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Secret Cinema presents NUGGETS: Celluloid Artyfacts of Sixties Rock
2223.fish theater at Summerfield Church
Philadelphia, PA
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Secret Cinema presents NUGGETS: Celluloid Artyfacts of Sixties Rock
Lenny Kaye and Nazz singer Stewkey again join Secret Cinema for NUGGETS: CELLULOID ARTYFACTS OF SIXTIES ROCK

Friday, October 21, 2022
8:00 pm
Admission: $10.00

2223.fish theater at Summerfield Church
2223 E Dauphin Street (Konrad Square), Philadelphia
215-634-4695

We at Secret Cinema possess no false modesty -- we're proud of the 30 years of screenings we've presented, all using real film and generally consisting of rather original programming (if we do say so ourselves!). But we've never been more pleased with anything we've done than one sold-out show presented 15 years ago. So let's do it againand, as before, with two very special guests in attendance.

On Friday, October 21, the Secret Cinema will again present NUGGETS: CELLULOID ARTYFACTS OF SIXTIES ROCK, a unique hodgepodge of ultra-rare reels consisting of various short films and television shows showcasing mod, garage and pop music from the mid-to-late 1960s. This time, it will be at the spacious 2223.fish theater, located within the Summerfield Church, in the heart of Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.

When we first named that program, it was in naked homage to the inestimably influential 1972 garage rock compilation album of the same name. This year, we are thrilled to announce that in addition to the rare films, we will again have with us the creator of the original "Nuggets," Lenny Kaye, and Nuggets album star Stewkey, of legendary local rock band The Nazz.

Prior to his 48 years as Rock Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith's chief musical collaborator, Lenny Kaye was a prolific rock critic and historian. He contributed to leading rock periodicals, wrote legendary liner notes (even earning mention within a Steven King novel), and was one of a handful of rock critics at the time to take serious interest in the supposedly frivolous corners of rock history, from doo wop to the previously-unlabeled genre of garage rock. This work reached a pinnacle when he compiled for Elektra Records a double-LP of what were then considered regional obscurities and "one hit wonders" of mid-late sixties rock, titled NUGGETS: ORIGINAL ARTYFACTS FROM THE FIRST PSYCHEDELIC ERA, 1965-1968 (released exactly 50 years ago this October!). The collection brought together great proto-punk singles by The Electric Prunes, The Standells and The Seeds, sides that had been recorded just a few years earlier but had already been forgotten in the wake of progressive rock and singer-songwriters.

NUGGETS ensured that this music would never be forgotten again. It first spawned a host of similarly-named compilations of garage rock (PEBBLES, BOULDERS, et al), and then Rhino Records turned the name NUGGETS into something of a sixties reissue franchise, culminating in no less than three deluxe CD box sets of psych and garage rarities. Lenny Kaye, meanwhile, moved on, as leader of the Patti Smith Group, record producer, teacher of a university class in rock history, d.j. on Little Steven's "Underground Garage" Sirius XM channel, and author. His latest book is LIGHTNING STRIKING: TEN TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENTS IN ROCK AND ROLL (one chapter is devoted to Philadelphia in 1959!).

At NUGGETS, the film screening, Lenny Kaye will discuss sixties rock and add his insightful commentary between films.

To make this an even more special event, we'll again have Stewkey (lead singer and keyboardist of Philadelphia's great sixties band The Nazz) in person, to present a rare 16mm print of the promo film for "Open My Eyes."

As always, this Secret Cinema presentation will be projected in 16mm film on a giant screen (that's right, not using video).

There will be one complete show at 8:00 pm. Admission is $10.00.

A few highlights of NUGGETS include:

GIRLS IN SHORT SHORT DRESSES (1966) - Paramount made this topical film in the final days of the theatrical short subject era, to capitalize on the worldwide interest in then very-Swinging London. It stars actual mod band The Thoughts, who are best known to collectors for their recording of Ray Davies' otherwise unreleased song "All Night Stand," on Shel Talmy's Planet Records label. In this largely unknown Technicolor film, they perform two songs in the famous Blaise's nightclub, and in a reverse on the usual rock band scenario, THEY chase GIRLS around tube stations and Carnaby Street boutiques. The film also makes a visit to the studio of fashion designer Mary Quant, inventor of the mini-skirt.

THE ECSTASY IS SOMETIMES FANTASTIC (1966) - Made by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, this is a rare cinema verite look at a working, not-quite-made-it rock group. Toronto garage band Jon and Lee and the Checkmates reveal all sides of their world, from belting out James Brown numbers in packed clubs, to band meetings to discuss itineraries and accounting, to the crucial business of getting the right haircut.

THE NAZZ: OPEN MY EYES (1968) - Rock videos weren't invented in the eighties; they've been around since sound film was perfected. In the sixties they were called "promo films," and this was one of the better ones. Stewkey, the lead singer and keyboardist of Philly's greatest mod band, will introduce this rare public screening of his personal 16mm print (which is actually a rare alternate edit of the clip MTV has shown!)and be interviewed by Lenny Kaye, who included this great song on the original Nuggets LP!

Plus clips from feature films and television with music performed by The Standells, The Chocolate Watchband, The Seeds, The Birds (UK), The Marmalade, The Orphan Egg, The Zombies and more!

The 2223.fish theater at Summerfield Church is located in a beautiful, 110-year old stone building on Konrad Square Park, in the heart of the ever-growing Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. In addition to providing worship services, they serve as a lively community center, with the auditorium hosting theater, concerts, flea markets and neighborhood meetings. The building is located near Septa's York-Dauphin el stop, and route 5 bus line.

SECRET CINEMA WEBSITE: https://www.thesecretcinema.com

SUMMERFIELD CHURCH WEBSITE: https://2223.fish

Location

2223.fish theater at Summerfield Church (View)
2223 E Dauphin Street (Konrad Square)
Philadelphia, PA 19125
United States

Categories

Film > Movies

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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