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Long Ride Home (2003)

Video  -  Documentary  -  February 2003 (USA)
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An in-depth, on the road documentary following rock band Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. With footage from backtage to onstage, from the van to the audience, this full length film captures ... See full summary »

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An in-depth, on the road documentary following rock band Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. With footage from backtage to onstage, from the van to the audience, this full length film captures and exposes the band's philosophy, work ethic, faults, foibles, hopes, and pathos. Written by ??? (from video jacket)

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A nice behind-the-scenes look at America's hardest working indy rockers
23 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Long Ride Home chronicles the growth of the Peacemakers out of the ashes of the Refreshments. In an ironic twist, even though it's never mentioned in the film, the tour narrative cuts off just before 9/11/2001. To folks familiar with Roger and the boys from their relentless tour schedule, it'll come as no surprise that the energy of this band comes through with every frame. It's an effective mix of live performance, off-stage anecdotes from the road, and interviews with each of the band's members. The focus, of course, is on Clyne himself who is often reflective and poetic while displaying the humorous side that is so often demonstrated in his songwriting. The film itself is low-budget and looks it, but to fans that won't matter. If the sound quality of the live performances isn't perfect, that only seems to enhance and spotlight the band's brash, raw vibe. Highlights include a trip to the fireworks shop where quiet drummer PH Naffah's destructive streak shows through, and a quiet moment with guitarist Steve Larson playing cards with a bunch of folks about twice his age.


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