Today, Monday, January 13th, from 11am until noon, Ted Coe, host of “The Freak Power Ticket,” will be rejoined by special guest Professor David Novak (UCSB Department of Music). Novak will discuss the four-film series “Rock Docs” at the UCSB Pollock Theater, and the “social reality” of music as it is mediated by documentary cinema.

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Rock Docs Series Poster – Courtesy the Carsey-Wolf Center UCSB.

Presented by the UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center, in association with the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM) and KCSB-FM, Tuesday night’s inaugural presentation (January 14th) is D. A. Pennebaker‘s 1967 cinema verité classic, Don’t Look Back, with Bob Dylan.

Next up, on Tuesday, January 21st, is Kevin Macdonald‘s epic biographical documentary, Marley (2012), about reggae artist and global icon Bob Marley.

On Tuesday, January 28th, Anvil: The Story of Anvil will screen, about a lesser-known Canadian heavy-metal group (Sacha Gervasi, 2008).

The very next night, Wednesday, January 29th, brings the final film in the series, the 2006 Dixie Chicks documentary Shut Up & Sing, directed by Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck, about political expression and censorship in the post-9/11 era.

Along with a conversation about the themes of the series (which has had previous, more guerrilla incarnations in the past), Novak will also share a brief overview of his recently-published book Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation, ahead of a planned hour at a future date on this same program.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs Mondays in the Winter from 11am-noon.

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UCSB Professor David Novak