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Movie Review: A History Lesson Part 1

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Every Tuesday night during the month of October The Redwood Bar and Grill will be screening Dave Travis' A History Lesson Part 1 along with assorted live bands. If you are unable to make it to any live shows, the DVD will soon be available.

A History Lesson Part 1 is your standard interview-slash-live performance music film. That is about the only thing about this film that is standard. Each performance is uncut, allowing you to get into the groove without any annoying voice-overs or cut-aways.

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The film focuses on four popular bands of 1984: the Meat Puppets, the Minutemen, Twisted Roots and Redd Kross. Interviews were conducted by Dave Travis, Dave Markey, and Dave Jones, who are all close friends of the subjects. It allows the interviewees to open up in a way that would be impossible with any other film crew. Their openess offers insight into tours, songwriting, recording, and the cult of SST.