Hollywood Shack Job: Rock Music in Film and on Your Screen

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"I thought a book needed to be written about the music, especially the rock 'n' roll, we hear on the screen and collect as soundtrack albums; the interaction of the music and the cinematography clicking together like a Motown rhythm section; the story of how the music gets inside the films, and how rock 'n' roll in particular has been utilized in television the last six decades."—from Hollywood Shack Job

For over thirty years Harvey Kubernik has been actively involved in the music scene in Los Angeles as a studio musician, record producer, and reporter. Here he shares insiders' accounts of the compromises and "deals" behind the fusion of creativity and commerce in the making of cultural commodities.

Kubernik begins in the 1950s when rock 'n' roll made its first appearance in movies with artists like Chuck Berry or Little Richard, moves through the 1960s with the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, when people began to realize the commercial potential of soundtracks, to Easy Rider, which took individual singles, most already released, and created a new soundtrack. Over the course of thirty-one interviews he covers nearly six decades of music in movies and television, bringing the story up to 2006. "Harvey Kubernik is a cornucopia of American culture. . . . He's onto the most important development since bebop, that is, the absolute cultural primacy of rock 'n' roll. . . . His new book, Hollywood Shack Job is a totally original scan across this history, uncovering major and minor players, aficionados and accomplices of every stripe."—David E. James, professor, School of Cinema-Television, University of Southern California, and author of Power Misses

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826335425
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 10/16/2006
  • Series: CounterCulture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 415

Meet the Author

Harvey Kubernik is a former West Coast director of A&R for MCA Records, a TV music and talk show host, and has been a production consultant to the weekly syndicated radio show, "Little Steven's Underground Garage." He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Prologue     xi
The Pioneers Who Made It Possible
D. A. Pennebaker     3
Fred Raphael and Judy Raphael     28
Andrew Loog Oldham     40
Mel Stuart     54
Melvin Van Peebles     64
Business (as Usual)
Kim Fowley     75
Larry King     99
Randall Poster     112
Gary Calamar     118
Martin Bruestle     125
Roy Trakin     135
Bob Lefsetz     142
Musicians on the Real to Reel
Robbie Robertson     151
Steven Van Zandt and Chris Columbus     163
Clem Burke     182
Mark Mothersbaugh     194
Sight and Sound New Masters
Paul Thomas Anderson     201
Ice Cube     210
Jim Jarmusch     217
Baz Luhrmann     224
Jessie Nelson     234
Stephen Woolley     240
Curtis Hanson and James Ellroy     251
A View from the Aisle
Kirk Silsbee     261
Roger Steffens     269
John Feins     280
Kirsten Smith     285
Michael Hacker     293
JessicaHundley     299
Harry E. Northup     308
Epilogue: From Downtown to Dogtown     320
About the Author     361
Acknowledgments and Service     363
Index     367
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