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Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, ... See full summary »

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Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and a thousand others. Doc used crutches and a wheelchair. He lived life fully, if not always happily or easily. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc's joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, it features a cast which includes Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King. As well, Doc's journals are read in the film by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the first white person inducted to The Rhythm and Blues Hall Of Fame. His ... Written by Anonymous

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The story of the singular and remarkable life of the man behind some of the best known rock and roll songs
7 November 2013 | by (Stamford, CT) – See all my reviews

This film is a work of art...about a man who got dealt , in many ways, a lousy hand . Lesser men would have stayed in their room, their neighborhood, and not confronted the pain. Doc was not that man. And from his pain, his longing, his love, he wrote some of the most beautiful songs ever....sang the blues with the heart of someone who has known what it is to be on the outside...and with his love ,caring, compassionate nurturing soul made lifetime and devoted friends of some of the most amazing talents of the day. I have seen this film 5 times. I cannot wait to see it again. Doc had extensive notes, photos, diaries, writings and his daughter, Sharyn Felder saved these and found Peter Miller and team....and the result is a labor of love. Visually and aurally it is MAGIC. the film editing by Amy Linton is beyond masterful . It is so totally involving. Bring some tissues...and an open heart....and go back into the world....grateful for this man, his music, his Spirit....the people who were committed to telling his remarkable story.


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