Sunday, May 31, 2015
At Flashbak: Rock and Roll vs. The Press!
Another of my Flashbak articles this week gazed at the never-ending conflict between rock and roll stars and the press. In particular, I looked at the rock-movie trope of "the press conference."
Here's the url and a snippet (http://flashbak.com/rock-roll-stars-vs-press-5-rock-movies-saw-journalists-rock-stars-collision-course-35354/ )
"Whether you’re watching a real life rock documentary, or a movie about a fictional rock band, there’s one scene the films probably have in common: the press conference, or failing that, the interview scene.
In scenes of this type, the artistic and activist pontifications of celebrity rock stars run smack up against the precepts of cynical journalism, and the results aren’t always pretty.
The tradition or movie convention of rock stars vs. the press probably begin with the fictionalized Beatles movie, A Hard Day’s Night (1964).
There, Ringo Starr is asked a very important question by one reporter. Is he a “mod” or a “rocker?” The famous answer, of course, is that he is a “mocker.”