Bruce's Bits
a few of the pages that roving reporter Bruce Alexander has produced for the NY Waste over the years...

May/June 2009

Jeff Beck – performed live at Ronnie Scott’s

The legendary guitar player Jeff Beck played a special weeks performance at London’s famed jazz club Ronnie Scotts. This amazing live concert featured guest performances by Eric Clapton jamming with Jeff on 2 great Blues Classics “You Need Love" & “Little Brown Bird" In a earth shattering show down of 2 of the best guitarist on the planet. There is also Joss Stones version of "People Get Ready”. She is one of the best singers out there right now & her vocals along with Beck’s waling guitar sound made this live concert stand out for today’s times. Jeff Beck has been playing great music for over 40 years & this live concerts spanned his whole career, with a collection of tunes including Beck’s Bolero & his amazing take on The Beatles "A Day In The Life" as no one but Jeff Beck could made it sound so ground breaking. So this live show was so great, it makes you wish you were there!


A Review Of A Day In The Life - By Robert Greenfield

This amazing book captures the wild lives of Tommy Webber & Susan "Puss" Coriat These 2 interesting people were a couple during the swinging 60's in London & their tragic downfall though live & death told brilliantly by Robert Greenfield. The book traces the lives of these two extraordinary people from their marriage & breakup to Tommy Weber’s involvement with actress Charlotte Rampling & his involvement with The Rolling Stones to his drug addiction, his son Jake Weber who became a star of NBC Medium & Puss his former wife that ended up committing suicide in 1971. Tommy Webber died in 2006 from cancer. This book take us on a journey of goodtimes & badtimes to places in England, Denmark  & France & around the world to tell a true story of 2 extremely fascinating people in the most exciting biography to come out in a very long time


Road Recovery show at Nokia 5/1/09

This benefit show was put together to help raise money for people with addiction problems. An amazing cast of great musicians helping in a great cause, tonight performers included Iggy Pop, Wayne kramer, Dick Manitoba, Perry Farrell (Janes Addiction), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Gilby Clarke (Guns & Roses), Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine - Audioslave), Billy Bragg, plus Little Steven & hosted by radio show DJ Matt Pinfield. Also Jimmy Webb of Trash & Vaudeville was there dancing & singing on stage. Then everyone came out to the grand finally of the MC5 Kick Out The Jams. What a great night of hope through great Rock & Roll to save our soul!


A review of Hair At The Al Hirschfield Theatre 3/27/09

It was 40 years ago the Hair was last on Broadway, but it is back now with a vengeance. It's about time that great Rock & Roll is back on top on Broadway. In a time when Broadway shows have been only about corny musicals it's good to see some great written rock & Roll songs being performed once again. James Rado one of the original composers of Hair was there in the front row showing his support. The cast is great & very real. There is even the famous nude scene. also at the end of the play people are encouraged to jump up on stage & dance with the cast. The music of Hair was made at a time when this country was up against a crazy war & social issues were important then. Well, 40 years later it’s hard to believe we are in another crazy war. Songs like Aquarius, Let The Sunshine In, Easy To Be Hard & I Got Life still have important meaning. And that's why Hair is going strong into the 21 century. Let The Sunshine In again!

Hair Photo credit:  Joan Marcus.


Meanwhile back at Tribeca Film Fest…

Spike lee, Jane Rosenthal (co- fonder of Tribeca Fill Festival), Robert De Niro & Uma Thurmam


A review of Burning Down The House-The Story of CBGB's by Mandy Stein

Mandy Stein does an excellent job in documenting The legendary CBGB's club. There are great edited clips from every decade from the 1970's through the club closing. Not to be missed are great vintage clips of The Heartbreakers, The Tuff Darts & recent last days of performances by Blondie, Patti Smith & The Bad Brains. There is some interesting footage of Jim Jarmusch photographing inside the club & adding interesting thoughts about being there & on some of the concert posters. There are a lot of great interviews by Jessie Malin the film’s music supervisor, Little Steven & so many other great performers that passed through. This film proves that a great documentary about Rock & Roll can be made & Mandy Stein not only takes you back in time but also makes you feel sad that CBGB's is gone!

Mandy with John Holmstrom (about to bite her head off!! Brains....)

and Marky Ramone

Burning down The House- The Story of CBGB's Interview with Mandy Stein
3 May 2009

BA-How did you get this film into The Tribeca Film Festival?
MS-I submitted the film to Tribeca. It was the only film festival that I submitted it to. We thought this was the best place for the film. It was a New York film & a New York festival. I love Tribeca they treat filmmakers so special. Luckily I got in.

 BA-What was the reason that you made the film?
MS-I had read in the Village Voice that there was a rent dispute & the idea of not having CBGB's seemed very worthy of a film & I had a connection with Hilly & had given him a call & he was on board. I jumped on a plane from LA & started shooting

BA- Did you know at the time that is it was going to close?
MS-When I first began the film I didn't know how sick Hilly was & really believed that the club was going to be saved so I thought it was going to be a completely different film.

