In marked contrast to "Color Me Obsessed," director Gorman Bechard's risky yet rewarding 2011 Replacements documentary that featured no songs or appearances by its subject matter, his ...
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In marked contrast to "Color Me Obsessed," director Gorman Bechard's risky yet rewarding 2011 Replacements documentary that featured no songs or appearances by its subject matter, his upcoming "Every Everything: the music, life & times of Grant Hart" doc completely flips the formula: It's 100% unfiltered, unrestrained Grant Hart. The former Husker Du co-songwriter/singer/drummer welcomes you into his world, immediately addresses any HD reunion possibilities in an old interview, and is shown wailing behind his kit during that renowned middle-American punk band's heyday. And that all happens before the film's title even appears. What follows is a revelatory exploration of a singularly unique artistic force, one whose creative career is often overshadowed by that of his former band mate, and who finally, rightfully, gets a moment in the spotlight. It's an oral, and aural, history of Husker Du's so-called "wild one", from his rocky family life through the formation of his most well-known ... Written by
I've been a huge Husker Du fan since 1989 so sadly missed out on getting to see them live but watching this movie about the less celebrated songwriter Grant Hart (who has lived in the shadow of Bob Mould since the band split in 1988) felt special and exciting.
Grant Hart is without doubt a true artist, an intellectual and a great songwriter and musician. In interviews I've read from Hart since Husker split there often seems to be a bitterness towards Mould albeit expressed in a very poetic way but interestingly in the film he seems largely positive about his old hardcore comrade.
The film is lovingly put together and excellently crafted and combines lots of Husker footage with a look right through his career. Hart has an outsiders perspective on life and is a rugged individualist but his sweetness comes through in the film when he expresses sadness at his past drug problems and he beautifully describes how the spirit of his mother lives on and what Patti Smith means to him whom he calls a goddess.
Hart also reaches out to Mould saying lets 'forget 1987' (when things got bad) giving us hope of a Husker reunion one day. I do hope so! I was lucky enough to see the London premiere of this film in Piccadilly today and there was a Q & A with Gorman the director afterwards. A great guy and clearly a big fan of both Husker and the Replacements who has a very warm regard for Grant Hart.
Overall this is an excellent document of the life and times of Grant Hart and redresses the balance in the post-Husker world which has been Mould dominated. More importantly it will stand as a legacy to Hart long after he has gone. Well done Gorman.
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