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  • U2: Live at Red Rocks 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Aug, 2014

    On a rainy night outside Denver, in June of 1983, U2 played the outdoor Red Rocks venue, and they were fine with the dreary weather; sunshine, Bono told the enthusiastic crowd, “would be very wrong for this group.” The band has put out a steady stream of entertaining performance videos, but most use the spectacle of their increasingly oversize stagecraft to keep the viewer at a distance. This rough, early film is noteworthy for its intimacy, and how that intimacy…

  • Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    Chuck Berry was (and continues to be) a living legend, a rock and roll trailblazer still grinding it out on the road for enthusiastic audiences. He is also, by reputation and by documentation in Taylor Hackford’s 1987 film, a real piece of work, a prickly and difficult lone wolf driven less by his legacy than his paycheck. Keith Richards (who co-produces the movie) put together an all-star band — including himself and Robert Cray, with an impressive array of guest…

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