Tom Waits is one of the most original musicians of the last five decades. Renowned for his gravelly voice and dazzling mix of musical styles, he’s also one of modern music’s most enigmatic and influential artists.
His songs have been covered by Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Norah Jones, among many others. But Waits has always pursued his own creative vision, with little concern for musical fashion.
In a long career of restless reinvention, from the barfly poet of his early albums to the junkyard ringmaster of Swordfishtrombones, his songs chronicle lives from the margins of American society – drifters, dreamers, hobos and hoodlums – and his music draws on a rich mix of influences, including the blues, jazz, Weimar cabaret and film noir.
Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits’ music – a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative American songbook.
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Director James Maycock
Production Manager Fiona Crawford
Production Coordinator Fiona Dorman
Editor Bradley Richards
Camera Operator Luke Finn
Interviewed Guest: Terry Gilliam, Lucinda Williams, Ian Rankin, Ed Harcourt, Ralph Carney, Bones Howe, Ute Lemper, Nitin Sawhney, Guy Garvey and Jim Sclavunos
BBC In Concert
29th September 2016
1080p ᴴᴰ – HQ
Only the BBC can play host to an artist of Morrison’s calibre in such a tiny venue. The Radio Theatre, New Broadcasting House, is made up in such a way that we are transported to a New Orleans jazz club. Van Morrison sing and play for just over an hour, with a few hundred lucky winners of the ticket lottery standing mesmerised. This is a fantastic show and a testament to the staying power of a tremendous artist.
Setlist (* = songs from his lates album, Keep me singing):
Baby Please Don’t Go/ Don’t Start Crying Now// Here Comes The Night
Every Time I see A River*
Let It Rhyme*
Whenever God Shines His Light
Sometimes We Cry
Going Down To Bangor*
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword*
Keep Me Singing*
Carrying A Torch
Brown Eyed Girl
Jackie Wilson Said
In The Garden
Neil Young live at the BBC 1971 and BBC Documentary Don’t be denied
Neil played a wonderful set in 1971 that was taped and broadcast by The BBC. He arrived in England right after the release of Harvest the concert is part of a promo tour of the album. It is just Neil Young alone with his guitar and a set of songs that has become part of any best-of collections by him. At this concert they were fresh material. He also did some unreleased songs. The filming and the sound is very good, and Neil Young’s stories about his life and surroundings are easy to follow. This is a true gem, and one of the best captures of Neil Young in the early period.
01.- Out on the Weekend 00:00
02.- Old Man 03:59
03.- Journey Through the Past 08:04
04.- Heart of Gold 13:09
05.- Don’t Let It Bring You Down 17:16
06.- A Man Needs a Maid 20:15
07.- Love in Mind 24:14
08.- Dance Dance Dance 26:27
I have a lot(!) of Neil Young documentaries/films/concert footage lying around, and this is the best of them all (…no, it was not me who uploaded it on YouTube, thanks to the original uploader). Neil Young really opens up and the live footage is spectacular. Young is very much aware of his “difficult” personality, his quest for great art is his most important task in life. The film explores how Young’s unflinching dedication to the muse has created an impressive body of work and bruised a lot of people along the way. But he is also a warm and funny person. This docu was also shown in the American Masters series on PBS in the US.
The film ends with Neil Young playing an anti-Bush anthem to a Republican audience in the South, still refusing to be denied.