27 Gone To Soon

27 Gone To Soon - a film by Simon Napier-Bell
27 Gone To Soon – a film by Simon Napier-Bell

Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971. At the time, the coincidence gave rise to some comment, but it was not until the death of Kurt Cobain, about two and a half decades later, that the idea of a ’27 Club’ began to catch on in public perception, reignited again with the death of Amy Winehouse in 2011.

This group represent just a few of the many well-known singers and musicians who died at that age, and this film looks at the phenomenon and tries to understand why these particular stars are so mythologised and celebrated – and why indeed their lives ended when they did.

Through rare and unseen footage transcending the viewer on a near quantum leap into the period of each artist’s life and death, along with discerning interviews with musicians, ranging from Gary Numan to Olly Alexander from Years & Years, critics and music industry insiders as well as medical and psychiatric experts, the film investigates the lives, music, and artistry of these lost icons, who have forever been frozen in time at the age of 27.

As Kurt Cobain quoted a Neil Young song lyric in his suicide note in 1994, he told the world, “It’s better to burn out than to fade away”. He may have meant it only cynically or satirically, but regardless, his death was tragically upon us. However, In today’s world where drug addiction and mental health issues are continually on the rise and are now the focus of much media and government attention, this documentary is sure to propel further debate as it offers further insight into the world of popular music and it’s many pitfalls.

27 Gone To Soon, a film by Simon Napier-Bell is available through Bulldog Distribution.

Win a copy of 27 Gone To Soon

FREE COMPETITION

Buzzin Music is giving away 3 copies of 27 Gone To Soon.

To enter this free competition, simply answer the question below:

What year did Amy Winehouse die?

a) 2011
b) 2007
c) 2000

Submit your entries to webcomps@buzzinmedia.co.uk with the subject line: ‘27 Comp’ (other subject lines will not be entered) with your full name, address & contact number.

This competition ends on 3oth April 2018.

The editor will randomly choose three winners from the correct answers. The editor’s choice is final.

Doc ‘n’ Roll Film Festival

Doc ‘n’ Roll, the UK´s music documentary festival returns for its 3rd London edition from from 2nd to 13th November 2016.

Doc’n Roll Film Festival is delighted to present an amazing selection of diverse music documentaries on subjects including Parliament/Funkadelic, The Melvins, Frank Zappa, Sid and Nancy, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bad Brains, Placebo, The Orb, Gregory Porter, satanic black metal, Norwegian disco, Burmese punk, jazz stars Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Bill Evans, plus legendary producer Bert Berns (starring Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Van Morrison).

This year’s London Doc‘n Roll Festival features multiple filmmakers Q&As, world premieres, European premieres, UK premieres and London premieres.

Eight of the films premiered at this year’s Doc‘n Roll Film Festival have been short-listed to participate in a competition for the Best Music Doc 2016 prize, judged by a panel consisting of Faye Milton (Savages) Simon Taffe (End Of The Road Festival), Liz Kershaw (BBC 6music), Steve Mason and renowned photographer/filmmaker Dean Chalkley.

Kicking the festival off in fine style on 2nd November is the world premiere of Gregory Porter Don’t Forget Your Music at BFI Southbank, featuring a Q&A with Mr Porter himself and the director Alfred George Bailey.

Tickets on sale now via the Doc ‘n’ Roll website.

God Save The Queen … and Urban Kingdom

'God Save The Queen' is the all-female cast music documentary debut film by Nick DonnellyGod Save The Queen‘ is the all-female cast music documentary debut film by Nick Donnelly.  It comes from the film and music brand, Urban Kingdom, a company that has devoted itself to independent expression of media.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlJJuHrcLHQ

God Save The Queen‘ stars an influential cast of women in the music industry including Martha Reeves, Carla-Marie Williams, and former music TV station manager Cat Park. These brilliant women come together and discuss the prejudices and inequality regarding the female fame model in Britain, whilst highlighting the choices these women have made in their careers to develop respect.

This month, five years ago, Urban Kingdom released the most popular all-female British Hip Hop collaboration of recent years (Game Over – Female Takeover).

Urban Kingdom’s hope is to get people excited about the women in this industry who produce, write, and perform fantastic music.

Watch God Save The Queen from Urban Kingdom by Nick Donnelly

Dreadtown – The Steel Pulse Story

Dreadtown is the first official documentary film to tell the story of Steel Pulse
David Hinds - Steel Pulse

Hollywood actor and social activist, Danny Glover, narrates the documentary about Steel Pulse featuring music legends Snoop Lion, Gwen Stefani and Rita Marley.

