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Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies (2007)

Bono , Johnny Cash , Morgan Neville , Robert Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bono, Johnny Cash, Jack Clement, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton
  • Directors: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon
  • Producers: Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon, Dylan Robertson, Brenna Sanchez
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UCH6XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,204 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Cowboy Jack Clement "can't stand seeing a parade go by in a straight line," says an old friend of maverick songwriter-record producer Clement in Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan, a delightfully offbeat documentary. An assistant to Sam Phillips at Sun Records during the late 1950s, Clement was one of the few people in the room when Elvis Presley made his first recordings. He also had a big hand in developing the early careers of Sun artists Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, advising the latter on switching from a country sound to pure rockabilly. Both the late Cash and Lewis appear in Shakespeare, as do quite a few other artists and notable music-industry figures who speak glowingly about Clement's penchant for always challenging prevailing winds of fashion. He is, after all, as Shakespeare tells us in a very funny anecdote, a man who had a hand in introducing Charley Pride, an African-American, to the predominantly white Nashville music establishment.

A former Arthur Murray dance instructor, Clement also wrote for Waylon Jennings, produced John Prine, built a couple of never-completed television specials around himself and his stellar friends, produced a bloody B movie (Dear Dead Delilah), spent most of his life perfecting an arrangement for the tune "Brazil," and even spearheaded this kooky but moving biographical film. Clement, as Kris Kristofferson points out, is a lot like Shakespeare's Falstaff, and he proves an easygoing and hugely fun figure rich in wisdom and love for life. The film basks in Clement's gently surreal sense of humor, takes many side roads, and even engages in a lot of sight gags, most of them provided by Cash. --Tom Keogh

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: He's been a producer to Elvis Presley and U2, an Arthur Murray dance instructor, best friend to Johnny Cash, Sam Phillips' right-hand man, a U.S. Marine, a slasher-film producer, and he discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, Charley Pride and Townes Van Zandt. This off-the-wall feature about legendary Nashville record producer/performer/artist Cowboy Jack Clement tells the story of his amazing career via home movies longtime friends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, John Prine, Bono and many more. Riding the trail between Monty Python and Blazing Saddles, this film inspires with lessons of creativity, mortality, and the risk and glory of a self-made life. Featuring his very close friends Johnny Cash, Bono, Waylon Jennings and Charly Pride. Includes never before seen footage and commentary of legendary artists such as Elvis Presley, Kris Kristofferson and George Jones. Bonus features include a commentary with Cowboy Jack & Alamo Jones.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through the history of Clementvision October 17, 2007
Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement's Home Movies

I had the opportunity to record at Clementvision studios @'89 or so with Chance Martin who was executive producer of the old Johnny Cash show on ABC. Chance appears on this DVD as the voice of Shakespeare. Engineer David Ferguson whom i worked with on those sessions also appears.
This DVD brought back a lot of memories and gives a good insight behind the scenes with some of Nashvilles heaviest hitters. Also on this DVD is a rare glimpse into a side of Johnny Cash that was seldom scene by the general public. It is said that "Cowboy" was able to bring out the funny and whimsical side of Johnny that a lot of people didn't get to see. This is a MUST for any real Johnny Cash fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Clement was a Johnny Cash fan November 1, 2007
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I saw this movie at the TriBeCa Film Festival over a year ago and could NOT wait for it to come out in DVD form so I could own it. This movie is a collection of Cowboy Jack Clement's home movies, showing the people who recorded at his studio in informal fashion. One particular vignette with Johnny Cash is so goofy that I laugh just thinking about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! September 21, 2013
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Once upon a time before Pro-tools and computers, was a land where music was performed and recorded from the heart. I recommend this movie to anyone interested in the music or recording industry. See how well the pioneers got along with one another as well as the true friendships that developed along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What fun June 11, 2013
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If you're a fan of country music you should see this film. Sweet to see a young Johnny Cash fooling around for the camera
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespear Was A George Jones Fan April 7, 2013
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I like Cowboy Jack Clement. I was recremended this DVD by some friends. I really liked it.And it got to me fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic February 24, 2013
By Hag fan
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My husband was thrilled to get this. He had no idea it even existed and didn't know I had ordered it for him. The never before seen footage of Cowboy Jack & Johnny Cash etc. was fantastic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars for true fans September 8, 2013
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Quriky film, but if you are true fan of country music its for you. A look at the life of Jack clements, like watching a home movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool
So interesting to see a documentary made up of home movies. So cool! Jack Clement was a genius and a cut-up!
Published 17 months ago by David Kring
5.0 out of 5 stars It's on high rotation on my DVD player:
One of the best candid,off the cuff productions I have ever seen and at the point of reaching 70 years I can claim to have seen a few. Read more
Published on August 14, 2010 by JAMES C CLARKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy Jack Clement
A priceless DVD. Many of the artists have since passed away,the great Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, as you have never seen him before,the late Cowboy Jack himself. Read more
Published on September 5, 2009 by R. M. Webber
5.0 out of 5 stars A sidelong glimpse of Genius
Jack Clement is an amazing man. He has been amazing all his life. Song
Writer: (It'll Be Me; Guess Things Happen That Way; Black Jack David; Ballad of A Teenage Queen:... Read more
Published on July 21, 2008 by Franz Douskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original and Exceptionally Well Done
This DVD is great! I've come to know Cowboy Jack through his Sirius Radio Show on Outlaw Country and this DVD blends very well with the stories he tells on his show. Read more
Published on April 27, 2008 by John R. Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars fun-behind the scenes home movie but not a classic
I miss Johnny Cash and this rare look at a Jack Clement home movie was fun to watch, once. The problem was there wasn't enough music and the music they did have was interupted... Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by Kenneth Richard
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