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Jobriath A.D. (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 June 2012 (USA)
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Called "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll" and "Hype of the Year," Jobriath's reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975. Now, 35 years later, "... See full summary »


Kieran Turner


Kieran Turner
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Credited cast:
Jerry Brandt Jerry Brandt ... Self
Jayne County ... Self
Dennis Christopher ... Self
Joe Elliott ... Self
Kristian Hoffman Kristian Hoffman ... Self
Gloria Jones Gloria Jones ... Self
Ann Magnuson ... Self
Miss Mercy Miss Mercy ... Self
Jake Shears ... Self
Will Sheff Will Sheff ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Almond Marc Almond ... Self
Joey Arias ... Self (as Joseph Arias)
Jobriath Boone ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Butler ... Self
Lisa Fancher Lisa Fancher ... Self


Called "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll" and "Hype of the Year," Jobriath's reign as the first openly gay rock star was brief and over by 1975. Now, 35 years later, "Jobriath A.D." spotlights his life, music, groundbreaking influence and the new generations of fans slowly re-discovering him. Written by Eight Track Tape Productions

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A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale




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A declaration of true self unheard by the masses...
15 February 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Kieran Turner's fascinating documentary of doomed early 1970s glam-rock singer Jobriath, arguably the first openly-gay celebrity in post-Stonewall America. Several years before Elton John admitted in a print interview that he was bisexual, Jobriath released two non-charting albums before slowly, painfully realizing the country wasn't ready for an in-your-face effeminate rock star. Born Bruce Wayne Campbell in Philadelphia in 1946, the gifted young man from a broken home began to paint and write music at an early age. A featured performer in the L.A. touring company of "Hair", the self-christened Jobriath Boone eventually came in contact with music manager Jerry Brandt, a maestro of hype with money and connections (and a yearning for celebrity himself), who entered into a 50-50 split with the singer (patterned after Elvis' pact with Colonel Tom Parker). Jobriath wrote and recorded his songs for Elektra while Brandt saturated east coast media with publicity on the heretofore unknown singer, a plan that backfired when the public turned out to be completely indifferent to Jobriath's complicated musical arrangements and Ziggy Stardust-like persona. Looking back, maybe all Jobriath needed in these early stages was a hit single. Unfortunately, his records, in a glam rock-meets-opera groove, weren't catchy or commercial. This story of a desire for fame in the modern age, narrated by Henry Rollins and featuring a host of interviews from people who were there, turns out to be a paint-by-numbers free fall to Earth, but an intriguing and devastating one. Jobriath was ahead of his time, certainly...and yet one wonders, will the times ever catch up with Jobriath? *** from ****

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