Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rock Movies I Love: Almost Famous

As an avid reader of Rolling Stone Magazine, a fan of Led Zeppelin and a worshipper of music from the 1970's, I love love love the movie Almost Famous. The movie is Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning-autobiography. Before he was a big-time Hollywood writer/director, Crowe was a rock journalist for Rolling Stone at the tender age of 15. (Lucky Bastard!) Crowe, through his film alter ego William Miller, chronicles his experiences traveling with rock stars on the road. In the film, William travels with the band Stillwater, an up-and-coming band, touring to promote its recent album. The band is initially suspicious of Miller calling the young music journalist "the Enemy." Eventually, Stillwater, along with their "Band-Aids" - led by the charismatic "Penny Lane" - welcome Miller into the fold, forming a family of sorts as they travel from date to date on their tour bus, Doris. It's a sweet coming-of-age story amidst the chaos of life on the road complete with heartbreak, a near drug overdose, groupie sex and great 70's music with actual Led Zeppelin songs - one of Crowe's perks from covering the band for Rolling Stone. (Lucky Bastard!) I love love love love this movie.

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