Live Forever

Overview

Documentarian John Dower turns his attention toward the 1990s British musical movement dubbed Brit-pop in his 2003 film, Live Forever. Going back to an early 1990 concert by the now-defunct band the Stone Roses, Dower traces the roots of the Brit-pop movement as originating from Britain's simultaneously discontented and disenfranchised youth, a residual outcome of the Conservative Party's decade-long stranglehold on Britain's political and cultural identity. As Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher departed from her ...
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Overview

Documentarian John Dower turns his attention toward the 1990s British musical movement dubbed Brit-pop in his 2003 film, Live Forever. Going back to an early 1990 concert by the now-defunct band the Stone Roses, Dower traces the roots of the Brit-pop movement as originating from Britain's simultaneously discontented and disenfranchised youth, a residual outcome of the Conservative Party's decade-long stranglehold on Britain's political and cultural identity. As Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher departed from her office, the 1990 Roses concert seemed to indicate a new musical movement would soon follow. Within a couple of years, the rock groups Blur and Oasis would take the lead in the new anti-establishment, almost anti-American, style of music that briefly seemed to revitalize Britain's sense of musical identity. Included in Dower's film are numerous interviews with British rockers Damon Albarn, Noel Gallagher, and Liam Gallagher.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The best moments in John Dower's Live Forever happen because he was able to conduct fairly revealing interviews with four of that scene's most important musical figures. Noel Gallagher, sitting in a chair that makes him appear to be the king of Britpop, Liam Gallagher, Blur's Damon Albarn, and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker each reveal (some with greater self-awareness than the others) what made their respective bands and the times they lived in special. Noel's remarkable ego complements Liam's feral intensity. They provide the funniest moments in the film. Albarn, still obviously bruised by his band's feud with Oasis, seems genuinely haunted by those heady years. And Cocker brings the same tone of theatrical resignation to his sessions in front of the camera as he does to his brilliantly orchestrated stage performances. It is easy to tell from these interviews, and from the archival footage of the various bands, why this music marked a generation of Brits so deeply. The various journalists interviewed throughout the piece provide the necessary cultural and political context, but it is the artists themselves who make this a compelling documentary even for those unfamiliar with the scene. While one could argue that the history is not as inclusive as it could be (there is very little mention of Suede or Elastica -- probably because members of those bands would not agree to be interviewed), Live Forever succeeds in explaining how the right bands came along at the right time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • UPC: 687797106537
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Damon Albarn Participant
Ozwald Boateng Participant
James Brown Participant
Jarvis Cocker Participant
Kevin Cummins Participant
Robert "3D" del Naja Participant
Liam Gallagher Participant
Noel Gallagher Participant
Damien Hirst Participant
Peter Mandelson Participant
Jon Savage Participant
Phill Savidge Participant
Louise Werner Participant
Wonderwall Participant
Toby Young Participant
Technical Credits
John Dower Director, Screenwriter
John Battsek Producer
Mike Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Fabre Cinematographer
Nicholas Fraser Executive Producer
Liz Gallagher Musical Direction/Supervision
Bob Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
John Chambers Executive Producer
David Lascelles Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Martin Editor
Paul Paragon Sound/Sound Designer
Josh Pitt Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Ruhemann Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
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