Steel Pulse, director Yoni Gal and the Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner this month launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise completion funds for their feature documentary, Dreadtown, due for release end of 2016.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl6Ub5S3h3s

Dreadtown is the first official documentary film to tell the story of how Steel Pulse took the Black British experience to the world through their unique reggae sound. Fans all over the world are being invited to be part of the Steel Pulse story by donating to their Indiegogo campaign, which can be found here  bit.ly/dreadtown

The film not only explores the forces that made Steel Pulse, but also their significance to communities inside and outside the music world. Dreadtown will feature interviews with stars such as Snoop Lion, Rita Marley, Gwen Stefani, Matt Groening (creator, The Simpsons), Lennox Lewis (World Heavyweight Boxing Champion), Alpha Blondy (United Nations Ambassador of Peace), Burning Spear, UB40, John Lydon (Sex Pistols), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Blackwell (founder, Island Records), Aswad, Billy Idol, Jason Mraz, and many more.

The first half of the film explores the British context to Steel Pulse’s influential reggae music. Coming from Handsworth in Birmingham/England, Steel Pulse witnessed the hard edge of British working-class life during the 1970’s, a time of political upheaval and racial tension. Songs such as “Handsworth Revolution” and “Ku Klux Klan” looked to music to confront the exploitation and violence faced by the Caribbean and Indian migrant communities in the U.K.  Steel Pulse responded to the rise of the far right in Britain through catchy reggae beats.

The film also explores how Steel Pulse related this past to audiences in the U.S, now the band’s second home. They climbed the ladder of obscurity in the US through the 1980’s and by 1993 they were playing at the inaugural festivities in Washington D.C., at the personal request of an unlikely fan, President Bill Clinton. A rich mix of contemporary performance, interview and exclusive archive will frame the incendiary issues of race and police/minority relations from 1970’s Britain to the present day in America.

Beyond an exploration of reggae music and popular culture during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the documentary film explores socio-political issues that continue to resonate in the U.S. and beyond. Resonance with those same issues today requires names, not explanation; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York and Trayvon Martin in Sanford. The list continues, as does Steel Pulse’s mission to confront injustice and empower communities.

Dreadtown social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/dreadtown/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/dreadtown

https://www.instagram.com/dreadtown/

Michael Nyman – Classic Album Selection

Michael Nyman Classic Album Selection
Michael Nyman Classic Album Selection

Michael Nyman published an influential book in 1974 on experimental music called Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond. John Cage and other avant garde and experimental composers had a significant influence on Michael Nyman who is best known as a composer in his own right.  He released his self-titled debut album in 1981. But is best known for his beautiful film scores.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8OWrgzlS7E

As part of the on-going Classic Album Selection series, Universal have released Michael Nyman Classic Albums containing five exceptional original soundtracks for director Peter Greenaway‘s The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), Drowning By Numbers (1988), and The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989), director Jane Campion‘s The Piano (1993), and director Michael Winterbottom’s Wonderland (1999).

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZeA0PbjcdI

MICHAEL NYMANCLASSIC ALBUM SELECTION
1.  THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT
2.  DROWNING BY NUMBERS
3.  THE COOK,THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER
4.  THE PIANO
5.  WONDERLAND

Michael Nyman is one of seven new titles to be released as part of the Classic Albums series. Others include:

SIMPLE MINDS
1.  SPARKLE IN THE RAIN
2.  ONCE UPON A TIME
3.  REAL LIFE
4.  STREET FIGHTING YEARS
5.  GOOD NEWS FROM THE NEXT WORLD

GARY MOORE
1.  CORRIDORS OF POWER
2.  VICTIMS OF THE FUTURE
3.  RUN FOR COVER
4.  WILD FRONTIER
5.  AFTER THE WAR

10CC
1.  THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
2.  HOW DARE YOU
3.  DECEPTIVE BENDS
4.  BLOODY TOURISTS
5.  LIVE AND LET LIVE

ROBBIE WILLIAMS
1.  LIFE THRU A LENS
2.  I’VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU
3.  SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING
4.  ESCAPOLOGY
5.  INTENSIVE CARE

UB40
1.  SIGNING OFF
2.  PRESENT ARMS
3.  UB44
4.  LABOUR OF LOVE
5.  GEFFERY MORGAN

ENIGMA
1.  MCMXC AD
2.  THE CROSS OF CHANGES
3.  LE ROI EST MORT, VIVE LE ROI
4.  THE SCREEN BEHIND THE MIRROR
5.  VOYAGER