Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?
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Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? is a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of one of the most talented and versatile singer-songwriters in pop music history and the man The Beatles dubbed their favorite American musician. The Grammy® Award-winners Everybody s Talkin and Without You ... the quirky Coconut ( Put de lime in de coconut... )... the whimsical Me And My Arrow, and the poignant One ( ...is the loneliest number )... these recordings are all the work of Harry Nilsson. The documentary, which Ain t It Cool News said, is everything a great documentary needs to be, reveals his spirited relationship with John Lennon and close bond with Ringo Starr, as well as Harry the legendary bad boy party animal who was at the same time a devoted husband and father. Director John Scheinfeld brings added emotion and intimacy to the story with over 50 Nilsson recordings, rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies and personal photos. To this are added compelling interviews with top music and movie personalities who knew Harry well. They include Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Al Kooper, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, The Smothers Brothers, Jimmy Webb, Paul Williams, Robin Williams, Brian Wilson and many others. As film critic Leonard Maltin noted, Who Is Harry Nilsson? is a vivid portrait of a gifted man...what a great reminder of his talent. The DVD also contains 93 minutes of Bonus Material Deleted Scenes, Extended Sequences, an Alternate Ending and more.
If you see one rock doc this year, make it HARRY NILSSON... Close to genius, in fact. --Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
A lively documentary... exposure to the film should cause audiences to make room on their iPods for some serious downloading. --The Hollywood Reporter
Entertaining, informative and incredibly emotional. --Aint It Cool News
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Systematically I searched and bought anything I could get my hands on by the incredible singer. Over the decades I remained loyal to Harry and his music even when he had his down times. Information being at a premium in those days it was hard to get to know almost anything about Harry. So I was overjoyed to see that a movie and a book had finally been written about him.
This documentary is very well done. It does honor to Harry while laying bare his life for us to understand. From his extremely difficult childhood to his rise to success to his downfall and bankruptcy to his success at recovery. All of the interviews by stars, friends, musicians, and producers are tasteful and honest. We're treated to footage from the defunct "Someone Dropped His Mouse" film to studio footage, and home movies to help complete the picture of an incredible talented singer, writer, husband, and family man.
The documentary touches on the excesses and the price this uniquely talented man lived through without becoming gossip column fodder. If you are a "Harryhead" or you've just discovered this man and want to know more about him, then do yourself a favor and buy this movie. For the price of lunch you can add this wonderful piece of history in your video library. May you rest in peace Harry. We miss you.
Pretty darn good for someone who almost never did concert appearences or toured (he did do some one off appearences at Beatlefest, etc.)
Harry had a turbulent life. His father left his family when Harry was small creating a major gap in his life and the self destructive behavior had been mirrored by both his parents previously.
This terrific documentary covers the lost years as well--the period of time when drugs and drink took their toll on Harry's long lost weekend with John Lennon. It also addresses the damage to Nilsson's voice, in discussing his childhood how his feeling of abandonment impacted him as both a person and artist and features rare home movie footage, footage from his TV appearences and interviews with those who knew him best.
The DVD features deleted footage and interviews giving even more insight into Harry as an artist and musician. I was glad to see Stephen King highlight this powerful and sometimes heartbreaking documentary in his Entertainment Weekly column from a couple of weeks ago. Maybe with this DVD and King's promotional efforts for the film Harry will get just "a touch" of the recognition that he had when he was alive and in his prime. Recommended.
Last night, Hubby and I sat down and watched the story of Harry Nilsson. So much I never knew, and I was amazed at how many songs he had written (over 400) and how beloved he was by his friends. Granted, Harry was a handful, but deep down he was a good guy.
I recommend that you take some time and watch this video. If you remember Harry Nilsson, you will enjoy the walk down memory lane, and learn a bit more, along the way.
If you have never heard of Harry Nilsson, you will discover someone who made the music of my youth so much better just by the recording of his songs.
God bless you, Harry!