Long Short ProductionsA new theatrical film based on two famous interviews that John Lennon gave a decade apart is set to get its world premiere this week at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. Rubber Soul examines Lennon’s dynamic personality and changing beliefs by contrasting recreated conversations that the late Beatles legend and his wife, Yoko Ono, had with Rolling Stone magazine in December 1970 and with Playboy in September 1980.
The movie was written and directed by Jon Lefkowitz, who used transcripts and available audio of the interviews to create the script. Lennon and Ono’s Rolling Stone interview was conducted by the magazine’s editor and founder Jan Wenner just before the couple’s Plastic Ono Band solo albums were released. The Playboy interview took place while John and Yoko were recording 1980′s Double Fantasy, just a few months before Lennon was shot to death by a deranged fan.
Rubber Soul‘s debut screening will take place this Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30 p.m. CT at Austin’s Stateside Theatre. Additional screenings are scheduled for Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. at Rollins Theatre at The Long Center and Thursday at 11 a.m. at the SXSatellite: Alamo Village cinema.
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Scott Legato/Getty ImagesMovie director Wendy Schneider is hoping a little of Dave Grohl‘s Sound City magic can rub off on her.
The director has launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to help her complete a documentary about Smart Studios, the Madison, WI recording studio founded by producer Butch Vig and his partner in the band Garage Steve Marker.
The studio, which is now closed, was where Smashing Pumpkins‘ Gish, Garbage‘s Version 2.0, Fall Out Boy‘s Take This to Your Grave and material for Nirvana‘s Nevermind, among other albums, were recorded.
Schneider, who is trying to raise $125,000, has posted a trailer for the proposed flick featuring Grohl, Smashing Pumpkin’s frontman Billy Corgan and Garbage singer Shirley Manson. “Butch was one of the first producers to come out of the underground that really wanted to turn your noisy garage band into something that the whole world would love,” says Grohl in the trailer.
Grohl of course last year released his own, critically-acclaimed documentary about a defunct recording studio, Sound City.
Schneider hopes to have the movie ready by October 2015.
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Warner Bros. Records/RhinoA new box set featuring Black Sabbath‘s first eight studio albums with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne will be released on April 15. The eight-CD collection, Black Sabbath: The Complete Albums 1970-1978, spans from the heavy-metal legends’ self-titled debut through Never Say Day!, Osbourne’s final studio effort with the group until last year’s chart-topping 13.
The discs will come housed in sleeves replicating the albums’ original cover art and will be packaged together in a clamshell box. Among the many classic and influential songs featured on the Sabbath’s 1970s albums are “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Sweet Leaf” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.”
The Complete Albums will arrive a couple weeks after Black Sabbath launches a new North American tour. The trek is scheduled to run from a March 31 concert in Brooklyn, New York, through an April 26 concert in Los Angeles, and also will include stops in 10 Canadian cities.
Here’s the list of CDs included in The Complete Albums 1970-1978 set:
Black Sabbath (1970)
Master of Reality (1971)
Vol. 4 (1972)
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
Technical Ecstasy (1976)
Never Say Die! (1978)
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