Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EVENT: Sandy Bull: No Deposit, No Return Blues


Thursday, May 19th at 7PM
at
BRICKBAT BOOKS

a screening of the film
SANDY BULL: NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN BLUES

(Director KC Bull in attendance!)

with two short live sets by:
WILLIE LANE

DAN MATZ
(it's his birthday- there will be cake!)

$5 donation please




"On recess from her job as a primary school teacher in Oakland, California, KC Bull has recently been touring with her illuminating documentary NO DEPOSIT, NO RETURN BLUES, a sensitively assembled homage to her father, the pioneering psychedelic folk musician, Sandy Bull. Active from 1950 until his death in 2001, Bull’s legendary performances, blending elements of American folk with jazz, classical, Indian and Arabic-influenced modes, and later rock n’ roll, made him a cult hero to a generation of musicians and artists, many of who, including the likes of “clown activist” Wavy Gravy and Nubian musician Hamza El Din, are seen here paying their respects. Bull’s eclectic borrowings transcended conventional ideas of what an instrument could, or indeed should, sound like – no one had ever thought of playing a scenic cantata on a five string banjo (Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”) before, much less a bossa nova on an electric oud (Luis Bonfa’s “Manha De Carnaval”). And while the film depicts his early career, zooming around with Hunter S. Thompson, as maybe a little regretful (despite a clutch of classic albums released on Vanguard, including Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo and Inventions), it’s also clear that Bull’s peripheral position offered him space to gestate and experiment."

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