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Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2004)

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Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Ely ...
Himself - Musician
Guy Clark ...
Himself - Musician
Himself - Musician
Himself - Musician
Donna Spence ...
Herself - Sister
Ann Rice ...
Herself - First Cousin
Luke Sharpe ...
Himself - High School Classmate
John Ruehl ...
Himself - Shattuck Classmate
Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ...
Himself - College Roommate
Frank 'Chito' Greer ...
Himself - Friend
Fran Lohr ...
Herself - First Wife
Jerry Jeff Walker ...
Himself - Musician
Kevin Eggers ...
Himself - Record Producer and Label Owner
Wrecks Bell ...
Himself - Bass Player
David Olney ...
Himself - Musician


Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt.

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22 December 2005 (Germany)  »

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$9,098 (USA) (2 December 2005)


$129,424 (USA) (24 March 2006)

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Himself - Audio Conversations with Townes Van Zandt: How come most of your songs are sad songs?
Townes van Zandt: I don't think they're all that sad. I have a few that aren't sad, they're like... hopeless. Totally hopeless situation and the rest aren't sad they're just the way it goes. I mean you know you don't think life's sad.
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Features Heartworn Highways (1976) See more »


Rex's Blues
Written by Townes van Zandt
Performed by Townes van Zandt
Courtesy of Tomato Records
Copywright: BUG
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"A Singer & Songwriter that you must know about!
12 August 2006 | by (Orlando Florida USA) – See all my reviews

Margaret Brown's story of Singer and Songwriter Townes Van Zandt is a wonderful tribute and heartfelt autobiography. In her own retro film style, I felt like I was part of the story of a struggling Musician trying to make it in a world that cared more about the record deal than the songs they produced. Van Zandt stuck to his guns and never sold out and recorded some of finest lyrics and haunting acoustical guitar work anyone has ever heard. The interviews really take you inside this guy's life - head and soul... and raw footage of Townes is aplenty in this film. One comment that will stay with myself forever was a interview with a Tour Manager whom stated: "He was moving up the Concert Tour Circuit... almost to a Motor Coach, YEA, he was ready to go! Van Zandt could care less about so-called fame, and just wrote and played what he felt. And this film sends the message to do whats in your heart, even if it kills ya at a young age. For any Artist, a 'Must See Documentary Film!

John Vizzusi, Behind the Indie Camera / Florida Film Monthly

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