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Rock N Roll High School

Special Guests:
Allan Arkush,
Dean Cundey,
Russ Dvonch,
Clint Howard,
Joseph McBride,
PJ Soles,
Richard Whitley,
Mary Woronov,
Dey Young

Guest Co-Host: Adam Schartoff

School’s out for summer and we’re talking Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, the 1979 film starring The Ramones. Riff Randell (PJ Soles), a rock & roll fan, wants to get her song to The Ramones. Meanwhile, her friend Kate Rambeau (Dey Young) searches for her first love. It’s a tale of loud music, exploding mice, pizza and wheat germ.

We’re joined by a host of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School alumni from director Allan Arkush to cinematographer Dean Cundey to writers Joseph McBride, Russ Dvonch, and Richard Whitley to stars PJ Soles, Dey Young, Clint Howard and Mary Woronov.

Also part of the discussion this week is Adam Schartoff of Filmwax Radio.

We also talk about some of the subsequent Rock ‘N’ Roll films: Rock & Roll Hotel, Rock ‘N’ Roll High School Forever and Shake, Rattle and Rock.


Buy Rock N Roll High School on Blu-Ray

Buy End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones on DVD

Buy Ramones Mania on CD

Buy Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone by Marky Ramone

Buy Swimming Underground: My time at Andy Warhol’s Factory by Mary Woronov

Buy Soggy Bottom, USA on DVD

Visit the official Dey Young website

Visit the official Joseph McBride website

Visit the official Ramones website

Follow P.J. Soles on Twitter

Follow Clint Howard on Twitter

Read about Rock & Roll Hotel by Dale Brumfield

Read all about the Rock & Roll High School soundtrack and video releases

Read Allan Arkush’s Criterion Top Ten

Watch the whole Siskel & Ebert Cult Film episode

Listen to a Ramones Concert from Ann Arbor, 1981

Listen to the We Hate Movies episode on Rock & Roll High School Forever

Listen to our episode on That Guy: Dick Miller

Hear more Joseph McBride on The Projection Booth

Hear more Clint Howard on The Projection Booth

Hear more Dean Cundey on The Projection Booth

Be sure to check out Filmwax Radio


“Rock & Roll High School” – P.J. Soles

“Rock & Roll High School” – The Ramones

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About The Author
Mike White
Mike White
Often mistaken for the ginger screenwriter/actor of the same name, Mike White has been a frequent contributor to publications such as CinemaScope, Paracinema, Detroit’s Metro Times, and Detour-Mag.com. He’s served on juries at the Slamdance, Cinekink, MicroCineFest and Kansas City film festivals. Additionally, he’s been featured in the documentaries David Goodis: To a Pulp and The People Vs. George Lucas. In 2010, BearManor Media published Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. A collection of film reviews, Cinema Detours, will be published in 2013.

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