Friday, February 10, 2006

Heart Of Gold On A Silver Screen

An excellent interview with Neil Young aired on Fresh Air last night.

His concert in Nashville is the subject of a new Jonathan Demme documentary. Listen to him analyzing his songwriting process, particularly when he talks about a voice-mail from Jim Jarmusch. Also, check out the close of the interview for a very funny joke by Neil.

While the performance has been highly praised by music critics, the film itself has got great reviews, all pointing out that Demme has spared them the rock-doc cliches. You know those cliches, right? Cutaway to the audience during a solo or a chorus, backstage drama, camera set up high above the crowd, standard-issue lighting and color, frenetic camera movement and fast edits...(btw, Martin Scorsese practically defined this genre with "Woodstock" and "The Last Waltz")


Tabula Rasa said...

Love The Last Waltz. Keep going back to it again and again and again.

The making-of featurette with the Scorcese and Robbie Robertson interviews is in a world by itself.

km said...

Tabula - TLW is my favorite rock-doc too. Though Spinal Tap comes a close second ;)


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