I find myself more in synch with The Doors these past two weeks. Recently I purchased the Doors tour documentary, Feast of Friends as a Blu-Ray movie option. It is a 40 minute film that centers around The Doors 1968 tour. I watched on my MacBook Pro. I was captivated by the footage of the band members. I especially love “The End” performed live at The Hollywood Bowl.
Funded by the band and directed by Paul Ferrara, one of Morrison’s film-school friends, ‘Feast of Friends’ doesn’t stick to typical rock documentary territory, expanding to focus on interactions with fans, friends and bystanders. The climate of American politics and fashion, circa 1968, is also captured along the way, as ‘Feast of Friends’ veers off the beaten path to tell its story.
Super Duper Alice Cooper” is the story of Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son who struck fear into the hearts of parents everywhere as Alice Cooper, the most outrageous rock star of his generation.
This unique “doc opera, ” a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera goes from the early days of Alice as the frontman for a leading edge rock band in the sixties through the hazy decadence of global celebrity in the seventies and on to his comeback as the glam metal godfather in the eighties.
This is the tale of Alice and Vincent battling for each other’s souls.
The Byrds‘ Gene Clark is the subject of a new documentary, due for release this November.
The Byrd Who Flew Alone, The Triumphs And Tragedy Of Gene Clark includes new interviews with friends and former colleagues including David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, alongside previously unseen archive footage. The documentary will be released on November 1 through Four Sun Productions.
I watched the Pearl Jam Twentyrockumentary film last night. My goal was to absorb as much as I could about the evolution of Pearl Jam. The film exceeded my expectations as I experienced a total immersion with Pearl Jam.
I have a long time respect for Cameron Crowe as a rock music journalist, film director, producer, and screenwriter. I have relished his unique music journalism ever since I first encountered his articles in Rolling Stone Magazine in 1973. His passion for the culture of music is infectious as it is enlightening. My favorite music film of his is the semi-autobiographical movie, Almost Famous.
Cameron Crowe has put his best foot forward with Pearl Jam Twenty. His role as a long time fan and advocate presents a polished dimension one rarely witnesses in a rockumentary. His insight into the artistry of Pearl Jam takes the viewer far and wide in its global view of Pearl Jam live. He also zooms in on the details of each band member so we learn about the sum of the parts known as Pearl Jam.
I must also give credit to the members of Pearl Jam and their team who pieced together lots of personal film and memorabilia to underscore the strength of a twenty year partnership.
I am impressed with the magnetism Pearl Jam exudes. Most notably this is represented in the identity of Eddie Vedder. We learn of his beginnings as a surfer in Southern California who soon mounts the waves of grunge rock success in Seattle. I had no idea Eddie Vedder was such a risk taker launching himself way above the stage into the waiting audience to catch and break his fall below. We see what heights and depths Pearl Jam assumed in their first 10 years of the 20 year journey.
I gained a strong appreciation for Pearl Jam’s commitment to their fans by taking on the Ticketmaster monopoly. I love their activism and dedication to their beliefs in the integrity of music and their fans.
Pearl Jam Twenty increases my need to see them live some day soon, hopefully when they announce their 2012 North America tour plans. The film elevates their live performances in correlation to my want to witness their incredible energy and sound.