BA- How did you get Jim Jarmusch involved in the film?
MS-Jim I got to meet though Luc Sante. I was able to get an interview with Luc and then Jim agreed I wanted to shoot them together as they used to be roommates during the late 70's.

BA- What did your Dad (Seymour Stein) think of the film?
MS- My dad loved the film. He loved hearing himself sing

BA- Tell us some of your thoughts of the film for our Punk Rock readers
MS- I wasn't a hardcore kid so, one of the things that I loved through the film was meeting the hardcore community & getting to know people like Jimmy Gestapo from Murphy’s Law & Jessie Malin. During the last week we got to know Bad Brains who turned into our next project. We've been shooting for over a year as well as compiling amazing archival footage.

BA-How did you get Jessie Malin involved with the production on the film?
MS-Jessie helped me select the music so I asked him to be the music supervisor. we met though a writer Alan Light who was interviewing my father for another publication on CBGB's. After shooting the interview for the film Alan suggested that I met Jesse, he is really nice & he knows everyone & I ending up going down to Niagara, his bar on 7th and A, shooting an interview & he said if you need anything… I said I needed a lot & I ended up being really good friends with him.

BA- What are your next film projects?
MS- I'm making a film about the hardcore band Bad Brains & a film about Crazy Eddie "Eddie Antar" the guy behind the music store.


Debbie Harry Bob Gruen Mandy Stein

Dick Manitoba

Jessie Malin

A Review Of Blank City -

Celine Danhier's superb documentary about the No Wave movement in New York in the late! 1970's - 1980's. Until now nobody that covered this very important underground scene in New York. It was a very different & thriving time with anything seemed possible & film makers like Nick Zedd & Jim Jarmusch were creating films as underground art & also jazz punk musicians like James Chance, John Lurie & Lydia Lunch were doing something different in music along with Debra Harry of Blondie. Actors like Steve Buscemi & artists were all a small collective community & Celine with interviews & vintage footage captures a moment in time that will never be again.

Celine Danhier with Steve Buscemi (what a look!)

Interview with Celine Danhier

BA-Tell us how your film got into the Tribeca Film Festival?
CD-We submitted a rough cut of our film to Tribeca so long ago that I had actually forgotten about it by the time we received the invitation.

David Kwok from Tribeca contacted us in March and wanted to screen it. I was really thrilled to present the movie in Tribeca, because it was the perfect venue for BLANK CITY.

In fact, BLANK CITY follows the emergence, development and eventual decline of New York underground filmmaking from the late 1970's through the mid 1980's.

BA-How did you research New York City in the 1980's? Did you live here? Or were you around at that time?
CD- I lived in Paris & traveled back & fourth from Paris & New York. I knew New York from watching a lot movies. One of my favorite movies was “After Hours”. The Moon Dance Dinner was still there then & I used to set up all my meeting there.

I met a lot of people from that time, who were generous to share with me their stories and each person would lead me to the next. Sometimes I would interview somebody, and they’d say, “hey you should talk to this person,” and then they’d give me a phone number or email address. I let the documentary unfold in that way, kind of organically.

Also, we were lucky to be in NY where there are some great resources like the NYU Fales Library and the Anthology Film Archives, and some people like Alan Moore have these great personal collections. Although there’s very little you can find to read on this period, particularly on the films, I had read Jack Sargeant’s book “Deathtripping” about the Cinema of Transgression filmmaking movement and he appears in my documentary as well. It is funny because as we were working on the film, some books started to come out on the topic like Thurston Moore and Byron Coley’s book on No Wave – mostly books would be more on the music but there’d always be some mention of the films too.

BA-Were you in contact with people like Nick Zedd?
CD- For Nick Zedd I went to his website & sent him an e-mail & I asked him to be interviewed for the film & he said yes! After Jim Jarmusch I was in touch with James Nares so I did an interview with him and he said you should be in touch with Jim Jarmusch! For John Waters I sent him a letter and e-mail and finally he decided to be in the film. For Steve Buscemi I contacted his agent & he agreed right away.

BA- What about James Chance?
CD- He was a musician and was in some of these underground movies (Rome 78 from James Nares, Downtown 81 from Edo Bertoglio).

He is a great musician, and It was very important to have him in my documentary.

At that time. the collaboration was on its peak... and the slogan "Do it Yourself" came to encapsulate the movement.

BA- What inspired you to make a film about the New York underground scene from the 1980's?
CD- My love for the music and cinema of New York's No Wave, together with my frustration with the inaccessibility of its artifacts and arcana, first inspired me to Blank City.

These films were made fast and loose, with little or no budget by a small community doubling as actors and technicians.

The movement was driven by an enthusiasm for narrative, unfashionable in the art films of their contemporaries and by affection for the rawness of early French New Wave forgotten by the ever glossier Hollywood of the late seventies after its flirtation with the auteur earlier that decade.

