Oddball Films welcomes Author and Musicologist Richie Unterberger for our Cinema Soiree Series, a monthly soiree featuring visiting authors, filmmakers and curators presenting and sharing cinema insights. To mark the publication of the expanded ebook version of his book Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries of '60s Rock, Unterberger will present clips of a dozen or so of the artists featured in the book.
Over the course of several years in the mid-to-late 1960s, rock music changed more quickly and unpredictably than it did in any other time in history. With so many artists competing for attention, it was inevitable that many innovators got lost in the shuffle or at least did not get the recognition they deserved, especially those who were boldy and experimentally fusing rock, blues, psychedelia, classical music, comedy, the theater, and more. Lost British Invaders, psychedelic pioneers, rock funnymen, blue-eyed soulsters, overlooked folk-rockers, behind-the-scenes producers -- all find a home as part of Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers, for which Unterberger drew on first-hand interview material with the artists and their associates. He'll talk about both the artists and the footage he presents between the clips.
The event will include footage of "the god of hell-fire," Arthur Brown; the Pretty Things, the best British Invasion band never to invade the United States; UK comedy rockers the Bonzo Dog Band; psych-garage oddballs the Electric Prunes; San Francisco's own Beau Brummels, the first American band to successfully answer the British Invasion; Bobby Fuller, who successfully channeled the best of Buddy Holly before meeting his own premature end; Thee Midniters, the best Latino rock band of the '60s; and pioneering folk-rockers Tim Buckley and Richard & Mimi Fariña. Signed copies of Unterberger's books will be available for purchase at a discount.
Venue: Oddball Films, 275 Capp Street San Francisco
Admission: $10.00 Limited Seating RSVP to RSVP@oddballfilm.com or (415) 558-8117