Strange Daze Episode 4, A backstage, backyard groove culture tragedy with a political backbeat


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A backstage, backyard groove culture tragedy with a
political backbeat

Austin is known world wide for hippies, music and politics— which definitely makes for a diverse "Keep Austin Weird" local culture. As George Bush went from the Governor's mansion in Austin to the White house in Washington there was a new wind blowing through the Live Music Capitol of the World.

This film follows the path of the Austin Music Community over a period of 11 years and how artists, musicians and filmmakers succeeded in creating an audience for original homespun television music network but was shackled when given the dubious task of turning a politically charged Public Access Channel (said to be the FIRST Public Access Channel in America) into a "for profit" entity featuring Music and Arts on a 24/7 basis supported by advertising.

Held together by shoe strings, Shiner beer and cigarettes, the passionate community of radio, television and film devotees fight against the lure of big business.

Appearances by Los Lonely Boys, Charlie Sexton, Van Wilks, Bob Schneider, Bruce Hughes, Malford Milligan, Asylum Street Spankers, Xavier Muriel, Bruce Castleberry, Pushmonkey, John Pointer, M.C. Overlord, Vallejo, Lisa Tingle, Guy Forsyth, Podunk, David Sebree, Natalie Zoe, Jim Franklin, King Orba, The Illustrated Band, Deborah Dalton, The King of 6th Street, Ultrasonic, Dana Davis, Taxi, Lonnie Trevino, Jr., Frosty Smith, Heath Clark and more.

Additional Interviews and appearances by Max Nofziger, Woody Roberts, Ray Hennig, Ronny Mack, Bill Narum, Eddie Wilson, Sharon Jones, Jack Blood, Alex Jones, Loris Lowe, Carl Thiel, Tim Hood, Nadia, Louis Meyers, Paul Oviesi, Connie Wadlinger and others.

Bob Schneider
Alex Jones activist/filmmaker
Malford Milligan

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