Wednesday, January 04, 2012

New Documentary titled "Promoting Music Means Promoting People" creates a Buzz

Announcing the release of a new YouTube photo documentary featuring an authentic story that takes place during an magical period of popular music history. This time-traveled chronicle offers captivating photographs, cutting-edge music while producing heartfelt memories of the past. Based upon the powerful impact of popular music and how it propelled people's lives through the haze of the youth movement, this YouTube entry is fittingly titled, "Promoting Music Means Promoting People." Released in January and produced by photographer & former record industry veteran Phillip Rauls, the slide show production has been subtitled 'From Memphis to Miami' and encompasses a 10 year window starting in the mid-60's during an early stage of his career. Rauls background may have lacked the glamorous schmooze and headline-catching demeanor of others but in truth his low-profile was exactly by design. The visual story begins in 1965 with photos capturing the times and displaying many of Rauls original photographs while exhibiting his roots planted firmly within the heritage of Memphis Music. The story travels through his working stint with The Gentrys as Road Manager during the band's heyday while the narrative shifts as Phillip becomes the advertising & promotion manager for a local record distributor when STAX Records hires him away after striking gold. Soon afterwards he surfaces on the national radar scene when he joins the ranks of Atlantic Records & their affiliate labels while jet-setting among the rock stars and then relocates to Miami as their Artist Relations Manager of the South. The slide show spotlights some of Rauls best archive photographs along with a delightful collection of eye-candy and album covers originating from various photographers, artists and graphic designers. The documentary focuses on the powerful effect of still images plus the vast offering of diversified music that has been generated from these legendary recording artists, all of which Rauls promoted and worked with during the early stages of their illustrious careers. The production tastefully uses several of the artist's cutting-edge songs in an effort to acknowledge Rauls longtime support for Progressive Rock while being instrumental in promoting this new genre of music that contained a deliberate lack of musical purity.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed the documentary, as it brought back some great memories.

Me and King are the only die-hard Johnny Winters fans that I've ever run into. In fact, the best live show that I've ever seen was Johnny Winter, Etta James, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. This was about a month before Stevie died, and was on the river at Memphis in May. It had stormed and kept a lot of people away, but we smoked some rope and went on down. King found a couple of pallets, we drug them to the front of the stage, while everyone else stood in mud, and these masters played almost a private concert for us.

Stevie Ray was clean and sober, had Reese Wynans cooking on the keyboards, and was at the top of his game. Etta was large and nasty, but Johnny Winter knocked everybody out. I've seen him about 5 times, but this night he was on fire. The entire evening was like a religious experience.

Good stuff; keep it coming. Happy New Year.


PS - Seeing Keith Sykes reminded me of running into him in Nashville several years back at the Bluebird Lounge. We went to see Mike Henderson and the Bluebloods, which featured Stevie Ray's ex-keyboard player Reese Wynans. If you've never heard them, check out their disc," First Blood". Some of the best rocking piano that you've ever heard.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent Documentary. Great work, as always


12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Phillip - engaging both musically and visually.

Dave Lee

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job Philip, can't wait for the next one. Great music choices.

See ya,

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillip...I never knew you you took so many great pict's back in the days......Great stuff....So many people I knew....Ronnie mack

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff pops!!! I wonder where my passion for music and photography comes from....?


2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your stuff blows me away...

Love your work.

ron olsen

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Phillip, Thanks for the gift...I so enjoyed the New Documentary. So glad you kept your "treasures" that so many of us didn't keep.

Your buddy and old boss at 20th.

Jack Hakim

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked that slideshow. I also liked your Led Zeppelin story from their site. Back in 1970 that would have been a mind-blower. At that time I was graduating from Ole Miss and preparing to get married. I checked out of hippiedom till the Spring of 1973, got divorced, and returned with a vengeance. Bill D.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Ron Hall said...

What a blast! It's amazing how many events we both were at and I didn't know you at the time! What is so cool is that you had good enough equipment to capture those moments, landmarks, people and 40+ years later be able to share them and joggle the memories of us that were there and also give younger fans a look at what the scene was like. It'll NEVER be that way again, sadly. Thanks a ton Phillip, for being so damn observate!

4:16 PM  

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