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Final showing of music business film in Melbourne June 4

PhilTripp 28 May 2007 08:49

It's the most talked about film in the music industry, having attracted over 1100 music business professionals in four cities in five showings over the past fortnight with a panel of industry identities following each screening. 

“Before The Music Dies” final Melbourne show will be held Monday June 4 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square from 6 pm-10 pm. Four top music business experts will discuss issues facing the industry's future. The film and panel discussion with audience questions are free on a first come basis. 

In the first two showings in Sydney, over 400 people saw the 90-minute documentary that features interviews and performances from Eric Clapton, Erykah Badu, Dave Matthews, Doyle Bramhall, Calexico and many more. In Adelaide, 200 people fronted up at Fowlers Live bar, 300 packed Melbourne's Spanish Club the next night, close to 200 squeezed into Brisbane's Globe Theatre the night following.

“Before The Music Dies” is an unsettling yet inspirational film about why the recording industry is at its lowest ebb and major record companies have abandoned both artists and music fans, but the music business--live performance, indie labels, DIY artists and mini-moguls--still thrives despite a lack of radio airplay due to consolidation of stations into massive sound-alike networks. The film had over 250 showings in the US and this four-city run which concludes in Melbourne is the first time the film has been shown outside North America.

The last show at the plush Australian Centre for The Moving Image kicks off with networking drinks at 6 pm, the film starts at 7 pm and the panel discussion follows at 8:30 ending at 10 pm. 

The illustrious panel of music business leaders tackling the issues include:

* David Williams-Chairman of the Shock Entertainment Group
* Bob Aird-Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing
* Paul O'Gorman-Music Industry Attorney and Partner in Dwyer & Co Solicitors
* Phil Tripp-Publisher AustralAsian Music Industry Directory, Managing Partner of IMMEDIA!

The event is free to music industry attendees and a precursor to the AustralAsian Music Business Conference that IMMEDIA! is holding August 16-18 in Sydney with over 50 speakers in nine seminars and three lunches. There is no booking and seats are available on a first-come basis.

The synopsis of “Before The Music Dies” is as follows.

"Before The Music Dies"--The Future of Music Hangs In the Balance

The documentary film is an unsettling and inspiring look into the music industry that has built a passionate following as “the most important film a music fan will ever see” (Lee Abrams--XM Radio) by providing “a balanced overview of the state of the rock scene of America” (The Wall Street Journal) and adding “passion to the eternal debate about the industry” (The New York Times).

Never have so few companies controlled so much of the music played on the radio and for sale at retail stores. At the same time, there are more bands and more ways to discover their music than ever. Music seems to have split in two - the homogenous corporate product that is spoonfed to consumers and the diverse independent music that finds devoted fans online and at clubs across the country.

BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES tells the story of music at this precarious moment. Filmmakers Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen traveled the US for a year, hoping to understand why mainstream music seems so packaged and repetitive, and whether corporations really had the power to silence musical innovation. The answers they found on this journey-ultimately, the promise that the future holds-are what makes BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES both riveting and exhilarating. It features Erykah Badu, Branford Marsalis, Billy Preston, Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Doyle Bramhall II, Questlove, Hubert Sumlin, North Mississippi Allstars, My Morning Jacket and Calexico as well as interviews with industry execs, radio moles and more.

The biggest buzz seems to come from the “turning a model into a pop star” segment. The filmmakers take a beautiful young model - Taylor Hannah - and have her record a song written on the spot by the talented and hilarious Steve Poltz.  Taylor may be beautiful, but her vocal is less than perfect. Luckily, as Erykah Badu points out, “you don't have to be able to sing, just move your mouth and shit… they'll work that out.” With the magic of AutoTune, Taylor's painful vocal is transformed into a catchy tune that would sound perfectly at home on mainstream pop radio….. You'll never look at Hillary, Ashlee, Paris and the rest of today's pop stars in the same way again.

Last year, the B4MD filmmakers walked away from traditional Hollywood distribution to instead pursue a large-scale grassroots release with B-Side Entertainment. Since its release in November 2006, the film has screened over 200 times in over 130 North American markets with hundreds of additional events anticipated worldwide during 2007. Ours are the first showings outside the US.

To view a trailer and links to US reviews of Before The Music Dies with all four dates and venues outlined go to http://www.immedia.com.au/music_seminar/

For more information on B4MD & how it came to be virally marketed in Australia through IMMEDIA! go to http://www.themusic.com.au/im_m/display.php?s=phil&id=133


Still photos are available here at http://www.beforethemusicdies.com/blog/promotional-materials on the bottom of the page.


Thanks



PHIL TRIPP--IMMEDIA!
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