When it comes to women's music in the twentieth century, Joni Mitchell stands as the preeminent trailblazer. With musings in almost every genre, Mitchell paved the way for many other popular female singer-songwriters. Like many others, she got her start playing folk music in coffeehouses during the early 1960s. In 1967, Reprise Records released her self-titled acoustic debut. 1969 saw the release of her second album Clouds, followed in 1970 by the successful Ladies of the Canyon, which featured the chart-topping "Big Yellow Taxi." But it was the moody and cathartic Blue (1971) that put her on the map of musical genius: the album even inspired Bob Dylan to write "Tangled Up In Blue." Mitchell dialed up the jazz on Court and Spark (1974), which spawned three major hit singles -- "Free Man in Paris," "Raised on Robbery" and "Help Me." Throughout her career, Joni Mitchell has experimented and taken risks with her music. To this day, she continues to explore new ground and hark back to the old folkie ways that gave her snowball its first push.
Joni Mitchell Concert Films
A Woman of Heart and Mind
Runtime: 1 hr 32 minJoni Mitchell's career has been guided by an artistic integrity that i an example to all. Crossing musical boundaries with scorn, she has generated critical acclaim whichever route she chooses to follow. From bands like Crosby Stills Nash and Young covering her early work through to working with be-bop legend Charles Mingus, to her most recent and still as highly acclaimed work; 'Woman of Heart And Mind' documents the incredible achievements and influence that Joni Mitchel has had against all the odds in this ever more conformist world. With over 40 archive musical excerpts and interviews with collaborators including David Crosby, James Taylor and Herbie Hancock, plus archive and contemporary interviews with Joni herself, this documentary tells for the first time the full remarkable story of a performer and songwriter which clearly justifies her iconic status.
Painting With Words And Music
Runtime: 1 hrJoni Mitchell, Canadas queen of folk/pop, performs before an intimate audience on the Warners Lot in Los Angeles, in a specially set up auditorium displaying a gallery of her own paintings. Playing in the round with a small band she delivers tracks from across her career including all her best loved songs.
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Dream Of Life
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minEleven years in the making, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a unique and intimate portrait of the renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Patti Smith’s music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw, and original. A beautiful collage of images, memories and performances illuminate the complexities, and captures the essence, of this distinctive, legendary icon. The film follows Patti Smith’s punk-icon roots in the 70s through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Smith tells the story of her early days in New York City and the people that are dearest to her including her late husband Fred Sonic Smith, Allen Ginsburg, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others, her family, and the political causes for which she so deeply struggled.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 55 minSuzanne Vega broke-through with her eponymous debut album in 1985 in both Europe and America. The album featured the hits Marlene On The Wall and Left Of Center. She hit even greater heights with her second album Solitude Standing, which contained the hits Luka and Toms Diner. In many ways, she opened the way for the rush of female singer-songwriters that followed in the late eighties and early nineties. She continues to have hit albums and to play to packed houses on both sides of the Atlantic.
Classic Albums: The Band
Runtime: 59 minComprised of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, The Band's self-titled sophomore effort spent 24 weeks in the Billboard Top 40. The album was released at a time when the US album charts were taken over by the psychedelic rock movement, and despite this, the album had the aforementioned chart success and would go on to sell over one million copies. This edition of the "Classic Albums" series focuses on The Band's follow-up to "MUSIC FROM BIG PINK". Featuring classics such as "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Rag Mama Rag", the story of the album is told through interviews with surviving members of The Band, fellow musicians Eric Clapton, Don Was, and George Harrison, and vintage footage. The Band is a classic album!
The Concert In Central Park
Simon & Garfunkel
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minWhat started as a suggestion for Paul Simon to play a concert in New York's Central Park blossomed, on September 19, 1981, as a full-blown Simon and Garfunkel reunion after an 11-year hiatus, and now proves a priceless snapshot of two of America's greatest folk-rock performers. (It's also the rightful bookend to Simon and Garfunkel's acoustic Live from New York City, 1967.)
Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch. The show features a mix of S&G and solo Simon tunes, including all the songs that appear on the CD, with the addition of a reprise of "Late in the Evening" and the first live performance of Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace." This is classic material from start to finish, 87 minutes of unmitigated beauty.
