New York Times - 10/01/2008
"WILD COMBINATION: A PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR RUSSELL, a tender, fascinating documentary by Matt Wolf, will delight the cult and instantly convert new members."
Rolling Stone - 03/05/2009 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] delicate documentary....Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass help recount the late Russell's rise..."
Arthur Russell's mercurial compositions as a disco producer brought abstract music to the dance floors. Coming of age in the 1970s as a gay man, Russell crossed paths with many of the decade's burgeoning art movements, developing friendships with both Allen Ginsberg and Philip Glass. Reclusive and often self-sabotaging, Russell made music that defied categorization and which, beneath the fog of echo and stuttering drumbeats, was often startlingly personal. This documentary is an engrossing tribute to his life and art.
Description by Alternative Distribution Alliance:
This is director Matt Wolf's portrait of the seminal avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music that spanned both pop and abstract art. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur's family, friends, and collaborators, including Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg, to tell this poignant story. Includes tribute performances of Russell's songs by Jens Lekman, Verity from Electrelane, Joel Gibb from Hidden Cameras, and Arthur's Landing (featuring members of Modern Lovers).
Gay / Lesbian |
Music (General) |
New York City |
R&B / Soul |