Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess
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Reviewed by Uber Chickbabe Emily Blunt
Rollins narrates this documentary on San Francisco-Bay area
rocker Marian Anderson that will break your heart. While the doc
is not as professional as it "should" be...it's great
the ode even got made. This is a gal punk music lovers adored
for a kaleidoscope of reasons; her lyrics, antics, sexuality,
vocal abilty and charisma - to label a few..
grew up to become a woman of punk in a slow where-else-would-she-belong
sort of way. On stage and off, she used her sexuality and raw
nerve to share her pain with the audience. Maria mixed soul-filled
lyrics with her over-the-top (and beneath vaginas) extroverted
sexual performances. But, always if you bothered to peek beneath
her news-making exhibitionism there was a hellofva a lady whose
often horrific life-experiences couldn’t break.
is punk rock is known for attracting “outcasts.” But,
truth is the genre isn’t out casts so much as people who
want something different for their world. And enjoy being vocal
about it - even if that makes the majority uncomfortable. Many
punks use rebellion and public stages to voice their views that
are usually actually common-sense based. Whether it’s a
government that has less strings pulling the mouthpieces, less
violence against one another or good old fashioned anarchy; punk
was where an audience got an earful of blunt and blatant lyrics.
did just that. Eventually her sexual stage antics – that
landed her fighting for first amendment rights in a very conservative
court system - would over shadow her songs. Her lyrics spoke of
her inner pain and her desire to be anything but a sex toy. Paradoxically,
her performances created a second personality of sorts; there
on stage she was a play thing that let others watch her current
game play, and encouraged interaction.
dark childhood and subsequent experience on the streets gave her
the desire to perform. A need to spit her demons out at anyone
who showed up. She needed to be on stage. Like so many
performers, however, off stage she was a often quiet, maternal
sort that friends could count on to say help them move. This full-length
doc interviews those cloest to her and the story shares her secret
kindness under the latex.
like so many extreme talents, boredom and depression lead to tasting
the nectar of poison honey that drugs first sucks you in with.
Marian was no stereo-typical rock star junkie. She just needed
to numb herself to quiet those little Beelzebubs lurking within.
Her personal relationship was rocky, her past a category four
hurricane that kept scratching her soul, and her self-built trap
of creating a persona that now her audience expected at all times,
whipped into a froth that built an emotional cage.
came her weekend without plans. This would turn out to be a lethal
combination for a gentle person who played tough.
you have never heard of Marian Anderson (or one of her more famous
groups Insaints), Last Fast Ride is still a powerful documentary
about one person’s attempt to bury the past with the rock
and roll. But who found that path to an early obituary all too
many talents accidentally discover on their path to becoming themselves.
recommendation: Guinness and popcorn
DVD includes special features that honestly are for Marian's fans;
I "liked" her but, the features are for others.
Visit website: http://lastfastridefilm.com/
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