50 years ago the small town of Abington, Massachusetts not only lost a Vietnam War hero, but a young child lost his father. Before he went missing in action during a classified mission with his Special Operations Group, SSgt. Richard A. Fitts sent home his Green Beret and a voice recording with a truly special message to those left behind. Decades later his remains were discovered and returned to his hometown for a heros welcome and funeral where a folded flag was presented to his only son. Now, a half -century later this Special Forces soldiers story is told through a sons cathartic journey to discover who his father was.
1985: Indestructible examines the metal band Forcer, anxious to do whatever it takes to succeed in the music business. The story follows the band as they are featured at huge outdoor Maryland parties drawing the attention of local authorities. Eventually they commandeered a rental truck and headed for the West coast. More encounters with the law occur as they reach Hollywood only to discover that they were not the only band who were trying “make it” in California. Soon they retreat back East and travel to New England, only to become victims of the very crime they perpetrated when their equipment truck gets stolen.
1984 Riding Into Hell
George Orwell may have predicted that in 1984 the world would be a colorless place where humans relentlessly bowed down to big brother but 1984 Riding Into Hell finds a very different world than that what he'd predicted. The year is examined by taking a closer look at he rock & roll scene, world news & politics, celebrities & pop culture and technology.
Heavy Metal Picnic
Mid-80s Maryland rock and rollers host an out-of-control weekend field party in Potomac, MD. Videotaped using a stolen CBS News microphone, the memories are still vivid, and funny, twenty five years later. Jeff Krulik along with Rudy Childs created the prequel to his cult classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot.
HEAVY METAL PICNIC focuses on the May 4-5, 1985 Full Moon Jamboree, a weekend field party bacchanal that took place at 'The Farm, home to a cast of colorful characters who lived and partied alongside unamused neighbors in the McMansions of Potomac, Maryland. The Full Moon Jamboree, an affair so raucous that it made the evening news, was the farm party to end all farm parties, and much of it was recorded using a home video camera and a stolen CBS News microphone swiped from the Reagan Inauguration earlier that year. Twenty-five years later, we revisit the scene and meet the people behind the party, as well as the musicians who performed there, including mid-Atlantic doom metal icons Asylum.
25 years underground
Tension: 25 Years Underground chronicles the band's rise in popularity and how, even through several lineup changes, they stuck to their guns and refused to bow to the demands of record companies. The film leaves you wondering what would have happened to Tension if they had 'sold out' and made it big, and indeed the common notion of success itself. Marty Friedman and Tommy Gattis cut their teeth in this band, and the film opens a time capsule to reveal vintage video footage and unbridled interviews on subjects like how the PMRC helped and hindered 80s heavy metal music, and how 'hair bands' of the time commercialized the public perception of the genre.
Release date: 2021
A look back in time in at a band that expessed with a blend of punk and rockabilly that residedn in dirty old Boston with two LP releases that left a mark on the scene.
A Visual Biography
by Martin Popoff
224 page A4 Hardback.
As one celebrates this legendary band in karate-kicking action, from the mid-‘70s all the way up until the last tour in 2015 and many solo points and projects in-between, provided for your reading pleasure is one of Martin Popoff’s celebrated detailed timelines, stuffed with trivia that swiftly moves us through forty years of massive rock history from one of the storied greats of the genre.
The end result is a beach-balling an’ sun-tanned symphony of words and pictures, indeed a book that differs from previous Van Halen photography projects through the inclusion of so much rare memorabilia, side ephemera and otherwise nifty pictures of paper goods perking up each page as one basks in what this band managed to accomplish over four decades of white-knuckle rock on the edge.
Steal Away The Night
by Martin Popoff
Quick description: large format hardcover, 8 3/4” x 11 1/4”, full color throughout, est. 250 pictures, including ads, tour posters, rare sleeves, shirts, live shots from all eras, including lots of our beloved Randy.
But there’s real textual heft to this thing, at over 80,000 words over 252 high quality pages. No Ozzy book contains more factoids and has such a range of quotations. And despite the easy-read, day-by-day, bathroom read (!) format, I definitely get to say my piece, in the intro decade summaries, in comparative journal entries about other important bands and music trends, about world events. And if that ain’t enough, man, Zakk is off the hook. He’s the comedian in this thing, although Ozzy reels off some barnburners as well. The following is a look at the layout – just a quick scan of a few pages, done without breaking the spine of the book y’unnerstand.
Kickstart My Heart: A Mötley Crüe Day-by-Day aims to be a momentous addition to Mötley scholarship—and the first major book on the band in 15 years. Adding to the considerable textual substance of the tome (which leaves no Crüe-related scrap of trivia unearthed) is a running oral history of the band, making use of Popoff’s extensive interview material with the band as well as some available press, augmented by an explosion of garish imagery culled from Mötley’s record sleeves, live shows, passes, tickets, ads and memorabilia. Indeed, the Crüe’s apocalyptic fashion sense and pyro-charged live shows makes for some of the most shocking visuals in the heavy metal business, a happenstance that makes each page of this book explode with lurid sleaze rock color.
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