Defining features of the rockabilly sound included strong rhythms, vocal twangs and common use of the tape echo, but the progressive addition of different instruments and vocal harmonies led to its "dilution". Initially popularized by artists such as Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Bob Luman and Jerry Lee Lewis, the influence and success of the style waned in the 1960s; nonetheless, during the late 1970s and early 1980s, rockabilly enjoyed a major revival through acts such as Stray Cats. An interest in the genre endures even in the 21st century, often within a subculture. Rockabilly has left a legacy, spawning a variety of sub-styles and influencing other genres such as punk rock.
The film has been presented at numerous film and music festivals including Pop Montreal (Montreal, Canada), Viva Las Vegas (Las Vegas, United States), Gimme Shelter Music and Film Festival (Athens, Greece) and Don't Knock The Rock Film and Music Festival (Los Angeles, United States). On October 18, 2009 the film won two awards at the Director's Chair Film Festival in New York; the Best Documentary Award and the Best Original Soundtrack award. It was also a finalist in the Best Sound and Best Editing categories.
The film was commercially released at Cinéma du Parc in Montreal, Quebec on October 6, 2008.
Plot: The film is called Rockabilly Zombie Weekend and it takes place in Central Florida in a modern day setting. A young couple plans to have a rockabilly themed wedding out at the old farm, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak. Things go horribly wrong when the virus spawns zombie-creating mosquitoes, who are feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals of course!
Plot: In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up?
Keywords: 1970s, alcohol, alcoholic-drink, all-girl-band, anger, band, band-member, band-practice, bathroom, birthday Genres: Biography,
Taglines: It's 1975 and they're about to explode.
Marie Currie: You took Mom's black heels?::Cherie Currie: Like she's ever worn anything twice? Anyway, you should be more worried about her finding out about how old your skanky boyfriend is.::Marie Currie: I'm sorry. Does your boyfriend have a car? I'm sorry, do you even have a boyfriend?
Cherie Currie: Hey, Derek, did Marie tell you she's not wearing any underwear?
Tammy: My brother says guys don't like girls who are tough. He says guys like girls to be soft and flirty.::Joan Jett: He would say that, he's a pussy.::Tammy: He does spend a lot of time doing his bangs.
Marie Currie: Mom's gonna kill you. It really looks terrible.::Cherie Currie: Good.
Joan Jett: Hey, what kinda amps do you guys got?::Guitar Teacher: Um, I think for now we'll remain... unplugged.::Joan Jett: No, man, I wanna play, like, Chuck Berry. "Johnny B. Goode," you know?::Guitar Teacher: We'll get there. We'll get to Johnny. But for now... 'On top of Old Smokey. All covered with snow. I lost my true sweetheart. From a-courtin' too slow... '::Joan Jett: 'Old Smokey'? That's goofy, man. How 'bout 'Smoke on the Water'? Come on, I know you know that one.::Guitar Teacher: Finger the E chord, like so. 'On top of Old Smokey... '::Joan Jett: 'All covered in blow... I dumped my poor sweetheart... for screwin' too slow.'
Joan Jett: Uh, are you Kim Fowley?::Kim Fowley: Lemme guess. You sing in a band. And it's the greatest fucking band in the world. And I'm the luckiest dogfucker because I get to hear it first.::Joan Jett: I'm, uh... I'm Joan Jett. I play guitar.::Kim Fowley: Joan Jett, that's a cool name. You guys got a demo?::Joan Jett: No... No, guys, man. I want to start an all-girl rock band.::Kim Fowley: Really. Well, maybe I am the luckiest dogfucker after all... Sandy! Sandy the drummer, this is Joan Jett. She claims to be some sort of guitar goddess.::Joan Jett: Well, I didn't say that... that 'goddess' thing.::Sandy West: It's cool.
Kim Fowley: What in the fuck have you girls been doing over there?::Joan Jett: We've been practicing! Like you said.::Kim Fowley: Well, get back to it. You bitches are gonna be bigger than the fucking Beatles!
