Your summer just got a lot cooler with Film Comment magazine’s “Summer Meltdown,” a series of the most rockin’ films ever made, co-presented by record shop Other Music, WFMU, B-Music, and Vice magazine. Sly Stone, the Who, Neil Young, Frank Zappa, and the Rolling Stones are just a few of the stars of these films, screening from August 11 to 18, with after-parties following select shows. Today, catch The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (at 1:45), a 1979 “documentary” of the Sex Pistols’ rise and fall from the perspective of their manager, Malcolm McLaren, who blatantly manipulates the band to make a profit (for obvious reasons, Sid Vicious refused to appear in the film, though old footage of him singing “My Way” made the cut). Also today is D.A. Pennebaker’s 1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (at 4) and The American Dreamer (at 6, with introduction by the directors), L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller’s 1971 candid portrait of Dennis Hopper, which shows him at home in Taos, New Mexico, playing with his gun collection and getting naked.

Aug. 11-18, 2010