Melted cheese (and chocolate thanks to the hostess), rock-n-roll, and imagining what life would have been like for ’70s band members, is always a good thing.
In fact, it’s a great thing, since my favorite movie of all time is “Almost Famous,” based during the same years Mick and Keith were in their prime. Time for movie references.
“If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken.” Stillwater’s (soon to be) manager trying to convince them to “take what [they] can, while [they] can.” Love it.
In “Life” Keith talks about groupies. He saw them as women who took care of them on the road, not necessarily babes who couldn’t get enough. Band-Aids, not groupies! As Sapphire says, “They (the new girls) don’t even know what it is to be a fan. Y’know? To truly love some silly little piece of music, or some band, so much that it hurts.”
There is a moment in the movie where they walk by a hotel room (at the Riot House, also mentioned by Keith in the book) with a man and woman singing a duet, and it wasn’t until I read “Life” that I realized this is supposed to be Gram Parsons (who recorded briefly with the Stones in France) and Emmylou Harris, who went on to perform and record together. Now I have a great anecdote. Whoop.
I love this film so much, not only because of the era it captures, but the amazing coming-of-age story it captures, too. If there are any other Almost Famous obsessives out there, I’d love to hear from you!
It’s all happening.