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For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair (2009)

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A devoted community of artists, volunteers and patrons transform a politically subversive little neighborhood coffee house and restaurant into a unique American music institution.

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A weird, magical success story.
8 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie for anyone interested in grassroots American music. It's not just a gloss but a real story about a Anderson Fair, a seminal venue in Houston, TX where songwriters are able to put themselves in front of a quality audience and, if they're good enough, let their songs weave the magic. It contains vintage footage and contemporary interviews with the likes of Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith, and a host of names you may or may not recognize. All of them have their special place in this weird, unlikely success story. After 41 years, Anderson Fair is still going strong presenting songwriters where lyrics still count and you'd better be able to present them stripped down and real.


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