Sunday, February 9, 2014

R.I.P.: Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones, an actor who seemed poised for stardom before abruptly abandoning his movie career in the late 1960s, died on January 31, 2014. He was 72.

Mr. Jones made only a few films, but his talent and star power drew comparisons with James Dean, whose brief career his own mimicked in some ways. Like Dean, Mr. Jones studied at the Actors Studio, worked on Broadway and in television, and projected an aura of wild yearning and raw energy, which he showed in films like “Wild in the Streets,” (1968) and “Ryan’s Daughter” (1970).

Jones’ best-remembered role was probably Max Frost, the Machiavellian rock star in the drive-in classic Wild In The Streets. As the price of his endorsement, Frost compels a politician to get behind a movement to lower the legal voting age to 14, then runs for president, gets elected, and consigns everyone over 30 to internment camps, where they’re forcibly dosed with LSD to keep them docile.

Jones was the singer of “Nothing Can Change The Shape Of Things To Come” (above), the classic fist-shaking 60s garage rock protest anthem from the film. MORE HERE & HERE

Wild In The Streets Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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