Queen of Country
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minDolly Parton is the most honoured female country performer of all time. She has had 25 songs reach No1 on the Billboard Country chats, a record for a female artists. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. Her career began at an early age. She started as a child performer on the radio, then went on to record a few singles at the age of just 13. She had a stream of hit singles in the 80's, the most success being her 1981 hit "9 to 5", and her duet with Kenny Rogers "Island in the Stream", both of which topped the U.S pop and country charts. She has won an incredible amount of awards, including 8 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 3 American Music Awards. She is quite simply the reigning queen of Country Music; this is her story.
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minSquibnocket finds James Taylor and his band preparing for a summer tour. Whether it was the relaxed atmosphere of home, the magic of Martha's Vineyard or pure serendipity, these performances, from "Fire and Rain" to "Copperline," are truly special.
Down The Tracks - The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minThis fascinating documentary tells the story of the music and artists that have influenced Bob Dylan throughout his career. Although his reputation as a songwriter stands supreme, Dylan has often covered tracks from vintage blues, folk and country performers or incorporated elements from them into his own material. "Down the Tracks" explores the lives and work of many of these artists and how Dylan interacted with them through archive performance and interview footage alongside new interviews and documentary material.
Classic Albums: Graceland
Runtime: 60 minSimon And Garfunkel are the most successful duo in recording history and following their split in 1971 both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel have carried on to have hugely successful solo careers and enjoyed occasional reunions. This concert was filmed at Philadelphias Tower Theater in 1980 and captures Paul Simon in fine form with a superb backing band featuring most of Stuff. The setlist ranges across his career up to that point and includes both Simon and Garfunkel and solo hits.
Live in Stockholm
Rickie Lee Jones
Runtime: 1 hr 27 min2010 marked the 30th anniversary of the dawn of Rickie Lee Jones' storied recording career, which exploded in 1979 with her self-titled debut album and its top 10 hit, "Chuck E's In Love." Jones had an immediate impact on pop culture, enjoying the massive buzz, an instantaneous Rolling Stone cover, and winning the Grammy for Best New Artist. Three decades' later and she's still one of the most vital, distinctive and instantly recognizable voices in music. As evidence, March 7, 2010 a very special night in Stockholm, Sweden at the historic and regal Berns Salonger, built in 1862. Rickie delivered to a packed house the best of her catalog from her debut album all the way up to her latest release. It's all captured on this remarkable evening that no one in attendance will likely forget.
Welcome To My Living Room
Runtime: 2 hr 12 minFilmed in Southern California in 2005, Welcome to My Living Room is an intimate, unadorned glimpse into Carole King's sold-out Living Room World Tour, featuring 21 Top 40 hits from one of the greatest songwriters in history!
How Sweet The Sound
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThis film, Joan Baez How Sweet the Sound, examines Joan's history as a recording artist and performer as well as her remarkable journey as the conscience of a generation. Featuring interviews with David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Roger McGuinn, and others, plus conversation between Joan and ex-husband David Harris. Archival material includes footage of Baez's visit to N. Vietnam, Martin Luther King Jr. outside a California prison, where he visited Joan, and never-before-seen film of Joan as a teenager performing at Club 47 in Cambridge. Extras include conversations with Baez & Dar Williams, Bill Fegan & Bishop Ernest, Vaclav Havel, and Steve Earle.
Live at Isle of Wright 1970
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minNearly 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment- and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix's career. As Cohen followed Hendrix's set, onlookers (and fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian Folk singer/songwriter and poet/novelist quietly tamed the crowd.
In Concert: Live at the BBC Radio Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minSir Van Morrison takes to the stage at The BBC Radio Theatre for an intimate In Concert performance. Belfast born ‘Van the man’ is among popular music's true innovators and arguably one of the most influential vocalists in the history of rock and roll. The Grammy winning Celtic soul troubadour has been fusing R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk throughout his musical career and in this special, he performs a selection of tracks, old and new from his revered back catalogue of work to his new album ‘Keep Me Singing’.
A Moonlight Serenade On The Queen Mary 2
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minSurrounded by a room of ballroom dancers and backed by a 15-piece orchestra, Carly Simon taped two nights of concerts on the Queen Mary 2 in early September of 2005. The six-day voyage (from New York City to Southampton, England) onboard the most famous ocean liner in the world.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 49 minThese two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed a few months before the release of her Little Earthquakes album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from Little Earthquakes but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didnt make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Thank You and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit.