Fischer, Wild Man - Derailroaded: Inside The Mind Of Larry Wild Man Fischer
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"Derailroded - Inside the Mind of Larry "Wildman" Fischer" is an incredible documentary taking the viewer on an extremely candid excursion into the mind of a manic-depressive-paranoid-schizophrenic, and his 15 minutes plus nearly 20 years of fame.
Discovered by Frank Zappa in 1965, performing his "Outsider" brand of music, Larry Fischer"An Evening with Larry "Wildman" Fischer". After seeing this documentary, I immediately started surfing the web in search of something from that record to listen too. What I found only helped to confirm Mr. Fischer's notoriously enjoyable brand of music. was lured into the studio to record the Zappa produced
According to Mr. Fischer, simply put, he was promised that Mr. Zappa was going to make him a rock star. However, the record only sold about 12,000 copies. Hardly rock star numbers.
Mr. Zappa maintained through out the years that he only told him they would make a record and that he would be happy if it sold a moderate amount, which it did.
Fischer is bitterly angry at the entire ordeal and actually shuts down at the mere mention of Mr. Zappas's name. Mr. Zappa is long gone, so everything is open to speculation. Had it not been for an incident where Fischer, in one of his unpredictable moments, apparently threw a bottle, narrowly missing Zappa's toddler, Moon Unit. If not for this incident, Fischer may have gone much further, but no one will ever know.
Barnes & Barnes (Robert Haimer and Bill Mumy) of "Fish Heads" fame later noticed "Wildman's" unique brand of song and spent the next 21 years trying to help someone who was completely unwilling, or perhaps a more objective way to put it, unable to help himself with his mental instabilities.Read more ›
All-in-all, an excellent portrait of a troubled soul, balancing both the praise for his creativity with the hard facts of his mental illness. The final shot of the film, saying he lost his "pep" in 2004 when the assisted living home started medicating him to control his bipolar manic depression, pretty much matches his obituary in 2011. Nothing happened in the last seven years of his life -- which is both good for Larry and sad for the rest of us.
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It was interesting. But I was disappointed in the lack of early footage. They appeared to have some, but only showed small amounts of it. Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by Guy J. Palm
If your idea of rock n roll art includes viewing 3 seconds of video of captain beefheart in his trout mask replica costume, then this documentary is for you. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Robert Schaffer