Welcome to the second of our “Rock City Sabbath Suggestions” articles, where each Sunday night we give you our current suggested viewing, listening, reading and tipple. We’ll use some of the most common streaming services and online stores for our recommendations, but if you’re not a subscriber to them, I’m sure you’ll find the cultural artefacts in some the more nefarious corners of the internet if you look hard enough!
DOCUMENTARY / DAFT PUNK UNCHAINED
Documenting the rise to fame and the lives of Daft Punk members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter and their pioneering influence on the electronic music scene; the documentary runs chronologically from the early years before the foundation of Daft Punk right up to the release of the album Random Access Memories and subsequent Grammy Awards received by the duo.
Watch here: Netflix
BOOK / LIVE AT THE BRIXTON ACADEMY: SIMON PARKES
In 1982, aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid GBP1 for a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain’s most iconic music venue. And now he’s telling his story: full of fond – and wild – reminiscences of the famous musicians who played at the venue, including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, The Ramones, New Order, the Beastie Boys and The Smiths.
Buy here: Hive (or you know where…)
LIVE SHOW / DAVID BOWIE: 50TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT NYC
As part of an eight-date UK tour to promote his drum n bass album, Earthling, the music legend play Rock City in August 1997. His dressing room had been decorated with a leather sofa, candlesticks, rugs and a supply of his favourite Marlboro cigarettes. This show to celebrate his 50th birthday was recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York City the same year!
Watch it here: YouTube
ALBUM / FUGAZI: REPEATER
30 years to the day since it’s release, this classic from one of the most staunch DIY post-hardcore bands of the 80s, 90 and into the 00s was their first full-length studio album, released on Ian MacKaye’s own seminal label Dischord Records. Rock City was fortunate enough to play host to them in 2002 on one of their final shows, where they played a number of tracks from this record.
DRINK / CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY: CAMDEN HELLS
The one that started it all for Camden Town Brewery: The Hells Lager. Notes of lemon, orange and some spicy herbs are complemented by sweet caramel and biscuity notes from the malts. Finishing crisp, dry and clean, this hybrid between a Pilsner and a Helles lager is nicely balanced and straightforward. So what the Hells are you waiting for? Crack one open!
Buy here: Camden Town Brewery
– Team Rock City x