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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Oscars

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The Academy Awards are coming up this weekend and chances are, you haven’t seen any of the Best Picture Nominees.  I know I haven’t.

This might not be the golden age of cinema, but it is a great era for Rock movies.  Highly anticipated biopics are in the works for Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and even Elton John.  There also have been many excellent rock documentaries of late, notably:  ”Beware of Mr. Baker” (the story of Cream drummer Ginger Baker), Muscle Shoals, Journey’s rock doc “Don’t Stop Believin”, “The History of the Eagles”, and the amazing tale of “A Band Called Death”.

Of course, Hollywood has been making movies about rock music for decades.  Among the  best theatrical productions are:  ”Pink Floyd’s The Wall”, “Almost Famous”, “The Runaways”, “The Doors”. “Tommy”, “A Hard Days Night” and even comedies like “School of Rock”.  Filmmakers have also produced some epic rockumentaries over the years, including:  ”This is Spinal Tap”, “The Story of Anvil”, “Heavy Metal:  A Headbanger’s Journal” and one of my personal favorites “The Decline of Western Civilization Pt. 2: The Metal Years”.

Which is why I recommend skipping the Oscars on Sunday and checking out a rock flick  instead.

And now, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oscar for Best Actor goes to….Chris Holmes from the band W.A.S.P.

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