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Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017)

The story of singer Joe Cocker is told through archive footage and interviews for close associates.

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John Edginton

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Cocker ... Self (archive footage)
Phil Crookes Phil Crookes ... Self
Vic Cocker Vic Cocker ... Self
Ray Charles ... Self (archive footage)
Chris Stainton Chris Stainton ... Self
Glyn Johns ... Self
Billy Joel ... Self
Jerry Moss ... Self
Michael Lang ... Self
Ben Fong Torres ... Self
Jimmy Webb ... Self
Rita Coolidge ... Self
Leon Russell ... Self (archive footage)
Randy Newman ... Self
Deric Dyer Deric Dyer ... Self
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The turbulent life of soul and blues singer, the late Joe Cocker. A former gas fitter from Sheffield , catapulted to world stardom in 1969 at Woodstock with his legendary performance of the Beatles song,"A Little Help from My Friends". But in the early 1970s, Joe Cocker's inner demons nearly killed him. Overcoming his struggles with alcohol and drugs, he rebuilt his reputation as "one of the great primal rock and roll vocalists of all time" (Billy Joel's description). The film mixes Joe Cocker's own words, with rare archive. His family, friends and the legendary songwriters and musicians he collaborated with, tell Joe Cocker's story. The film has raw, electric performance footage throughout. Written by John Edginton

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1 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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GBP260,000 (estimated)
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Uneven with some unforgivable omissions
7 August 2017 | by webberaircargoSee all my reviews

Hard to believe that this documentary could interview core member Chris Stainton at length and make extensive use of music performed by the Grease Band but largely ignore who else comprised Cocker's seminal band at the time. Seriously, the late great Henry McCullough (later of Paul McCartney's Wings (Mach One) didn't merit so much as a mention? The Grease Band was Cocker's original backing band and backed him at Woodstock, then released a couple of albums after having been basically dismissed to accommodate Leon Russell's desires for the Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Bad enough to have been treated so dismissively then but unforgivable in a documentary.


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