A tiny love letter to Almost Famous (not the burger place in Manchester)

I was having a chat earlier on today about how I got into writing about music and whilst not the sole trigger, Almost Famous had a massive impact on my life and possibly the direction it took afterwards.  For those not familiar with the film (I’m not referring to the burger place in Manchester) then here’s a (very) brief outline of what I feel is a must see film for every music fan…

Set in the 1970’s, William Miller is a teenage boy who falls in love with rock music after listening to rock LPs sneakily given to him by his older sister as his mum is against all that kind of thing.  He falls in love with the music and starts writing about it (pretty much how I started out).  He then sends some of his work to a rock journalist by the name of Lester Bangs (yes, THAT Lester Bangs) who warns him not to make friends with musicians (I’m still on the fence about this advice) and to make sure he’s honest with all his reviews (totally not on the fence with that advice, honesty is kindness in the long run).

A young William is then given the task of writing about Black Sabbath but can’t get into the gig as he doesn’t have the right credentials (thankfully this has never happened to me but I know plenty folk who it has happened to!).  Instead he ends up befriending a group of girls outside known as Band-Aids (NOT groupies).  They then get him inside and he ends up chatting to Stillwater, the fictional support band for Sabbath and the central band to the story.

What follows is a beautiful tale of the struggles of a band on the road trying to make it, the kid who sees everything that goes on behind the scenes and…well I’m not going to spoil the rest for you.  What I will do is treat you to possibly my favourite scene in any film I’ve ever watched.  I get a lump in my throat everytime I see it…

This film is full of wonderful moments that will stay with you forever, lots of little one liners to cherish…especially if you love music.  Here’s a few of my favourites…

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The coolest thing about this film?  It’s semi autobiographical and loosely based on director Cameron Crowe’s experiences as a music journalist.  I think that’s one of the reasons this film makes me so happy.  It all sort of happened.  That and the fact that it just shows there are so many other people who are completely and helplessly in love with music the way I am.

So there you have it.  Just a few reasons why Almost Famous is one of my favourite films of all time.  Oh, and why you should make sure you watch it if you love music.

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