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The foundation has got to be a solid platform that you can stand on and speak to these kids and say, “This is the way you build yourself. If you build yourself this way, and handle yourself this way, and have character, you get to play football.” And winning will take care of itself, because young men of character and discipline and commitment end up winning in life, and they end up winning in football. Well, when you flip it, and the foundation of what you’re doing is football, and then you hope all that other stuff follows, well then you think football builds character, which it does not. Football reveals character.
Bill Courtney, Manassas High School head football coach 2002–2009, Undefeated

The Most Extreme Music I Had Ever Heard

Inside Metal: The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal

Here’s the trailer for the third and final installment of Inside Metal, the series documenting the Los Angeles metal explosion from the mid-70s through the 80s, brought to us by Bob Nalbandian and Metal Rock Entertainment. This segment takes a closer look at L.A.’s thrash scene and dispels the myth that the San Francisco Bay area was the original stomping grounds for this metal counterculture movement.

Nalbandian expects a Summer 2014 DVD release along with select theater screenings, and the film promises exclusive, never-before seen interviews and first-hand accounts from the bands and artists that were there along with the journalists and insiders that supported this underground phenomenon, including Lars Ulrich (Metallica), David Ellefson (Megadeth), John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax), Metal Blade Records founder and CEO Brian Slagel, and many more. I can’t wait for this thing to drop!


Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO

And speaking of Jeff Lynne, the BBC rockumentary Mr Blue Sky: The Story of Jeff Lynne and ELO is queued for viewing later today after I knock out the last bit of a project that has kept me from posting anything longer than song lyrics for the last few weeks.


The Place Where Real Men Went To Make Records

Official Sound City Trailer

In this age of technology where you can manipulate anything, how do we retain that human element? — Dave Grohl

Sound City premieres at the Sundance Film Festival next month, with a general public release planned for February 2013. Said Grohl about the premiere:

The Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!

I can’t wait.

They Destroyed Everything

Sound City: Musical Memories with Neil Giraldo

Neil Giraldo (AKA Mr. Pat Benetar) reminisces about seeing The Who for the first time in this clip from Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City.

I once asked him, ‘Why do you like Johnny Cash so much?’ and he said, ‘Because he sings the truth.’
Mike Campbell on his early musical memories of his dad listening to Johnny Cash, Sound City documentary clip

Sound City: Musical Memories with Josh Homme

I Thought Elvis Was Really Cool

Sound City: Musical Memories with Tom Petty

Tom Petty remembers The King’s influence on him for Dave Grohl’s Sound City movie.

There Was The Beatles And There Was Everything Else

Sound City: Musical Memories with Pat Smear

Current Foo Fighter Pat Smear remembers when music categorization was much simpler.

Trying to Capture a Moment

Sound City: Musical Memories with Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin talks about the early (pre-computer) days of hip-hop and rap production for Dave Grohl’s Sound City movie.

Man, That’s My Brother!

Sound City: Musical Memories with Vinny Appice

Legendary drummer Vinny Appice counts watching his even more legendary brother Carmine perform live as some of his earliest musical memories for the Sound City documentary.

When you start hearing people telling you you need to simplify, it’s hard to do when you have a lot to say and a lot to play.
Adrian Young of No Doubt on Fishbone’s eclectic musical style, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
If it’s not simple enough for the masses to grab onto, it’s too much for people to handle, musically.
Adrian Young of No Doubt on Fishbone’s struggle for commercial success, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone

It Was Pretty Cool

Lars Ulrich’s Musical Memories

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich reminisces about his earliest exposure to music for Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary. This looks like it’s going to be a pretty cool movie. You can get more information at the official Sound City website.


There’s Gold In Them There Hills

Behind the Suit and Tie trailer

Behind the Suit and Tie: A Look Inside the Metal Recording Industry is a music documentary due to be released in November 2012 that takes a hard look at the heavy metal music business, from where it has been to where it is going in a time of digital downloads and a music industry that seems to be struggling to find itself. The film includes interviews with executives from independent and major labels alike, as well as several artists, and it investigates topics raging from music piracy, label mismanagement, declining music sales, marketing strategies, and immediate accessibility to bands via the internet. It will include commentary from Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Eddie Trunk (who formerly worked at Megaforce Records), and Dave Ellefson from Megadeth, just to name a few.

Here’s the gist of the film straight from the trailer:

A documentary that takes you into the hearts and souls of people who rule today’s heavy metal recording industry.

Through a series of interviews with players from both indie and major labels Behind the Suit and Tie will showcase the truth of how the music industry is being affected by the downward spiral of CD sales and how new and up and coming artists must learn to adjust to changing times.

Behind the Suit and Tie pulls no punches and features some of the prime movers in the heavy metal industry drawing back the veil of mystique surrounding the music business addressing though questions about the industry itself, how’s it’s run and where labels see their role in a digital future…

Looks interesting. Watch for more information at Behind the Suit and Tie’s official website.