Rock and roll, we all know how it sounds. But how does it look on the silver screen, we’re going to show you the best of rock and roll films. Strap yourself in.
This movie and production broke the boundaries of sexuality, transphobia, expression, androgyny and music genres. It’s not just a film, it’s an experience. It’s madness, but done so beautifully. The ultimate film for not caring about the rules and being who ever the hell you want to be. One of those that you have to see just so you can say you’ve seen it. The whole film circles around Brad and Janet – recently engaged and travelling to thank the professor that bought them together. On their way they bump into a castle and inside the castle they find Mr. Frank N’ Furter and his not-so-loyal band of crazies. It’s controversial but ground breaking, and the music is brilliant. A true cult classic that’s just as timeless now as it was during it’s release in 1975.
One of our favourite films of all time. It’s an ‘un-official look’ into Bowie, Iggy, Lou and Jobraith in the 70’s. Exploring their lives, the fame and the relationships that came along with it. The film follows a journalist and previous super fan of glam rock artist Brian Slade before he disappeared mysteriously. Arthur (journalist) is stuck in the limbo of expressing what he truly loved which pared with who he was and conforming to society and his parents. Brian – the rock and roll star, is one of the leading people who proves that it’s far more liberating to just do exactly what you want to do. But as you’d expect, fame comes with baggage and leads to some nasties. The soundtrack is wonderful. The cast boasts some great names, to name a few: Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Eddie Izzard and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. One of the best, if not THE best glam rock film of all time.
If only it was that easy to work for a big music magazine now days. A young kid has a liking towards rock and roll and begins to review it. Before he knows it, one of the biggest magazines of all time is offering him a job reviewing Black Sabbath – which turns into touring with a true rock and roll band. The film explores the music industry and the dirt behind the make-up. Not all that glitters are gold, some of it is covered with cigarette ash and cans of Bud. The band and the girls that come with them see him as ‘the journalist’ but eventually warm to him and he becomes one of them; living like a rock star himself. There is a darker side to what could be a comedy when the girls are bargained like chips in a game of poker to other bands and Penny (the main groupie) feels the repercussions of the rock and roll life more than anyone. It’s a fantastic story of a young journalist feeling the sting of the industry.
Named quite appropriately after The Who’s album, Quadrophenia and based loosely on the rock opera. It shows the fight between the mods and rockers in the late 70’s. The main character Jimmy is a Mod, and enjoys nothing more than taking amphetamines, partying, riding his scoter, fighting with rockers and admiring his idol ‘Ace Face’ (played by Sting). The whole film shows Jimmy’s decline from a boring job – but a job none the less, to a full on riot with the rockers in Brighton. There’s rivalry with the small group of Mod friends for the affection of one girl, Steph. They steal, the fight, they dance and they realise they don’t even know why they’re fighting. We won’t ruin the ending, but let’s just say that Ace Face was not all he seemed to be, and his flashy scooter goes for quite a ride.
24 Hour Party People
Set in the music capital Manchester. 24 hour party people is a ingenious documentary about the music scene in the 80’s and 90’s, following the rise and decline of bands such as New Order and Joy Division. The film stars Steve Coogan as Wilson- who is really just a more educated version of Alan Partridge. Wilson founds a record label and a nightclub and the film and book pretty much shows him watching over those who walk into the limelight, it also shows his business and how the artists have effected his life. It’s a real classic and much loved by the public. We also recommend reading the book as it really is a wonderful read, especially if are a fan of New Wave; And if you like Steve Coogan, you’ll also love the film.
Less Than Zero
Bret Easton Ellis’ first novel. The story is set in the mid 80’s in L.A. In the heart of the privileged is Clay, a rich college student back for winter break. But his home and friends in Beverly Hills are hand in hand with an array of scars. They party, drink, listen to music, take the new drugs and have multiple one night stands. Eventually, Clay begins to see straight through the disturbing people his friends have become. We would call this a coming of age film, which in many ways it is for Clay (more so Imperial Bedrooms for him, as we see his true self then, and it aint’ too pretty) but for the others, well, you’ll just see. It’s shocking, it’s brutal, but then it is written by the same person who wrote American Psycho, what did we expect? It’s a wonderful read, and will stay with you for a while.