Rock-a-bye (1974)


Popular idols of the rock music scene – The Rolling Stones, The Stampeders, Whiskey Howl, Alice Cooper, Muddy Waters – are seen and heard in this film. It is a penetrating look at the whole pop music sub-culture and what keeps it alive, filmed in Canada, on and off-stage, and behind the scenes at record companies, radio broadcasting studios, and board rooms where hucksters plan the sales campaigns. The film includes personal interviews in which some of the stars explain what it’s all about and features Alice Cooper hacking a doll to pieces on stage.

Director: Jacques Bensimon.


Note: Many thanks to John for sending me a copy of this film.

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  1. Mark Deming
    August 16, 2021

    Thanks so much for posting! I saw part of this years ago, and the footage of Crowbar on stage prompted me to actually buy a couple of their albums! Sadly, they were a lot less entertaining in the studio.

  2. January 13, 2023

    Great NFB doc (that you can’t find on the NFB site, probably too many hurdles to jump through for music rights). Interesting snap shot of the rock industry, and how it was playing out in Canada in the mid 70’s. Some great footage of Muddy Waters, Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and some lesser known Canadian acts, Crowbar, Stampeders Whiskey Howl & Aarons & Ackley. Also good to see some footage of the recently deceased Ronnie Hawkins.

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