Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Agony and the Ecstacy of Phil Spector

This is likely the first time I have ever written a movie review before I saw the film. This morning Karen gave me the Arts and Leisure section of the New York Times because there was an article about the release of a DVD set with all episodes of Leave it to Beaver. When I finished that article, I found another one titled "In Documentary, Wall of Sound Meets Wall of Sound." Phil Spector is arguably on of the most infuential producers of popular music in the 1950s and 1960s. He even put his mark on the Beatle's Let it Be album. My favorite hit that he produced is River Deep Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner. Sadly he was convicted last year of the murder of Lana Clarkson and is now in prison.

The article describes the documentary produced by Vikram Jayanti which was built around interviews with Spector during his first trial in 2007. In the film Jayanti used 21 Spector songs played or performed in their entirety. However Jayanti never received a signed release from Spector allowing him to use the recordings. This brings up the issue of copyright and fair use.

This article has pursuaded me to see the movie which will be released this Wednesday and will play at the Film Forum in Greenwich Village. I hope my friends who are oldies enthuisasts will also see it. Please see the trailer.

There is a good biography of Phil Spector in the Wikipedia.

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