More Than This: The Story of Roxy Music

January 01, 1970

(Eagle
Vision/Eagle Rock Entertainment; 94 mins)

 

www.eaglerockent.com

 

BY
JOSE MARTINEZ

 

 

 

Catalysts
of the emerging ‘70s era glam scene, England’s Roxy Music influenced an entire
generation of musicians. Some devotees that sing the band’s praise in this
documentary include U2’s Bono, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Siouxsie Sioux, Steve
Jones of The Sex Pistols, Goldfrapp, and Nile Rogers.

 

Steve
Jones even dares states that he likes them better than The Beatles seeing they
were a band of his generation.

 

One
word they all use to describe the daring sound of Roxy Music, the brainchild of
fashion conscious performer Bryan Ferry, is “glamour.” From first seeing the
band on Top of the Pops, a young Paul Hewson (who would eventually become Bono)
was struck by the band’s provocative look and sound.

 

Emerging
to instant acclaim in 1972, Roxy Music effortlessly mixed a dazzling fusion of
musical styles with fashion. This 50-minute documentary (along with nearly
40-minutes of bonus footage) that originally aired on BBC4 in September 2008
tells the story of the band’s extraordinary career via new and rare interviews
with band members Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Paul Thompson, famed
producer Brian Eno, and Eddie Jobson, along with contemporaries and artists
inspired by Roxy Music.

 

Essentially
a five-piece band with ever-changing guest bass players, Roxy was recently
chronicled on the DVD More Than This: The
Story of Roxy Music (
Eagle Vision/Eagle Rock Entertainment). It follows the
group from its early days with Eno, who was a member for the first two records
(funny enough his favorite Roxy Music release is Stranded, the band’s third effort).

 

The
documentary examines the group’s groundbreaking and influential album covers
(works of art that never included band members), as well as the story behind
their wonderful cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy,” to 2001’s reunion; 18
years after the band ceased recording and touring.

 

An
art-minded group that covered the gamut of styles and genres, from cutting edge
to disco to lush and borderline adult contemporary, Roxy Music still has a
legion of fans today that are passionate about the avant-garde sound of tracks
like “Re-make/Re-model” and “Virginia Plain” to the simple and elegant sound of
“Avalon” from the band’s final 1982 studio release.

 

Special
Features:
Extended
interviews, three live performances from 2006 Dock Rock London concert.

 

 

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