Tuesday June 17th 2008, 3:46 pm
Movie Lounge: Townes Van Zandt’s Be Here to Love Me
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Here, in it’s entirety, is Margaret Brown’s 2004 documentary on Townes Van Zandt. It’s an intimate look at the amazing musician and songwriter who penned tunes like “Pancho and Lefty” and “If I Needed You.” Through interviews with his friends and family, as well as vintage interviews and rare footage of the man himself, a very interesting and often heartbreaking portrait is painted of a brilliant artist who often fell victim to his demons. These included alcohol, a stint in a mental institution where he received shock treatments that left him a completely different man, suicidal behavior (playing Russian Roulette, jumping off a 4 story building) and more. Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Cowboy Junkies and more all give their take on one of the most intriguing songwriters of the 20th Century. Or as Steve Earle put it: “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that”. The movie continues after the jump. If you missed the last movie that we posted, you can check out the concert film Celebration at Big Sur here.

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[...] If the Rick Danko, Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia clip left you wanting more, I present to you 2003’s Festival Express in it’s entirety. As mentioned in the last post, the documentary is based on the Inter Trans Continental Pop Festival Tour that traveled across Canada in 1970. Many of the artists chartered a train to take them from stop to stop and the following film documents both their performances at the actual festival as well as footage shot onboard the train. While the tour was generally considered a financial failure (young people didn’t want to pay what they felt were exorbitant ticket prices), many of the behind the scene moments caught by seasoned cinematographer Peter Bizou (The Wall, Mississippi Burning, etc) are absolutely priceless. If you missed the previous films in our Movie Lounge series, be sure to check out Celebration at Big Sur and Townes Van Zandt’s Be Here To Love Me. [...]

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