Musician Movies

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  1. kelnet

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    So, in the last few years, we've had the Johnny Cash and Ray Charles bio-pics, the Elvis mini-series, the weird Bob Dylan film, and now we've got a Hank Williams movie.

    Who should be next? What great musical icons should be the topic of a new film?
     
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    George Jones

    Ricky Nelson

    Dusty Springfield
     
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    Charles Mingus

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    Which Elvis miniseries are you referring to? Just wondering if there was one I missed...

    Hasn't there been a Jimi film in the works, like, forever?
     
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    Still waiting for a really good Robert Johnson movie.
     
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    Well I would certainly pay to see biopics of Zappa, Mingus, and Eno; all giants in their respective corners of the music biz, who carved out truly unique catalogs.

    But I think there's a law of diminishing returns that will apply here. True dominating giants of the music biz, who broke past being merely talented musicians, and on into popular culture, are few and far between. 'We' for the most part, don't allow it to happen anymore.

    Look at Madonna, nearly forty years into her career: she is 95% marketing and 5% talent. FWIW, I'm not trying to slag her; some of her tunes, I happen to enjoy. She's done incredibly well, considering ...

    Once they pass on, Paul McCartney and Elton John will warrant such treatment. Other than Michael Jackson, I cannot immediately think of anyone already passed on, who will be bankable at the box office. And aside the skeevy pedophilia aspect of MJ, his financial state at the end of his life left lots of people in various businesses holding the bag... so I doubt there will ever be much of a Hollywood push to cash in on his life's story.

    I want to go see this; I expect I'll have to be in New Orleans before the opportunity presents itself though...

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    Harry Chapin was a pretty cool guy from what I understand
     
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    I think you're right about that. When I saw this thread, I thought it was going to be about movies like "That Thing You Do" or "School of Rock", which deal with more street-level music stories and seem to reflect parts of my own experience to some degree or another.

    On the subject of biographies, the real challenge is that the person has to have an interesting life (or a life whose story can be told in an interesting manner) as well as having (presumably) some level of musical significance. Which don't always go hand in hand. The biographies of a lot of my favorite musicians would probably consist of endless scenes of them practicing their instruments, studying other music, tweaking their gear, etc.

    Speaking of "Studying other music", I'd bet John Hartford's life story would make a pretty entertaining movie.
     
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    What hank movie? I must have missed that one.
     
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    How about Junior Brown. I would bet he has a great story behind him.
     
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    Yes. That would be worth a watch.
     
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    My mistake. It was a TV movie, back in 2005.
     
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    the sales for hockey masks and lawn chairs would skyrocket!
     
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    There was a Hank Williams movie made many years ago with George Hamilton playing Hank. There was also a made for TV movie about Hank, Jr.

    I would love to see one about Levon Helm.
     
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    I always thought Adam Sandler could do a great, serious Bob Dylan. That would be cool.

    I also heard a rumor that Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) was picked to play Freddie Mercury.
     
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