The deep, rich, dynamic box set Where the Action Is! LA Nuggets 1965-1968, which compiles 101 urgent rock songs from Los Angeles, has been out for a little less than two months, which for most releases is the lifespan of the so-called “marketing campaign.” But Action! is a little different. It's a slow burn, one of those collections that grows on you as songs you previously ignored pop up on shuffle or arrive at the perfect moment and transform themselves into essentials. The smart people at Rhino, though their ranks have sadly diminished in the past few months, understand this, and are pushing forward into the holiday season with a reminder.
Tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 1, the box set goes 3-D as a bunch of the operatives involved in compiling the thing gather to celebrate at the Egyptian with a veritable Where the Action Is! film festival. There will be obscure Monkees episode screenings, artist signings, a showing of Riot on Sunset Strip, and potpourri of promo clips from the era. It should be a great time-travel afternoon/evening.
The entire schedule is after the jump.
The schedule of events:
When: Sunday, November 1
Where: The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood
Cost: $10 for each film session; free to roam the courtyard
The day's events include:
NOON – OPENING SESSION
See four episodes of The Monkees television series not available on DVD (“The Case Of The Missing Monkee,” “Monkees Marooned,” “The Chaperone,” and “The Frodis Caper”). Previously unscreened theatrically, these rare 35mm prints feature soundtracks unheard since 1973. Host Andrew Sandoval, a respected authority on The Monkees, will also screen rare trailers and commercials featuring the pre-fab foursome. Following the screening, Sandoval will lead a Q&A session that features Bobby Hart, a key songwriter for The Monkees, and other surprise guests.
4:00 PM – AFTERNOON SESSION
'60s L.A. Promotional Film Potpourri
A screening of archival promotional films that feature The Mamas & The Papas at the Hollywood boutique deVoss; Sonny & Cher recording at Gold Star Studios; Boyce & Hart on Hollywood Boulevard singing “Out And About”; The Turtles visiting The Plush Pup and Pandora's Box on the Sunset Strip. Domenic Priore, author of Riot On Sunset Strip: Rock 'N' Roll's Last Stand In Hollywood, will kick things off with a brief, color slide show.
Mondo Mod (1967)
A full-color pastiche of what made L.A. teens tick during the era, narrated by KHJ disc jockey Humble Harv. See the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard in their mod-prime, from Belinda boutique and Lewin's Record Shop to dancing at the Whisky A Go Go.
7:30 PM – EVENING SESSION
Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)
Described as the “garage punk Nashville” in Marshall Crenshaw's definitive rock 'n' roll movie book, Hollywood Rock, the film features The Standells, The Chocolate Watchband and The Enemys. Riot follows the exploits of L.A. mods and their corporate grandfathers trying to rub out all the fun on The Strip.
The Pad, And How To Use It (1966)
Unavailable on DVD, this obscure feature (adapted from a stage play) follows a lonely bachelor looking for love at a symphonic recital who finds himself mixed up with a sexy swinger turned on by the Sunset Strip scene. The Pad features a healthy dose of Whisky A Go Go footage, when folks there still knew how to dance. The Knickerbockers (of “Lies” and “One Track Mind” fame) – the Red Velvet house band – are featured on stage. That alone makes this rarely seen Hollywood hacker flick a worthy trip for the discriminating Nuggets audience.
Between the 2-4 PM, there will be a special signing session. Merrell Fankhauser (Fapardokly), Bobby Hart (Boyce & Hart), Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy), Van Dyke Parks, and Mark Tulin (The Electric Prunes) will all be on hand to sign copies of Where The Action Is and whatever other items fans might bring. Action producer Andrew Sandoval will also be signing copies of his book The Monkees: The Day-By-Day Story Of The '60s TV Pop Sensation along with Monkees screenwriter David Evans. Domenic Priore will also be on hand to sign copies of his book Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood
Between the matinee and evening sessions, a legendary '60s DJ will introduce performances by The Living Sickness ('60s garage punk) and go-go dancing by Moana Santana (Lucha Va Vaoom) and Brandy (Satisfaction).