'Turn Up the Radio' Features L.A. Rock on Film at The Egyptian

Posted by Billy Gil, August 8, 2014 03:30pm | Post a Comment
James Brown performs in The T.A.M.I. Show


Amoeba is sponsoring The American Cinematheque’s film series Turn Up the Radio, which covers the intersection of music and media, rock and pop in Los Angeles during the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, from 1956 to 1972. The shows run Aug. 13-17, and you can get tickets here. General admission tickets are $11.

The films in the series cast a light on L.A. as a cultural zeitgeist during a time of great upheaval in pop culture, in concordance with one of the programmers Harvey Kubernik’s new book, Turn Up the Radio!, covering such iconic artists as The Doors, The Seeds and Frank Zappa. Kubernik will be signing his book in the lobby of the Egyptian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. The series is co-sponsored by Santa Monica Press.

Wednesday Aug. 13 sees The Doors: Live at the Bowl ’68, covering the band’s triumphant Hollywood Bowl show on July 5, 1968, just as their classic album Waiting for the Sun was released, playing such classics as “Light My Fire,” “Hello, I Love You” and “The End.” The film is directed by Doors organist Ray Manzarek and has been restored and remixed by the band’s longtime engineer, Bruce Botnick. The show starts at 7:30 with a slide show by rock photographer Henry Diltz, followed by the film at 8. Watch a remastered clip of the band performing "Light My Fire" at the Bowl in '68 here.

Thursday Aug. 14 will see a screening of legendary rock concert film The T.A.M.I. Show. Directed by Steve Binder, the film covers the Teenage Awards Music International Show at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Oct. 28-29 that featured The Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry and The Supremes, among others. The film will screen at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Binder, moderated by director John Landis, who was at the original show.

Watch James Brown perform two songs at The T.A.M.I. Show in the video below:


Saturday Aug. 16 will be the world premiere of Pushin’ Too Hard, a film about the rise of legendary garage rockers The Seeds as they took their sound from the Sunset Strip to the rest of the country with songs like “Pushin’ Too Hard.” The film includes interviews with fans and observers of the band such as Iggy Pop, Kim Fowley, Johnny Echols of Love and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys. The film screens at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with director Neil Norman, producer Alec Palao and Seeds members Daryl Hooper and Jan Savage, moderated by Kirk Silsbee. Watch a trailer for the film below:


Sunday Aug. 17 will have three films by Frank Zappa. First is the world premiere of the Bunny Bunny Bunny, directed and produced by Zappa. Starring his daughter, Moon Zappa, the 20-minute, one-camera film features improvised dialogue. Immediately following will be Cheepnis, another short film featuring the only footage Zappa put together from his legendary 1973 Roxy concerts. Then, after that will be Uncle Meat, a feature-length film Zappa directed of his old band, The Mothers of Invention, featuring colorful footage of the band’s “Absolutely Free”-era residency at the Garrick Theater in New York. A discussion will follow with Zappa’s wife, Gail Zappa.

The Egyptian Theatre is at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.

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