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Graham Parker DVD/Blu-ray Coming in August

By Rich Heldenfels Published: June 12, 2013

 

Parker was one of my faves in the '70s, and made a nice return to the spotlight in the movie "This Is 40."above is a vintage performance of the charming ditty "Stupefaction." As for the DVD/Blu-ray, the official word: On August 20, Shout! Factory will release Graham Parker & The Rumour: This Is Live as a Blu-ray/DVD combo. Filmed for a scene in Judd Apatow’s 2012 motion picture This Is 40, Graham Parker & The Rumour: This Is Live presents the complete concert for the very first time. It captures the band reunited after 31 years and in top form, celebrating the release of their latest studio album Three Chords Good (Primary Wave Records). Shot at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, This Is Live showcases both classic songs such as “Local Girls” and “Protection” and new favorites including “Stop Cryin’ About The Rain” and “Long Emotional Ride.” Directed by Judd Apatow, This Is Live contains songs not included in This Is 40. This is Live is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and shoutfactory.com.

After forming in London in 1975, Graham Parker and The Rumour released their first album in 1976, quickly building a reputation for fiery stage performances as well as witty and often sardonic lyrics. Parker’s angry energy preceded the punk movement, and he came to fame just prior to Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, artists to whom he is compared. Hailed as one of the most important bands of their generation, more than one of Graham Parker and The Rumour’s releases have landed on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums lists, and they have found fans in no less than Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and of course, Judd Apatow. 1980’s The Up Escalator would prove to be Parker's last album with the Rumour, although members of the band would join some of Parker’s later recordings. 2012’s Three Chords Good found them together again, with This Is 40 propelling them back into the limelight.

 

This is 40 is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.

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