Mary Wharton on TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE and her Sauce Boss (SXSW 21) – Leslie Combemale interviews

The film uses recently discovered archival footage of Tom Petty filmed between 1993 and 1995 during the making of his seminal album Wildflowers, which has since become a classic. Late last year, the other half of the songs recorded for what was originally intended to be a double album was released. In this movie, we witness recording sessions, Petty plays parts of many of those songs, discusses their inspiration, and indeed at various points is in the moment of creation. The film represents a point in Petty’s life where he is exploring new aspects of his musicianship and reinventing himself both personally and professionally.

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JIMMY CARTER: ROCK AND ROLL PRESIDENT – Review by Martha K Baker

Most people think of Jimmy Carter as a Southern peanut farmer, a home-builder for the unhoused, or a Sunday School teacher. They might allow that he knows a few old hymns, but they do not think of him as a rebellious rock ‘n’ roller or a jazz aficionado. They might not pair him with Willie Nelson or Rosalyn Cash, Bob Dylan or the Allman Brothers.

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JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT – Review by Sarah Ward

In friendly, thoughtful and candid chats filmed in his Plains home, Jimmy Carter shares his fondness for gospel music, his respect of jazz, and his love of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers. Also fueling the feature: his memories of his childhood, political career and the friendships forged with the aforementioned performers that have lasted decades.

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