ABOUT THE FILM:
This Is Spinal Tap[a] (also known as This Is Spın̈al Tap: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi) is a 1984 American mockumentary film co-written and directed by Rob Reiner in his directorial debut. The film stars Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer as members of the fictional British heavy metal band Spinal Tap, one of England's "loudest bands", with Reiner as Martin "Marty" Di Bergi, a documentary filmmaker who follows them on their American tour. The film satirizes the behavior and musical pretensions of rock bands and the hagiographic tendencies of rock documentaries such as The Song Remains the Same (1976) and The Last Waltz (1978), and follows the similar All You Need Is Cash (1978) by the Rutles. Most of its dialogue was improvised and dozens of hours were filmed.
This Is Spinal Tap was released to critical acclaim, but its initial release found only modest commercial success. Its later VHS release, however, brought it greater success and a cult following. In 2002, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress, and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.
ABOUT THE VICTOR CO. PLAYERS:
It all started when…
Eldridge Reeves Johnson & Emile Berliner partnered in 1896 to launch what would become the modern music and home entertainment industries. Out of a small Camden, New Jersey garage, their invention and development of the disk record and turntable put quality music into the homes of millions for the very first time in human history…there was only one small problem.
After several years, The Victor Talking Machine Co. found it difficult to continue to create new music (and records) for their growing business and recording catalog. Like the modern day, they needed content for their hardware! So much so, that they decided the best course of action was to simply develop projects themselves by hiring prominent musical directors and creating an entire artist and music development part of the business; the birth of the fabled A&R (Artist and Repertoire) department, designed to create an ever steady development of music and music projects for the company’s record label(s)…and subsequently, the world’s very first ‘studio band’…a collective of musicians handpicked for Victor’s musical projects - dubbed ‘The Victor Co. Players’.
The forerunner for studio bands like The Wrecking Crew, and The Funk Brothers, The Victor Co. Players would become the world’s most recorded collective and their tradition spans 100s of musicians from their formation in 1900, to the modern day where the collective remain active in Victor Music Group projects year round.
ABOUT VICTOR ENTERTAINMENT: Victor Entertainment is the division of Victor Musical Industries tasked with the development and promotion of live stage productions, and administration of Victor's showcase venue, The Victor Vault, at Victor Bldg. 19.
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