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Bill Direen -A Memory Of Others Soundtrack 2LP [Sophomore Lounge



2xLP (edition / 500) vinyl version of the official soundtrack to Simon Ogston's recent Bill Direen documentary "A Memory of Others." Comes w/ downloadable full-length film.  

Amazing overview of this NZ legend's music! 

From the label:

"The superb 2LP set in your hands serves both as an overview of Bill Direen's musical arc, and as a companion to Simon Ogston's fascinating documentary film, Bill Direen: A Memory of Others. It is not a soundtrack per se, since the versions of the songs here are not always the same ones as in the film, but any quibbling about this is surely jackanapery and should be ignored forthwith. 

The film follows Direen's 2016 tour of New Zealand, the first he had undertaken in a decade. The venues range from the historical home of the late New Zealand writer, Janet Frame, to a children's musical workshop, as well as more standard spots like clubs, galleries and radio stations. Functioning both as a meditation and a travelogue, the tour footage is interspersed with wonderful bits of Bill's musical and literary history, both of which are long and varied. Direen's work as a writer has resulted in a large shelf of first rate poetry, prose and plays, much of it underpinned by his surrealist tendency to bend reality. ... - BYRON COLEY

(on the filmmaker) - Simon Ogston, director, grew up in Christchurch with the music of Flying Nun on his turntable. In 2017, he realised a long-held ambition to capture Bill Direen and his musical friends on film. Archival material, avant-garde theatre and video clips punctuate the story line, as the crew accompanies Bill on a 2000 km tour of his native skinny islands. Watch out for places referenced in the lyrics, some spectacular landscape, Christchurch ruins and reconstruction post-Quake, or the beautiful Whanganui River now given the same status as a human being in New Zealand law. The film offers a raft of extraordinary guest appearances from members of Vacuum (1978) through to ongoing Ferocious. A soft highlight is a Gamelan orchestra of elementary school kids backing Bill. Not forgetting the analytics, Ogston slips in sporadic interviews by cognoscenti of New Zealand Underground, poetics and early punk tendencies.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 03 October, 2019.

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