Ariana Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, has confirmed that the One Love event held in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack two weeks ago, will still take place this evening. He said that the show will go on “with greater purpose” after the terrorist attack last night in London which left 7 dead and 48 injured.
In an Instagram post this morning he said “After the events last night in London, and those in Manchester just two weeks ago, we feel a sense of responsibility to honor those lost, injured, and affected. We plan to honor them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear. Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose. We must not be afraid, and in tribute to all those affected here and around the world, we will bring our voices together and sing loudly. I am pleased to say we have the full support of Greater Manchester police and the government and are assured the safety of all those attending is the highest priority. All artists involved have been unwavering in their support this morning and are determined to carry on with the show. We ask the strong city of Manchester and the world to join us in making the statement that hatred and fear will never win. Today we stand together. Thank you.”
Ariana Grande will perform with other big names including Katy Perry, Niall Horan, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber after having visited children in hospital injured by the Manchester attack earlier this week.
Many people see music documentaries as a 21st-century phenomenon, but they could not be more wrong! Fantastic, informative releases have been coming out for almost as long as the format has existed. These following projects have gone down in history as some of the most comprehensive and authentic reflections on their respective genres. From Hip Hop, Punk, Rave and Soul, here are five of the greatest music documentaries of all time.
Most of these documentaries are available to watch in full on YouTube, and we’ve included links to do so. But if you’re reading this in a country where that platform is blocked and aren’t already using a VPN, then you better install one before we get started. Check out this review by Secure Thoughts to choose the best for you.
Rhyme & Reason (1997)
This 1997 release is hailed by most hip-hop heads as the leading documentary on the genre. Produced as the golden era of rap was coming to its close, the film features appearances from many of the biggest names of the decade, including Chuck D, Dr Dre, the Pharcyde, Fugees, KRS-One, Ice T, Salt & Pepper, Redman & Method Man and even clips of the then recently deceased Biggie Smalls and Tupac, alongside many, many more.
The documentary uses archive footage to chronicle a fantastic candid camera history of the genre and how this quiet little revolution from the projects of New York has blown up to take over the mainstream entertainment industry and the world as a whole. The story of this triumph is narrated via interview clips from all the biggest players on the scene and provides a real and authentic re-telling of the hip-hop story from the people who witnessed it happen.
WATCH IT HERE:
1991: The Year That Punk Broke (1991)
When Sonic Youth invited a film crew to take part in their 1991 tour, no one could have imagined the gravity of the movie that they would subsequently make. With footage of the alternative rock scene, long before it was brought to notoriety, the film truly witnesses the birth of a genre. The tour sees scenes from the then unknown support band, Nirvana, alongside the Ramones and Babes In Toyland.
The movie shows a young, innocent and hopeful Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love frolicking backstage alongside their eager contemporaries as they watch the music they’d loved and created explode onto the world’s stage. In retrospect, this movie is a harrowing tale; the story of gaining everything only to, as we now know, lose it all again equally as quickly. For punk lovers, it’s a piece of history, and for everyone else, it’s a must-see documentary.
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Summer of Rave (2006)
EDM has exploded onto the world’s stage over recent years, but how many Coachella-goers and Skrillex fans would believe that their much-loved culture actually stemmed from the acid house parties of 1980s England. One particular year, the summer of 1989, saw what people called the “second summer of love,” as repercussions of Thatcher’s Britain created a sub-culture based on banging baselines, fist-pumping and chemical-fueled raves.
The smiley-face, glow stick and fluorescent colors all came from this era. The documentary explores the many social intricacies of that short period of revelry, and how it created a culture that is still thriving to this very day. With some carefully selected BBC archive footage, and interviews from the some of the biggest names of the day, this is an essential watch for all lovers of electronic music.
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One of the greatest smash hit documentary of recent years, which has taken the world by storm, is this highly emotive, posthumous look at the life of controversial singer and songwriter—Amy Winehouse. Known for her turbulent relationships, media scandals and heavy drug-use, Asif Kapadia has done a brilliant job of directing a film that shows a side of this fantastic musician that the world has never been able to see before.
With rare footage from the early days of her career, Kapadia portrays Amy as her young, ambitious self—a slave to music and passionate singer who versed herself in almost every genre. It shows how her voice enchanted the entire industry and her to-the-point outlook meant she was loved by many. So, as the documentary draws to a close and we are presented with her demise, we see the end of Amy’s sad life in a whole new light.
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Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads (1991)
This essential narration of the importance and growth of Delta and North Mississippi hill country blues is a true testimony to a genre that changed the face of music forever. It’s an authentic look at the early musicians, playing in run down bars, street corners and barbershops, and speaks of a time before big record labels and media outlets got their hands on its unique and impacting sound.
