Melody Makers

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7.51 h 18 min201913+
Melody Maker Magazine's Chief Contributing Photographer(1965-1975), Barrie Wentzell tells the story of the rise and fall of the magazine, which marked the end to a style of rock n' roll journalism that no longer exists today.
Directors
Leslie Ann Coles
Starring
Ian AndersonSteve HoweEric Burdon
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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English
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Lee BrodinskyReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A gem of a film. An important yet overlooked part of rock n roll history
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Terrific. And I hope the interviewees take note that yes, there were Americans buying the publication. I was one. Once a week during college 1972-76 , I would take the train to Greenwich Village just to buy a copy and read about my favorite prog rock artists and am grateful for introducing me to the English jazz scene. An era never to return. Late 60s to the end of 70s- music's best all around era. I met journalist Steve Lake around 13 years ago at an ECM roundtable function discussion in Portland OR as part of the annual winter jazz Fest and reminisced about that era. It's a shame about the gradual downfall and ultimate demise as pointed out in the film. Mr Lake saw it coming. Richard Williams accurately points out it became " a travesty of what it once was". Sad but true. Thanks for the film.
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Dirk WyseReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Top Ten Music Documentaries on AP!
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As a child of the 1960s who thrived on rock music culture, I liked it. As a fan of journalism and especially of the "coverage" model of Melody MNaker, I loved it. And as a professional photographer of live music and cultural events, I ADORED IT! Five shining stars, do checkitout!
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JL PopulistReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Rock & Roll Photo Gallery Plus
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I wasn't looking very closely at the ad for the video. I had the impression that this was a photo gallery of rock stars pictures.
It ended up being that and more!
There are a lot of photos and the photographer tells some stories about his job and the circumstances surrounding some of the iconic photos. I found that interesting. The photos were a history lesson in themselves.

Most of the interviews are with some of the staff of Melody Maker and some of the musicians that were contemporaries of the now extinct magazine. Reading autobiographies of British musicians you read very often of advertising in Melody Maker for potential bandmates.
The magazine was very influential in the success of bands and albums.
This video serves well as a history lesson for British Rock and Roll and how photographers and journalists had a tight working relationship with the artists of the day. The video explains how that changed to a more adversarial and less trusting relationship.
The pictures tell a helluva story.
SazzyannReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
STOP using constant background music
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I really wanted to enjoy this documentary but the CONSTANT background music was a huge distraction. It made it hard to understand what was being said along with trying to get a good look at the photos flying by every second. Couldn't finish watching which is a shame, I love the music from the 60s & 70s and love watching docs about it.
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Atlas 1943Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing but talk
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Interviews with people that published early articles about rock, but no video clips or any other history. Not a wise purchase on my part.
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Jim Y. KellerReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Melody Maker was an inseparable part of my teenage years.
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If you were alive and listening to music in the 60s and 70s this movie is great.
If you used to read the Melody Maker this movie is essential.
If you weren't.... it's a history lesson. A rather fast moving rock music history lesson.
The day the MM went glossy was the day the music died. When the MM shut down for good
the music died again. People who would have never considered reading the NME moved over to it.
Today I am on the NME mailing list. It's still the best source of information about modern music.
tom burkdollReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Memories
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I enjoyed it so much because in the 70’s I would go to the corner news/mag store and get MM and NME to find out what was happening across the pond
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Da WaReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
The background music makes this almost unwatchable.
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Otherwise, it's great.
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