys
Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

There’s been a lot of anticipation for this film by John Cameron Mitchell, who brought us the entertaining Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the sombre and moving Rabbit Hole. Mitchell returns to the punk territory of the former, but unfortunately with less success.

We’re in Croydon in 1977. Punk is at its height and Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her silver jubilee. This choice of 1977 gives the director plenty of Union Jacks and street parties to set against the iconic Sex Pistols song and record cover, which he uses consistently throughout the film. Our hero is Enn (Alex Sharp): he’s being raised by his single mum, his jazz musician dad having abandoned the family ship years earlier. With his two best mates, the chubby and cerebral John (Ethan Lawrence) and the Billy Idol lookalike Vic (Abraham Lewis), the three schoolboys have embraced punk.
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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ With Elle Fanning & Nicole Kidman Is Gloriously Bananas [Cannes Review]

A hodgepodge of genres is splattered all over John Cameron Mitchell’s ludicrous (and ludicrously-titled) “How To Talk to Girls at Parties,” making for an incredibly brazen, outlandish, and totally bananas time at the movies. The creative collision of author Neil Gaiman and the director of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a match made in bizarro world heaven as ‘Girls’ thrusts a conventional coming-of-age premise into a romance-horror-comedy-sci-fi blender with the top off, twists the knob to max-level, and blasts the angriest Sex Pistols song you’ve ever heard in your life.

Continue reading ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ With Elle Fanning & Nicole Kidman Is Gloriously Bananas [Cannes Review] at The Playlist.
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Giveaway – Win The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead

To celebrate the release of The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead – available on Digital Download 22nd May and Blu-ray/DVD 29th May – we are giving away a DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

A rip-roaring, hellraising account of one of the first and greatest punk bands, The Damned, who ripped up the 70s music scene, fell apart in chaos, reformed and are still touring today 40 years strong! This joins Lemmy, The Filth and the Fury and Anvil as a gleefully riotous, must watch rock-doc!

From the co-director of Lemmy, featuring Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Lemmy, and members of Pink Floyd, Black Flag, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Sex Pistols, Fugazi, Blondie, The Buzzcocks and many more!

Order now via Amazon.

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, June 4th. UK readers only please. To enter, use one of the following methods…

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This competition is promoted by Fetch FM.
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First teasers arrive for How To Talk to Girls at Parties, starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman

Author: Scott Davis

The first look has debuted this week for John Cameron Mitchell’s sci-fi film How To Talk to Girls at Parties, with three teaser videos release ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film is based on a short story by Neil Gaiman.

How To Talk to Girls… stars Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) and Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies, The Killing of the Sacred Deer) in what is described as a “punk alien love story” and is set to debut this weekend over in Cannes. Ruth Wilson (The Affair) co-stars.

Here’s the synopsis from Cannes:

A story about the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties takes audiences to an exotic and unusual world:
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Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’

Criterion Collection Announces August 2017 Additions, Including Restored ‘Sid & Nancy’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Meantime’
Late summer is all about reflection over at The Criterion Collection, as the library is spending August offering up a handful of unsung classics and new look at some longtime favorites.

Michael Curitz’s “The Breaking Point,” a mostly overlooked Hemingway adaptation, starring John Garfield and Patricia Neal, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time, while Sacha Guitry’s “La poison” arrives on home video for the first time ever. Elsewhere, Mike Leigh’s revelatory “Meantime” is getting a 2K restoration, all the better to enjoy the early work of Tim Roth and Gary Oldman. That’s not all for Oldman fans, however, as Alex Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” hits the collection with a brand new 4K digital restoration. Finally, Walter Matthau stars in the charming comedy “Hopscotch,” also available on Blu-ray in a 2K digital restoration.

Below is the complete list of August additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.
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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ 4K and Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Terrence Malick visits the Austin, Texas music scene for Song to Song, the writer-director's latest film that now has official release dates on all major home video formats.

Song to Song, which stars Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara, will first debut June 27th on Digital HD, followed by 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 4th.

The Broadgreen Pictures release will include a lone bonus feature, 'The Music Behind the Movie' featurette. This might include appearances by some of the many musical acts that appear in the film including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Anthony Keidis & Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine).

You can now pre-order Song to Song on the format of your choice at Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4SrVkj84zc
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Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song’ 4K and Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Terrence Malick visits the Austin, Texas music scene for Song to Song, the writer-director's latest film that now has official release dates on all major home video formats.

Song to Song, which stars Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara, will first debut June 27th on Digital HD, followed by 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on July 4th.

The Broadgreen Pictures release will include a lone bonus feature, 'The Music Behind the Movie' featurette. This might include appearances by some of the many musical acts that appear in the film including Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Anthony Keidis & Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine).

You can now pre-order Song to Song on the format of your choice at Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4SrVkj84zc
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A public image unlimited by Anne-Katrin Titze

Tabbert Fiiller on John Lydon: "I never thought about that in relation to Annalisa. There's also, like, he was very shy as a child and then, certainly after or during the Sex Pistols…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Following the world première at the Tribeca Film Festival of The Public Image Is Rotten, shot by Yamit Shimonovitz, director Tabbert Fiiller went with me into the John Lydon style that took us to Comme des Garçons, Julian Schnabel and pajamas, Muriel Spark's The Public Image, John Waters at a PiL concert, and wildlife. Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, and Moby count PiL as an influence.

John Lydon: "John is so good with words. I was just trying to keep up. We shot every day."

John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. started out as Keith Levene, Jah Wobble, and Jim Walker,
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Tribeca 2017 Review: The Public Image Is Rotten, A Legendary Musician's Musical and Personal Reinvention

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten’s acerbic question to the audience at the end of the Sex Pistols’ disastrous 1978 U.S. tour may have marked the end of that group, but for Lydon himself, this was only the beginning of his musical journey. What came after Lydon and the Sex Pistols’ reinvention of rock music is the fascinating subject of Tabbert Fiiller’s lively documentary The Public Image is Rotten, a film with one of rock’s most enduringly incisive, brutally honest, and sharply funny characters at its center. This film tells the story of the genesis and unending evolution of Lydon’s post-punk, post-Sex Pistols band Public Image Ltd. (or PiL for short), which, in its fusion of punk, dance, reggae,...

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Tribeca’s Johnny Rotten Documentary Delivers a Shock: He’s Really a Nice Guy

Tribeca’s Johnny Rotten Documentary Delivers a Shock: He’s Really a Nice Guy
TWhat is the world coming to when Johnny Rotten is the cheeriest, most positive person in the room? That’s the way it seemed on Friday night at the Tribeca Film Festival, when the documentary “The Public Image Is Rotten” had its world premiere, and John Lydon — known for spewing venom and spittle in equal measure during his days in the Sex Pistols — followed the screening with a slightly unhinged Q&A in which most of his answers fairly reeked of positivity and light. He talked about the importance of books, about how the best kind of political statement is to.
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