New DVDs: Films on the L.A. Rock Scene and Stevie Ray Vaughan

There’s always a lot of new books, DVDs, and other guitar-related media showing up on the ‘net and on store shelves. From time to time will let you know about those we feel worthy, interesting, or that you’ve simply got to know about.

Here’s a couple of new DVDs we watched recently. We think you’ll like them.

Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock and Metal

Inside MetalDirector Bob Nalbandian interviewed dozens of major players from the L.A. rock scene and dug up hours and hours of incredible archival video and photos to put together this hugely entertaining, very enlightening, and thoroughly rockin’ documentary. It’s a complete history of the late-70s/early-80s beginnings of the Los Angeles hard rock and metal scene, and it’s a must see for any hard rock or metal fan.

In this first of a planned trilogy of films by Nalbandian and MetalRock Films, Inside Metal features interviews with members of Metallica, Dokken, Armored Saint, Great White, Quiet Riot, Y&T, Ratt, and many more, along with rare concert and club footage of many of these same artists before they were famous. It’s a very cool education on what the rock scene was like in Los Angeles before, during, and after bands such as Van Halen, Ratt, and Metallica became worldwide superstars.

The second and third installments of Inside Metal -- “The L.A. Metal Scene Explodes” and “The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal” -- are expected in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016, respectively.

The DVD runs 80 minutes and includes special features. Highly recommended.

Watch Lars Ulrich, Don Dokken, Carlos Cavazo and others in a Trailer from Inside Metal:


For more info:

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Rise of a Texas Bluesman: Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-1983

Stevie Ray VaughanThis DVD on the life and early career of Stevie Ray Vaughan is a must-have for any serious SRV or blues fan. Containing scores of rare photos, live concert and music video footage, and exclusive interviews with many who knew him well, it’s an immersive look at Vaughan’s roots and rise to fame.

But it’s even more than just a look at the late hotshot guitarist. Rise of a Texas Bluesman also digs into the back story and history of the blues, and of Texas itself. The DVD spends quality time with Vaughan’s Texas Blues predecessors, including Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Johnny Winter, and more.

And of course Rise of a Texas Bluesman shines a bright light on the all-important relationship between Stevie and big brother Jimmie, and Jimmie’s own rise to prominence, beginning in the mid-’60s, while the elder Vaughan brother was becoming a teen sensation.

Running more than two hours, Rise of a Texas Bluesman really digs deep into the legend of one of both blues and rock music’s most revered guitarists. You’re not going to want to miss this one.

Watch a Trailer from Rise of a Texas Bluesman: Stevie Ray Vaughan 1954-1983:


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