Sunday, September 25, 2005

Chicago Bubblegum happenings and more about the documentary


Scram Magazine, Roctober & Chic-A-Go-Go present Bubblegum Music Is The
Naked Truth!

WHAT: Bubblegum movie screening/dance party featuring Kier-La Janisse’s
underground Bubblegum music documentary Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth!
WHEN: Sunday October 2, 2005, 3pm
WHERE: The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago 60622, 773.227.4433,

From the Archies to Britney Spears, bubblegum music has excited every
generation of music lovers. In 2001 Scram Magazine publisher Kim Cooper and
her collaborator David Smay compiled the book Bubblegum Music Is the Naked
Truth (Feral House), a thorough exploration and defense of the genre.
Featuring a number of Chicago writers, including James Porter, Jake Austen
and Mike McPadden, the book was a brisk seller and was licensed by VH1 for
a TV special. Unfortunately, the resulting program, Bubblegum Babylon,
hosted by Shannon Doherty, was a disappointing, overly ironic mess. Inspired
by VH1’s failure, filmmaker Kier-La Janisse made a more reverent video
adaptation of the book.

Focusing on the golden age of prepubescent pop (1967-1972) Bubblegum Music
Is the Naked Truth! features rare footage of the 1910 Fruitgum Company, The
Archies, Ohio Express, The Sweet, The Bay City Rollers, and their
S-A-TUR-DAY morning counterparts Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution,
the Banana Splits, the Wombles, and the Jackson 5, as well as coverage the
scene's movers and shakers like Don Kirshner and Kasenatz-Katz. Boldly
underground, this film will likely never see commercial release after it
screens around the world this October.

Before and after the screening Ratso the puppet rat, host of the cable
access dance show Chic-A-Go-Go will be playing great bubblegum tunes for
everyone to dance to. Like Chic-A-Go-Go the event is free and open to all
ages. However, though the movie certainly features great music and cartoons
that kids will dig, it’s analytic narrative may be slow for the youngest
music fans.

This October is the inaugural International Bubblegum Month, and will
feature screenings of this film in various American cites, as well as in
Spain, Berlin, Australia, and Canada. The highlight of International
Bubblegum Month with be the Bubblegum Ball in Los Angeles, which will be
highlighted by the Bubblegum Achievement Awards. This year’s honorees
include Ron “The Archies” Dante, Steve Barri, Joey Levine and Dr. Demento.

To learn more about Bubblegum Month visit
or e-mail Filmmaker Kier-La ( “Kayla”) Janisse at

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