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HORN FROM THE HEART: The Paul Butterfield Story
Two Sell-outs at the Newport Beach Film Festival
Wins Festival's Best Editing Award

Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story, the feature-length documentary about the legendary Chicago bluesman directed and edited by John Anderson and produced by Sandra Warren, premiered at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival to two sold-out houses in April. The film also won the festival's OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN FILMMAKING - EDITING Award.

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Sam Lay In Bluesland
Screening at 2017 Chicago Blues Festival Kickoff Event

The 2017 Chicago Blues Festival presents a special screening of SAM LAY IN BLUESLAND, on June 5, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Claudia Cassidy Theater at The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602.  The film will be preceded by a short live performance by Sam Lay & Corky Siegel and followed by a Q and A with Sam Lay, Corky Siegel and Director John Anderson. Admission is free.

The documentary film about 82-year-old blues drummer Sam Lay, starring James Cotton and Iggy Pop, premiered at the 2015 CIMMFest (Chicago International Movies and Music Festival). The Producer is Starr Sutherland and the Executive Producer is Michael Prussian for VT Productions."

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READ the Mark Frazel review

READ The Chicago Tribune article by Rick Kogan

READ the ReelChicago Article

WATCH the 2015 Chicago Tonight Segment

WATCH the 2017 Chicago Tonight Segment


Brian Wilson

Following the premiere of Brian Wilson's biopic Love & Mercy, Acoustic Magazine takes a look at the music icon through the eyes of video producer and director John Anderson. John directed and shot Brian's performance of the title track that appears in the film.

READ The Portrait of a Musical Genius Acoustic Magazine

SEE The Chicago Tonight WTTW-TV segment where John discusses his work with Brian Wilson

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SEE More of John's work with The Beach Boys


Born in Chicago
Sold-out Screening at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

In May 2015, The Clive Davis Theater at The Grammy Museum played host to the Los Angeles premiere of BORN IN CHICAGO.

The evening also included a Q and A moderated by Bob Merlis and featuring Director John Anderson and stars Barry Goldberg, Corky Siegel, Sam Lay and Elvin Bishop.  A blues-rocking set by Goldberg, Siegel, Lay, Bishop, Marcy Levy, Rick Reed, Zach Wagner, Jimmy Vivino and Gary Mallaber closed the night.

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SEE highlights from the Los Angeles Premiere of BORN IN CHICAGO

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Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond

April 2015 saw the world premiere of the stage-and-screen event 'Joey Molland: Badfinger, Beatles and Beyond' at WIRE in Berwyn, IL.  The show, produced and directed by Kevin Allodi and John Anderson, features live performances by Badfinger's Joey Molland interwoven with never-before-seen documentary and performance film clips from throughout Joey's life and career.

The use of Badfinger's Top Ten hit 'Baby Blue' in the series finale of 'Breaking Bad' helped bring the band a whole new generation of followers, and this unique presentation offers an in-depth look at a truly unique artist.



STEVE GOODMAN Live Recording
Don't Blame Me Recorded by John Anderson
Available on mp3 and LP on Red Pajamas Records

In 1973 I was a college student in Chicago doing a weekly radio show that featured performances I recorded at various folk and blues clubs. When I saw that Steve Goodman was going to be at The Earl of Old Town at the end of March, I called the club. The owner Earl Pionke answered, and when I asked him if I could record Steve, he said I should ask him myself, gave me Steve's phone number and hung up. I dialed the number and Steve answered. He said I was wasting my life, that I should be out having fun and chasing girls, but it was OK if I brought my tape recorder on Sunday night, the final night of a weeklong engagement.

The place was packed. After a few acoustic numbers, Steve put on an electric guitar and, unannounced, brought his band onstage to close out the week with a rocking, impromptu set. It was a performance that no one there will ever forget. All I could do was watch the VU meters and hope.

The recording has now been released by Steve's record company as Don't Blame Me, available on mp3 and as a deluxe 180-gram vinyl pressing.

