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AKA Doc Pomus

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Plot Summary

Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several lifetimes. AKA Doc Pomus brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey. In his later years, Doc was a mentor to generations of younger songwriters, and a fierce advocate for downtrodden rhythm and blues musicians. He wrote a thousand songs including some of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music – but his most lasting gift may have been his uniquely generous spirit. “If the music industry had a heart,” the record producer Jerry Wexler remembered, “it would be Doc Pomus.” Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, AKA Doc Pomus features interviews with Doc’s collaborators and friends, including Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Leiber and Stoller, and B.B. King. Passages from Doc’s private journals are read by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus’ gripping life story makes for a powerful and lively film that introduces this unique American character to a new, much wider circle of admirers.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 10
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn't get in the way of its subject's heart. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Oct 3, 2013

Fresh: Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Feb 1, 2013

Fresh: Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, "AKA Doc Pomus" uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Oct 10, 2013

Fresh: Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Oct 1, 2013

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Customer Reviews

DOC WAS A GIFT TO THIS WORLD

Having always been a fan of Doc’s music - and knowing a lot about his life from a biography… I watched just to get a little more background and to see some footage I might not have yet seen of The Great Doc. Little did I know I would either being smiling or crying during the entire documentary.
If you don’t know Doc Pomus - you know his music - you need to watch AKA DOC POMUS to understand just how good the human soul can be…. And the story behind SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes no matter how tough you may think you are.

AKA Doc Pomus
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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