Put Blood in the Music
See the record for "New Television, Episode 601 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 601 of the 1990 season of "New Television."
5 X 7 black-and-white photographic prints exist showing Sonic Youth on the production set. See the record for "New Television, Episode 601 (1990)" for descriptions of videos containing this work.
In this documentary-style work, critics, artists, and musicians are interviewed about the New York music scene and its many influences. Early on, the "talking head" interviewees are juxtaposed with images that illustrate the concept of a "New York sound" -- street scenes, construction workers, a Salvation Army band, and a host of street performers. Composer and performer John Zorn and rock band Sonic Youth are featured in detail. Zorn discusses his relationship with film and cartoons, Ornette Coleman, Tonco music (an Asian trio form), Mickey Spillane, and the composition of his work "Spillane." Frequent Zorn collaborator Arto Lindsay is seen in a recording session with his band, Ambitious Lovers. Another band, Hugo Largo, is shown performing at the Central Park bandshell. Zorn's Ornette Coleman cover band, Spy vs. Spy, is shown in performance at the Knitting Factory. Sonic Youth talks with former Velvet Underground member John Cale. They also have a roundtable discussion with their first drummer (who has since been replaced), Bob Bert. Sonic Youth is shown in a variety of situations. Band member Lee Ranaldo goes to a tarot card reader. The band performs outdoors on what appears to be a train platform. A clip of the "Death Valley ï69" video is included. Sonic Youth's Madonna "tribute" band, Ciccone Youth, appears in a video clip. While many issues are covered, "Put Blood in the Music" keeps returning to the question of a "New York sound." David Donahue is credited with conceiving and developing the work, which is approximately an hour and 14 minutes long.
Featured music includes "Spillane," "Tre Nel 5000," "Music for the Bribe," and "Joyeux Noel," by John Zorn; "Epic" by Hugo Largo; "It Only Happens Once" by Ambitious Lovers; "Addicted to Love" by Ciccone Youth; and "Madonna, Sean, and Me," "Shaking Hell," "Death Valley ï69," "Halloween," and "Eliminator, Jr." by Sonic Youth.
Gibson, Paul (Director of Photography)
Donohue, David (Associate Producer)
O'Hara, Robin (Line Producer)
Levy, Jamie (Assistant Offline Editor)
Chaloner, Hugh (Video Editor)
Bermingham (Assistant Video Editor)
Documentaries and factual works
New Television, Episode 601 (1990)
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