During last year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the curators of the festival presented by the Jewish Film Institute dedicated a whole event to "the original American Jewish rappers" the Beastie Boys. The music theme continues this year during the 35th annual 2015 SF JFF (July 23 to August 9th) when among the screenings will be the California premiere of the documentary on the tumultuous life and death of Adam Goldstein (better known as the late DJ AM) entitled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM. The bio-documentary tells the bittersweet tale of the life of the DJ/remixer/producer/musician's rise to fame as superstar DJ on the Vegas strip, his early tireless, crate digging days, his underground club DJing days in LA in the '90s, his self-destructive substance abuse problems that he had put behind him, and his later membership of both Crazy Town and of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker.
The 35th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival returns to the Bay Area July 23rd - August 9th with a lineup that includes 70 films from 16 countries with ten Big Night programs featuring music, history, food, art, and love. Amoeba is thrilled to sponsor screenings of four amazing documentaries:
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM
Forget whatever you’ve heard about the life and death of Philadelphia-born DJ AM (born Adam Goldstein), the superstar club deejay who attained rock star status and survived a fiery plane crash only to die a short time later of a drug overdose at the age of 36. Director Kevin Kerslake’s haunting and heartbreaking portrait intimately conveys the brief life of an obsessive sonic genius for whom music, fame and love were tragically not enough.
Thursday, July 30, 6:25pm @ Castro Theatre
Friday, July 31, 8:55pm @ California Theater (Berkeley)
Plus, check out Pump Up the JAMs: A Tribute to DJ AM with Mix Master Mike, a special afterparty at Public Works in SF on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00pm. Tix HERE!
From the beginning, Queens born Danny Fields (Daniel Feinberg) hardly lived life on the straight and narrow. To keep his family’s energy up, his doctor father kept a bowl of amphetamine pills on the dining room table. Young Fields did manage to get into Harvard law school but soon dropped out to spend all his days and nights with the likes of Nico, Edie Sedgwick, and Andy Warhol in the 1960’s Factory scene. Fields became the legendary “company freak” at the innovative Elektra record label where he earned the wrath of a kidnapped Jim Morrison, discovered and signed underground heroes the MC5 and Iggy Pop in a single weekend, and tried to manage the unmanageable Ramones. Drawing on rare footage and audio recordings (including an incredible cassette snippet of a delirious Lou Reed listening to the Ramones for the first time), this fascinating chronicle is capped by the wry and wistful reminiscence of Fields, the little-known Jewish godfather of punk rock.
by Jon Lui
I met AM sometime in the late 90's. He was probably already hooked up with Crazy Town, but I knew him in the context of a straight up hip hop dj, looking to battle another local for the use of the moniker he was going by back then and homies with underground cats like the High & Mighty.
Down through the years, as his star & skills ascended, he maintained his core character (which was probably the catalyst & determinant for his success) and his passions, whether they were digging for the rarest vintage limited edition kicks, rocking any style of party with every style of sound, or using his hard-won wisdom to help out those still caught up in it.
On November 12th to 14th from 12 to 8 pm, at the Cobrashop (at Hollywood & Highland, 4th floor), AM's legacy will keep on serving the need & the needy. The DJ AM Memorial Foundation will be selling his record collection, all 12,000 or so pieces. All proceeds go to the DJ AM Memorial Foundation. Its mission statement:
Coming almost exactly a year after he was almost killed in a South Carolina plane crash in which he and Travis Barker survived but four others died, Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM) was found dead in his SoHo apartment late this afternoon. According to news reports from New York it was a friend of Goldstein's, concerned when the celebrity DJ hadn't been heard from for a couple of days and then didn't answer his door this afternoon, who alerted authorites to check up on Goldstein.
Reportedly when the police arrived inside the 36 year old DJ's downtown Manhattan apartment his dead body was found face down on his bed and he was surrounded by prescription drugs. Reportedly since the plance crash last September Goldstein had suffered a lot of pain and had been prescribed pain killers.
Dramatically, his last contact with the world was on Twitter on Tuesday in which he tweeted the 1983 lyrics from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, "New York, New York. BIg city of dreams. But everything in New York ain't always what it seems."
"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."
- By Scott Butterworth
Artists 26-30: No Age, TRAV$DJ-AM, Throbbing Gristle, Mastodon and Shepard Fairey
Ladies and gentleman, we are on the eve of my favorite weekend of the year, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. If the past twenty five days of my Coachella blog and the following video hasn't convinced you to go to Coachella...then I'm not sure what will. But I hope you've at least found something you liked along the way. If you haven't read the last 25 band features, then you've got some homework to do, but for the last five band profiles of this 30 Coachella Bands in 30 Days blog, I'm going to throwback to an old college tradition...the "cram session." So grab a Redbull...and let's do this!
Artist #26 - No Age:
No Age, another band from the Sup Pop mafia, the Seattle label that's throwing its weight (and talent) around this year's Coachella festival, is one my most anticipated performances of the weekend. Their debut album Nouns was, without a doubt, in my top three albums of 2008. No Age is a lo-fi fuzz/art rock duo, with one member on guitar, one on drums. But don't expect the White Stripes...They sound more like Sonic Youth. If you want to be able to say to the kids, "...I was there when (insert legendary band and time/place) happened....", buy this album now and go see them play live...anywhere!