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    'Drive': The Secrets to an Awesome Soundtrack

    Drive, which opens today, stars Ryan Gosling as an unnamed stuntman/getaway driver who gets mixed up with mob, leaving him with no choice but to speed around Los Angeles trying to save his life and that of the woman he loves (Carey Mulligan). Obviously, no ride would be memorable without the perfect soundtrack and director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer/former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez created just that, choosing hypnotic, retro-sexy synth jams -- most memorably the nu-disco theme "A Real Hero" by College featuring Electric Youth -- and combining it with a chilling, vintage-sounding score. "Rock music didn't suit the movie I was making," says Refn.

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains!

    The missing link between punk and riot grrl wasn't a band or even a fleeting subgenre, but an amazing 1982 Paramount music-biz satire that was never properly released, seen only on late-night cable, crappy bootlegs, and at art-house revivals. That mistake will finally be mended when Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains hits DVD on September 16, its borderline-obsessive cult following all but guaranteed to expand virally.

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    Sound and Vision: 2008's Rock Movie Roundup

    PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFEThe pitch: As unconventional and free-form as the poet-rocker herself, photographer turned filmmaker Steven Sebring's cerebral but humane portrait was shot over nearly a dozen years with Smith's full participation. Why it rocks: Free of typical talking heads, Dream of Life gets so much deeper than the usual rock doc it seems a disservice to call it one at all. Along with smoldering live performances, the film offers striking personal moments, such as Smith standing over Rimbaud's grave and playing a blues tune with ex-lover Sam Shepard. It was while on assignment for this magazine that Sebring met his subject. "Spin was the first magazine to do a story with Patti on her return back into the music scene," recalls the director. "She invited me to see her play in early 1996. That's when I asked her if I could start filming her.

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