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Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon [Blu-ray]
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The documentary kicks off at the annual Followill family reunion in the back woods of Talihina, OK, where the boys return to their roots and unwind with their family. First-time director and Followill friend Stephen C. Mitchell weaves personal home videos, unedited interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the band's journey from their small-town beginnings -- spent in poverty and touring the circuit with their father, a Pentecostal evangelist minister, and their devout mother -- to living the rock star dream.
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If you are shopping this title, you undoubtedly already know that Kings of Leon is comprised of three Followill brothers (Nathan, Caleb, and Jared) with their cousin (Matthew). While the brothers grew up in a strict Pentecostal upbringing following their preacher father around the country, the main part of their clan resided in rural Oklahoma. The documentary spends almost as much time with the Followill's extended family as it does with the principle group and it's an intriguing approach. The family is dirt poor and still live a meager lifestyle at the outskirts of Oklahoma City.Read more ›
In this "Rock Doc" Caleb covers the process they went through in selecting a name for their band. Then Caleb clearly states that their name "Kings of Leon", was chosen in honor of all the band members' Granddad, Leon Mitchell Followill. Their Granddad & Grandma, Leon Mitchell Followill & Mildred Ledell Brown Followill are both in this "Rock Doc". They reside in the KOL's hometown of Talihina, Oklahoma.
The KOL were raised in a strict, Southern Pentecostal background, the 3 members whose father was a Pentecostal Evangelist Preacher, traveled throughout the Mid South, conducting revivals at Pentecostal Churhes. I was raised in a strict Southern Penetecostal background myself, so I can definitely relate to what they went through while growing up. Legendary Louisiana Rocker Jerry Lee Lewis was also raised in this type of environment to a certain extent. One of my uncles was a Pentecostal Preacher. It's a very stressful job, people call you 24 hours a day/7 days a week.Read more ›
Talihina Sky tells the intricate and enticing story of the Followill band of brothers (Nathan, Caleb, and Jared - all their middle names) along with first cousin Matthew Followill who also joined in. This documentary is done in such an appealing way, I have watched it several times already, catching onto something new with each viewing.
Beginning this rich tale is to start with the boy's impoverished, zealously Pentecostal childhood. Their side of the family was strict; devout, although favorably balanced through their mother Betty Ann. Their father Ivan, being an evangelical preacher who led revival meetings that the boys were always attending gradually turned around. Ivan and Betty Ann were divorced while the boys were in their latter teen years. He comments throughout the film as does she.
We see this come into view back and forth as the documentary plays through with plenty of interesting narrative and dialog from a huge family. They are at their annual family reunion including an abundance of relatives in a very rural Talihina OK. locale where all sorts of their people are gathered. This certainly is an interesting documented family portrait.
They have many uncles, cousins, etc. who all join in and make this yearly occasion quite a shindig for several days. There are little shacks all over the property, animals and a creek that their grandmother named "the best babysitter in the world". Nathan, Caleb, Jared, and Matthew come without any pretense and without an attitude of any superiority.Read more ›
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This documentary delves into the bands roots in Oklahoma and their earlier band days. We see home videos, behind the scenes footage, and we can get a better idea of each band... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Austin
Great feature regarding some of the history behind The Kings of Leon.Published 12 months ago by Jim Golden
I was cat sitting and giving kitty some lap time when I stumbled over this on Netflix (sorry Amazon). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Pamela Riek
This was a very honest and interesting look at this musical family. Wow, they use a lot of adult language, so this is definitely NOT for younger viewers.Published 21 months ago by Steven Vandewal