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Our Vinyl weighs a Ton: This is Stones Throw Records


Jeff Broadway

2013

United Kingdom, United States

96 min.

English

VOSE

LA Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival
Peanut Butter Wolf, Madlib, MF DOOM, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk, Kanye West, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Common, Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Ariel Pink, Geoff Barrow, Flying Lotus, A-Trak
Rob Bralver, Jeff Broadway
Rob Bralver
Sébastien Bauer, Jordan Haro, Isaac Sterling
Ken Cain
Madlib
Peanut Butter Wolf
Rob Bralver, Jeff Broadway
Gatling Pictures

Peanut Butter Wolf and his label Stones Throw, "the Motown of the misfits". An hour-long story of eclecticism, purity, integrity and risk, not exempt of tragedy (the deaths of Charizma and JDilla), with Talib Kweli, Common, Kanye West, Madlib and other heavyweights.

 

One vision, one commune and one solvent company: Stones Throw, that gorgeous anomaly. To keep up Stones Throw, perhaps the most risky and novel hip-hop label on the planet, its founder Peanut Butter Wolf (Chris Manak in his passport) has always gone for the most uncommon tools: purity and integrity. Here is a label that can't be sold to multinationals, that doesn't sit back and rest on its laurels, and that in spite of all this, enjoys a reputation that grows every day. It's been dubbed "The Motown of misfits", and Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton delves into the bold reasons why. This documentary reveals the foundation and cultivation of an underground, nothing more, nothing less, through a study of a label and its vibrant head honcho. Of how the eclectic taste of a fan molded a record label that became like a family and of how it suffered losses (the death of Charizma, Wolf's childhood friend, or JDilla) on a par with its triumphs (the great successes of Madlib or more recently, Aloe Blacc). Mike D, Talib Kweli, ?uestlove, Common, Kanye West and Ariel Pink praise this "island of broken toys". What's more, the archive of Charizma and Madlib will leave you gob-smacked. 



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