Bring It On Home
The years from 1978 to approximately 1990 were rich with music in North Carolina. Some labeled it “power pop.” Others categorized it as “new wave” or alternative. But the talented musicians and bands that emerged from the most unlikely places on a national scale – Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Greensboro, even down to Southern Pines – had and continue to have a huge influence on the music of today. According to many critics, alternative or college music was virtually born in a garage studio in Winston-Salem with the recording of R.E.M.’s “Chronic Town” and “Murmur.”
From the early 80’s until even today, there has been a steady stream of national bands and artists flocking to North Carolina to record with Mitch Easter and Don Dixon and other notable producers we will profile in the film. This is the result of the rich musical heritage and strong musical community that exists in this area.
This film’s purpose is to first and foremost celebrate the music that was coming out of NC during this period, to profile the musicians making it, and to study and theorize why none of these talented artists ever broke out on a national scale like many bands from such similar but far-flung towns and cities as Athens, Austin and Minneapolis. There is such a wonderful story to be told of the talent that came out of this state during the 80s. Musicians who chose to stay in North Carolina and perhaps traded their comfortable lifestyle for mainstream success. And many others who, after years of playing on the road, have come back to the place they were born and continue to make great music.
We want to profile these artists. Talk to the main players in this scene. Hear their music. Hear their words. Hear from other nationally-known musicians just what an impact the music made here had on them. And above all, expose these individuals and their music to a whole new generation of people.
We feel there is not only a large, eager audience for this music and this film in and around the Raleigh/Chapel Hill/Winston-Salem area, but on a national scale as well. Anyone who is interested in the explosion of the “alternative” or “college scene in the early to mid 80s will be similarly interested in tracing the roots back to this state.
We fear that this musical decade and all it meant to the region and the country is being lost. Being forgotten by the young people of today. We want to celebrate and preserve this music and the musicians on film for posterity, because many of the musicians we will talk to and hear are not only North Carolina treasures, but national treasures as well. - Mike Allen
Why We Need Your Help To Finish This Film:
We've been filming these bands and the people who made this story for over eight years now. It's time to edit the 120+ hours of footage, and color correct, and mix, and produce DVD's of the finished film, and artwork, and enter relevant film festivals, and premiere the film in a local (RDU/Chapel Hill) theatre, and host a premiere party for the bands, their families and you - once it's all done. All of that requires funding and that's why we need you to be part of this wonderful project with us. To bring this film to life and archive The Golden Age of North Carolina Music.
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Who we are ...
Mike Allen - Creative Director/Musician wannabe
He can’t play guitar. Totally hopeless on piano. And he’s a horrible drummer. But that doesn’t stop Mike from absolutely loving music. So much so that in his spare time, he’s shooting a documentary film on the 80’s Raleigh/Chapel Hill/Winston-Salem rock scene.
At Jennings, Mike oversees the work that comes out of the agency, and pretty much writes all the copy. He’s worked at creative shops all over the country, including Temerlin McClain, Northlich, Price/McNabb, and Rockett Burkhead & Winslow, writing for such accounts as American Airlines, Nortel Networks, Bank of America, BB&T, The Biltmore Estate, JCPenney, Duke University Health System and WakeMed. His work has won numerous national awards, including The One Show, CLIO, New York Festivals, ADDY and Print Magazine.
A 1986 graduate of UNC’s School of Journalism, Mike is currently an adjunct professor there in the advertising sequence.
David Salmon - Director/Camera
David’s career in advertising and production began in
1973. Fresh out of 101st Airborne and a degree in communications
from University of Tennessee he joined Benton & Bowles, NYC as
For the next three decades he wrote and produced for
Buntin Advertising—Nashville, Eric Ericson & Associates—Nashville, Burton
Campbell Kelly—Atlanta, Bozell—Dallas, Lintas—Greensboro/Altanta and RBW—
In 1984 he began shooting and producing what he wrote.
Since then David has created and produced campaigns, videos and commercials for
a variety of clients: IBM, Volvo,
Blue Cross Blue Shield, Glaxo Smith Kline, Duke Medicine, Music videos,
Hospice, BB&T, UT Southwestern Health System, NC State University and
various music videos to name a few.
In 2006, he began writing, shooting and producing on
freelance status. Today he and Herb Campbell are partners in Big Fat Film,
a full service production company offering script writing, HD and RED Cine One
camera and post production to clients of all sizes.
Herb Campbell Jr - Producer/Editor/Hank
Herb (aka Herbie Saint) is a long time advertising producer and film editor. But he started his creative life as a musician - in North Carolina - in the 1980's. He's played drums with The Hanks, Robert Kirkland, The Dayroom Monitors, Bam Bam, The G-Men, The Grackles and a few other struggling bands of that era. And he's currently the drummer and truck driver with Johnny Paul Jason.
It's a privilege to be able to tell this story.