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EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE DVD OF “ROCKPALAST” FROM MARLEY’S ULTIMATE UPRISING TOUR
ORIGINALLY CAPTURED FOR GERMANY’S FAMED TV CONCERT SERIES – NOW FULLY RESTORED FOR THE FIRST TIME
~DVD, DVD+2CD, AND DIGITAL VIDEO OUT NOVEMBER 24, 2014~
On November 24, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Uprising Live! by Bob Marley on DVD, DVD + CD set, and Digital Video [Pre-book Order Date October 31, MSRP $14.98 DVD, TBA DVD+2CD]. This is the first ever DVD release of this classic concert, which originally aired on the famed German television series Rockpalast, fromBob Marley’s final tour.
The Uprising Tour ran in Europe from May 30th to July 13th 1980 with five further dates in the USA in September. It was Bob Marley’s last tour before his tragically early death in May 1981 at the age of just 36. The tour was in support of the Uprisingalbum, (released June 10th 1980) and just a few days later, this show would be filmed from Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle. Now,Rockpalast is presented here on DVD for the first time, with footage fully restored under supervision of Cedella Marley and Ziggy Marley.
On Uprising Live!, Bob Marley is in superb form and delivers a set full of energy and charisma, including the icon songs “No Woman, No Cry,” “Exodus,” “I Shot The Sheriff,” “Redemption Song,” “Is This Love,” “Jamming,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Could You Be Loved” and many more. The show opens with a short set by the I Threes – Marley’s backing vocalists – who traditionally would perform a few songs before Marley took the stage.
February 6th 2015 will be, what would have been, Bob Marley’s 70th birthday and, with very few Bob Marley live concerts available on DVD, Uprising Live! will be a welcome addition for any fan.
Click here to view a video of "Could You Be Loved": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64tZdPWi82k
Ever wonder who first put the sticks in the hands of your favorite rock & roll drummer, or how they came up with beats that helped define your favorite bands' greatest hits? Now, for the first time ever, many of the greatest drummers of the past 40 years have gathered together in the pages of "BEYOND THE BEATS: Rock & Roll's Greatest Drummers Speak" to share the stories of their lives behind the kit - and best-known hits - for the first definitive time in one book.
Interviewed exclusively by award-winning music biographer Jake Brown (Joe Satriani, Heart, Motorhead) in their very own chapters, the 350 page tome includes conversations with Joey Kramer of Aerosmith, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stephen Perkins of Jane's Addiction, Taylor Hawkins of The Foo Fighters, Dino Danelli of The Rascals, Doug 'Cosmo' Clifford of Credence Clearwater Revival, Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart, Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dennis "Machine Gun" Thompson of MC5,Kenny Aronoff of John Mellencamp/John Fogerty, Steve Smith of Journey, Danny Seraphine of Chicago, Steve Gadd of Simon & Garfunkel/Eric Clapton, Michael Shrieve of Santana, Matt Chamberlin of Tori Amos, Dave Lombardo of Slayer/ Testament, Simon Phillips of The Who/Jeff Beck, Lee Kerslake of Randy Rhodes-era Ozzy Osbourne, Denny Carmassi of Whitesnake/Heart/Montrose,Jeff Campitelli of Joe Satriani Band, David Garibaldi of the Tower of Power, David Lovering of The Pixies, and Simon Kirke (Free, Bad Company) among others.
Along with taking fans first-hand inside the creation of many of rock's most memorable drum beats, from Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Down on the Corner” all the way across the spectrum to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and everything in-between, exhilarating and now-legendary live moments from behind the kit are revisited in 3D here: including Santana drummer Michael Shrieve’s 20-minute drum solo at Woodstock, Steve Gadd’s memory playing before 500,000 people at Simon & Garfunkel’s “Concert in Central Park,” Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins’ giving aspiring skin-smiths a first-hand perspective he revealed was “terrifying” looking out at a sold-out Wembley Stadium crowd and Kenny Aronoff’s dream-come-true moment 50 years after he first watched Ringo Starr on Ed Sullivan as he backed up Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in 2014 live on CBS’s “The Night that Changed America” tribute special among many other highlights!"BEYOND THE BEATS: Rock & Roll's Greatest Drummers Speak" is due to hit store shelves nationwide in the summer of 2015
DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLES THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW THE ROLAND TR-808 DRUM MACHINE
CHANGED THE COURSE OF MUSIC HISTORY
FEATURING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ICONIC ARTISTS INCLUDING
AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, PHARRELL, QUESTLOVE, PHIL COLLINS, RICK RUBIN, DIPLO, NEW ORDER, DAVID GUETTA, DAMON ALBARN,
FATBOY SLIM, AND MANY MORE
You Know Films, Atlantic Films, and Arthur Baker have announced the forthcoming release of 808, a landmark documentary chronicling the incredible story of the influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. The film – which features commentary and contributions from such superstars as Pharrell Williams, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, Damon Albarn,David Guetta, Phil Collins, Diplo, New Order, and Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), as well as pioneering artists and producers including Rick Rubin, Jellybean Benitez, Hank Shocklee, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – will arrive in 2015.
A You Know Films production in association with Atlantic Films, 808 is directed by Alexander Dunn and produced by Alex Noyer (also executive producer), Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO – and Big Beat Records founder – Craig Kallman,Alexander Dunn, and Arthur Baker (also co-executive producer). The story was written by Alexander Dunn and Luke Bainbridge with additional music from Matt Jarman. The film will be accompanied by a comprehensive soundtrack companion, to be released by Big Beat/Atlantic Records in conjunction with the film’s release. 808 gathers an array of era-spanning tracks born of and inspired by the 808, including 1982’s world-changing “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, which will be accompanied by a brand-new remix package featuring interpretations by some of today’s brightest and most forward-thinking producers.
