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Jazz fans:
The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights

A visual interpretation of Handel's immortal masterpiece. Shots of the chorus and 8 exceptional soloists are intercut with people around the world in religious and secular activity, stock footage of news events and some atrocities. Conducted by Marc Minkowski in its entirety. Even for the non-religious, it's a glorious experience.

"Crunk & Famous"
A purportedly new rap style hot in the South. The name "Crunk" was coined by Lil John off his hit songs, "Get Low" and "Damn!" Check it out if it sounds like your cup of mo-f-ing jive.

"The Songwriters"
Featuring two lyricists from the heyday of musicals who, for all the success their songs have enjoyed, remain mostly anonymous to most of us. See the award-winning men as they present their classics from "The Wizard of Oz," "Fiddler On the Roof," and more. E.Y. "Yip" Harburg and Sheldon Harnick delivered the hits to order, but were never on autopilot.

Nunsense 3: The Jamboree
Vaudeville isn't dead--it's alive and well in Nashville. Sister Amnesia (Vicki Lawrence) and her spirited convent sisterhood of hoofers and singers keep the pace and the irreverence up in a variety show that plays to a highly appreciative audience at the Grand Ole Opry.

SoundStage: Chris Isaak Live
Country rock and good looks, high def video, 5.1 surround sound. "American Boy," "San Francisco Days," "Forever Blue," bonus tracks and photos.

SoundStage: Steve Winwood Live
His trademark arrangements featuring his intricate guitar, keyboard, mandolin and band on such songs as "Back in the High Life Again," "Empty Pages". 81 minutes with bonus tracks.

Femi Kuti: Live at the Shrine

If you want to know what's going on in African music these days, Femi Kuti's fusion of jazz, funk, traditional African rythms, edged with the energy of social protest, will be your answer. At his Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria, his big band sound and tribal-clad dancers will have you on your feet stomping to his Afrobeat. Documentary DVD and music tracks CD.

The Nomi Song - The Klaus Nomi Odyssey

This well made documentary captures the weird and singular spirit of a performance artist with the cultivated image of an outer space alien. His beyond-description music, which put him on Saturday Night Live with David Bowie, combines cabaret, operatic falsetto, and the stark minimalism of a cheesy 1940 sci-fi pic. Which doesn't mean you won't like it.

Dig (4/12/2005)

A messy home movie about the competition between two rock bands recorded over a 7 year period. Much angst. Little talent in evidence. Winner Grand Jury Prize, Sundance. A two-disc DVD set from Palm Pictures.

SoundStage: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1/11/2005)
A high-def concert in a two-disc set of this rock balladeer doing a laid back but completely savvy gig. Many songs, many extras, a class production for his fans, some of whom think this one of his best albums.

SoundStage: Peter Cetera with Amy Grant (1/11/2005)
A high-def concert by this Chicago alum with 4 good solo tracks of the so genuine Amy Grant and one duet ("The Next Time I Fall"), plus bonus extras.

Wyclef Jean: All Star Jam at Carnegie Hall (12/7/2004)
Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton, Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Destiny's Child. The man knows how to throw a party.

Ike & Tina Turner LIVE in '71
Back in the days of long hair and short skirts (I'm talkin' panty high). "Proud Mary" 2nd to none, "Come Together," more. Newly restored.

Haack: The King of Techno
This biographical documentary idolizes a musical phenomenon of the 50's, Bruce Haack. From the time of Teresa Brewer and Mr. Rogers, the musical rebel segued to "I'm a Party Machine" and a brand of synthesized musical invention that has inspired Beck, Beastie Boys and others. Before you run it, listen for awhile to the menu background music to get a taste of where it's leading.

The Soldier's Tale
Animated version of Igor Stravinsky's tone poem about a Russian soldier's return from the front and his bargain with the devil.

Let It Die (Leslie Feist)
This new singer on the scene is making her mark with musicianship and originality. Discover her genre-busting individuality! Mushaboom!

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