An exceptional documentary on one of the most pivotal bands in modern music, Kraftwerk. I'm watching a lot of documentaries on different electronic bands and musical genres right now. Most are amateurish and full of hype, failing to function as little more than content-less ego trips or audio-visual stuffing for press kits.
Kraftwerk and The Electronic Revolution thankfully sidesteps many of these pitfalls by contextualizing the importance of it's subject. A great deal of time is spent overviewing the Krautrock…
Perhaps because it was so heavily London-centric, I wasn't into UKG while it was going on. Although all I ever knew about it at the time was the stuff that broke that top 10. When Dubstep broke I learned that there was a lot more to the sound than the dreck I heard from the So Solid Crew, but I've found it hard pinning down an easily digestible history of the scene. This documentary served as good primer.
There have been a glut of graffiti documentaries since 2004/2005. Having made an effort to view most of them I can say with some confidence that this is one of the better examples. Unlike most of the others, Rock Fresh doesn't try to present a retrospective of a particular artist or the scene, but instead focuses on a group of LA graffiti writers as a way of exploring some of the larger themes that effect graffiti as a social phenomenon.…