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Produced and Directed by Nick Hall, this is the story of Joe Strummer’s self-imposed exile in Granada in 1985/6. It will be released on DVD by MVD on October 16th and comes packaged with a cassette of a Spanish radio interview with Strummer, a postcard, sticker, and pin.

“This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life. Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash,” said Hall.

Johnny Green, The Clash’s legendary road manager said of the film, “I glowed – I felt uplifted. Once again, it was as if I had spent a little time with my dear lost friend, Joe Strummer. I was hooked all through – the story is compulsive. More to the point, you have perfectly captured the brooding melancholia, that shy underside, which was a compelling component of Ol’ Joe. I Need A Dodge is fabulous.” The film also received a special mention at the In-Edit Festival in Barcelona.

Heading to Spain in 1985 to flee the disaster that was the implosion of The Clash version two, the band formed in the wake of Strummer firing Mick Jones and aftre Topper Headon left the band. The new line-up’s Cut The Crap album had largely been shunned by both critics and the public alike and Strummer needed space. Telling a Diario De Granada interviewer that he had come “to feel the pain of the wound,” upon arrival in Granada, Strummer found himself firmly subsumed into the city’s musical and cultural fabric. He was welcomed with open arms by local acts 091 and bigger-fish Radio Fortuna, who all met up at the Silbar.

“When we met Joe it was like a miraculous apparition,” said Jose Ignacio Lapido, 091’s guitarist. It was Radio Fortuna who facilitated the purchase of a set of wheels for Strummer. Tracking down a Barreiros, essentially a European edition of the Dodge-Dart, became a mission. As Santiago Auseron, the Radio Fortuna singer said, “It looked cool, it just looked a bit mad. Which at that time suited Joe very well.”

Strummer was delighted with the huge car which he thrashed around the streets of Granada and Madrid. However, having parked the car in the capital when he flew back to the UK for the birth of his daughter Lola, he forgot where it was and never saw it again. I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run is partly the story of the search for the car, and partly the story of Strummer’s own search for meaning and redemption in those wilderness years.

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Strummer launched an unsuccessful attempt to find the car, making an appeal for information on Spain’s Radio 3 in 1997. With witnesses disagreeing on the colour and style of the car – agreeing only that it was registered in Oviendo – and some claiming never to have seen it, filmmaker Nick Hall’s quest seems unlikely to succeed, yet his investigation does unearth the truth about this period of Strummer’s life that has largely been ignored.

Installing himself in the producer’s chair for the recording of 91’s album, Strummer’s micro-management led, rather than to the boost these star-struck musicians were hoping for, to a growing sense of disquiet and wasted studio time. The album eventually surfaced, having finished off to the record label’s specification rather than the band’s, and was disappointing.

The Dodge is an emblem for Strummer’s time in Spain, his ambition, personal style and, in a way, the nature of those troubled days in general. When he is pulled over by the police, it is revealed that he doesn’t even have a license to drive. Drawing on the recollections of his friends in London and in Spain, his partner Gaby Holford, and the members of 091 and Radio Fortuna, this a revealing story of a search for much more than just a car.

“It was an escape. He was a man on the run. He was getting away from the tension in London,” says Santiago Auseron.

Joe Strummer did, indeed, need a Dodge.

The DVD package can be pre-ordered directly through MVD here, or on Amazon here.

 

 

The second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Bee Gees’ Stayin’ Alive is really one of my favourite songs, still. In 2004, Stayin’ Alive was placed at number 189 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2004, it ranked No. 9 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. And without music, the video shows a brief flight of reality and natural sound.

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MasterClass announces Grammy Award winning recording artist Christina Aguilera as their newest instructor. The legendary singer, songwriter and actress signed with the online education company and will teach a course focused on singing. Co-founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen, MasterClass currently offers classes from Dustin Hoffman (acting), Serena Williams (tennis) and James Patterson (writing). Upcoming classes include Usher (performance), Annie Leibovitz (photography) and more to follow.

MasterClass, a San Francisco-based company which launched May 12, 2015, is an online education platform making it possible for everyone to learn directly from the world’s best. Each master teaches a course which is available online for purchase at www.masterclass.com for $90 each and includes video lessons, interactive exercises, learning materials, and workbooks.

A pop icon, Aguilera has had an established career earning her countless awards, including 6 Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and was ranked 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2011 Aguilera became an original coach on popular television series The Voice, and has since appeared on four of its seven seasons.

“I’m excited MasterClass has given me the opportunity to truly share all I have learned about my craft with the world. Coaching in this capacity not only gives me a chance to connect with my fans but lets me explore one of my true passions,” said Christina Aguilera.

“Christina has one of the greatest voices of our generation. Not only that, but she truly wanted to teach! We’re lucky to have her on board and can’t wait to see what she has in store for students,” said Co-Founder and CEO David Rogier.

Co-Founder and Creative Director, CTO Aaron Rasmussen added, “Christina’s nuanced understanding of singing paired with her incredible natural talent will make for an exceptional and fun MasterClass with tips, tricks, exercises, and some of the surprising mental techniques behind having one of the most impressive vocal ranges in music today.”

Production of Aguilera’s class will begin in September in Los Angeles and be released in the fall.

Each MasterClass is priced at $90 and includes:
● 10-25 video lessons from the instructor (approx. 2-5 hours of video)
● Interactive exercises: for example, in Dustin Hoffman’s MasterClass students can be matched with other students to practice scenes from the class, and then upload videos for feedback from other students (and sometimes even Dustin himself!)
● Learning materials: workbooks and class materials like excerpts from James Patterson’s first drafts
● Lifetime access, with classes that never expire
● Learning materials and workbooks
● Accessible from any device (access Serena’s class on your smartphone right on the court).

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“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes, set to music and recorded in 1962. The song was originally released as “To Everything There Is a Season” on The Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet. The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was covered by the American folk rock band The Byrds, bowing at #80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching #1 on the Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965, #3 in Canada (Nov. 29, 1965), and also peaking at #26 on the UK Singles Chart. In the U.S., the song holds distinction as the #1 hit with the oldest lyrics (Book of Ecclesiastes), theoretically authored by King Solomon.

“Mr. Tambourine Man” was the debut single by The Byrds and was released on April 12, 1965 and was influential in originating the musical style known as folk rock, with the single becoming the first folk rock smash hit. Indeed, the term “folk rock” was first coined by the U.S music press to describe the band’s sound at around the same time as “Mr. Tambourine Man” peaked at number 1 on the Billboard chart. The single initiated the folk rock boom of 1965 and 1966, with many acts imitating the band’s hybrid of a rock beat, jangly guitar playing and poetic or socially conscious lyrics. You can hit a bit of the music before the isolated vocals come in.

No wonder Holland is the number one country when it comes to electronic dance-music. Earlier this summer, The Edit Dance Festival in Haarlem, this 83-year-old man knew the moves. We should all be so lucky to be moving, period, at that age.