Village Music: Last of The Great Record Stores is a compelling music documentary that celebrates the life of the legendary record shop, Village Music and its proprietor, John Goddard, who had a tremendous impact on the famous (and not-so-famous) musicians who were part of it’s unique history. Featured Artists include: Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, Betty LaVette, BB King, Collins Kids, Little Jimmy Scott, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana. With over 18 uninterrupted performances, the film interweaves Village Music’s vibrant past with the final nine months of its existence – marking the true end of an era. In doing so, it also tells the larger story of the evolution of American music and the many changes the music business has undergone up through the download era.
Gillian Grisman is an accomplished filmmaker living in the bay area. Grisman's credits include GRATEFUL DAWG, her award-winning theatrical debut about the musical friendship between the late Jerry Garcia and her father, mandolinist David Grisman (distributed by Sony Pictures Classics). She also directed the critically acclaimed Sundance Channel music series KEEPING TIME, numerous concert dvds and two other feature-length music documentaries: PRESS ON - featuring pedal-steel phenomenon, Robert Randolph and MY SECRET RECORD or HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING & LOVE THE BIZ about the marketing of Rob Thomas’s Billboard history making solo debut. She is currently in post-production on her latest feature, VILLAGE MUSIC: LAST OF THE GREAT RECORD STORES, a documentary about the legendary record store, Village Music.