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December 17, 2008

The godlike genius of Scott Walker

As a lot of you know, I’m a big music documentary fan. There’s an excellent one premiering here in New York this week: Scott Walker – 30 Century Man. Walker was a teen heartthrob in Britain’s swinging ’60s pop scene (with hits like “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”) but then completely withdrew from the fame game and for the last 40 years he’s been making dark, dense, complex solo records. Oh, and did I mention the movie stars David Bowie (who also executive produced the film), Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn, Neil Hannon, Marc Almond, Alison Goldfrapp, and Sting? All big Walker fans. If you don’t know his music, you need to. Now.

It’s playing at the IFC Center Theaters for one week only, starting tonight. If you’re here in NYC, check it out… it’ll also be playing in a dozen other US cities in the next few months. Here’s the trailer. I love the snippet from his Jacques Brel cover Jackie. I remember when I first heard it, I thought he was singing, “…about the time they called me Shaggy.” Heh heh.



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