Monday, January 9, 2012

The Avon Theatre’s 2012 line-up for Legends of Rock Live

The Avon Theatre’s 2012 line-up for Legends of Rock Live

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays once a month from January through June 2012, music archivist Bill Shelley will present our Legends of Rock Live series featuring rare concert footage from some of the greatest musicians of the past 75 years. On January 12th see “Janis Joplin and The Women of Rock,” featuring footage of Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Grace Slick and more. On February 2nd view rare Billy Joel clips from the 1960s -1990s. On March 1st we will screen archival footage of the legendary Neil Young and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young between 1967-1985. On April 5th see twenty years of Queen and Freddie Mercury footage. On May 3rd see and hear the legendary Frank Sinatra and on June 7th, back by popular demand, additional footage from The Grateful Dead. Ticket pricing is as follows: Carte Blanche: Free, Members: $6, Students/Seniors: $8, Nonmembers: $11.
ABOUT THE BILL SHELLEY: As a filmmaker, Bill Shelley has been shooting professionally since the 1970s when he captured on film and video bands such as Twisted Sister and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts playing in small bars before they became famous. Shelley later associated with rap group Public Enemy (PE), going on to direct a number of their videos and become an honorary member of PE’s African American Media Network cable television studio. Shelley Archives was started in 1985. After working with Readers Digest Entertainment in 1990, the company’s end product was nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for the three-part series “Legends of Comedy.” The program was broadcast on the Disney cable network and home video sales exceeded a record-breaking 1 million copies sold. Today the company has over 100,000 reels of original 35mm and 16mm films in its archives and over 10,000 hours of rare concerts, television shows, promos, interviews, out-takes and home movies from a wide-ranging variety of subjects. The company has licensed them to numerous documentary projects throughout the world. Preservation of films and music clips is a main focus of the organization, as well as the desire to compensate the artists.

ABOUT THE AVON: The fully restored Avon Theatre, features the best of independent, documentary, foreign films and Hollywood classics, and educational programming that enhances the cultural richness of the Stamford community. The Avon is a non-profit, member-supported organization that has been described as an eclectic and whimsical picture house. The theatre is highlighted by an original exterior facade, framed by a restored vertical "AVON" marquee that lights up the Connecticut sky at night. The theatre is bestowed with interior murals that were commissioned by a local artist, Oscar Glas. Glas' murals evoke a sense of local history by paying homage to the early settlers and Native Americans of coastal Stamford.

Avon Theatre Film Center
272 Bedford Ave
Stamford, CT 06901

Box Office: (203) 967-3660
Business Office: (203) 661-0321
Twitter: @avontheatre

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