A screening of “Teen a-Go-Go: A Little Film About Rock and Roll History” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday November 8th at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, 1120 South Lamar in South Austin. A live performance by local Austin band Taco and the Enchiladas (who are actually pre-teens) will precede the film. The evening is presented by The Show! and is a Tugg event, which means that a certain number of advance tickets must be sold by November 1st in order for it to happen. Advance tickets are available at http://www.tugg.com/events/1708.
But the clock is ticking…
The so-called British Invasion of 1964 led to an explosion of American teenage garage bands in the mid-’60s, inspired by not just the Beatles and the Stones, but also the Animals, the Zombies, and especially the Yardbirds. By 1968, the muscial climate had shifted to more psychedelic, “heavier” sounds, leading to the demise of the teen clubs that had flourished in the Go-Go era of ’65-’67.
Every town had its local talent, and Texas was home to hundreds and hundreds of combos, who made some of the greatest “garage” records of the period. The Fort Worth area produced more than its share of great bands, and many of them are featured in “Teen a-Go-Go.”
Fort Worth is the microcosm through which Kirkendall and producers Mark Nobles and James Sterling Johnson explore the larger phenomenon of the ’60s teenbeat explosion in America. Some truly priceless archival stills, rare television clips, and super 8 films help tell the story, along with contemporary interviews with the musicians who made it all happen.
Listen now: ‘The Mal Thursday Show’ podcast featuring guest DJ Melissa Kirkendall, director of TEEN-A-GO-GO
Music Monday programmer George Bragdon wrote in the Alamo blog: “Every meaningful change in rock music started with some teenagers, alone in their parents’ garage, banging away at three chords…’Teen a-Go-Go’ takes the viewer on an entertaining, nostalgic ride into the teen scenes of the mid-’60s and into the lives of the people who lived it. The British Invasion played an undeniable role on this uniquely American musical genre when on February 9, 1964 the Beatles premiered live on the Ed Sullivan Show. An estimated 73 million viewers (over 40% of the entire U.S. population) tuned in. Teens all across America were glued to their TV sets as they witnessed a true turning point in rock history. On February 10, 1964, it would seem that 10 million teens had something new to do. With their jaws still on the floor and inspiration stirring within, thousands of youngsters knew that their destiny lay in rock and roll…”
If you want to be a part of this event, you have until November 1st to reserve your seats.
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