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Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul (2017)

The story of singer Joe Cocker is told through archive footage and interviews for close associates.

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John Edginton

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Cocker ... Himself (archive footage)
Phil Crookes Phil Crookes ... Himself
Vic Cocker Vic Cocker ... Himself
Ray Charles ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Stainton Chris Stainton ... Himself
Glyn Johns ... Himself
Billy Joel ... Himself
Jerry Moss ... Himself
Michael Lang ... Himself
Ben Fong Torres ... Himself
Jimmy Webb ... Himself
Rita Coolidge ... Herself
Leon Russell ... Himself (archive footage)
Randy Newman ... Himself
Deric Dyer Deric Dyer ... Himself
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The turbulent life of soul and blues singer, the late Joe Cocker. A former gas fitter from Sheffield , catapulted to world stardom in 1969 at Woodstock with his legendary performance of the Beatles song,"A Little Help from My Friends". But in the early 1970s, Joe Cocker's inner demons nearly killed him. Overcoming his struggles with alcohol and drugs, he rebuilt his reputation as "one of the great primal rock and roll vocalists of all time" (Billy Joel's description). The film mixes Joe Cocker's own words, with rare archive. His family, friends and the legendary songwriters and musicians he collaborated with, tell Joe Cocker's story. The film has raw, electric performance footage throughout. Written by John Edginton

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UK

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English

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1 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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GBP260,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Pure Soul
6 October 2018 | by sixstringer-44139See all my reviews

As a singer Joe Cocker was one of the purest, most natural talents of the past fifty-plus years. At his best he often so fully occupied the performance that he was truly somewhere else, a place where he was unavailable for anything else. By all accounts Joe Cocker was a humble and sweet-natured man with little ego to either drive him forward, nor to shield him from what was to come. He entered the American musical scene in an overcrowded rocket made of glass, at a time perfectly primed for his talents, yet tangled with vices that would scar him forever and often lay him low. He alternately disappeared below the waves and skipped beautifully above them for the remainder of his life, never entirely losing that mammoth natural gift of a voice, the fire that he could muster for a performance. Aided greatly by his wife and others, Mr. Cocker had some often good, though never trouble free years in the latter part of his life. That voice and those performances will continue to outshine the bad forever.


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