When I made the documentary, I looked to, first and foremost, the films discussed in BLANK CITY. I really loved the free form style of a lot of these movies, blurring that line between fiction and documentary. James Nares’ Rome ’78 or Eric Mitchell’s Underground USA or Amos Poe The Foreigner really helped me get into that state of mind.


James Chance

Steve Buscemi withAmos Poe

Nick Zedd

John Hurt

a review of “An Englishman In New York”

John Hurt does a great job revises his role of A Naked Civil Servant 30 years later portraying the gender bending artist Quentin Crisp. Cynthia Nixon is also great as Penny Arcade. Director Richard Laxton really captures the gay lifestyle of the east village & Soho of the 1980's as though he lived it himself

Cynthia Nixon

Swoosie Kurtz


Mick rock promoting his documentary of Iggy pop Raw Power At The Independent Film & video Festival & Mick Rock DJ-ing at the after party at The Bowery Electric 3/24/09


The Round Table for The Golden Boys film
with interviews Bruce Dern & David Carradine

BA- Tell us it was like doing the 60's cult film Psych-out with Jack Nicholson?
BD- Before I did Psych-out I’d been around Jack Nicholson way before. This movie I worked just once with them, then I vanished and I go off and they go looking for me. Also great actors Max Julien and Adam Roarke were in the film. They had band members of a rock band. Jack & I had begun with Roger Corman, and then Richard Rush, for a while looked like he was going be a step above Roger Corman. He got bigger budgets and got to work 3 weeks on a movie instead of 1 week. Roger Corman movie you made them in 10 days and with Richard Rush you got 17-20 days & got paid 500,000 & Roger Corman you got about 280,000 to 320,000.

DC- So it was all about the numbers! Dean Stockwell had the greatest line in the movie when he was dying & he said reality is a heavy trip I hope this is a good one!

BA - What brought you guys together to do Golden Boys?
DC- The location Cape Cod. It turned out that we have become blood brothers. The movies that you have seen Bruce Dern in have nothing to do with the person that is Bruce. A completely different guy.

BD- I'm not the  complete sick fuck that I appear to be. I had an advantage with Rip Torn because we both worked for Mr. Cazon. With David Carradine, I always admired David, he was A TV star, movie star and plays on Broadway too. Dan Adams the director created a space to do our work and was not hard on us. The Material itself was about our characters and could we live together or not. Could we make a movie together or not.

BA- How did you create the 1905 era?
DC- we did not create it. Dan created it. We just stepped into it. We had the right costumes on.

BD- one of the surprises of the movie was on Cape Cod. I never expected no Hollywood people, no real New York people & have the costumes, makeup and the props perfect.

BA- how has the film industry changed for you better or for worst.
BD- when I first decided to be an actor I was in Philly and I left college. I never acted in my life and went to a little dramatic night school for 3 week & I realized I had 3 goals 1. go to New York 2. become a member of the actors studio 3. work for Cozan. Now the kids have 3 goals, go to Hollywood, get a star on the bvld. and get to the party. I’m still trying to get to the party!


The independent Film & Video Festival - Interview with David Alvarez & Ivar Munoz-Rojas of Dios Salve Al De Estadio ( God Save Arena Rock)

BA- How did you get your film into The Independent Film Festival?
DA/IMR- though the internet we heard about this festival. Withoutabox is a US film festival site. They told us they liked it. This was our first feedback for a US festival & it was exciting to hear someone in New York from a music media connection.

BA- what is the music scene like in Spain?
DA/IMR- In Madrid is Malasana the center of town with rock clubs & a night life. There is no big money there but a great audience of people. Ivar's band Muletrain is in the film.

BA- How did you get involved in music?
DA/IMR- we were playing in bands since the early days. We had a punk band called Aerobitch.

BA- What are some of your musical influences?
Black Flag, The Ramones, Motorhead. Also a published book Post Punk 1978-1984.

BA- Anything else you want to tell us?
DA/IMR- This film was done in a punk DIY style. It was made for people that had been in the underground scene. It's a documentary story of the life on the road with a band.

David Alvarez Director/Producer- Ivar Munoz-Rojas Screenplayer/Director/Producer

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Vince Martell & Gene Cornish

Chiller Theatre 4/17/09

It was another great weekend of horror & rock ‘n roll at the twice a year Chiller Theatre.

The guests this year included the great Tony Curtis, Elizabeth Shepherd, star of The Omen 2 & also she was first cast as the original Emma Peel of The Avengers before Diana Rigg got the part, Dale Bozzio of The 80's new wave group Missing Persons, 60's rockers Vince Martel of Vanilla Fudge, Gene Cornish of The Young Rascals, Mickey Dolenz Of The Monkees & the cast of thousands fans & horror freaks & geeks.

Elizabeth Shepherd

Micky Dolenz

Tony Curtis