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As a documentary, the film, written and directed by George Hickenlooper, takes a fairly conventional approach, combining images from Rodney's life with interviews by celebrities, relatives and friends commenting on him both as a person and as a phenomenon.Read more ›
But what really seals the deal - and I'm surprised none of the reviews here have mentioned this - is a scene, tucked away in the special features, in which the film maker introduces Brian Wilson to Elvis Costello. The ensuing exchange is as fascinationg as you might imagine: A calm, collected Elvis does his best not to scream out "Ohmygod I'm talking to Brian Wilson!" while the latter goes on being his weird, intriguing self. The genius hangs like some luminescent protoplasm in the room while these two discuss recording studios, songwriting and fame. This segment alone moved me to go out and buy the DVD (I had rented it).
Oh yeah, and there are interviews with people like Cher, David Bowie, and Pamela and Michael Des Barres, who proves himself a really entertaining and engaging character. Enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Watched it following Bowie's death as he is featured. Surprised and delighted by the film itself. A great look at a rock and roll kingmaker and his reign over the rock scene from... Read morePublished 19 days ago by steamedveg
Fascinating story. If you enjoy music, I'd recommend this movie as a must see.Published 3 months ago by Pryor
Kind of a sad and unflattering picture of this catalyst in the beginnings of the alternative genre. Seems like a media hound that never figured out how to monetize it for himself.Published 6 months ago by Mark D. Linton
Amazing and touching film with a great view of history.Published 7 months ago by Shawn M. Christenson
There's a picture of me in this film, which documents my misspent youth. What's not to like?Published 11 months ago by Alicia de Soto
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nancy Sinatra is interviewed and says she knows kim Gordon of s.y infamy. she calls her a baby. kim would go grrrl. Read more
anyone who grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s and participated in the punk scene will really enjoy this.Published 18 months ago by Kylie Miller
I miss listening to Rodney on the Roq, This man was driving force in punk,new wave, and alternative rock. Movie packs a lot of memories,music and emotions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by telco
When I rented this, I knew very little about this man. All I knew was he was the biggest things back in the 70's. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Jordan Lee