Kim Fowley: Joan! This is Joan Jett. And you are?::Cherie Currie: Cherie.::Kim Fowley: Cherie? Cherie what?::Cherie Currie: Currie.::Kim Fowley: Cherie Currie. That's your real name? Tell me, Cherie Currie, can you sing or play a musical instrument?::Cherie Currie: Yeah. Yeah, I can sing. I won a talent show lip-syncing David Bowie. Why?::Kim Fowley: 'Why?' ask the maybe-great Cherie Currie. Read my lips. We love your look. We're choosing you to become a part of rock 'n' roll history. Do you want to be in the band?::Cherie Currie: Are you kidding?::Kim Fowley: How old are you?::Cherie Currie: Fifteen.::Kim Fowley: Jail fucking bait. Jack fucking pot!
Kim Fowley: Repeat after me: 'I'll give ya something to live for. Have ya, grab ya, until you're sore.'::Cherie Currie: I can't say that.::Kim Fowley: What? Oh, Okay. Goodbye. Go sell girl scout cookies. Who's next?
Kim Fowley: [to Cherie] I like your style. A little Bowie, a little Bardot, and a look on your face that says I could kick the shit out of a truck driver.
Plot: It is about sweeping love, rock & roll and getting rid of all that stale air of the fifties. You've got the good guys - that's LULU and JIMI - and the bad guys: Lulu's mother GERTRUD, her secret lover SCHULTZ, the chauffeur, and a wicked old shrink, VON OPPELN, crouching in his gloomy office like a spider waiting to pounce on his prey LULU. Light and darkness, bright garish colours, hot rock & roll and wild dance numbers mark this road movie about lovers fleeing from the evil powers of a deeply bigoted society.
Plot: WWF Title: The Undertaker vs. Steve Austin, WWF Tag Team Titles: Owen Hart & The British Bulldog vs. The Leigon of Doom, Ahmed Johnson vs. Faaroq, Ahmed Johnson vs. Crush, Ahmed Johnson vs. Savio Vega, No Holds Barred: Ken Shamrock vs. Vader, Mankind vs. Rocky Miavia, Hunter Hearst-Helmsley vs. Flash Funk, Rockabilly vs. Jesse James
Plot: Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWF Championship: The Undertaker vs. Mankind, WWF Intercontinental Title: Rocky Maivia vs. Savio Vega, WWF Tag Team Titles: Owen Hart & The British Bulldog vs. Leigon of Doom, Rockabilly vs. Double J Jesse Jammes.
Vince McMahon: Savio Vega driving Rocky, rolls him up! We've got a-oh, wait. That was the way he defeated Rocky in the non-title matchup just last week from South Africa... With the, a-the assist of the tights.::Jerry Lawler: McMahon, he was not pullin'-there was not pullin', I said... He was just checkin' to see if he had his vaccinations! You gotta get shots when you go to South Africa you know.
Vince McMahon: And Austin... is angry at the official.::Jerry Lawler: Kick him Ref, kick him!
You ever felt like you're gonna chuck up You try to speak but it comes out mucked up Well that's just the way she made me feel I know I shoudn't, no I shouldn't pull her hair But it's a kids sign of affection And I still ain't got nowhere I sat behind her in almost every lesson She drove me mad with that gingham dress on And those little ribbons in her hair She had a brother in the year above her So I wrote, told him that I bugged her He got all my stuff stuck in a tree Yes I confess, I may well be a pest But I'm not gonna change, so let it go... She had a brother and he threatened to hit me So I turned round and ran home quickly Hid under the stairs for quite a while I like to remember my days at school I always was the classroom fool Best thing about playtime was kiss chase Yelling swear words with your mates Not finding out what it meant till it's too late And you're grounded for the day Giving your mate's an atomic wedge Or finding pornos in the hedge Ringing doorbells and running away
Bolton is working on combining rockabilly styles with community service ...Jess Bolton waves at the crowd during RockabillyRetro Fest in Torrington on Sept ... Gypsy La’More laughs and Jess Bolton adjusts her sash during Rockabilly Retro Fest in Torrington on Sept....