MUSIC DOCUMENTARY #27
Jeff Beck, Still On The Run  REPOST
Jeff Beck, Still On The Run is documentary on the life and musical evolution of Jeff Beck, one of most innovative guitarists in history. The film covers his early days, his tenure with The Yardbirds and The Jeff Beck Group, and his subsequent projects over the decades. Includes interviews with icons such as Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Slash, and Joe Perry.
Jeff Beck is one of the most innovative and original guitar players of the rock ‘n’ roll era. Never content to rest on his laurels, he is always experimenting with new techniques, new musical styles and new collaborators. “Still On The Run – The Jeff Beck Story” follows his career from early days learning guitar solos with his friend Jimmy Page, through the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and his multifaceted solo albums. Beck’s fascination with both guitar music and hot rods is explored through interviews at home and in his workshop and his musical journey is illustrated through contributions from many of his fellow musicians and colleagues including Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jan Hammer, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Slash, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and more. Bonus Features
Five previously unreleased tracks from Jeff Beck’s performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007: 1) Eternity’s Breath 2) Freeway Jam 3) Nadia 4) Led Boots 5) Blue Wind
The beginning is fantastic, with Jeff and Jimmy Page, his mate, talking about making their own guitars as youngsters, listening to early rock, and trying to duplicate the guitar solos from the records. From those early days, Beck was fascinated with the sound of the electric guitar and was and remains a pioneer of the instrument's sonic capacities. With the Yardbirds he was able to create the sound of the sitar, making a sitar unnecessary. He refused to compromise his artistic integrity, quitting the Yardbirds two gigs into an American tour with a teenybop revue. He broke up the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart shortly before Woodstock because he thought performing would stamp and freeze his sound in 1969 forever. The documentary skips one of my favorite albums, "Rough and Ready," but focuses extensively on the great jazz/rock fusion albums "Blow By Blow" and "Wired," including interviews with producer George Martin and keyboardist Jan Hammer. The film makes clear how John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra opened Beck's mind to the possibilities of instrumental music (no vocals) which he has mainly pursued ever since. (Amazon)