This is blues before the Chicago influence, before the birth of rock and roll and the appropriation of a culture by White America. These videos are the real deal, and an essential watch for all blues fans or fans of the many successors of the genre. Before blues became a music of nostalgia, it was a trailblazer in the world of sound, and this documentary harks back to a time when this excitement was fresh and new.
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Any more documentaries that deserve a spot on this list? Leave a comment below with your ideas! About the Author: Isa is an entertainment blogger and life-long music lover. She enjoys delving into the colorful histories of all her favorite genres and hopes she can share all she’s found out with fellow music enthusiasts.
Singer-songwriter Jerry Williams has released the music video for her energetic new song ‘Cold Beer’ – which is to be featured as the first track on her new EP. The track list also includes ‘Boy oh Boy’, ‘Bolt from the Blue’ and ‘Bump N’ Grind’ with an expected release date of 21st August 2015.
This new release follows Jerry’s 2014 EP labelled ‘A Hairdressers Called Sids’ which received approval from both critics and listeners. TEAfilms directed the music video which you can find below. Let us know your thoughts by tweeting us at @TEAfilmsLive !
Singer Songwriter Samuel Ford has this week released his debut EP ‘EP1’ on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all major music streaming services. The EP features the songs ‘London’, ‘Ballet’, ‘Feel This Love’ and ‘For Her (Live)’, all of which have received widespread acclaim with plays on major radio stations including XFM and BBC London 94.9. Have a listen to the beautiful EP at the link:
Robbie Boyd, long time Live Sessions artist and 2015 hotly tipped Singer-songwriter will be performing this evening in Central London – at the Old Queen’s Head in Islington. In his Instagram post earlier today he announced that he’ll be duetting with Katey Brooks before going on to play lots of his own brand new material.
If you haven’t heard Robbie’s brand new 2015 album ‘So Called Man’, have a listen below! And make sure you pop along to his gig this evening – it’s free entry!
Misty Miller has announced that she’ll be performing at New Shapes in London this coming Wednesday 1st July. Supporting her will be Puma Rosa, an exciting new London band consisting of members Isabel Munoz Newsome, Henry Brown, Tomoya Suzuki, Neville James and Peaches Owen. They define their genre as ‘Industrial Spiritual’ and you have a chance to see both artists by winning a pair of guest list tickets that Misty Miller is giving away on her Facebook page! Click the link to enter the contest: Facebook Competition
New Shapes had this to say about the upcoming event:
“Kick off your July with the driving guitar pop of London’s Misty Miller. New single Happy is a shot of adrenaline melody with lyrics from the heart that will hook straight into your subconscious. Support comes from one of London’s most exciting new bands, PUMA ROSA. Much hype has been starting to grown about these guys so make sure you catch their stunning live show. If you’re a fan of Warpaint or War On Drugs then these guys will be your new favourite band! New Shapes hosts the hottest bands from around the planet at Notting Hill Arts Club on the first Wednesday of each month. All brought to you by the sexy folk of Chess Club, National Anthem, and Neon Gold.”
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Live Sessions artists and music masters ‘Mangoseed’ will be performing at The Birds Nest venue this evening in Central London. If you haven’t heard these guys perform yet, check out the videos below. We sat down with them during Volume One to hear them perform their brilliant cover of The Beatles ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and original song ‘All This Time’.
Mangoseed are a band comprising of a Trinidadian, a Jamaican, an Irish and a Australian. Formed in 2008 by frontman Nicholai La Barrie and guitarist Karlos Coleman, Mangoseed fuse funk guitar riffs and rock bass with a poetical hip hop lyrical delivery to create their own unique sound. They are known for their highly energetic live shows and their electric sound, drawing from genres that range from reggae to funk.
Make sure you don’t miss their show tonight. If you’re in the area, head to The Birds Nest from 7-11pm where you’ll be greeted with FREE entry! – http://www.thebirdsnestpub.com/
Girl Pop Band and Live Sessions artists Delora have announced the first date of their upcoming round of July performances this summer. They’ll be playing at ‘Also Known As’ – the live music venue in Banbury, Oxfordshire. This news comes after the huge success of their single ‘Sober’ which has had huge publicity with plays on all 39 local BBC radio stations in the UK, it was BBC 3 counties track of the week, had it’s first national radio play on XFM, trended at number 6 on the most talked about songs on Twitter via Hype Machine and received over 24,000 views when Delora performed it for us in the Speakman Sound studio in London!
Misty Miller has this week announced her Summer residency at Windmill Brixton – The Independents one of ‘Top Ten Venues in the UK’. On their website, Windmill Brixton announced:
‘We’re super pleased to have Misty and her band kick off a summer residency here at the Windmill to air new songs from the forthcoming debut album. Once a month from July through to September, Misty will headline and curate an evening of live bands at her favourite South London venue.’
The first evening of live bands will take place on Thursday 23rd July at 8pm, in the main room. To view the line-up and to purchase tickets, click here: Misty Miller’s Summer Residency