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Things We Like: “The People Next Door,” “Something Wicked” and Our First Gig

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Scarecrow Video’s Pick of the Week: “The People Next Door” (1970), directed by David Greene

“The People Next Door” is one of the first, and funniest, suburban teenager drug-scare movies. Eli Wallach and Julie Harris can’t begin to figure out their rebellious teen daughter, and when she turns to heavy drugs, they blame her hippie boyfriend. All of the adults are complete hypocrites and drink heavily throughout the movie (Wallach almost always has a can of beer in his hand), and the actual “evil” drug pusher turns out to be a nerdy neighbor.

Many films similar to “The People Next Door” were made for television, but this one actually played in cinemas and is a little more explicit than its TV kin. This movie is a good time capsule of the era as it not only features hippies and lots of drugs, but also swingers, nymphomaniacs, pop psychologists, helpful preachers, full-frontal male nudity and more, baby, more! – Spenser Hoyt

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury

Cooger and Dark. The seller of lightning rods. The Dust Witch. The smile carved into the bullet. The old librarian. The barber pole. The Pandemonium Shadow Show. “It was a rare month for boys.” I haven’t read Ray Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” in many an October … too many, really. It’s time I picked it up again, and if I may be so bold, so should you. For the life of me, I can’t think of a better piece of October reading. It will make you feel young. Visit the link above — there’s a goodly part of the first chapter posted there, to whet your appetite for more death, greed, darkness and redemption. – Geoff Carter

Monkey Goggles Klassics: “Inside Seattle Rock: Playing the First Gig” by Christian Fulghum

From September 29, 2009: “Somehow, every new band that manages not to evaporate or self-destruct wants to get out of the basement and play its first live show. First shows are frequently quite difficult to land, in part because there is no transparent method for getting one. It truly helps to know somebody in a more established band who will ask for you to open for them. It truly helps to know someone who books a club. It truly helps to know someone who is sleeping with someone who books a club.” Read the rest here!


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