Local muso and documentary aficionado James Vidler joins Steve Pickett on Classic Rock Drive every week to talk about his favourite music docs.
You can listen to Classic Rock Drive from 4:00 pm Monday to Friday on Newcastle Live Radio.
Listen back to some of the latest reviews from James below…
The Defiant Ones
The Defiant Ones is a television mini-series that details the careers of Dr Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Growing up in two different backgrounds, this doco shows us how this legendary producer and artist become intertwined in the music industry and make their mark on history.
The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew follows a group of session musicians in the 60s who played on most track’s you’ve heard from that era of music. Discover the story of how they moved through the era’s of music from Jazz and Classical through to the Rock and Roll & pop scene.
The Filth and the Fury
James talks about his love of the Sex Pistols since childhood, and how The Filth and the Fury tracks the history of their formation. Telling the story of the Pistol’s from Malcolm McLarens perspective – their manager – there is a lot of primary original footage taken along with interviewing all the members of the band and people that were around at the time.
The Grateful Dead
Directed by Jerry Garcia the film captures live performances from rock band the Grateful Dead during an October 1974 five-night run at Winterland in San Francisco.
Paul Kelly – Stories of Me
This is an intimate portrait of Paul Kelly, Australia’s foremost singer-songwriter. But like all great artists, Paul Kelly is both candid and reserved. He has lived in the public eye but has remained an enigma.
Blood & Thunder Part One And Two
This two-part documentary looks back to the ’60s and ’70s and charts how Australia got its own rock ‘n’ roll sound thanks to the life-long bond between music company Albert Productions and The Youngs.