On a fun trip to Texas, Robin and Lori had
the pleasure of meeting many of the folks
involved with B4MD!
and Chris and Steve from Bside!
You're all so cool, keep up the good work!
Check em out on myspace, just click the pics~
short but sweet hello with Andrew Shapter
We also met
Andrew's partner in crime with The Greener Side,
And of course,
our favorite guitarist,
What a treat
to finally hang with ya for a bit,
Wish it could
have been longer,
Bless ya man,
it was a blast.
the happy hosts of an encore
Read more about it below!
Quoted from the myspace website for beforethemusicdies:
With outstanding performances and revealing interviews, Before the Music Dies takes a critical and comedic look at the homogenization of popular music with commentary by some of the industry's biggest talent such as Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello,
Bonnie Raitt, Questlove (from hiphop group the Roots), and many more. Using historic footage the film looks at the evolution of American music and the artists who created it and pulls back the curtain (in a very creative way) to expose the sad truth behind today's "artificial" music stars.
reality is that superficiality is in," says Marsalis.
After the death of his musician brother, director Andrew Shapter was inspired to make this film. He and Producer Joel Rasmussen and the film crew traveled thousands of miles, visiting dozens of cities, speaking with hundreds of fans, journalists, record executives and musicians while searching for "real" American music.
they found were mega-talents without a major label, including one artist
In addition to the artists, Shapter and Rasmussen put the questions to writers and critics from The Future of Music Coalition, Indie 911, CNN, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, NPR and others. Many questions were raised such as "why do they always play the some few songs over and over again on the radio? Why do major labels no longer allow musicians to develop their career over time? Why do local radio stations not feel so local anymore? In addition, why is it that all the acts promoted as the 'new thing' seem to resemble fashion models?"
film also features live performances by many of the artists featured in
the film including Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu,
following is compliments of Steve Waters, from Bside Entertainment ( www.bside.com
Bside and the B4MD filmmakers are working together to bypass the exploitative Hollywood machinery that suffocates & starves independent filmmakers the same way faceless music industry corporations tend to suffocate & starve original musicmakers.
There is an amazing concentration of music "people" who have responded passionately to the messages in B4MD... and we view the film as a way to spread these messages to the broader masses of music consumers, not just to those -- like many of you -- who struggle with these issues on a daily basis.
is officially kicking off its grassroots movement over the next few weeks,
2) Please send an e-mail to your friends... asking them to visit www.beforethemusicdies.com, view the trailer, and sign up for this mailing list.
If you are a MySpace member, please send a bulletin to your friend network...
asking your friends to view the trailer, add B4MD as a MySpace friend,
and sign up for the mailing list.
help you can provide would be so appreciated. Many of you have waited for
months for details on the film's theatrical release. Now is the time. I'll
continue to keep you posted with updates on our plans for the fall, and
other exciting ways to get involved in this movement.
our musical hearts to yours,