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Sam Lay In Bluesland
Premiere Screening Saturday April 18 at 7:00PM

SAM LAY IN BLUESLAND, the new documentary film about legendary Chicago blues drummer Sam Lay directed by John Anderson, makes its world premiere as part of CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival) at 7pm April 18 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago 60647. The screening will be followed by a Q and A with John Anderson and Producer Starr Sutherland. The film's Executive Producer is Michael Prussian for VT Productions.

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CIMMFest Presents "A Conversation with Sam Lay"
Saturday April 11 at 8:30-10:00PM

CIMMFest Presents a unique chance to attend a Q&A session with Sam Lay before before he heads to Cleveland for his April 18 induction into the RRHOF as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. This very special event at Rosa's Lounge, 3420 West Armitage Avenue in Chicago, also celebrates the April 18th premiere of Sam Lay In Bluesland, a documentary feature film about the legendary 80-year-old drummer.  Sam joins his longtime musical collaborator and Bluesland co-star Corky Siegel and director John Anderson for a preview of clips from the film and a conversation about Sam's remarkable career.



CIMMFest Presents "The Cutting Room Floor"
Friday April 17 at 7PM

The annual Festival favorite is back! Rock and Roll filmmaker, John Anderson, shares 30 years of filmmaking war stories and unreleased clips featuring artists including Neil Young, Jack White, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, The Beach Boys, Ray Davies, John Cage, Tiny Tim and many others. Fun and surprises abound! Last year featured a phone-in from Brian Wilson, and this year's program includes a call from at least one British person. Order your favorite beverages and enjoy this informal discussion and presentation of what DOESN'T make the cut - and why. This event takes place at the Logan Theater Lounge at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.



CIMMFest Presents "Music Documentary Filmmaking"
Saturday April 18 at 10:30AM

Documentarian John Anderson and director/author Robert Gordon will be the featured guests at this special event presented by CIMMFest. This event will be held at the Gene Siskel Film Center at 164 N. State Street in Chicago.



Joey Molland: Badfinger and Beyond
Saturday April 25 at 8PM

Born in Liverpool in 1947, Joey Molland shared more than a hometown with The Beatles; his love of American R&B, like theirs, inspired him to a life of music. At the age of 22 he joined Badfinger, and toured the world with a worldwide Top Ten single ("Come And Get It") released on The Beatles' Apple label. Their next three releases also went Top Ten ("No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue"), but mismanagement and other factors led to lawsuits, financial woes and the eventual suicides of founding members Pete Ham in 1975 and Tommy Evans in 1983.

As the band's sole surviving original member, Joey continues to write, tour and record and, through live performances by Joey and original documentary film clips, Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond details the highs and lows of his life and career. The impact of Joey's music continues to be felt - the use of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" during the series finale of 'Breaking Bad' helped bring the band a whole new generation of followers - and this unique stage-and-screen presentation offers an in-depth and touching look at a truly unique artist.

The World Premiere Stage and Screen Event, produced and directed by Kevin Allodi and John Anderson, take place at Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd in Berwyn, IL. Tickets can be purchased here.


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




announce the 2015 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."


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.