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innovative and now iconic Parliament / Funkadelic,
being first turned on to them at a very early age in
the early 70's by my mother and older cousins and buying
the records and attending the "P-Funk Earth Tour" as a teenager
during the height of their success in the mid to late 70's,
I dived at the chance to buy this DVD documentary about one
of the baddest and most crucial musical alchemists
of the last 50 years!!---Bernie "Insurance Man" Worrell!!
Other than Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, YES, ELO,
and maybe a small handful of less important artists,
nobody has done more for electronic instrumentation or
the keyboard in general than Mr. Worrell!
He almost single-handedly created the language of how synthesizers
are used in pop music today!--Funk, Rock, Pop, Alternative,
HIP-HOP...whatever!! In fact P-Funk was alternative long
before the phrase was even coined!--(Can Y'all Get 2 That??)
I just feel like this was a great opportunity that was half-azz
wasted because very little was really said about the man's
upbringing (no young photos, surviving family members, etc.)
were mined to shed light on where this prodigious talent was nurtured!
It was like...yeah, he had a mother, and she kept him sheltered
from ghetto life, and he could play Mozart and Bach, etc. at age 5
and composed his own concerto at age 8, but it didn't go too
much more in depth with it.Read more ›
I think the director assumed the viewer knew who Bernie is. I would have approached it from the opposite perspective. Doing so would have created a documentary worthy of every high school music classroom. Instead, we have testimony that sounds more like fan mail than music history. Maybe archival footage just doesn't exist, but I hope this secret icon has been documented and preserved. More footage of his cutting-edge approach to music and synthesizers should and must be done.
It's about time somebody did a documentary about this true artist, but I think it falls short of explaining how significant he really is.
The DVD showcases musical genius Bernie Worrell , giving us a closer glance at the keyboard-wizard who brought us Flashlight and so many other classics.
More than learning about Bernie from the man himself, we are given an introspective on his life through longtime friends/collaborators such as George Clinton, Bootsy, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Mos Def, Will Callhaun, Bill Laswell and many others.
The DVD is fast-paced, not for a moment boring, as Bernie is seen in more-or-less intimate situation at the same time as he is discussed by others.
This from of documentary might seem odd, but I think it is very much in tune with what Bernie is: The Mystic, the Man at the River. Not a man that likes to dwell in his own stardom (or maybe even do much to discuss his life), Bernie likes his privacy better.
He is not in it for the fame, he is in it for the Love of music.
This DVD gives a really insight into Bernie, and what his music really is. Thank you Bernie, for all the Funk...
(DVD also contains greats footage of the recording of Bernie's latest record, Improvisczario.)
Bernie will always have his light under the sun under the sun..........
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/the only reason I am rating low is because it was a very sad documentary.Published 9 months ago by tedsgigi
I'm a huge fan of music and music documentaries. I'm not afraid to watch things outside of the mainstream. And I'm a fan of Bernie's. But I was not a fan of this production. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Mike Dias
A great look at the man who helped construct the P-Funk Sound!!! Long live Bernie Worrell!!! Make my Funk the P-Funk I wanna get Funked up!!!Published on February 9, 2013 by brian Hallyburton