Eltonjohnworld.com previously ran a bit about Melody Makers: Should’ve Been There.
At the heart of the film’s story is Barrie Wentzell, who was Chief Contributing Photographer of Melody Maker magazine and his iconic photographic archive featuring names such as Elton; Led Zepplin; Eric Clapton; the Who; the Beatles; Jimi Hendrix; and Pink Floyd.
Select musicians, and Melody Maker journalists, Chris Welch, Chris Charlesworth, Richard Guardian, Alan Lewis, Mick Watts and Allan Jones infuse the flick with stories about a unique period when Melody Maker magazine, founded in 1926 as a jazz musician’s trade paper boldly became the first publication to cover popular music seriously in the early sixties, setting the stage for publications like Rolling Stone.
Melody Maker captured the attention of the entertainers, fans, and the journalists who shared a common passion: the music. Bands were formed from the back page classified section, a pop culture phenomenon. This landmark documentary takes a fresh look at the changing landscape of music journalism that lead to the end of Melody Maker magazine, and a style of music journalism that no longer exists today.