2015 In Review
21st Century Blues
Chicago Film Archives has announced that legendary blues drummer and 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Sam Lay and filmmaker/musician/Grammy Nominee John Anderson will be the Featured Guests at their annual fundraising event, to be held 6:00-9:30pm December 7, 2016 at Savage Smyth, 920 North Franklin, Chicago, IL 60610. Moderated by blues author and producer Dick Shurman, the evening will feature a wide-ranging discussion of filming the blues, from Sam's own 8mm films of the '60s and '70s through 'Sam Lay In Bluesland', the new documentary feature directed by John, produced by Starr Sutherland and Executive Produced by Michael Prussian.
For tickets, visit CFA's website.
Sam Lay and John Anderson on WGN Radio
Sam Lay and John Anderson will guest on Dave Hoekstra's 'Nocturnal Journal' on Chicago's WGN Radio 720 on December 3 from 9:00-11:00pm. They'll be discussing Sam's remarkable career and the new documentary film 'Sam Lay In Bluesland'.
Sam Lay In Bluesland
Sold-out Screening at 2015 CIMMFEST
SAM LAY IN BLUESLAND, the documentary feature film about legendary Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay directed by John Anderson, had its world premiere as part of CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival) at Chicago's Logan Theatre. The April screening was followed by a Q and A with John Anderson and Producer Starr Sutherland. The film's Executive Producer is Michael Prussian for VT Productions.
LOVE & MERCY
Following the premiere of Brian Wilson's biopic Love & Mercy, Acoustic Magazine takes a look at the music icon through the eyes of video producer and director John Anderson. John directed and shot Brian's performance of the title track that appears in the film.
Born In Chicago
Pledge music Campaign Announced in Rolling Stone
The commercial release of Born In Chicago is one step closer with this 2015 announcement in Rolling Stone.
Born in Chicago
Sold-out Screening at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles
In May 2015, The Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum played host to the Los Angeles premiere of BORN IN CHICAGO.
The evening also included a Q and A moderated by Bob Merlis and featuring Director John Anderson and stars Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop. A blues-rocking set by Goldberg, Siegel, Lay, Bishop, Marcy Levy, Rick Reed, Zach Wagner, Jimmy Vivino and Gary Mallaber closed the night.
Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond
April 2015 saw the world premiere of the stage-and-screen event 'Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond' at WIRE in Berwyn, IL. The show, produced and directed by Kevin Allodi and John Anderson, features live performances by Badfinger's Joey Molland interwoven with never-before-seen documentary and performance film clips from throughout Joey's life and career.
The use of Badfinger's Top Ten hit 'Baby Blue' in the series finale of 'Breaking Bad' helped bring the band a whole new generation of followers, and this unique presentation offers an in-depth look at a truly unique artist.
STEVE GOODMAN Live Recording
Don't Blame Me Recorded by John Anderson
Available on mp3 and LP on Red Pajamas Records
In 1973 I was a college student in Chicago doing a weekly radio show that featured performances I recorded at various folk and blues clubs. When I saw that Steve Goodman was going to be at The Earl of Old Town at the end of March, I called the club. The owner Earl Pionke answered, and when I asked him if I could record Steve, he said I should ask him myself, gave me Steve's phone number and hung up. I dialed the number and Steve answered. He said I was wasting my life, that I should be out having fun and chasing girls, but it was OK if I brought my tape recorder on Sunday night, the final night of a weeklong engagement.
The place was packed. After a few acoustic numbers, Steve put on an electric guitar and, unannounced, brought his band onstage to close out the week with a rocking, impromptu set. It was a performance that no one there will ever forget. All I could do was watch the VU meters and hope.
The recording has now been released by Steve's record company as Don't Blame Me, available on mp3 and as a deluxe 180-gram vinyl pressing.
