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Prism Films

Works: 44 works in 53 publications in 1 language and 1,173 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Biography  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Educational films  Internet videos  History  Interviews  Filmed performances 
Roles: Production personnel
Classifications: PN1997, 782.421660922
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Publications about Prism Films
Publications by Prism Films
Most widely held works by Prism Films
Song of the South : Duane Allman and the rise of the Allman Brothers Band ( visu )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 120 libraries worldwide
Documents the life and work of rock guitarist Duane Allman. Includes contributions from engineers and producers the Albert Brothers, who forged the Allman Brothers and the Derek & the Dominos sound; Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section founding members David Hood and Jimmy Johnson; Paul Hornsby and Pete Carr, former members of the Hour Glass; Willie Perkins, Allman Brothers road manager, 1970-1975; Allman biographers Randy Poe and Scott Freeman; E.J. Devokaitis, band archivist and curator at the Allman Brothers Band Museum, Macon, GA; and other friends, colleagues, and music writers. Also includes rare footage of Allman and the band, archive interviews, and previously unseen photographs
Strange fruit the Beatles' Apple Records ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 105 libraries worldwide
"In 1968, under a haze of publicity, The Beatles opened their collective door to all manner of musicians, writers, artists, film-makers, inventors, designers, freaks and more than a fair share of opportunist sharks. But, despite a hefty investment, little of substance was forthcoming from these assorted misfits outside of the music that emerged from one division of the potential empire; Apple Records. Even discounting those Apple platters that featured as artist the collective or individual names of the companys bosses, music that stands the test of time superbly was released under the stamp of this enterprise. Music which remains available still and both popular and exciting more than 40 years after the majority of it was produced. Strange fruit : The Beatles' Apple Records is the story of a record label which came to exist under extraordinary circumstances, produced extraordinary records and was operated under extraordinary guidelines."--Container
Punk revolution NYC ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 95 libraries worldwide
This documentary film, clocking in at over 3 hours, traces the entire history of New York's punk movement; the VU years, the Warhol influence, the Dolls reign, and the handover of power to the bands who, despite their differences in sound, shared the sensibilities and attitude introduced to the city's musical landscape by Warhol and the Velvets a decade before. These were the groups and musicians who claimed the lower east side of the city as their playground and the former bluegrass club CBGBs as their HQ. With the aid of performance footage, rare archive, exclusive interviews and some of the most exciting music ever recorded, this programme offers a visual experience of these events second only to having lived through them. Features brand new interviews with Richard Hall & Richard Lloyd from Television, Suicide's Alan Vega, Gary Valentine from Blondie and Elda Gentile from Debbie Harry's previous band The Stilletos, The Voidoids' Ivan Julian, ex-Ramones manager Danny Fields, Warhol acolytes Jayne County and Lee Black Childers, scene photographer Roberta Bayley, writers Robert Christgau and Victor Bockris - both of whom witnessed events as they unfolded - plus Simon Reynolds and Tony Fletcher representing the British view, Patti Smith biographer Mark Paytress, and the man who recorded the New York sound in the 1970s, Craig Leon - producer of debut albums by The Ramones, Blondie and Suicide
Lennon & McCartney, 1957-1965 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 79 libraries worldwide
Documentary film reviewing the partnership, music, and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers, from the day they met in 1957 until the release of the Rubber soul album at the end of 1965. With contributions by Robert Christgau, Maureen Cleave, Anthony DeCurtis, Peter Doggett, Chris Ingham, Barry Miles, Allan Moore, Johnny Rogan, Steve Turner, Klaus Voormann, and Nigel Williamson
Brian Eno, the man who fell to earth, 1971-1977 ( visu )
4 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
This documentary combines interviews with musicians, writers, colleagues, collaborators and friends of Brian Eno with archival footage, performance and studio film to chronicle the evolution of Eno's career from rock musician with the group Roxy Music to innovative composer of ambient music
Dawn of the Dead : the Grateful Dead and the rise and fall of the San Francisco underground by Grateful Dead (Musical group)( visu )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 67 libraries worldwide
In the mid-1960s, a new twist on contemporary rock music emerged out of San Francisco. Known as 'psychedelia', it was pioneered by a close-knit community of local bands who merged traditional American musical forms with new sounds often developed under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Bound up with the social and cultural changes of the era, it was a combination that made for radical re-imaging of youth culture
Composing the Beatles songbook : Lennon and McCartney 1966-1970 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 62 libraries worldwide
An independent documentary film which reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers during this hugely creative period. From the first bars of Eleanor Rigby to the closing Abbey Road song-cycle, this film shows how and why they barely put a step wrong while making the most joyous music the world had ever witnessed. Includes rare footage, classic performances, and penetrating revelations from friends
Gone with the wind : the remarkable rise and tragic fall of Lynyrd Skynyrd ( visu )
2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 61 libraries worldwide
Using film, interviews, news reports and contributions from band members and the band's associates, this documentary film focuses on the 1973-1977 story of the Southern Rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bob Dylan : under review, 1978-1989 ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
This film reviews Dylan's life from late 1978 to the release of 1989's "Oh Mercy."
