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Rockstar (2000)

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Douglas Adams own words: "In November (1999) Apple brought together a bunch of people under its AppleMaster program and taught us to use their new digital video editing stuff - the new iMac... See full summary »

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Douglas Adams own words: "In November (1999) Apple brought together a bunch of people under its AppleMaster program and taught us to use their new digital video editing stuff - the new iMac DV with Firewire ports and bundled iMovie software. (It's a very simple-to-use program that works like a cut and paste word processor for digital video at broadcast quality. It's pretty amazing stuff.) We each had to make our own video as part of the class. I made a kind of rock video, based on a song by my friend Margo Buchanan. Margo is a singer and songwriter who mostly works as a session singer but has one of the most amazing voices I know. She wrote it along with Miles Waters and her husband Wix. Wix is a very old friend of mine who had the same piano teacher as me at school, but it worked rather better for him than for me, and he was for years Paul McCartney's keyboard player. He also did the music for Starship Titanic. The guitarist on the track is the great Robbie McIntosh. Buy his acoustic... Written by Anonymous

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During a two-day creative workshop at Apple featuring iMovie and the iMac DV, kids and AppleMasters showed their stuff, creating and editing original digital movies. Douglas Adams' offering featured his daughter Polly in the title role of his friend Margo Buchanan's track "Rockstar". John Cleese (also on the Apple iMovie workshop) makes a cameo. Margo later performed the song at Adams' memorial service in London. See more »

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Written by Margo Buchanan, Miles Waters and Paul Wickens
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Home made music video by Douglas Adams

In November 1999 Apple brought together a bunch of people under its AppleMaster program and taught them to use their new digital video editing stuff – the new iMac DV with Firewire ports and bundled iMovie software. Among them were Douglas Adams, Gregory Hines and Michael Nesmith.

"Rockstar" was filmed partly in Douglas Adams home in Santa Barbara, and partly at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It features his daughter Polly miming to a song performed by Douglas friend Margo Buchanan, who also wrote the song with Miles Waters and her husband Wix. Guitarist on the track is Robbie McIntosh.

The segment with John Cleese was filmed in the Apple building lounge.


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