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More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music

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Roxy Music's unique blend of avant-garde rock music and high style set the tone for the whole glam rock era. They were much imitated but never equaled. This DVD tells the story of Roxy Music through new interviews with band members Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Brian Eno and Eddie Jobson plus many of their contemporaries. The program covers their early years, the classic seventies albums, their re-emergence with a much smoother style in the early eighties, the band's break up and then their hugely successful reunion in the 21st century. Originally broadcast by the BBC in late 2008, the DVD contains nearly half an hour of additional unseen material plus three bonus, previously unreleased live tracks.

Additional interview material not included in the broadcast version.
Bonus live tracks from Dock Rock, London, 22nd July 2006:
1) Both Ends Burning
2) Editions Of You
3) Do The Strand

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  • Actors: Roxy Music
  • Directors: Bob Smeaton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002N7W3MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is not a very good documentary and I agree mostly with Mr. Rubbo's review. I have trouble putting in words how disappointed I am with this disc. It's too short. Also, too many talking heads who have little to nothing to do with the band. Bono? Why? Simon Le Bon is unexcusable and insulting. Please don't take your hatred of DuranDuran out on Roxy Music! Roxy was very image conscious, but they could also play killer music. Bad interviewing techniques and bad editing are the ruination of the film. What is missing from this documentary is an analyses of that music. Discussions of the lyrical content is slim. "No one was writing lyrics like that...," comments one the talking heads. Begs the question what lyrics? The only real attempt is a disscussion of in "Every Dream Home...," which leaves me wanting for more. Ferry appears "inarticulate" in this film because the filmmakers did not give him enough time or good questions to work with. The hint at "what could have been" is a bonus clip where Ferry is actually given a good question, about his vocal style, and answers it in a sweet and sincere way. He mentions listening to Otis Redding and just singing until he found his own style. Unfortunately, they end it there. Surely, there were other influences, definitely Lou Reed (listen the song "Casanova" and especially the word "heroin"). But THEY DO NOT TALK ANYMORE ABOUT THE BAND'S INFLUENCES! Why is the vocals clip not in the body of the film? MAKE BRYAN FERRY TALK! He's singer/songwriter not an improv artist.
This goes for the rest of band. Andy MacKay and Phil Manzanera, in particular, are cursed by little time and bad interviewing. The few seconds of Mackay and Manzanera actually playing are good, but again, MORE!
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What It Is: This DVD is a great nostalgic chronicle of the history behind Roxy, from Bryan Ferry's Art School days, early bands, and the roots leading up to what was probably the most stylistically significant group to emerge from England since the Beatles.
Recollections from Ferry, Mackay, Manzanera, Eno, Paul Thompson and Eddie Jobson are abundant, as are comments from other luminaries who were influenced by Roxy - Bono, John Taylor, Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Jones, etc, make pertinent comments on the continent-crossing influence they had on other musical movements and style trends.
Roxy were eccentric, quirky, glitzy, kitschy, seedy and sexy, and the first glimpse of the future musically. And they had musical chops to boot. For a band who became synonymous with style, they actually began as an outfit without style - they were implementing 6 or 8 musical styles simultaneously, thus making them too schizoid and original for an American audience, that is, until `Avalon', their last LP. They were the biggest touring group in Europe during the early-mid 70`s, bar none. As stated in the lyrics of an early hit, `Do The Strand', "All styles served here", and never was this more so.
Ferry was the first world-weary romantic, and this image led to the New Romantic wave in the early 80`s. Unfortunately, the bastard sons of Roxy were usually insipid, grave-robbing poseurs like Duran Duran, Human League, Heaven 17, ABC, Kissing The Pink, etc, who offered precious little new musically.
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Very informative and well-produced hour long documentary on Roxy Music and its career (1972-1982). It includes interviews with all of the band's original personnel as well as interested fellow musicians/fans (Bono, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Siouxsee of Siouxsee and the Banshees and, strangley enough, the leader of the '70's one-hit wonder disco outfit, Chic) and assorted odd cultural commentators and collaborators (producers Chris Thomas and Bob Clearmountain, album cover designer Nick de Ville et al).

Growing up as a teenager in San Jose, California during the '70's and then joining the U.S. Air Force and travelling the U.S. and the world, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music were my favorite band (with David Bowie, another Eno collaborator, as a close second). Ferry's alternately brooding and ecstatic egomania was a great companion as I negotiated the challenges of women, wine and song, although like Ferry, I was ultimately much more successful in style than execution.

At any rate, in a world of '70's musical excess (Led Zep, Elton John, Kansas, REO Speedwagon and Disco itself), Ferry and Roxy were a reassuring musical anchor. They were creative, stylish and distinctly different and this documentary is a fresh and refreshing look at why: Ferry's remarkable lyrics, the electronic innovations of Eno, the musical craftmanship of master guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy MacKay and drummer Paul Thompson).

"Stranded" and "Country Life" were astonishing and so very new when they arrived (1973-74), there was nothing like them, then or now.
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