Patti Smith : under review by Patti Smith( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 43 libraries worldwide
Documents the life and work of rock musician Patti Smith through interviews with Smith; her first publisher and biographer, Victor Bockris; her ex-songwriting partner, Albert Bouchard; the engineer of Horses, Frank D'Augusta; the producer of Radio Ethiopia, Jack Douglas; the engineer of the Easter sessions, Shelly Yakus; author of Horses and the remaking of rock n' roll, Mark Paytress; English music journalist and author, Jon Savage; ex-editor of Rolling stone, Anthony De Curtis; Village voice music editor, Robert Christgau; Patti Smith biographer, Nick Johnston; and others. Features live and studio performances
Prince : maverick ( visu )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
It was an enormously sad day for music, entertainment and artistry when the premature and wholly unexpected announcement of Prince₂s passing came through. This collection covers it all and in so doing provides the finest document available of this late but extraordinary human being
Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution by Kraftwerk (Musical group)( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their inception in the late 1960s (as pre-Kraftwerk ensemble Organisation), through their most celebrated period in the mid-1970s, and culminating with their resurgence during the 1980s with the popularity of synth-pop and techno. Presents a fascinating story previously untold in film
Leonard Cohen's lonesome heroes ( visu )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
Although it can be difficult to detect the influences in the work of Leonard Cohen, he was informed by a far-reaching list of musicians, writers, poets and philosophies. In Leonard Cohen's Lonesome Heroes, the scope and detail of his artistic inspirations are put under the microscope. Cohen's first love was poetry and in the works of fellow Canadian Irving Layton, and the Spanish bard Federico Garcia Lorca, he found the words that moved him to create his own verse
Slave trade : how Prince re-made the music business ( visu )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
This documentary film presents how Prince's mid-1990s feud with his record label led him to win control of his masters and his release schedule, as well as Prince's then-revolutionary music marketing concepts using the World Wide Web for sales and distribution
From straight to bizarre : Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA's lunatic fringe by Frank Zappa( visu )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Desperate to remove himself from his original deal with Verve Records, in 1968 Frank Zappa set up the Bizarre and Straight labels in league with manger Herb Cohen, and so began a string of releases which remain extraordinary in the extreme. This film revisits and reviews the astonishing music that came out on Bizarre and Straight, and reveals the background, operations and, crucially, the lives of the musicians, performers and management who made these labels the legendary reality they became
AC/DC : Highway to hell, a classic album under review ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
Documentary on the heavy metal band AC/DC's 1979 album Highway to hell, including commentary from those who worked on the album, friends of Bon Scott, AC/DC biographers, and others. Also includes rare footage of the group and band interviews
Tom Waits under the influence ( visu )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 23 libraries worldwide
Analyzes the musical and literary influences on musician Tom Waits
Brian Wilson : songwriter 1969-1982 ( visu )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 21 libraries worldwide
Covers the life and work of Brian Wilson throughout the 1970s. Features historical musical performances and recordings reassessed by a panel of experts; contributions from Fred Vail, David Sandler, Mark Volman, Earl Mankey, Stephen Desper, Stephen Kalinich, Danny Hutton, Bruce Johnston, and Hal Blaine; review, criticism, and comment from biographers and writers, Peter Ames Carlin, Domenic Priore, Philip Lambert, and Barney Hoskyns; and more
The Doors : from the outside looking in-- ( visu )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Tells the story of the Doors through the recollections, memories, and stories of those who knew the group and its members best. Includes interviews with Jim Morrison's widow, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, rock journalists and writers, and others. Also features rare footage and photographs of the band, news clips, location shoots, and much more. Includes a featurette, Conversation with the Lizard Queen [Patricia Morrison] (ca. 13 min.)
Kate Bush : Under Review ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Documentary on English singer and songwriter Kate Bush. Includes rare footage, archive interviews, and contributions from those who have known her best
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