Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Visiting a World of Echo

Arthur Russell

The new Arthur Russell documentary, Wild Combination, is playing now at the IFC Center in NYC (it runs until October 7). Directed by Matt Wolf and featuring interviews with everyone from Allen Ginsberg to Jens Lekman, the film looks like a fantastic tribute and an intimate glimpse into the too-short life of a captivating genius. Russell is finally getting the attention he always deserved, beginning with the spectacular Audika reissues and now with this documentary...

If you haven't heard it, go out right this second and buy World of Echo. Then take it home and put it on your stereo, plug in a pair of headphones, sink into a comfy chair, and close your eyes... Don't feel embarrassed if you start weeping.





WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL
@ IFC Center (323 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014)
Showtimes for Wed Oct 1 – Tue Oct 7:
Wed-Thu: 1:10, 2:50, 4:25, 6:15, 8:25, 10:10pm
Fri: 9:45pm, 12:15am
Sat: 12:15am
Sun-Tue: 9:45pm

"In New York's vibrant music scene of the 70s and 80s, Arthur Russell bridged the gap between the artistic vanguard and dancefloor hits, The Kitchen and Studio 54. A seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist and disco producer, he was on the cusp of popular success before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992. As a new generation discovers his music, this kaleidoscopic, inventive documentary combines rare archival footage and interviews with family, friends and colleagues—including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg, a lifelong mentor and collaborator—to tell the story of a groundbreaking artist."

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