Beat" is the first documentary to capture America's oldest underground
music scene...a scene that has survived 50 years thanks to diehard musicians,
promoters and fans of a rebel rock you won't see on MTV...a scene hidden in
Hollywood, but never caught on film. Until now. "Rebel Beat: The Story
of LA Rockabilly" chronicles the story of L.A. rockabilly, from 50s cowboy
rockers like Glen Glenn, revivalists like Ray Campi who invaded the '70s LA
punk with his slappin' bass, to legends like Big Sandy and Dave Gonzales, to
today's Barrio-Billy spicing up the mix with rockin' cumbias. The laid back
cousin of psychobilly, LA Rockabilly is a low-fi, sexy culture with a passion
for its retro roots, captured by "Rebel Beat" at car shows, swap meets,
barbecues, barrio cafes and hidden juke joints - far from the Sunset Strip -
before pulling up to the West Coast's biggest rockabilly party: Viva Las Vegas.
"Rebel Beat" includes interviews with over 40 musicians, promoters, DJ's, sceneters,
car customizers, and dancers and features rare archival photos, vintage TV clips,
pinups and music, all highlighting the music, fashion, cars, pomps, ink and
dance moves of LA Rockabilly.
"It's an only-in-America
journey" -- Ciudad Magazine
-- Blue Suede News
"A brilliant inside report from an environment the mainstreams don't
know much about." -- Dag Bogeberg, Backstage Magazine (Norway)
"This is the DVD you need if you're into today's 'authentic' rockabilly."
-- Jumping From 6 to 6 Webzine, France
"I enjoyed this DVD, especially the contributions from Big Sandy, Glen
Glenn, Ray Campi and Ron Wiser who's as crazy as ever...producer Elizabeth
Blozan should be commended for pulling the whole thing together." Harry
Dodds, Now Dig This.
showcase of the Los Angeles rockabilly underground. If you thought that the
rockabilly revival began and ended with The Stray Cats, you're in for a big,
pleasant surprise, as it is alive and well in the L.A. music scene."
Mish Mash Magazine
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"I would like to thank you for your work, because except of it I never
had such a pleasure which I had yesterday when I saw your documentary, which
was in my order from Racous Records. After first minutes I was amazed
about all the things - design, sound and picture. I realized that I
see Glen Glenn for the first time, but we are penpals about 10 years!!! The
same situation with Ronny Weiser. I'm so happy to saw all what you're
put in the movie. Brilliant work!!! Cheers, Viktor Kopytin Moscow Russia
"Finally got around to looking at 'Rebel Beat' this weekend, and found
it a very sweet and loving look at the LA rockabilly scene. I liked
the way you worked in the kustom kar angle (though that's not my area of expertise),
and (rightfully) focused on the East Side scene." -- Chris Morris, Watusi
Rodeo, Indie 103.1 FM, Los Angeles
"Amazing how long-lived it's all been! (I first saw the Blasters in '79;
my first wife taught school with Ray Campi! Also knew Levi when he was
married to Pleasant Gehman!) I especially got a kick out of the Ray
Campi '80 video, which features my dear friend Tony Gilkyson on lead guitar.
I'm sure he's ashamed of the way he looks there (OG rockabillys
had a bit of trouble with the hairstyles)." Charlie Martin, KOOP,
"Hi, Greetin's from Belfast. Just finished watching Rebel Beat
- what a great movie. It's been 5 years since I was last in LA but after watching
Rebel beat I have to get back there soon. Oh, and what a lovely surprise to
see my old buddy Ernie Vargas and The Lonely Blue Boys on there - brought
back happy memories of a party at Ernie's where all the guys were there playing
in his garage and the food and hospitality were first class. Thanks again."
Liam, The Sabrejets
"I watched the film yesterday. Absolutely great work! It looks
really good, the editing is terrific, and I think it tells the story from
an interesting perspective. At first, during the car culture section, I thought
I was watching another documentary, but you melded that segment, along with
the Latino history, into a point of view that no one's ever really shown before."
"I just received my copy of "Rebel Beat - The Story of L.A Rockabilly"
and I love it! Thank you so much for putting this movie together, great
job. The music, the interviews, editing...everything's amazing. I feel really
inspired doing something to document the huge rockabilly scene Sweden's got
:) I can't thank you enough!!! best wishes." CherryCake, Sweden
The best film ever
made about rockabilly. Greetings from Ireland! - H Bomb Boogie Record Hop,
Goddamn we love ya! Yer pals, The Slack Jawed Sons of Bitches, San Jose California
Wow… I got the DVD in the mail today and popped in the player immediately.
