The “Groovemonster” is a powerful music story about the power, history and impact of the electric bass guitar on commercial music. It is the story of a master-student relationship of one of the world’s greatest bass players of all time, James Jamerson and his prize student, Tony Newton and how he rose to legendary fame by playing on several of the most important songs in popular music history. It is based upon the life of bassist Tony Newton and his musical life in Detroit with Motown Records, John Lee Hooker, and his rise to fame through the tutelage of his master teacher, James Jamerson, primary bassist at Motown Records. The Groovemonster goes one step beyond “Standing In The Shadows of Motown.”
The Groovemonster is a music dynamo of hard driving, pulsating, high energy historical hit music focusing on the bass guitar and it’s importance in commercial music. The Groovemonster rocks! The Groovemonster is set in Detroit Michigan during the 60’s and 70’s, during the revival of music’s most infectious expansion. The Groovemonster concept and background is taken from Newton’s Book, “Gold Thunder.” The Groovemonster deals with Newton’s everyday challenges as a young musician fighting the massive competition to become a Motown bassist and keep his sanity as a 16 year old kid musician in a world of highly critical and challenging older, more experienced players, coming from all around the country to play in Detroit, music city. The story also features times throughout Newton’s career as a musician-artist in various music groups such as The Eighth Day, Tony Williams Lifetime, G-Force and up to his new and emerging current, innovative group, TNT Xtreme, and new music recordings and concert footage from the “Thunderfunkfusion” project.
The story highlights Newton’s experiences while playing numerous Motown and Blues stars, including John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, 4 Tops, Marvin Gaye, Diane Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas and others. The Groovemonster deals with a young, cocky kid trying to fight his way through and into the music business from playing in a bedroom, playing to records to playing around the world. Groovemonster brings the Bass Guitar into the shining starlight that it deserves. After seeing Groovemonster, the Bass Guitar will now get your attention when listening to music.
“Antonio Newton, super genius, will go down in history as one of the most vital path-forgers of our era” …Music critic Randali of Mean Street Magazine.