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Jeffrey Baxter ... Himself
Bruce R. Cohn ... Himself (as Bruce Cohn)
Lara Johnston ... Herself
Tom Johnston ... Himself

Michael McDonald ... Himself
John McFee ... Himself
Tiran Porter ... Himself
Joel Selvin ... Himself
Patrick Simmons ... Himself
Ted Templeman ... Himself

Directed by
Barry Ehrmann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rachel Benson 
Barry Ehrmann 

Produced by
Rachel Benson .... associate producer
Barry Ehrmann .... producer
Kathy Nelson .... associate producer
James Yukich .... associate producer
Film Editing by
James Yukich 
Jamie Yukich 
Sound Department
Erik Brena .... sound re-recording mixer
Jamie Yukich .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Julia Leusner .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Stuart Ferreyra .... colorist
Stuart Ferreyra .... on-line editor
Francisco Ortiz .... on-line editor

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Chronicles Their Remarkable Journey, 17 May 2014
Author: Larry Silverstein from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This documentary is a methodical step-by-step chronicle of the remarkable story of The Doobie Brothers, one of the most popular rock groups of all-time, selling over 40 million albums and still going strong today. It contains the customary interviews with present and former band members, associates including their 40-year manager Bruce Cohn, music critics, as well as some family members. Additionally, you get to hear lots of music clips from some of their performances, with instantly recognizable songs, many of which have now become classics.

For me, the parts of the film that I found particularly interesting were how they got their name (you probably guessed right), and in the beginning, in the early 1970's, that the band were favorites of the Hells Angels bikers.

Additionally, their constant metamorphosis over they years is rather amazing, with various band members leaving and others joining over a span of five decades (with some gaps of long inactivity). This included the time that their lead singer Tommy Johnston left the group due to illness and some burnout. The group then plucked an unknown, at the time, Michael McDonald from the group Steely Dan, and once his incredible voice and songwriting abilities were discovered, he became an instant sensation and stayed with The Doobie Brothers for six years.

One criticism of the movie that I had was that the filmmakers waited till quite late in the film to highlight some of the member's families and the great amount of charity work they engage in. I felt this livened up the documentary considerably, as it had to that point been somewhat of a staid and dry presentation, in my opinion.

The film was directed by Barry Ehrmann, who also co-wrote the movie with Rachel Benson.

Overall, I found this documentary to be quite interesting as I was only partially familiar with the group, which has played such an integral part in rock and music history.

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