Friday, March 21, 2014

Gene Clark Documentary

Bob Dylan described Missouri-born country boy Gene Clark as one of the three best songwriters in the world. He was the original frontman for one of the most iconic and influential bands of the 60s. After his abrupt departure from the Byrds at the peak of their popularity, he made records that are still regarded as classics. And he was one of the great pioneers of both folk rock and country rock. Yet, as far as the public is concerned, Clark is largely unknown and his reputation lags far behind that of peers such as Gram Parsons.

The documentary The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark explores the mystery of why this richly talented but deeply enigmatic and often self-destructive man failed to enjoy the success his work deserved.

Drawing on interviews with his family, friends and fellow musicians including fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, a wealth of great music from the four-decade span of his career and previously unseen archive material, it is a story that is both compelling and moving, veering between moments of magic and moments of madness.

The BBC aired the documentary and will air it again. Check schedule HERE

It is available on Youtube HERE

The DVD is is available exclusively through Four Suns Productions HERE

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