ORGAN PREVIEW: Adrian Borland & The Sound, The Melvins and a couple of music documentaries coming up in London cinemas…

There’s a couple of music documentaries that those of you based in London might want to take the time to check out in the coming weeks.
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Adrian Borland & The Sound: Walking In The Opposite Direction is a documentary  directed by Marc Waltman in 2016, the film is about to get a London cinema screening  –  “After selling out our UK Premiere at the ICA in April and touring the north, there’s another chance to see a screening of this documentary” so say the Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival team. The film should of course be of particular interest for those of you who follow the ever evolving beauty of of those Cardiacs, and their early days with Colvin Mayers and The Sound and The Outsiders.
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There’s an excellent website dedicated to the late Adrian Borland here.  The film is said to be “a profile of the savagely charismatic music and troubled life of Adrian Borland, leader of British post-punk’s great lost icons The Sound. It is a tale of headstrong talent and dark despair: English singer-songwriter Adrian Borland, whose poetic lyrics, passionate vocals and compelling guitar work fueled the critically lauded, Stooges and Joy Division-hued post-punk band The Sound, battled mental illness before taking his own life in 1999.
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This haunting music documentary, by turns troubling and tender, was made in the Netherlands where Borland found his greatest acclaim. Via insights from those who knew him best, it turns an unsparing eye on an artist’s fierce creative vision and fearless determination to pursue his muse, even at the cost of his peace of mind. Combining performance footage, photos and interviews with friends, partners, collaborators and his father Bob, a constant support in his career, Walking in the Opposite Direction traces Borland’s career from early punk band The Outsiders, through critically acclaimed Sound albums including Jeopardy (1980) and In The Lion’s Mouth (1981), to his final solo recordings. Waltman’s film captures the exhilaration and charisma of Borland’s music, as well as the black dread that followed him”.
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The Adrian Borland documentary will be shown on June 8th at Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Lane, London, N8 9BY   (film starts at 8.30, more details here via the Facebook event page.
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“The tragedy of Adrian’s battle with himself and his disease balanced with his joy and love of life and his creativity. It’s irrelevant whether you know of Adrian or The Sound or not. This is the universal story of the razor’s edge that so many artists walk between heaven and hell”.
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The Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival is a year-round alternative music documentary festival, they host premiere screening events in London, Brighton, Liverpool, Hull, Manchester, and Sheffield, as well as an annual 10-day headline London Film Festival each November featuring 15+ World, European, UK and London premieres of the latest releases as well as question and answer sessions with directors or the bands or musicians involved.
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The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale follows this hard rock/punk band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage ranging from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations, with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more.
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here at Organ we brought you news of the Melvins film back in April last year, you can see the film here in London at the end of the month (happening on our street actually (no, you can’t crash on the floor afterwards, we did out share of that, bands on the floor, the record was 47 people sleeping on the floor after an Atom Seed gig, we know of several marriages as a result of Organ gatherings!).
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The Colossus of Destiny: A Melvins Tale follows this hard rock/punk band’s history, with rare behind-the-scenes footage ranging from their early days in Washington to their multiple modern incarnations, with an eye on the enduring influence they’ve had throughout their 30-year plus history. Featuring interviews with Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gene Simmons, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Mark Arm, J. Mascis, Josh Homme, David Yow and many more”.
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The Melvins documentary is be shown at the Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1HE on May 31st.  Here’s the Facebook event page Ticket details and such here
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