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Wages of Spin II Soundtrack Songs Available

About a month ago, I had the pleasure of attending the Philadelphia premiere of the documentary film, “Wages of Spin II,” by Shawn Swords, at Bryn Mawr Film Institute.  The film continues the payola story from “The Wages of Spin” but also chronicles the corruption in the music industry in the 80’s and uncovers some of the players involved. You won’t believe some of the people who are implicated!

In addition to the great buzz the film is receiving, the soundtrack has been getting positive feedback from the music industry too. There are lots of great Philly talent and friends of Vinyl Revival on the soundtrack so check out some of the songs in the links below.

“Never Be Forgiven” Performed by Effusion 35 Written by Randy S. Robbins and Pat Manley © 2014 Great Blasket Music, ASCAP/What is This Crap Music, ASCAP

Several songs by Mitch Schecter of The Rip Chords:

“No Sad Song” is the new single from Skip Denenberg.  Composed and performed by Skip. Produced, engineered and mixed by George Manney at Geo Sound Studio in Philadelphia. Download here:

Several songs by Dan Brown:

Several songs by Frank Caravella:

The instrumental version of “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” is available all over (iTunes Amazon etc.) or at “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh Before it Kills You” – The John Byrne Band Written by John Byrne Various Verses BMI Character Driven Productions

I hope to screen this documentary at The Vault at Vinyl Revival in the fall but if you’d like to purchase the DVD now, it is available at  Here’s a trailer for a sneak peek.






The Orlon’s Stephen Caldwell & DJ Steve Kurtz to Make Appearance at March’s Double Feature

 The Orlons' Stephen Caldwell at Vinyl Revival on November 30, 2013

Me and The Orlons’ Stephen Caldwell November 30, 2013

March’s First Friday Flicks indie film screening series kicks off on Friday, March 7th at 7 p.m. with a musical double feature.  “Meet Me on South Street:  The Story of JC Dobbs” and Rufus Harley – Pipes of Peace, an intimate profile of the world’s first jazz bagpipe player, Philadelphia musician, Rufus Harley,  both by George Manney, will screen.

Special guests at the March 7th screening include Stephen Caldwell from The Orlons and DJ Steve Kurtz! Director George Manney is also scheduled to appear.

First Friday Flicks will also screen on Saturdays each month at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. Screening events are BYOB and snacks.

To purchase the $8  tickets for the Friday, March 7th show, click here.

DJ Steve Kurtz will host the March 7th  First Friday Film Screening.

DJ Steve Kurtz will host the March 7th First Friday Film Screening.

“Meet Me on South Street: The Story of JC Dobbs” Kicks Off Spring First Friday Flicks Series

Vinyl Revival continues its indie film screening series, First Friday Flicks in association with FirstGlance Film Festival, in its Vault theater with “Meet Me on South Street:  The Story of JC Dobbs” by George Manney on Friday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m.  First Friday Flicks will also screen on Saturdays each month at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. Screening events are BYOB and snacks.

“Meet Me On South Street: The Story of JC Dobbs” documents the evolution of Philly’s fertile music and arts subculture in the 1970’s until the sad closing of JC Dobbs in 1996.  With archival photographs, videos and contemporary interviews, George Manney recreates the rich history of Philadelphia’s premiere rock and roll bar.  “Meet Me On South Street: The JC Dobbs Story” stars Stephen Caldwell from The Orlons, Tommy Conwell, Greg Davis from Beru Revue, Cyndy Drue, Andre Gardner, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Charlie Gracie, Robert Hazard & many more!

The spring First Friday Flicks, Indie Film Screening Series, will also include:

Sadie,” – a web series, by Nicole Agostino, on April 4th at 7 p.m. and Saturdays in April at 2 p.m. – Sadie’s dad is a rock and roll legend, and her mom a deceased rock photographer. Sadie longs to be a part of the rock and roll circus, so while her dad is on tour, she sneaks into bars to photograph bands. Sadie spotlights the best local Philly area rock bands, and weaves a narrative of a young music  photographer and her journey to the big time!  “Sadie” stars Alyssa Kempinski, Joe Reno, Nikki Bell, Falon Joslyn, Zaire Harris, Nicole Cinaglia, Beverly Rivera and Patrick Raquet (P Diesel) and features the music of En Fuego, Shorty Boy Boy, John & Brittany, Dagny, Cait Black, Ginger Coyle, Collisions, Matthew Caringi, The Colorfield Theory, Gang, Ruby the Hatchet, Sinai, Walt Lafty of Silvertide, Darby Trials, and Mean Street.