808 tells the remarkable tale of how one small machine changed the course of music history, spawning myriad styles across boundaries of time and genre, its defining sound as resonant today as ever before. First introduced in 1980, the 808 fueled an age of explosive artistic creation that began with electro, hip-hop, and synthpop but soon erupted into such diverse forms as acid house, techno, drum & bass, and dubstep. Despite being produced in limited numbers before its sudden discontinuation by Roland in 1983, the 808 lived on, and more than three decades later, it remains a vital element in contemporary hip-hop and R&B as well as an ever-present influence on modern EDM and pop music.
Working in collaboration with pioneering producer/DJ Arthur Baker, Dunn and Noyer set Afrika Bambaataa’s Baker-produced “Planet Rock” as the 808’s entry point, the track marking the first globally successful use of the machine, as well as a milestone moment in the emergence of hip-hop. To tell the tale from there, the filmmakers spent nearly three years traveling the world, interviewing iconic artists and platinum-certified producers, GRAMMY® winners and cult figures, all of whom share their insight and memories of the 808’s impact. Many of the contributors ask the same question: why was the 808 discontinued so quickly, even as it was turning up on more hit records than any other drum machine? Now, in an exclusive interview with legendary Roland founder Ikutaro “Mr. K” Kakehashi, the filmmakers behind 808 have at last learned the surprising reason behind the mystery.
“Making a documentary about a drum machine, a piece of electronic equipment, is an interesting challenge,” said Alexander Dunn. “It has no voice of its own, so as a protagonist it’s rather difficult to mold a story around. 808 has really been a journey of discovery for me. One that led myself and the team to meet over 50 musicians and artists from all around the world, hearing their personal stories about the 808 and the music they created using its iconic sounds. Those artists and musicians are the real protagonists of the film and the 808, in the hands of our contributors, would change music forever.”
“When I decided to make 808, I could not fathom the journey of nearly three years it was about to take us on. My very own 808 journeyed with us and is now signed by the likes of Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Phil Collins, Pharrell Williams, and more. It will stand as a symbol of this incredible immersive experience,” noted Alex Noyer. “Embarking on a partnership with Atlantic is a celebration of the reach of the story, a story so deeply rooted in music history for the last 30 years that this iconic company felt it was their story to tell, too. It became far more than simply a commercial venture for all involved, and the synergy that ensued has been both humbling and incredibly exciting.”
“I was still in high school when the 808 came out, but I was already a DJ in clubs all around Manhattan,” said Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. “When ‘Planet Rock’ was released, it transformed the dance and hip-hop scene. The average clubgoer might not have known that they were listening to a revolutionary technology, but they felt it and were completely energized by the sound. It’s amazing that one machine could change the face of modern music, but it did. I’m thrilled that Atlantic Films and Big Beat Records are partnering with You Know Films and the legendary Arthur Baker to tell this extraordinary story.”
“The making of 808 was a very personal journey for me: being able to reconnect and interview (along with Luke Bainbridge) many of my old DJ/producer friends, while helping get the godfathers of the early scene some overdue acknowledgement,” said Arthur Baker. “But the most special part of the filming was traveling to Japan, meeting and interviewing Mr. K and jamming on his 808 on my birthday. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity.”
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, The Bangles will be honored at the 2015 She Rocks Awards™
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) is thrilled to announce that it will honor platinum-selling pop band the Bangles as part of the 2015 She Rocks Awards. Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live awards event takes place on January 23, 2015 at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel during the NAMM Show.
Formed over 30 years ago by guitarists Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson and drummer Debbi Peterson in a Brentwood, California garage, the Bangles were the first all-female band to chart at Billboard's #1 for four weeks in a row. The band has been synonymous with hits like “Walk Like an Egyptian,” “Manic Monday,” “Hazy Shade of Winter,” “Eternal Flame,” and many more.
Reunited in 1999, the Bangles will be featured in a special tribute during the event as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first major label release, All Over the Place. “The She Rocks Awards shines a light on unique women working in every facet of the music industry,” commented guitarist Vicki Peterson. “We’re really honored to be a part of this year’s event.”
The 2015 She Rocks Awards will be co-hosted by platinum-aselling guitarist and solo artist Orianthi and the Women’s International Music Network founder and writer/editor Laura B. Whitmore. Now in its third year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show.
Previous award recipients include female industry leaders such as Orianthi, Sheila E, Gaby Moreno, Malina Moye, Dinah Gretsch, Janie L. Hendrix, Mary Peavey, Tish Ciravolo and more. The event brings together industry professionals, music icons, artists, educators, fans and media to celebrate women in music.
The WiMN also recently announced it will honor saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair as a 2015 She Rocks Award winner. One of the most dynamic and accomplished performers in music today, her latest album Wild Heartdebuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz chart. Abair was a featured saxophonist on the Late Show with David Letterman and American Idol, and has toured with rock legends Aerosmith. Additional award honorees will be announced soon.
The She Rocks Awards will take place on January 23, 2015 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm in the Pacific Ballroom at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 15. A NAMM badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards.
The She Rocks Awards would like to recognize media sponsors NewBay Media, and their publications Guitar World, Guitar Player, Acoustic Nation, Bass Player, Electronic Musician and Keyboard Magazine.
For information regarding She Rocks Awards sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more at www.sherocksawards.com.
About The Women’s International Music Network (The WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With theWiMN.com as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network has authored over 100 interviews with women in the industry and posts a new one every week. The organization produces events such as the annual Women's Music Summit, the WiMN She Rocks Showcases, and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit www.TheWiMN.com.