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The Cool World (1963) Shirley Clarke Harlem Gangs OG Blaxploitation

“Filmmaker Shirley Clarke (“The Connection”) directs this powerful, stark semi-documentary look at the horrors of Harlem ghetto slum life filled with drugs, violence, human misery, and a sense of despair due to the racial prejudices of American society. There is no patronizing of the black race in this cinematic cry for justice. A fifteen-year-old boy called Duke is ambitious to buy a “piece” (a gun) from an adult racketeer named Priest, to become president of the gang to which he belongs, and to return them to active “bopping” (gang fighting) which has declined in Harlem. It is a clearly patent allegory of an attempt by Duke to attain manhood and identity in the only way accessible to him – the antisocial one.” – IMDB

Check out a young Clarence Williams III as junkie gang leader ‘Blood’.

Yeah, the sound kinda sucks.

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Miles Davis Live in Vienna 1973 Electric Craze Psychedelic Jazz Funk

Miles Davis Live in Stadthalle, Vienna, September 3, 1973

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2. Tune in
3. IFE
4. Right Off
5. Funk
6. Calypso Frelimo

Pete Cosey
Guitar (Electric), Percussion
Miles Davis
Composer, Primary Artist, Trumpet
Al Foster
Drums
Michael Henderson
Bass (Electric)
David Liebman
Flute, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor)
Reggie Lucas
Guitar (Electric)
James Mtume
Congas, Percussion

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Punking Out (1978) 70’s Punk Rock NYC Ramones Dead Boys Richard Hell CBGBs

Punking Out (1978)

Documents the beginning of the punk rock movement in New York City at CBGB’s, a punk night club, and the lifestyle that revolves around this scene. Presents a sometimes shocking look at the attitudes and motivations behind the movement through interviews with outspoken club-goers and band members of the Ramones, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and the Dead Boys. IMDb

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The Hippie Temptation 1967 CBS News Anti-Hippie Report

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A CBS News presentation, hosted by Harry Reasoner, that manages a balancing act between a sober critical analysis of the idealistic and sometime naive youth revolution centered in Haight-Ashbury and a cynical and culturally bigoted.dismissal of the values of this subculture that challenged this very same cynicism and bigotry. Contains precious period film footage of life in the geographic location most credited with the genesis of the psychedelic movement, some dualistically troubling footage of drug abuse and psychiatric treatment, and an especial focus on the band whose home was considered to be the “city hall” of the subculture, The Grateful Dead, who not only give eloquent voice to the values of this new society but who also evince their principles with a free performance at Golden Gate Park, playing Dancin’ In The Streets.

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All American High Revisited 1984 High School 1968 Documentary Teenage America

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All American High Revisited

All American High is a 1987 documentary film directed by Keva Rosenfeld that chronicles the life of the 1984 senior class at Torrance High School inLos Angeles County, California.

The film is narrated by the Finnish exchange student “Rikki” Rauhala and observes 1980s California high school culture from a foreigner’s perspective.

The film was independently financed, with additional funds provided through an American Film Institute (AFI)National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)grant. The film was selected for Grand Jury Prize competition at the 1987 Sundance Film Festival.  It was originally broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

All American High Revisited

A second documentary film about the former Torrance High senior class was directed by Keva Rosenfeld in 2014 (released in 2015), All American High Revisited.  It combines the original film with new footage of the film’s principal subjects being interviewed on their high school years, the process of growing up, and the various paths in life that they took. 

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Bonus: HIGH SCHOOL (1968) Directed by Frederick Wiseman

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High School is a 1968 American documentary film directed by Frederick Wiseman that shows a typical day for a group of students at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was one of the first direct cinema (or cinéma vérité) documentaries. It was shot over five weeks in March and April 1968. The film was not shown in Philadelphia at the time of its release, due to Wiseman’s concerns over what he called “vague talk” of a lawsuit.

The film was released in October 1968 by Wiseman’s distribution company, Zipporah Films. High School has been aired on PBS Television. Wiseman distributes his work (DVDs and 16mm prints) through Zipporah Films, which rents them to high schools, colleges, and libraries on a five-year long-term lease. High School was selected in 1991 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Wiseman made a second documentary on high school, High School II, based on Central Park East Secondary School in New York City, released in 1994.

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