A musical prodigy who signed his first record deal just after finishing high school, Prince’s first two albums, 1978’s For You and 1979’s Prince, were a slick blend of soft-focus disco-funk and falsetto vocals. But 1980’s Dirty Mind made him an artist to reckon with; its raw, unfiltered quality dazzled rock critics and set the stage for Prince’s dominance of the ‘80s pop scene. At the end of 1982, he released 1999, which yielded the hit, “Little Red Corvette,” as well as the title track, an ode to partying in a nuclear apocalypse. On Purple Rain, Prince transformed his obsessions about sex, religion and technology into a galvanizing stadium-ready sound. By the ‘90s, Prince’s commercial impact waned, although he occasionally logged hits like 1992’s “Cream” and 1994’s “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” But Prince was still widely recognized as one of the most influential musicians alive and could sell out an arena with only a few days’ notice. On April 21, 2016, Prince, 57, shocked the world when he collapsed from an accidental fentanyl overdose and died moments later. Amidst a worldwide outpouring of grief, government buildings, o... See More
Prince Concert Films
Runtime: 45 minIn recent times, music lovers have been confounded with the tragic and shocking news that some of their most beloved stars had passed away in controversial circumstances. The music world has again been stunned by the sudden and tragic news that Prince, the legendary musician, died at his home in Minneapolis at the age of just 57, and it was recently confirmed the singer died of an opioid overdose. He was one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time, and also one of the most mysterious. In the Eighties, at a time when other megastars such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna, were delivering an album every three years or so, Prince remained prolific to an almost inhuman degree. A byproduct of his inexhaustible output was Prince's tendency toward wayward, self-indulgent career moves that sometimes alienated even his most ardent supporters. His influence is unparalleled, and his legacy will live on through his inspirational music. In this fascinating documentary, we take an in depth look into the life and times of one of music’s greatest performers…Prince.
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Behind The Legend
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minMarvin Gaye is one of the legends of Black American music. Behind The Legend is a musical biography of Marvin Gaye with a special focus on the later period of his life. It has contributions from Gayes immediate family and from musicians and producers who worked with him. Also included is rare family archive footage of his exile periods in Belgium and Hawaii as well as intimate coverage of his bouts of drug abuse and his triumphant return to Los Angeles. The program features cuts from Whats Going On, Distant Lover, Come Get To This, Inner City Blues, How Sweet It Is, Sexual Healing and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.As a bonus feature there are live performances of Lets Get It On, a Whats Going On Medley and a Duets Medley.There is an insatiable appetite for Marvin Gaye material and this programme will be a welcome addition to any fans collections.
Runtime: 1 hr 1 min‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ is arguably the most influential albums in the mind-blowing career of David Bowie. Released in 1972, it's the record that set Bowie on course to becoming one of the best-known pop stars on the planet. In just over a year, Bowie invaded the minds of the nation's youth with a killer combination of extraterrestrial rock 'n' roll and outrageous sexuality, all delivered in high-heeled boots, multicoloured dresses and extravagant make-up. Ziggy turned Bowie into stardust. This documentary tells the story of how Bowie became one of the most iconic creations in the history of pop music. From his music, the fashion and the theatrical stage presentation merged together which turned David Bowie into the biggest craze since the Beatles. Ziggy's instant success gave the impression that he was the perfectly planned pop star. But, as the film reveals his career was full of highs and lows to hit on just the right formula that would take him to the top.
North Sea Jazz Festival
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minThis DVD vividly captures all the excitement and energy of one of Boots's spectacular stage shows. Filmed at the Northsea Jazz Festival in 1998, it features hits and stage favourites from his time fronting his own bands as well as from his P-Funk days with Parliament and Funkadelic. Track listing: Mothership Connection (Star Child); Ahh! ... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby; Bootsy? (What s The Name Of This Town?); Psychoticbumpschool; Keep Dah Funk Alive 4-1995; Party-Lick-A-Bles; Funk Express Card; I m Leaving U (Go, Gotta Go); Who-Ya-Hey; Bernie s In And Outro; Funkentelechy; One Nation Under A Groove; Roto-Rooter; Good-n-Nasty; Save What s Mine For Me; I d Rather Be With You; Do The Freak; A Sacred Place (R.I.P.); Stretchin Out (In A Rubber Band); Touch Somebody; Night Thumpasourus People.
Live At Wembley
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minLuther Vandross' superb live performances have met with both critical and public acclaim. This stunning concert was recorded during Luther's record-breaking ten S.R.O. shows at London's Wembley Arena, during his 1988-89 world tour.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIsaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 28 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
Live in London
Runtime: 2 hr 13 minGeorge Michael winds down his 25 Live tour in his first-ever concert film, which finds the former Wham! leading man revisiting hits familiar and fresh in two sold-out shows at London's Earls Court. Michael's impeccable vocals take center stage, and his pop-song prowess is driven home with such classics as "Faith," "Freedom" and "One More Try." Even "Careless Whisper" gets a nod, as does the Police's "Roxanne."
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 11 minSoul Brother No.1, The Godfather Of Soul, Mr Dynamite. All titles that have been applied to James Brown over the years. A hugely influential figure in black American music he was a driving force in the development of soul music in the early sixties and funk in the early seventies. He has had more R n B hits in the US than any other artist and has charted singles in countries around the world.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 56 minFrom his early pop days with The Parliaments through the wild days of the seventies and eighties with Parliament / Funkadelic and on to his continuing innovations today, George Clinton has always been a charismatic figure. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential people of all time in black American music blending elements of soul, funk and rock to create a sound that is truly unique. Clinton has brought his non-stop party to Montreux on a number of occasions but this performance from the 2004 festival is undoubtedly one of his finest and includes classics such as Bop Gun, Undisco Kidd, Flashlight, Not Just Knee Deep, Up For The Downstroke and Atomic Dog.