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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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Funny, inspiring and heartfelt
7 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This extraordinary film documents the life of one of the greatest songwriters of our age -- who was known and esteemed in the music community, but because he never became a star recording artist was less well known to the world at large. Coming down with polio at age 6, Doc Pomus overcame disability and pain to lead a rich life with many highs and lows, and a huge circle of friends. Through it all, he wrote song after great song, many of which form a soundtrack to our age.

The filmmakers have made a coherent and affecting whole out of a vast amount of material, both archival footage and contemporary interviews, all of which give a vivid picture of a vivid personality. It's such a rich film that it repays multiple viewings, and the quantity and amazing quality of the music speaks for itself.

I love this movie.


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