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One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jeremy Frindel

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About the Movie

In 1970, a young musician named Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom-turning down the lead singer slot in the band that would become Blue Oyster Cult. He sold all his possessions and moved from the New York suburbs to the Himalayan foothills in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows Kagel's journey to India and back, his struggles with depression and drug abuse, and his eventual emergence as Krishna Das - the world-renowned spiritual teacher, chant master and Grammy-nominated recording artist. Featuring interviews with Be Here Now author Ram Dass, Grammy-winning producer Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Metallica), New York Times bestselling author Sharon Salzberg, and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee Daniel Goleman, as well as a score by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and Devadas, One Track Heart is the inspiring story of how one man's journey continues to transform countless lives.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A fine enough documentary, a nice enough introduction to a charismatic figure with a fascinating life, an unusual art and worldwide fans. – David DeWitt, New York Times, May 7, 2013

Fresh: Jeremy Frindel's workmanlike docu proceeds in a matter-of-fact manner that neither ignores nor belabors the inspirational aspect of its story. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, May 15, 2013

Rotten: Insights are few in this fan letter of a documentary. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, May 30, 2013

Fresh: Frindel can't rescue Kagel from marginalization as a New Agey preacher man, but he does portray this hippest of all Krishnas as someone who deeply believes in the self-sacrificing mantra he chants ... – Araceli Cruz, Village Voice, May 7, 2013

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Customer Reviews


We all have a story. The 60's were a tough time for everyone. Finding yourself in the 60's was an adventure. With the emergence of eastern religions into the American culture was way too far out for some to handle.

The story of Krishna Das is no different. Trying to find ones self is hard on anyone. His is full of all the things that make him real. His music, the man, and the movie are things we all can learn from.

The Power of Devotion, Music and Grace

Having recently discovered kirtan (the mesmerizing music based on Hindu chants), I was drawn to this film in hopes of learning more about the music and about America's leading kirtan practitioner. The film is certainly a wonderful celebration of the music, but it is much more. In addition to being artist, Krishna Das is an engaging spiritual teacher with a moving story to tell. It is the story of a normal troubled and conflicted boy from Long Island whose experiments with LSD lead him to Ram Dass and then to India, where he is inspired by the master, Neem Karoli Baba (known to followers as Maharaj-ji), to express his devotion through music. This is just the beginning of a journey in which devotion, music, and grace enable him, after long years, to overcome major obstacles (drugs, depression, ego) and to achieve real spiritual understanding. Including interviews with Ram Dass, Daniel Golemen, Sharon Salzberg, and several others, this film will go on my list of great spiritual documentaries.


Beautiful and heartfelt documentary.. Touching and inspiring!! Full of love 💜

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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