Teenage: An Introduction

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Have you read Cameron’s introduction to Teenage?  The 2003 book by Joseph Szabo is very collectable, but worth seeking out if you are lucky enough to find one. It includes an amazing collection of photographs that Szabo took while teaching on Long Island in the 70s, 80s and 90s. More information and details over at Szabo’s official site.

Teenage Introduction

Okay, so let’s just momentarily forget the eloquence and the longing and the intangible truths about high school that shape our perspectives for all time. Let’s set aside the images and the feelings so beautifully documented in timeless detail by Joseph Szabo. Just for a moment, let’s talk about things that truly matter.

Like I knew a guy named Sam Schumacher who somehow could give the finger better and more powerfully than anybody else alive. His fingers would snap into position, both hands at the same time, forming two passionate machine guns, single-digits blazing. And Sam’s legs would bend at the knee, where they would stay as he brandished his double “fuck yous,” at adults and kids alike, and anybody who challenged him. In those moments he was a one-man Iwo Jima, unforgettable, a symbol. Iconic.

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Summer Screenings: Almost Famous and Singles

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And now a special message from Cameron Crowe

Posted by Sound Opinions on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Some fun Summer screenings are right around the corner. On July 28th you can see Almost Famous playing at Millennium Park in Chicago (and Presented by “Sound Opinions” WBEZ 91.5 FM). Cameron did a short video about for that..

Also, this Saturday, July 25th, there’s a Singles screening in Seattle as part of the West Seattle’s Outdoor Movie Series.


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Bob Marley – A Shower of Bullets

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Bob Marley, Santa Monica, 1979. Photo by Neal Preston.

In this piece from the archives, Cameron reports on the shooting of Bob Marley in a Rolling Stone story from January, 1977. Miraculously, Marley played a festival in Jamaica just days later.


Bob Marley: the shooting of a Wailer

Los Angeles – Bob Marley, one of the world’s best-known reggae performers, and three other persons were shot December 3rd when seven gunmen burst onto the grounds of Marley’s home in Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his band, the Wailers, were rehearsing. Miraculously, amid a shower of bullets, there were no fatalities.

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Lost in Translation – Say Anything…

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Non per soldi ma per amore. That’s the Italian name for Say Anything... The English translation is “not for the money…but for love.

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Happy Birthday Linda Ronstadt!

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We want to wish Linda Ronstadt a very happy birthday today. Let’s celebrate with a look back at her December 2, 1976 Rolling Stone cover story with Cameron.  Pictures were taken by the amazing Annie Leibovitz.


Linda Ronstadt: The Million-Dollar Woman

LOS ANGELES- “Miss Ronstadt’s line is busy. You’ll have to wait. I gotta check you.” The beefy guard at the front gate of Malibu Colony waits and dials again. Still busy.

Twenty minutes later, the guard gives up and waves me through. “You could be here all day,” he cracks mirthlessly. “But listen . . . if I don’t hear from her within five minutes” . . . he pauses for effect . . . “you’ll meet the sheriffs. You don’t want to meet the sheriffs.”

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Aloha Blu-ray and DVD Details

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We are extremely proud to share all the details for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Aloha for North America. First up, Aloha will look great, as it is a 4K digital transfer. We think the Extra Features are some of the best we have put together, starting with a full-length behind-the-scenes documentary, The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha, which runs nearly 75 minutes. The disc is also packed with Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes, including the 16+minute Original Opening, an Alternate Ending, and handful of others. There are extras dealing with space, local Hawaiian slack-key master Ledward Kaapana, a Gag Reel, and so much more! The DVD will feature the full documentary and the Gag Reel. Both will be available on August 25th. The Digital HD version will be out earlier on August 11th with some alternate extras, but we will talk about that later this month.

Release Date: August 25, 2015
BD Disc Size: 50 GB Disc
Slipcover: Yes
Region Code: Region A
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish


  •  5.1 (English)
  •  5.1 (French)

Extra Features:

  • Commentary by Writer/Director Cameron Crowe
  • The Untitled Hawaii Project: The Making of Aloha Feature Length Documentary (HD)
  • Gag Reel (HD)
  • Original Opening (HD)  
  • Alternate Opening (HD)  
  • Deleted Scenes (HD)
  • Four Featurettes (HD)  
    • The Awe of Space (HD)
    • Mitchell’s Film (HD)
    • Ledward Kaapana: Music Is Everything (HD)
    • Uncle Bumpy (HD)
  • Photo Gallery with Audio Introduction by Photographer Neal Preston (HD) 
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Are You a Deadhead?

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A great time to revisit with the final Grateful Dead concerts just wrapping up. Cameron ponders this question and more in an extensive interview with the Grateful Dead for Creem magazine. This January 1974 story gives a nice back history of the band and includes many candid comments from Jerry Garcia.


Grateful Dead Show Off New Bodies
Their heads are something else again…

There are over one million Dead Heads and your numbers keep increasing every day… – from THE DEAD HEAD NEWSLETTER, mailed out to all those who responded to a mailing address printed on the jacket of Grateful Dead.

Three frazzled red-freak winos spill out of a battered van parked outside the Universal City Amphitheatre and pause on the long trek to the entrance to piss away their Ripple on a shiny Nova. The sharp sound of three forceful gushes harmonizing against the side of the compact can be heard from some distance.

Having finished the deed, one of the trio groggily zips himself up and affectionately pats the car. “The Dead gonna be hot,” he asserts before cutting loose with a hoarse yelp. AAAAAAAWWWWWWOOOOOOOOO.” This wine-slurred call of the wild is immediately answered by a broadside of identically soporific shrieks from all directions.

Are these men Dead Heads?

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Aloha Vinyl Coming Soon!

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We are very excited to announce that the Aloha Soundtrack will be coming out on vinyl later this fall! The cover for the gatefold 2-LP set was inspired by soundtrack albums of the ’70’s, with art by Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Burn The Orphanage, Li’l Depressed Boy), colors by Tamra Bonvillain and logo design by Sydney Nichols. The LP packaging will feature five additional illustrations by Sina, liner notes by Cameron, and a few more really cool surprises.

We will have much more to share soon, but for now we thought you’d dig seeing the cover and label art for the vinyl . . .





















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