Soundgarden reach out to fans for band memorabilia

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Soundgarden have reached out to fans to request any memorabilia that they might have to be used in an upcoming documentary about the band.

Produced by Banger Films, the documentary will tell the Soundgarden story from their early days, through their reunion and right up to the present.

A post on Soundgarden’s Facebook page reads: “It’s happening – the Soundgarden story will soon be the subject of a feature documentary film. And you can help. As we dig deep into our vaults, we ask that you, the fans, dig into yours.

“Personal photographs, bootleg video and audio, collected concert posters – your rare piece of music history could be the missing piece we need.”

The documentary is being directed by Canadian filmmaker Reg Harkema who says that filming began during Soundgarden’s recent co-headline tour with Nine Inch Nails. He hopes that fans will be able to provide some rare or unique content that he will be able to use in the documentary.

If you think that you have something that may be of interest to the production team, you’re requested to e-mail info@bangerfilms.com with the subject ‘Soundgarden Fan Submission.’

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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot starts campaign to fund movie

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Joe Elliot, frontman with globe-conquering Sheffield rock band Def Leppard, has begun a crowdfunding campaign to make a movie.

The Bridge will tell the story of a smalltown rock musician who has to decide between life or self destruction. Bobby Field, the man behind award-winning comedy Guy In Row Five, is in the Director’s chair.

As well as Elliot himself, cast and crew include Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago, Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, Sin Quirin and Al Jourgensen of Ministry and Ricky Warwick of Black Star Riders.

Says Elliot: “I think you should get involved. There are some brilliant people working in front of the camera and behind the camera.”

A wide variety of incentives are available to those who contribute to the campaign, including the opportunity to have Joey Santiago cook you dinner. Some of the funds pledged will also be given to the Fender Music Foundation charity.

“Your contribution is going to mean a lot to keep the integrity of this film and the vision of the artist,” says Santiago.

The Bridge is described as being about “the rise of small town music prodigy, Luke Weaver, who faces the decision to choose life or continue down his steadfast path to self-destruction. Suffocating in small town monotony, and going nowhere fast, Luke watches his hometown band – and life as he knows it – crumble, when his best friend and bandmate decides to moves on.”

You can find out more about the campaign, the movie and pledge funds via the project’s Indiegogo website.

You can also watch Joe Elliot’s official campaign video below:

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Guns N’ Roses book to become a-list feature film

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A book about the early days of legendary US rock band Guns N’ Roses is to be made in to a feature film.

Marc Canter’s authorised biography Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction is now officially in development and – rumour has it – will feature a starry cast of movie a-listers.

Speaking to MyGNRForum, Canter said: “I do have a big say-so on the script, which is still being put together now, but so far it’s looking cool.

“I am going to see that everyone in the cast is doing their job and doing justice to the band. Since I was there, I know what the dialog was between the band for many of the events that took place.

“When you find out who is making the movie, you will then understand that it will be very cool. I’m proud of all the hard work that was put into this project and it’s just going to kick ass. In no way will it be a cheesy movie like Rock Star.”

Asked about the fact that Canter and the film do not have the support of GN’R mainman Axl Rose, Canter said: “Axl doesn’t support anything to do with the old band except playing their songs live. However, I do think he will be happy with the fact that it will clear up some stories that have been said about him from those days that were told incompletely. So setting the record straight on some of those events will be a good thing for him to see happen.

“Axl should know by now that I have his back and that it will be done right. If I’m involved in a GNR project, then you know I have their backs. There is a great story about the birth of the band which I was very much involved in.

“This has nothing to do with where the band is today. The history is very important and that’s why Axl was the one who was most supportive of me documenting what they were doing when they first started out.”

Reckless Road was originally published in 2008. Author Marc Canter is a long term friend of GN’R guitarist Slash.

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“Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All” released in LA

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Filmage: The Story of Descendents/All has been released theatrically in Los Angeles to critical acclaim.

Directed by Matt Riggle & Deedle LaCour, the film chronicles the story of the US punk legends, and features contributions from the likes of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Mark Hoppus (Blink-182), Mike Watt (Minutemen) and Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion).

The documentary is also now available via Filmbuff on VOD, with a BluRay and DVD release following later in the Autumn.

Says co-director Matt Riggle of the film: “In the fall of 2010 we sat down for the first of more than 50 interviews and dozens of live shows in an attempt to tell the story of not only our favorite band, but also some of the most over-achieving and under-documented people in music history. Thirty-five years in 90 minutes. Phew!”

Adds Steve Beckman, Head of Content for FilmBuff: “Being long time fans of the Descendents, we are pumped to be releasing this film. Filmage’s powerful storytelling and craft will allow the film to really connect with the core audience and find new fans as well.”

You can watch the trailer for the film below:

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Martin Scorsese to direct film about the Ramones

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Legendary Oscar winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese is set to direct a film about the Ramones.

Little more has been revealed about the project, other than it is expected to launch in 2016 – the 40th anniversary of the Ramones formation.

The last remaining original member of the group, Tommy Ramone, died earlier this year after losing his battle with cancer.

Jeff Jampol, Co-manager of the group’s estate, says a variety of projects are in the works to commemorate the band’s anniversary, including a documentary and book.

He tells Billboard: “We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones – we just secured a tonne of footage, much of which has never been seen before.”

“You’ll see a book coming – a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and the craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs, memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene.”

Jampol continues: “You’re gonna see some really interesting combinations of music, new music, remastered music and apparel. As far as apparel goes, authenticity is the foundation of everything. And luckily, when you have a genius artist like the Ramones, you don’t have to spin it.”

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