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Date Posted: 10:00:03 11/14/06 Tue
Author: Keith
Subject: Re: Monks movie
In reply to: Mike F. 's message, "Re: Monks movie" on 09:41:16 11/11/06 Sat

"Well, it doesn't matter -- that guy ain't in the movie anyway."

Yeah, but his wife is, and she's far lovelier than him; I guess that's the way the ball bounces in the cruel world of celluloid!

I've seen the movie three times now and I hardly think it demeans them. After all they had the balls to LIVE the experience daily in the first place, which at the time could be placed in NO CONTEXT at all- remember that! The musicianship and personality each one of them brought into it has as much (or more) to do with the resulting LP as the managers concept.

I think the Torquays 45 shows that the oddball songcraft was already there; when they stepped into monk guise it merely turned up the heat on what was already in the pan. The managers didn't discover the feedback tricks and they certainly didn't write the lyrics. The amazing thing is how absolutely different (and strong-willed) each personality was and that just oozes forth from the songs.

I've met many sixties band cats over the last many years; I've gotta say that of any of them the Monks are unique in sticking to what might be called their "youthful ideals" as heard in their music. And that is completely about being an individual, not some managers concept.

So I don't think it's so terrible to see Roger as custodian at a church. He may have had some tough times, but he was aware that he'd led an interesting life. He wouldn't have agreed to be filmed there if he had any shame about it. Being a church janitor is way cooler than being a douchebag, like some "ex-rockstars" I've known!

Monk mystique stays intact, as it were.

Now back to looking for a job, in case you wondered why I had time to babble on like this in the first place.....

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