Don’t Blame Me
Produced by John Anderson and Steve Goodman
Recorded and Mixed by John Anderson
Special Thanks to Al Bunetta and Jon Nowak
Available here on Amazon




announce the 2017 release of the virtual box set DON’T MOCK THE ROCK a collection of over 200 previously unreleased audio and video performances spanning the band’s first 37 years.

In what can only be compared to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bootleg Series’ and Neil Young’s 'Archives', DON'T MOCK THE ROCK assembles for the first time the complete works of the group that has been called everything from "rock's greatest satirists" to "the most unsuccessful band of all time."


Hey Hey Hey We’re The Cleaning Ladys, Jimmy Take Your Pills, Adelphia, Intellectuals, The World Every 22 Seconds, Suburb Rock, Would You Let Me In Your Country Club?, Party Through The Nuclear War, It Was Just My Lot In Life To Have Been Born A Heterosexual, Long Dong Silver, Here Comes Mom, The Man Who Can Cry, Queen of the Drum Machine, When The Cubs Win The World Series, Father Dick, Cartoons, Whipped Cream Bikini, Rock and Roll President, Let’s Bring Back The Turtles, He’s A Hero, Club Our House, Minimal Girlfriend, Up For You, The Music Business, Hello Up There (This Is Your Penis), Young and Dumb, The Rest Stop Halfway To Heaven, Walking Time Bomb, Get To The Point, No Time For Love, Beer For Breakfast, Doin’ My Job, The Office Sexpot, Tick Tock, Working Class Hero, We Love You Pee Wee, It Hurts To Smile, The Black Seas of Alaska, Celebrities (They Think They’re Great), Needle Drop (Rock Radio For Your Funny Bone), Assembly Line, How Can You Leave Me Tonight?, Guardian Angel, Infatuation, Lisa, Paraquat, All You New York City Women Are The Same, June, Ha Ha You’re A Test Tube Baby, I’m Number One, Nuclear Disaster, Love Me, Next In Line, Mad Scientist, Heart To Heart, What’s So Funny ‘Bout Elvis Costello?, They Couldn’t Destroy Our Love, Racists Against Rock, The Razor’s Edge of Love, Kid Gloves, Girls, When You Talk My Hand’s Inside of Your Face, (I Got Your Number From A) Toilet Wall, When I Kiss You, I’m Telling You Now, Big-Muscled Husbands, Intellectuals, 43,800 Hours, Creatures From Outer Space, Billy’s Got A New Girlfriend, Drive Drive Drive, Stay Away Come Closer, Distraction, We’re Not Afraid, Runaway Train, She Won’t French Kiss, Trash TV, Are You A Man or a Mouse?, Cover Up, Real Man, Dirty Girl, Party In Your PJs, Lovers’ Manifesto, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Rock and Roll Band On Tour, Golf Club, New Is New, Where I Live, Love Statistic, I’m Happy, 1968, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier, Born-Again Rocker, We’re The NRA, Don’t Stop, Hail President Quayle, Back and Forth, Anything For A Buck, ‘Cause I’m A Blob, I Am Just A Regular Guy, The Man With The Little-Boy Smile, That Girl’s Insane, My Girl Loves Everything I Do, Midlife Crisis, High School, Dead People Can’t Sue, This Means War!, Parasite, The Worst Sex I Ever Had, Daughter, Don’t Be A Bimbo, What About Alfred?, Santa’s Drunk This Christmas, Suburban Sleaze, The Brand New Fabulous Four, The Punishment Fits The Crime, We’re The Bears, We’re Sponsored By Your Parents, Heart To Heart, Boy On The Rebound, I’m Always Chasin’ Girls, Give Up On My Girl, Stephanie, Consequences, The Honeymoon Express, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Up For You, Where I Live, I Always Pretend That It’s You, Honey/Honey Don’t, No Angel, Oh Mickey, Cleaning Ladys Reprise and many, many more.