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THE MADE OF DANCE MUSIC CULTURE
Maestro, tells the story of how a group of people found refuge and a call for life outside the mainstream in New York City. What evolved was a scene that set the groundwork for what was to come in dance music culture later, starting first with House and later Techno. Maestro gives a rare insight into those secret underground beginnings, which thirty years later has grown into a huge worldwide industry.
It’s the first time the genesis of electronic dance music is told in a motion picture. Included in the film are pioneer dance music DJs and producers, “founding fathers”, its center being Larry Levan, as well as high-profile DJs of today. We are shown the makings of the legendary Paradise Garage, of which many claim to have been the blueprint for modern dance clubs. Opting for a more personal and candid approach, Maestro shows the true history of the people through a realistic creative storyline. Tracing the underground’s dance origin, Maestro brings out a real understanding of this intense lifestyle, and the lives the founders lived and died for. Press play, sit back and see how it all began.
In July of 2015 while surfing the net, the Italian DJ and music producer Corrado Rizza found what he considered to be an amazing video on YouTube. It was published by Hiroyuki Kajino, an active Japanese DJ in the 80's. It was an unpublished interview with the famous DJ Larry Levan from the Paradise Garage in New York City. The Paradise Garage opened in 1977 and it was a legendary club where Larry Levan showed his creative genius for ten years. He was so creative that he turned his club into a temple of music. Larry died prematurely in 1992, at the age of 38. The video that Corrado Rizza found on YouTube was recorded at The Choice in New Yor City in 1989. The Choice was a Discotheque created by Richard Vasquez and Joey Llanos after the "Garage" closed, inside the formerly known disco Loft by David Mancuso. Larry's interview today, after almost 30 years, is still extraordinary and very modern. After that incredible discovery, Corrado Rizza got in touch with the Japanese DJ and asked him for the exclusive rights. Corrado wanted to produce and direct a documentary featuring Larry's interview and to tell the story of the Paradise Garage. Hence the title of Larry's Garage. Corrado began co-producing the movie with Claudio Napoli and Massimo Mascolo, two fellow Italians video-makers who just moved to NYC. For four years, they worked to reconstruct Larry's story and the story of the "Garage" through original and archive footage. Understanding what Larry represented for many people and for the entire club culture was the primary goal. Unfortunately, they discovered that many of his friends were gone. Many because of AIDS that affected the gay community so severely in the 80's. However, they managed to find people between New York City, Los Angeles, London, Rome and Miami willing to share their experiences and memories about Larry and the "Garage." They were able to interview more than 40 people and along the way they found more exclusive videos, like a long video about Larry shot inside the club Mars by Yuki Watanabe. It was made in the early '90s, just before Larry started a tour in Japan, the last place where Larry worked and was strongly acclaimed.
THE CHEMICAL GENERATION
ACID HOUSE DOCUMENTARY
2001 Channel 4 documentary, presented by Boy George, looking at the history and legacy of the UK acid house, rave and clubbing culture since the 1980s. The program goes into detail on the way UK society and attitudes changed after the dawn of acid house culture and, perhaps, more importantly the introduction of chemical of choice, ecstasy to the party diet of the young people of Britain.
Channel 4, 2001, 00:50
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
THE HISTORY OF HOUSE MUSIC
In this documentary the origin of house music is being explained. It starts in Chicago in the "Warehouse" club. This later became the Genre called just "House" because people wanted to buy music which they heard in the Wearhous. The character "Jack" which is often mentioned in house songs is also explained. Early 90s it got to England. Here the genre House splits in many different ways. Drum and Bass and Techno is mentioned. Also the rave scene is explained.
Channel 4, 2001, 02:15
I WAS THERE WHEN HOUSE MUSIC TOOK OVER THE WORLD
An examination of house music and its origins brought to you by the British television broadcaster Channel 4, the very same people who were behind the 2001 dance music documentary series Pump Up The Volume. Back once again with this new project, we learn how the house music genre came to be. It was the death of Disco that gave birth to the most iconic sound in dance music.
This video is the complete series which was originally split into two episodes: “House Was Born” which sets its scope on the social and cultural environment of Chicago which gave rise to the genre and in the second part: “House Went Global” we witness how this sound exploded worldwide.
The film itself features interviews from some iconic artists such as Nile Rodgers, Marshall Jefferson, Honey Dijon, and more.
Channel 4, 2017, 01:22
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