Michael G. Plumides Jr., J.D., is the voice of an under-documented and mythical age of music. A Charlotte, North Carolina native, Plumides is a writer, and the author of the critically acclaimed indie book, KILL THE MUSIC (2009), available on www.amazon.com. Here’s the link to purchase KILL THE MUSIC in paperback or ebook:
KILL THE MUSIC, is described as “a love letter to the real ideals of rock” and also said to be “possibly the best memoir written this year by a guy you’ve never heard of.”
As a young boy, Michael became fascinated with film production when his father, Michael G. Plumides, Sr., a flamboyant attorney, produced the “sexploitation” cult classic, Night of the Cat in 1973 (the first independent film shot in North Carolina). But Plumides’ entertainment career first began in music, as a college radio deejay at the award-winning radio station, WUSC, where he held the position of Promotions Director. During his tenure at WUSC, he interviewed the likes of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, then he moved on to concert promotion at the 4808 Club where he hosted such legendary rock acts such as Danzig, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes, Bad Brains, Soundgarden, Corrosion of Conformity, Social Distortion, and L.A. Guns.
The club was closed by authorities after the infamous “GWAR Obscenity Bust” of 1990 which was covered by MTV, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Associated Press establishing Plumides as a sort of folk hero fighting for the cause against censorship. Afterward, Plumides promoted concerts in five states, also managing and booking bands throughout the Southeast in the early 90’s. He graduated law school in 1996 and went into commercial property management.
But Plumides yearned to become a serious writer. In 2009, Plumides wrote Kill the Music, a memoir describing his experiences in college radio and concert promotion during the moral hysteria of the PMRC years. Kill the Music received rave reviews through the Southeast and Plumides was voted “Best Writer of 2010” by Charlotte Magazine. Plumides then signed on to write for Blurt Magazine, embarking on a “Gonzo Journalist” jaunt for four years, interviewing icon Jeff Bridges for the Democratic National Convention, also covering events like Bonnaroo and Music Midtown in Atlanta – reviewing performances by The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Clutch, and Wolfmother.
Michael was introduced to Morgan Creek President, David Robinson, by Mark Bryan, guitarist for Hootie and the Blowfish in late 2010. Plumides was seeking a possible film deal for his book and inadvertently became a consultant on pop culture, more specifically, the horror genre, for the indie giant. By 2011, Plumides had produced a project that he created, wrote, and co-directed: A TV pilot entitled, Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report, winner of “Best Comedy” at Fright Night Film Fest and an Addy Award in 2011, and “Viewer’s Choice” at Mad Monster Party horror convention in 2012. Plumides completed an all-new episode in 2013 entitled, Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown (and Panel show).
Plumides was the only director to work with the late Gia Allemand outside of reality television. Gia, the Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star who died of a tragic suicide August 14, 2013, makes her final appearance in Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown. Plumides worked closely with Gia, playing “Harvey Goldman” opposite Allemand as her boss, and had planned for her to return in the role of “Shawna Leibowitz” for the feature film. A bizarre factoid was, Gia’s character makes reference to suicide in Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report – after discovering photos of her boyfriend, Zeke Wallace, cheating on her with a Russian model which Plumides found “haunting”.
Plumides was responsible for acquiring the distribution deal for Nightbreed: Director’s Cut – the coveted, fully-restored feature film with Shout!Factory (www.shoutfactory.com) who will distribute through their horror subsidiary, Scream Factory – the announcement was made at San Diego Comic Con 2013 – the indie horror news was one of the highlights of the event.
Michael’s first feature film, Ghost Trek, will be filmed in the summer of 2018.
Michael G. Plumides, Jr. is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor Degree in Government and International Studies. He holds a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. Plumides is also an actor and will appear in upcoming films such as The Best of Enemies with Sam Rockwell, and The Front Runner with Hugh Jackman to be released in 2018.