The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia

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(Applause Books). "One great rock show can change the world" says Jack Black's character Dewey Finn in the 2003 Richard Linklater comedy The School of Rock . This exhaustive, highly-detailed, yet reader-friendly A-to-Z encyclopedia takes that lesson to heart by gazing at half-a-century of rock 'n' roll films, big screen epics both celebrated and obscure. From the 1950s and the age of "juvenile delinquents" in films such as Blackboard Jungle to more intimate, twenty-first century rock band portraits such as Metallica: Some Kind of Monster , this book by noted film authority John Kenneth Muir also features entries on rock documentaries such as Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz , movies starring rock stars including the Sting vehicle The Bride , and even films boasting extensive rock soundtracks, for example George Lucas's paean to the age of cruising, American Graffiti . The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia includes: * 230 film entries from 1956 through 2005, including cast list, creative personnel, M.P.A.A. rating, running time, and DVD availability. * Entries on the familiar conventions of this unique cinematic form, such as the Vietnam War, the ubiquitous press conference (in which band members wax philosophical), the rampant destruction of property (hotel rooms, specifically) and even the Yoko factor (meddling girlfriends). Biographical entries on players who made significant impact on the silver screen, from Elvis Presley and The Beatles to Alice Cooper and Prince. Interviews with rock movie directors Allan Arkush ( Rock 'n' Roll High School ), Martin Davidson ( Eddie and the Cruisers ) and Albert Magnoli ( Purple Rain ). Peter Smokler, the cinematographer who shot the Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter , the Jimi Hendrix film Jimi at Berkeley , and This Is Spinal Tap is also interviewed. * In addition to pure rock 'n' roll, the films included cover all genres of popular music, ranging from Johnny Cash to Madonna, rock-influenced musical theatre ( Jesus Christ Superstar ), tejano ( Selena ), disco ( Can't Stop the Music, Xanadu ), and reggae. Whether your "one great rock show" is a beach movie starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, a misbegotten horror/rock fusion like The Horror of Party Beach , or a rib-tickling, heavy metal mockumentary like This Is Spinal Tap , you'll find all your favorites remembered in the pages of The Rock and Roll Film Encyclopedia .

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557836930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557836939
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on August 5, 2016
By Kenneth Iturrino

The gentle voice of a rock-film lover

5 people found this helpful.
 on July 2, 2007
By Jean E. Pouliot
Rock and Roll, barely 50 years old as a developed genre, has had its effects on many aspects of American culture. And why not film? John Kenneth Muir brings the gentle voice of the aficionado to this compilation of movies that somehow or other involve the world of rock. Muir’s book is a collection of short movie reviews and other very short essays on rock-movie-related topics. One of his best qualities is his evident love for the genre — even for those films that are quite weak. He is not at all caustic, and has little of the edge one might expect from a work such as this. His ever-so-gentle critiques of the films of Elvis Presley, for instance, while lamenting their poor music and negligible plots, note the best of the lot (King Creole and Kid Galahad), actually made me want to watch them. Never once does Muir lay a hand on the King himself, whose talent and authentic charisma Muir feels were rarely put to use.

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5 people found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2007
By LBWheels457
With over 200 entries, this book includes rock ‘n roll movies that we can’t forget and some that we’d probably like to forget. It was really fun to read about some of the movies, their stars, and even their soundtracks! It’s in an easy-to-read format. One of my favorite parts of the book is the “Tops and Bottoms of the Rock Film Genre”. It was interesting to see where movies ended up!


2 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2007
By Barbara Jones
i am thrilled with the “used” condition of this book. while it does not have some of the info i was looking for it will be a handy addition to my library

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