The Amazing Journey
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Keithjmoon70 at aol.com
Fri Nov 2 01:58:04 CDT 2007
I'm terrible at writing reviews. I'll tell a couple things that struck me
I was struck by overhearing a lady on the plane-ride talking about the city
of Pontiac Mi. to another passenger and then pausing to describe it as where
low-class people come from. I introduced myself to her.
I saw the movie with Cynthia from this here list. She likes the Who for many
of the same reasons that I do. You know, all the guitar smashing and F
words. Not to mention how well the Who transforms Pete's demos from weak,
meaningless piffle into powerful, magnificently balanced epics. (ducking)
Before the movie began, Roger was there doing interviews. I kind of yelled
"You're the man" but I don't think he heard me. He would've responded if he
The movie was great to watch; a good companion to TKAA. It included
Cincinnati, the deaths of John and Keith as well as Pete's rough time in '03.
Tears came more than once.
Kenney was in it.
I particularly enjoyed the interviews of both Pete and Roger. I could just
listen to them talk. What they say, they mean and IMO it doesn't really
matter much what we say about it because it's what they experienced personally. I
say this because of many pissy comments I heard walking out of the theater
like: "We waited 2 years for this!?" and "I can't believe Pete said that Roger
is 'ONLY the singer' *again*." as if they can't put it into the context of
what he was talking about at that moment. Pete said so many good things about
Roger and Roger about Pete. They truly love and respect one another. But
they should think what we tell them to!
Pay attention to what Roger says about Pete's writing of ICE. Roger may just
be the singer but he ain't no joke.
Pete made me laugh so hard when he talked about asking grandparents about
how the Germans could do what they did during WWII. He is hilarious. Even his
joking is deep. The point came alive to me when I discussed it with Cynthia
afterward. I understood that Pete was saying that society would rather not
talk about the obvious. The rubble around us and within us all testifies
that humanity has been viciously and purposely attacked. Pretend it didn't
happen. 'Turn it up' louder than your heart can speak. Woo!
On a lighter note, amongst other things, Roger talked afterward about
Michael Jackson and his fans. Roger is such a normal dude. On this journey I was
amazed by that.
I guess what impressed me the most is how Pete and Roger were at the
epicenter of the rock world from it's most tumultuous period until today,
experiencing such massive popularity and success, yet emerging so relatively normal.
So humble. I believe that the deep, personal losses they suffered had much to
do with this.
Chris Stamp said that Pete could have written pop songs to help break
through in the US, that was so hard to do with their sound. But they were
determined to do it with *Who* songs. And they did.
(Thanks to New York. And Detroit.)
As Cynthia wisely said in our conversation, Pete and Roger balance one
another. Passion and reason. -We get to have both. Not to mention craziness and
Afterwards, in times square we saw a lot of signs. So many that I can't
remember what any of them said. I guess they need to make them bigger.
In summary, I wasn't floored by this movie because, like you, I know much of
the history already. But you're really gonna like this movie.
It's about our band. And the Railway footage has sound!
Jon in Mi.
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