Don’t Blame Me
Produced by John Anderson and Steve Goodman
Recorded and Mixed by John Anderson
Special Thanks to Al Bunetta and Jon Nowak
Available here on Amazon
DON'T MOCK THE ROCK
THE CLEANING LADYS
announce the 2017 release of the virtual box set DON’T MOCK THE ROCK a collection of over 200 previously unreleased audio and video performances spanning the band’s first 37 years.
In what can only be compared to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bootleg Series’ and Neil Young’s 'Archives', DON'T MOCK THE ROCK assembles for the first time the complete works of the group that has been called everything from "rock's greatest satirists" to "the most unsuccessful band of all time."
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE THE SONGS
Hey Hey Hey We’re The Cleaning Ladys, Jimmy Take Your Pills, Adelphia, Intellectuals, The World Every 22 Seconds, Suburb Rock, Would You Let Me In Your Country Club?, Party Through The Nuclear War, It Was Just My Lot In Life To Have Been Born A Heterosexual, Long Dong Silver, Here Comes Mom, The Man Who Can Cry, Queen of the Drum Machine, When The Cubs Win The World Series, Father Dick, Cartoons, Whipped Cream Bikini, Rock and Roll President, Let’s Bring Back The Turtles, He’s A Hero, Club Our House, Minimal Girlfriend, Up For You, The Music Business, Hello Up There (This Is Your Penis), Young and Dumb, The Rest Stop Halfway To Heaven, Walking Time Bomb, Get To The Point, No Time For Love, Beer For Breakfast, Doin’ My Job, The Office Sexpot, Tick Tock, Working Class Hero, We Love You Pee Wee, It Hurts To Smile, The Black Seas of Alaska, Celebrities (They Think They’re Great), Needle Drop (Rock Radio For Your Funny Bone), Assembly Line, How Can You Leave Me Tonight?, Guardian Angel, Infatuation, Lisa, Paraquat, All You New York City Women Are The Same, June, Ha Ha You’re A Test Tube Baby, I’m Number One, Nuclear Disaster, Love Me, Next In Line, Mad Scientist, Heart To Heart, What’s So Funny ‘Bout Elvis Costello?, They Couldn’t Destroy Our Love, Racists Against Rock, The Razor’s Edge of Love, Kid Gloves, Girls, When You Talk My Hand’s Inside of Your Face, (I Got Your Number From A) Toilet Wall, When I Kiss You, I’m Telling You Now, Big-Muscled Husbands, Intellectuals, 43,800 Hours, Creatures From Outer Space, Billy’s Got A New Girlfriend, Drive Drive Drive, Stay Away Come Closer, Distraction, We’re Not Afraid, Runaway Train, She Won’t French Kiss, Trash TV, Are You A Man or a Mouse?, Cover Up, Real Man, Dirty Girl, Party In Your PJs, Lovers’ Manifesto, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Rock and Roll Band On Tour, Golf Club, New Is New, Where I Live, Love Statistic, I’m Happy, 1968, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Born-Again Rocker, We’re The NRA, Don’t Stop, Hail President Quayle, Back and Forth, Anything For A Buck, ‘Cause I’m A Blob, I Am Just A Regular Guy, The Man With The Little-Boy Smile, That Girl’s Insane, My Girl Loves Everything I Do, Midlife Crisis, High School, Dead People Can’t Sue, This Means War!, Parasite, The Worst Sex I Ever Had, Daughter, Don’t Be A Bimbo, What About Alfred?, Santa’s Drunk This Christmas, Suburban Sleaze, The Brand New Fabulous Four, The Punishment Fits The Crime, We’re The Bears, We’re Sponsored By Your Parents, Heart To Heart, Boy On The Rebound, I’m Always Chasin’ Girls, Give Up On My Girl, Stephanie, Consequences, The Honeymoon Express, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Up For You, Where I Live, I Always Pretend That It’s You, Honey/Honey Don’t, No Angel, Oh Mickey, Cleaning Ladys Reprise and many, many more.
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