Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies

From Blackboard Jungle to Quadrophenia, from 8 Mile to Abba: the Movie, no one has seriously looked at the strange phenomenon that is the rock ‘n’ roll movie. Garry Mulholland, critically acclaimed author of This Is Uncool and Fear of Music, turns his focus away from classic records to the best, the worst, the weird and the completely deranged from the world of the rock movie. Part serious critical appreciation, part celebration of B-movie trash, Garry Mulholland’s inclusive approach is the key to his success. He is as comfortable deconstructing the likes of Performance, Sympathy For the Devil or Jubilee as he is celebrating Footloose or Jailhouse Rock. As he writes: ‘ . . . Anyone who rejects the joy that the likes of Grease or Dirty Dancing or Fame have brought to millions of people without even attempting to engage with why such unapologetic trash works can’t really be that interested in filmgoers at all.’ Popcorn aims to be the first and last word on music in film.

Published by Orion in March 2010

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Stranded At The Drive-In Promo Film

My film debut!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies

Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies

Everyone undergoes some kind of teenage trauma, and a fundamental way of coping, or rite of passage, is the teen movie. Yet until now there has been no book that explores this successful movie sub-genre with any depth. Step forward Garry Mulholland, who, taking his cue from his previous, hugely acclaimed pop culture list books (This is Uncool and Fear of Music) , seeks to create a pantheon of the very finest teen movies, or in Garry Mulholland’s words: ‘I’ll be doing what film critics have been loathe to do since the 1950s, and taking the entire subculture of teen movies seriously, making a constant and compelling argument that Grease and A Nightmare on Elm Street tell us a great deal more about modern life and human nature than Citizen Kane and The Godfather.’ From Kes to Fame, Badlands to the Breakfast Club, and National Lampoon’s Animal House to Twilight, Garry Mulholland re-evaluates a much maligned genre, and brings it all back again: the good, the bad and the traumatic.

Some reviews:

Film Juice

Live Magazine

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Fear of Music: The Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco

‘A thrilling call to go thumbing through your old CDs and vinyl… enthralling. *****’ — Caspar Llewellyn Smith – Observer Music Monthly OBSERVER ‘An infectious enthusiasm that will leave you listening afresh to those Mojo-approved apres-Punk staples… and a long overdue privileging of pop that is black, gay or female.’ TIME OUT ‘Full of short, excitable essays about the records Mulholland still dribbles over… this book’s full of wide-eyed love, as a fan’s testimonies should be.’ THE WORD ‘The brilliantly written work of an enthusiastic and savvy music fan. It’s sexy to look at too. And chunky enough to chuck in those heated arguments about music.’ TIME OUT – Christmas Presents ‘Crisp, witty and insightful reviews… the choices are thought-provoking throughout in a fascinating book and an ideal companion to its predecessor.’ EVENING HERALD ‘Brilliant dip-in/dip-out material, it offers fresh reviews of the elpees that Mulholland would trample over his wife and kids to rescue from a burning house.’

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Sunday, December 7th, 2008

This Is Uncool: The 500 Greatest Singles Since Punk and Disco

In what amounts to a history of the last twenty-five years of popular music, respected music journalist Garry Mulholland has compiled a list of the 500 greatest singles since The Sex Pistols’ seminal “Anarchy in the UK”. In incisive, outspoken and informative essays, Mulholland challenges the accepted standpoint of music journalism to produce an entertaining, nostalgic and provocative read. Incidentally, the title comes from a 1977 entry in the book by the Rezillos.

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