The Times , 14 Aug 1981
A TOWN LIKE NEW ORLEANS? (BBC2, 9.45 pm) is about a musical explosion, or rather a series of pops, because this is a film about Leeds’ two hundred or so jazz, rock and folk groups that pack the pubs, the pavements and the front rooms of unlovely semi-detached houses. There’s even a couple swaying to flute and recorder among the daffodils of their back-garden.
The sounds of music are familiar enough to my ears, ranging from the innovatively interesting to the derivatively awful. What is special about Ian McNulty’s film is what the players have to say.
“We’re a working unit, trying to locate ourselves in different modes of production”, says the art student/rock player. “You always have to progress a bit”, says the shipping firm director/one man band who sings into what looks like a bath sponge and mixes in a percussion track from his tambourine and Ali Baba linen basket.
And there’s a real “find” – the busker-saxophonist, 39 times in court, who pastes all his summonses – grammatical mistakes and all – into a scrapbook and chortles over the collection. This man is to busking what Fred Dibnah is to steeplejacking.
Press & Related:
- Off Air, Broadcast, W Stephen Gilbert August 31, 1981 Broadcast, 31 Aug 1981
W Stephen Gilbert
The BBC Manchester series City was a more random collection of reports on where we’re at. I caught four editions, particularly enjoying Ian McNulty’s well thought-through film on musical ... more
- Clive James, The Observer August 23, 1981 Clive James
23 Aug 1981
An unintentionally wonderful programme called A Town Like New Orleans (BBC2) showed what happens when people whose proper concerns should be some form of fruitful labour start mucking about with art. ... more
- Something stirring up North August 15, 1981 The Times, 15 Aug 1981
A Town Like New Orleans?
All in all, very good television, may be occasional but delightful, beautifully photographed and edited and with no obtrusive interviewer. It was produced by Ian ... more
- A Town Like New Orleans? City, BBC2 (1981) August 14, 1981 Radio Times
A Town Like New Orleans
In every town there are thousands of musicians – ignored by both television and the music industry alike – playing live music for fun and very little money. Watch ... more
- The making and breaking of street music August 14, 1981 Daily Mail , 15 Aug 1981
They talk about books, plays, films, television programmes which ‘change your life,’ … But last night’s programme A Town Like New Orleans? had a direct influence on my behaviour. Having ... more
- Today’s Television, Peter Davalle, The Times August 14, 1981 Today’s Television
The Times , 14 Aug 1981
A TOWN LIKE NEW ORLEANS? (BBC2, 9.45 pm) is about a musical explosion, or rather a series of pops, because this is a film about Leeds’ two hundred or ... more