"Rhino Resurrected" @ The Silent Movie Theater, L.A.
We went to an insightful documentary on Saturday at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Avenue. This theater shows talkies now and is part of the CineFamily Film Series
. The documentary is called "Rhino Resurrected: The Incredibly Strange Story of the World's Most Famous Record Store."
Naturally, we saw many old friends who used to hang out at the shop and also from the Rhino reissue label. The movie focused on last year's Rhino Pop-Up Store
and the beginnings of the shop and label. There were performances in the movie by Peter Case, Richard Thompson, Nels Cline, Thee Midnighters with Little Willie G. and interviews with many people in the music industry who actually were clerks at the shop, back in the day. Most of these people were present at the screening.
One topic that director, Keith Shapiro
did NOT touch on was the roots music community that was represented at Rhino Record Store. In the 1990's, our friend, Allen Larman
was the music buyer at the shop for the local roots scene. This was one of the only shops in town where we could buy music by our fave bands, Big Sandy
and his Fly-Rite Boys, Dave and Deke
, Dave Alvin
, Chris Gaffney
and the Cold Hard Facts, The Blazers
, Eddie Baytos
and the Nervis Bros., various rockabilly, zydeco, Cajun, blues and classic R&B groups. When I hosted a blues radio show
on public radio during the 90's, Allen would often suggest great CD reissue compilations that the store stocked. We went to many roots in-store performances at the shop on Westwood Blvd.
Michael Des Barres
conducted a Q&A with the director and producers of the movie after the screening.
Nancy and Larry
There was a reception in the patio behind the theater too.Gary Calamar of KCRW and beyond
PUT THIS DOCUMENTARY ON HBO!!!
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