Show Us Ur Shorts – Open mic style film screening on May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. – Bring your short film up to 20 minutes in length and Vinyl Revival will show it. Afterwards, filmmakers and attendees can mix, mingle and network while enjoying drinks and light refreshments. Films will be screened on a first come, first serve basis.  The best short, as selected by the audience, will win a pair of ALL ACCESS PASSES to FirstGlance Film Fest 17 Philadelphia (valued at $180.)


Nurturing the Angels Within Workshops

Most music lovers can probably tell you that music nourishes their soul so I thought the spiritual workshop and discussion group series, Nurturing the Angels Within, that I’ve scheduled at Vinyl Revival over the next five months, would be another good way to feed the soul. The series asks you to have an open mind, open heart and sense of adventure and let the world of angel energy enrich your life. Who can’t use a little life enrichment?

The first event in the series takes place on Wednesday, February 12th from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. with a movie night featuring the film “No One Dies in Lily Dale.”  The film gives a candid portrayal of Lily Dale, a spiritualist community in upstate New York, where most of the town’s residents are registered Mediums who regularly give spiritual readings to visitors through alleged communication with the deceased.  After the 90 minute video, there will be a discussion on The Village of Spirits hosted by Barbra Ann, Reiki Master & Medium, Emissary with Society of Light and a life long student of Lily Dale in New York. The series runs through June with a number of monthly events and workshops usually on the third Wednesday of the month.  Events will begin with a meet and greet at 6:30 with complimentary light refreshments and drinks and programs run from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Admission for most events is $10. Pre-registration by email to is encouraged, but not required.

The Nurturing the Angels Within Series includes these special events:

February 12

Movie Night – “No One Dies in Lily Dale”

90 minute video and discussion on The Village of Spirits

March 19

Topic: Developing a Magical Herb & Flower Garden

*Also includes an Angel Meditation

April 9

Topic:  The Art of Smudging & Creating Sacred Space/ Empower your

Abundance Angels

*Also includes an Angel Meditation

May 21

Topic:  Mix and Mingle – “A Gathering of Angels, Artists and Authors”

June 18

Topic: Angel & Spirit Painting Party – Nurturing the Angels Within

Additional Supply Fee of $10

*Also includes an Angel Meditation

Hope to see you at one or all of the events!



Charlie Gracie and Bob Charger to Appear at Screenings

"Charlie Gracie Fabulous" and "The Wages of Spin" screen at The Vault at Vinyl Revival in November.Charlie Grace Fabulous” chronicles the life and career of Rock and Roll Pioneer, Charlie Gracie. His #1 Hit “Butterfly” knocked Elvis from the top of the charts in 1957 and sold over three million copies Worldwide. He continues to be a great ambassador for Rock-N-Roll.

The Wages of Spin” chronicles The Philadelphia Music Scene from 1952 thru 1963. The film focuses primarily on Dick Clark, Bandstand, The Teen Idols and Payola.

As a special treat, they’ll be a personal appearance by Charlie Gracie at the First Friday show on November 1st at 7 p.m. and WOGL’s Bob Charger makes an appearance at the Saturday, November 2nd show at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $8 or $5 for students and seniors.

This double feature also screens at 2 p.m. on November 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th so don’t miss it!

The FirstGlance Film Festival rolls into town September 20th through the 22nd at the Franklin Institute.

Who Shot Rock and Roll At FirstGlance Film Fest

Today is the start of the 16th annual FirstGlance Film Festival.  It runs through the weekend at the Franklin Theater at the Franklin Institute.  There’s a total of 38 projects screening with everything from feature length films to web series pilots to music videos.  I am looking forward to seeing the short documentary, Who Shot Rock and Roll:  The Film, about recording artists and the photographers who have captured them on film.

Check out all of the official selections, see the full schedule, watch trailers and buy tickets at

Anything look especially good to you?