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Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie

HD   Unrated

Steve Barker

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About the Film

Documentary about English singer-songwriter and self-professed rock and roll failure John Otway. Although Otway secured a five album deal with Polydor Records off the back of his 1972 single `Really Free`, his lack of musical talent made certain he would never reach the levels of success he was hoping for. Nonetheless, with a small but devoted fanbase and an unwillingness to yield to the dog-eat-dog nature of the music industry, John has contrived to remain within the public sphere through a series of publicity stunts. The film highlights both the highs and lows of Otway's career and shows how he has continued, with the help of those who love him, to turn his failures into successes over the years.

Customer Reviews

Otway's Journey to the Centre of The Albert Hall..

I love me a rock-doc. I love me an underdog story. I love me dodgy seventies punk. What better way to smoosh all three into one shiny disc (or file if you are that way inclined). Lovingly shot and fantasticly paced, this saga of one man's fight to be more than a one hit wonder is a wonderful portraiot of the least famous man you have never heard of, unless you happened tp frequent the Oranges and Lemons in the late seventies, or watched Summer Holiday (the last Young Ones episode). I canot recommend it enough and, despite the failure aspect of it all, the music is pretty damn good. If you ever need a soundtrack to tenacity then buy the best of as well.
Buy now. And also buy John Otway's Christmas single, which is ace.

Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie

This is the true story of a legend - it charts the career of a man who's refusal to give into circumstance and bad luck is profound. The film is funny, sad and inspiring - there are not many people in the world like John Otway which makes the film fascinating for fans and newcomers alike. All the talk of failure and lack of talent belies the fact that John Otway is a very good songwriter and performer. That he has made a career in the music industry for over 30 years (despite downright hostility from parts of the music industry) is an astounding success and the reason that he has such dedicated fans. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes the idea of the underdog battling against corporate blandness and 'failure' to achieve his dreams.

Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie
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  • £6.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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