Coming in July: Documentaries

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What does Leonard Cohen, The Cure, David Crosby and Phish have in common? July, when it comes to documentaries, is Music Month. Even though documentaries do not suit everyone’s taste, the range of subject matter these productions cover is endless. Real documentaries, not to be confused with the satirical mocumentary productions, can be used to inform and educate people about pretty much everything. If your musical interests include Leonard Cohen, there is a good chance you will want to see the coming documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

Friday, 5 July 2019…

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is scheduled to premiere in these United States on Friday, 5 July 2019.

“It is a beautiful thing for us to be so deeply interested in each other. You have to write about something. Women stand for the objective world for a man, and they stand for the thing that you’re not. And that’s what you always reach for in a song,” Cohen said during his 1979 Lover Lover Lover Tour.

Revolving around Cohen and his relationship with his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen, the Nick Broomfield directed documentary delves deeply into their history.

In a quote taken from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, “For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song—his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core. Simply brilliant. His music and words will resonate forever.”

Cohen, a singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, was born in Westmount, Quebec, Canada on Friday, 21 Sept. 1934. Inclusive of footage featuring Cohen and Ihlen themselves, Broomfield’s production includes Judy Collins, Helle Goldman and Richard Vick.

“People think Leonard is dark, but actually his sense of humour and his edge on the world is extremely light,” Collins said of Cohen in a 2009 interview.

Friday, 12 July 2019…

Another music documentary, premiering Friday, 12 July 2019, focuses on the English rock band The Cure. The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park, directed by Tim Pope, takes an in-depth look at the band’s lengthy history. The Cure band members Jason Cooper, Reeves Gabrels, Simon Gallup, Roger O’Donnell and Robert Smith all make appearances in the production.

Anyone with a modicum of knowledge pertaining to the early days of The Cure will know it was formed in the mid-1970s in the West Sussex town of Crawley. During the band’s existence, with Smith as being the only consistent band member for more than forty years, there have been several prominent line-up changes.

Friday, 19 July 2019…

A week later, on Friday, 19 July 2019, the two music documentaries David Crosby: Remember My Name and Between Me and My Mind premiere. Both documentaries, as well the Cohen and The Cure focused productions, each gives people great insight into creative minds.

The Crosby documentary, directed by A.J. Eaton, is an in-depth look at the American singer-songwriter. Crosby, born in Los Angeles on Thursday, 14 August 1941, joined the Byrds in the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, we are talking Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. With a new decade, the 1970s comes a solo-career and Crosby & Nash.

The Steven Cantor directed documentary, Between Me and My Mind, focuses on Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. Anastasio, born in Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday, 30 Sept. 1964, has an extraordinary career. Covering a career spanning at least two decades, and his latest work, the documentary shows Anastasio remains hard at work creating entertaining music for fans.