Documentary ‘Records Collecting Dust’ makes its premiere in San Diego before spinning into other cities
Jason Blackmore felt reality shift the first time he listened to a vinyl record, a feeling shared by the punk and rock musicians he interviewed for his new documentary “Records Collecting Dust.”
“It blew my mind,” said Blackmore, who wrote and directed the film. “The first record I got, which I still have to this day, is titled ‘Smash Hits,’ a best of Jimi Hendrix Experience album my grandmother bought for me. Records. That’s all I would ask for on my birthday or at Christmas. It all started right there.”
The premiere of “Records Collecting Dust” starts right here before it is released in more than 30 cities nationwide. The film screens Friday and Saturday at Digital Gym Cinema; because seating is limited, it is advisable to purchase tickets in advance. Complimentary refreshments will be served at the 8 p.m. shows.
The documentary includes interviews with local and nationally renowned punk and hard-core rock musicians who recall how their first vinyl records helped to shape their relationship to music and even their identities.
Blackmore is the guitarist/vocalist for Kansas City-based Molly McGuire, a rock group that was signed to Epic Records and toured the Lollapalooza circuit in the 1990s.
More recently, Blackmore has performed with numerous local bands such as Sirhan Sirhan and Death Eyes. He contacted many of the musicians he knew who share his love of vinyl and asked them to participate in the documentary.
Local voices include John Reis, who fronted Rocket From the Crypt and owns Swami Records; Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot); and Justin Pearson, founder of Three One G Records and a member of The Locust.
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys, The Melvins) and Keith Morris (Black Flag) also discuss their favorite vinyl experiences.
Producer Brian Jenkins of Riot House Records, an independent label in Del Mar that specializes in alternative music, used his contacts to get the movie distributed nationally.
“This is a film about records, so I reached out to the network of indie record stores across the country that stock Riot House releases to tell them about the project,” Jenkins said. “In most communities, the guy who owns the indie record store knows the guy who owns the indie movie theater because they are similar industries.”
“Records Collecting Dust” captures an era when enjoying music was more of a journey than clicking a computer link. Audiophiles would travel to record shops and engage in all the tangible delights of discovering new bands.
“The movie reflects a time when vinyl records offered an element of surprise and trust,” Jenkins said. “You sometimes bought an album because you were familiar with one song or because you were attracted to the art on the cover, and it was an experience that could be savored. Also, the punk and rock musicians in the film weren’t manufacturing a sound they knew would be acceptable. They just played what they felt.”
“Records Collecting Dust” includes local performance footage of The Locust, Jello Biafra and the Guantánamo School of Medicine, and Big Business.