POP 2 {MATCHING MOLE (ROBERT WYATT); LEWIS CARROLL; VELVET UNDERGROUND} {FRENCH} (TV)

Summary

One in this series focusing on popular culture, distinguished by its inclusion of concert footage of noted rock figures of the day. This episode, hosted by Patrice Blanc Francard, features Robert Wyatt and his new group Matching Mole, the photography of Lewis Carroll, and concert footage from a Velvet Underground reunion concert in Paris in 1972. The first segment presents concert and interview footage, dated May 1972, of Robert Wyatt, formerly of the band Soft Machine, with his new band Matching Mole. Two instrumental pieces are shown. The interview footage is taken backstage and is in English with French voice-over; Wyatt explains why he left Soft Machine and how its music compares to that of Matching Mole. Next, the program shifts to Blanc Francard sitting against the fence of what looks like a prison, discussing several musicians and topics: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger; Captain Beefheart; A. J. Weberman, who clashed with Bob Dylan in the early 1970s; and the Montreaux Jazz Festival. During the segment, the camera pans between Blanc Francard seated and French policemen watching over laborers working on the other side of the fence. The next segment presents a very short series of portrait photographs of young children taken by British author Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) while Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree" plays. The last segment, more than half of the program, is dedicated to presenting concert footage of a Velvet Underground reunion concert, with band members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico, at Le Bataclan in Paris on January 29, 1972. Interspersed between songs is interview footage where several journalists discuss the band and its members with Blanc Francard: Paul Alessandrini discusses the band's "mythology" and one-time manager Andy Warhol; Yves Adrien talks about Cale's entering the band in 1965; Philippe Paringaux discusses the difficulties of staying together as a band; and Jean-Pierre Lentin discusses Reed's career and evolution as a musician. Other topics covered by the journalists include former band member Sterling Morrison; Nico; New York vs. California rock 'n' roll; and New York as a representation of American values. Concert footage includes five songs: "Berlin," sung by Reed; "I'm Waiting for the Man," sung by Reed; "Heroin," sung by Reed, with Cale on the electric viola; "Ghost Story," sung by Cale, with Reed accompanying on guitar; and "Femme Fatale," sung by Nico, with Reed on guitar and backup vocals.

(This program is in French.)

Cataloging of this program was made possible by France TŽlŽvisions, 2004.

Details

  • NETWORK: Antenne 2 (France)
  • DATE: June 10, 1972 Saturday 4:55 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:39:50
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T:72822
  • GENRE: Magazine
  • SUBJECT HEADING: International Collection - France
  • SERIES RUN: Antenne 2 (France) - TV series
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CREDITS

    • Jean Baudot … Executive Producer
    • Claude Ventura … Producer, Director
    • Maurice Dumay … Associate Producer
    • Jacques Colin … Production (Misc.), Production Assistant
    • De Vismes, Chantal … Production (Misc.), Film Editing
    • Jean-Claude Ducouret … Production (Misc.), Images
    • Louis Gimel … Production (Misc.), Film Editing
    • Jorge Julien … Production (Misc.), Sound
    • Don Kent … Production (Misc.), Production Assistant
    • Tony Laillard … Production (Misc.), Images
    • Jean Maini … Production (Misc.), Sound
    • Alain Montrobert … Production (Misc.), Images
    • Huynh Trung Ngon … Production (Misc.), Photography Director
    • Maurice Tanant … Production (Misc.), Production Assistant
    • Michele Vallon … Production (Misc.), Studio Head
    • Roger Vieyra … Production (Misc.), Sound
    • Blanc Francard, Patrice … Host
    • Yves Adrien
    • Paul Alessandrini
    • John Cale
    • Captain Beefheart
    • Lewis Carroll
    • Elizabeth Cotton
    • Bob Dylan
    • Mick Jagger
    • Jean-Pierre Lentin
    • Sterling Morrison
    • Matching Mole (music group)
    • Nico
    • Philippe Paringaux
    • Lou Reed
    • Soft Machine (music group)
    • A. J. Weberman
    • Andy Warhol
    • Robert Wyatt