I was not disappointed...The ending sequence with the party in room 127 was
a neat way to sum it all up. Rockabilly is about having fun with each other
- bottom line. Alan Schrack, Atlanta Georgia
(Email to Ron Weiser)
"Ronny, I got that DVD from a friend of mine...wow, great stuff!!!! I
watched it with Heike last weekend, and even if she knew all the stories about
Rollin Rock from me, she now finally got the point how important ROLLIN ROCK
was for all of us Roots Music lovers... That DVD is great...because 25 years
ago, we - the rockin folks in Munich (and anywhere else) - were raised on
that good dose of Rollin Rock Music.... Ronny, you rock the most and if I
might never told you, I´m very proud to know you personally, to be your friend
and have a partner in music and HUMOR!!! there in Las Vegas!!!! And
talking about influence - next weekend Jan Svensson comes back to Munich for
2 shows at the Rattlesnake and also for a private show at my best friends
40-B-Day party....anytime Jan shows up, we talk about Rollin rock + Ronny
Weiser FOR HOURS... no shit...(Heike sometimes went "nuts" ´cause it´s all
about RONNY...now she understand WAY BETTER !!!!hahahahaha) We love your dedication
for Rockin music (and Ray Campi, Johnny Caroll etc.) and your Latino Jewish
German (?) whatever (you are colored mixture as myself, by the way! ha!)...Ronny,
you have a great weekend, say Hello to your family and PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE stay
as you are, just CRAZY as your old Record Covers and Nice as you ever been
to us!! LOVE YA! P.S.: This is no ass licking and honey - it´s a FACT! :)
Your rockin partners EL + Heike
CUTE PIX FROM REBEL BEAT TRIVIA CONTEST WINNERS!
October trivia contest winner Rene Lopez of Long Beach
(photo taken by Rene's girlfriend, pro photographer Lorrine Sianez)
September Trivia Contest winner Frank Kowal with his copy of Rebel
on Pasadena's famous Colorado Street Bridge!
August Trivia Contest winner Chet Damian of Virginia on Lake Barcroft
Rebel Beat made it to CNN! Kinda sorta! Well, not at
June Trivia Contest winner & diehard rockabilly fan Allan
Sign Allan's petition
to keep the Rockin' 50s Fest alive in Green Bay, Wisconsin!
June Trivia Contest winner Chelsea Stump of Florida. Muy
PIX FROM ALLISON ANDERS DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK
Famed indie film director Allison Anders added a day of
rockabilly to her annual
"Don't Knock the Rock" film fest with a screening of the
"Rockabilly 514", two rockabilly shorts, a demo by Danny
and a display of James Trussart's gorgeous handmade guitars
(Thanks for letting us sell copies of "Rebel
Beat" at the show Allison!)
MY BLOG ABOUT THAT CRAZY DAY ("CANADA IS THE NEW IRONIC")
THE SILENT MOVIE THEATER'S
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LA ROCKABILLY &
REBEL BEAT GO NATIONAL ONCE AGAIN!
with an ELEVEN PAGE photo spread in Urban Ink Magazine!
Shot at a Safari Sam's gig for the Moonlight Cruisers!
Check more from promoter Tiger
Mask or Moonlight
Thanks to photographer Chris King, Sam of Safari Sam's, and Tiger
And thanks to all of you who showed up to pose!
Rebel Beat's car customizer
Joseph Garcia featured in Urban Ink Magazine
in a spread about his Drag-N-Shop annual BBQ! Here's a preview:
Rebel Beat and SoCal Rockabilly featured
on American Latino TV
thanks to rockabilly fan Robert Rose, prez of of American
Latino and Latination TV
Check out Robert's American
Latino/Latination national lineup
Robert loves rockabilly, having featured Orlando Rios/ Rockabilly
Viva Las Vegas, Omar and the String Poppers, Rich/Blackcat Entertainment,
My Baby Jo, & photographer Marco Patino (who lent hot pinups
to Rebel Beat!)
Big Sandy and "Moonlight
Cruisers" Tony Pelayo before the Rebel Beat TV spot.
Not quite ready for prime time!
JGS Releases Rebel Beat in Scandinavia
with subtitles in Finnish, Swedish &
("Rebel Beat in Icelandic: "Uppreisnarmađur Slá")
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