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From the Top Down



I watched an interesting film on Wednesday, which you can find online here. It's called From the Top Down. The film exposes the mismanagement of Sussex University by its top administrators, and though it was made three years ago, the situation continues. Apart from department and individual names, everything is much the same. Highly-paid management incompetently do their jobs, and the result is huge deficits and projects going over budget. Sound familiar? The same sort of elitist backslapping that went on in the financial sector and led to the global recession is also going on at the top levels of our universities. These people must be stopped. They must be held accountable for their failures instead of passing the consequences on to students and staff.

Hey you Rocku steady Crew! musicDOC11




Myself and fellow Sussex historian Chris Warne,  have been working for the last year to set up a new collaborative research project on popular music documentary (Rockumentary: history and practice).  musicDOC11 will be organising a one day documentary festival this summer (more info to follow) - with top film makers, musicians, broadcasters and historians exploring history through music documentary and vice versa.

You can get a taste of our project at our first outing will be at next month's See Festival in Brighton, Komedia, 26 Feb, 10 am.  Come along if you love music, film, history - or fancy looking at some nice documentaries and having a think



Rock n Roll History - musicDOC11 goes live



Music documentary - History and Practice

musicDOC11 is a collaboration between film makers, broadcasters, musicians and historians based at Sussex. Some of you may have been to our trial panel at SEEdoc this year.  We've been working on setting the project up for about a year and in that time we've brought together an amazing group of people. Our planning sessions certainly have the highest rock n roll gossip ratio of any meetings I've ever been to! The festival  line up has turned out to be a dream team.  

Our MusicDOC11 website has gone live - loads of thanks to Tony Hudson and Dunstan Bruce.   Keep an eye on the site because the talented James Smith is going to be working on the interactive element.  Nice Kev Reynolds is providing film and sound footage from our events.

If any Splashers are interested in submitting a short film to our showcase, getting involved or coming along to the event, get in touch

musicDOC11 Rocked!



musicDOC11's first music documentary festival/conference this weekend was a great, if exhausting, success. We are looking forward to editing all the footage niceKev from Verymovingpictures filmed for us and as we hoped the contributors gave us insights into the making, watching and meaning of music documentary for historians, musicians and film makers alike! Our contributors, and their films, provided bridges between industry constraints, the way in which musicians and bands see themselves, and fandom and fan culture in fascinating ways.

We'll be putting together an over view of the event for our website soon but in the meantime I thought I'd just share this feedback from one of our contributors Otmoor Production's John Edginton

"Excellent day. Brilliant to meet all of you and I'm still absorbing everything.Head full of fans! Quo fan in bedroom, Sham fan in Russian kitchen,Stones fans wrestling Mick. Just heard myself singing Lady Jane in the shower! "

One of the things that John has picked up on that came out of the day really strongly for me was the way in which as a genre rockumentaries can document the specifics of a particular locale - the site of the 2012 Olympics (Paul Kelly's , "What have you done today Mervyn Day"), or the last indepdent record shop in Teeside,(Jeanie Finlay's, "Sound it Out")  for example, as well as give us a broad vision of the way in which music and images connect between countries - chinese Sham69 fans (in DandyFilm's "This Band is so Gorgeous" or the Russian annual Dave Gahan parade in Nick Abrahams' "The Posters Came with the Walls".

The day was topped off by Peter Whitehead, whose lists of firsts, stories and reflections, and sense of change over time in the genre made him a perfect choice for our 'Founding Visions' slot. No idea how we could top that - but we're going to give it a try!

Thanks go to Mitch and Claire at The Basement, niceKev, Nils, Grace, Owen, Mikey and Izzy for their hard work on the day and Ruth for showing everyone where the pub was.

nice little write up here