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A film about  “lo-fi legend” R Stevie Moore: the cult outsider who's recorded over 400 albums and is still waiting for recognition
A film about “lo-fi legend” R Stevie Moore: the cult outsider who's recorded over 400 albums and is still waiting for recognition
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Filmed by Imogen Putler and Monika Baran, with additional footage from Alex Parkyn-Smith, Jon DeMiglio, Nuno Monteiro, Al DiGiacomo and R. Stevie Moore. 

Edited by Imogen Putler

Images by R. Stevie Moore, Bob Moore and Steve Keros

Colour grading by Nathaniel J. Cooke

With thanks to James Richardson, Mac DeMarco, Irwin Chusid, JR Thomason, Nick Noto, Matt Ingram, Bob Moore, Freddie Cowan, Árni Arnason, David Shrigley, Mari Morton, Mikey Please, Jim Price, Al DiGiacomo and David Garland. 

“Phonography is one of the fifty most significant indie records ever made” - Rolling Stone 

“R. Stevie Moore is one of America’s truly iconoclastic modern musicians” - Wire Magazine

 “…a true original…he has remained true to his fiercely independent vision” - All Music Guide 

‘COOL DADDIO - The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore’  is a documentary film exploring the life of struggling cult musician, unconventional entertainer and genuine eccentric: R. Stevie Moore. Cool Daddio is a project developed, directed and produced by Imogen Putler and Monika Baran. 

Help us spread the story of R. Stevie Moore, 'one of the most neglected composers of the 20th century'!

 “What do you mean you've not heard of R. Stevie Moore? You're not alone, nobody has heard of him” (R. Stevie Moore.)

R. Stevie Moore looking dapper in his natural habitat, at home in Madison TN.
R. Stevie Moore looking dapper in his natural habitat, at home in Madison TN.

 Genius, seminal, lo-fi legend, grandfather of DIY music, cult icon: all are words frequently used to describe American musician R. Stevie Moore. And yet after 40 years of making music and 400 albums (mostly recorded in his bedroom), only a devoted circle of fans and "rock snobs" remain aware of him. RSM's body of work epitomises diversity - a concept he vigorously preaches - so that his music spans across multiples genres: pure power-pop, post-punk, indie rock, electronic avant-garde, even hip-hop. Stevie has self-released thousands of songs, which until early 90s were almost exclusively available on tapes via mail order through his home-based label, the R. Stevie Moore Cassette Club. 

He’s enjoyed critical acclaim from sources such as Rolling Stone magazine, Trouser Press and Wire Magazine and has gained a cult following amongst alternative music fans and fellow musicians, collaborating with Ariel Pink, Tim Burgess, The Vaccines, members of MGMT, XTC and others. Despite his prolific musical output and influence on others, commercial success has eluded R. Stevie, making him one of the most overlooked composers, songwriters and performers of the past decades..

AND here's R. Stevie telling us all what it is "NOT ABOUT". He too appreciates your patronage. 

We met Stevie after his gig at Café Oto in Hackney, London in May 2014. Amazed by his eccentric performance and desperate to know more about this bizarre yet fascinating character, we introduced ourselves and immediately proposed to make a documentary about him. Although initially reluctant, Stevie eventually agreed to let us into his life and tell his story. And the more research we did, the more determined we became to make this film. By November, we’d flown out to New York and Nashville to start shooting. We followed RSM around, filming his gigs in NYC, checking out his home and hometown of Madison, going through his never-ending record collection, conducting countless interviews as well as meeting his partner, peers, even his estranged father. 

And boy wasn't it a blast…

RSM's gig at Glasslands, NYC in November 2014. Very memorable and not only because of the outfit
RSM's gig at Glasslands, NYC in November 2014. Very memorable and not only because of the outfit
Gig at Cakeshop, NYC also November 2014
Gig at Cakeshop, NYC also November 2014
RSM at his house in Madison, TN. Clearly engaged in an interview
RSM at his house in Madison, TN. Clearly engaged in an interview
RSM in front of his middle school in Madison. He was a good student, allegedly.
RSM in front of his middle school in Madison. He was a good student, allegedly.
R. Stevie showing us his Cassette Club alphabetical filing system - "My favourite customers were the returning ones…"
R. Stevie showing us his Cassette Club alphabetical filing system - "My favourite customers were the returning ones…"
…like this guy!
…like this guy!
The most impressive record collection we've ever seen!
The most impressive record collection we've ever seen!
And the most obscure one too
And the most obscure one too

Although initially RSM’s work and innovative sound was met with praise from the industry, he always remained an underground figure, never reaching out to wider audiences.... until recently. In the past few years, Stevie's name has become a reference point for young alternative music fans. And at the age of 60, RSM landed two coups: he went on his first international tour and appeared on his first magazine cover.

Around the same time, R. Stevie began to garner more media attention, with articles in Vice, WIRE and Pitchfork. In spring 2014 he went on another US and Europe wide tour, enjoying access to whole new audiences. Despite the fact that this recent spotlight has breathed a new life into RSM’s career, it may be short-lived. Age and various health problems have meant that he may not be able to play live much longer and he has slowed down from making music. Recently Stevie has announced he is no longer sure of ever touring again.

This recent flurry of attention has come at an all too critical time in his career: ageing, broke and in ill-health, there is a growing sense that this might be a final opportunity to recognise the influence of a man within his own lifetime.

In talking with him, the sense that the right kind of documentarian – an indie filmmaker with a flair for the tragicomic – would have a field day with him is inescapable.” - Tammy La Gorce (New York Times)

R. Stevie is an incredible character whose compelling story begs to be told to many, many more people. There have been other attempts at capturing Stevie’s story on camera, but they revealed snippets of his life rather than the full account, and served only to make us more determined to find out more about him. Why with such monumental creative output is he only now enjoying a certain amount of recognition?

With 'Cool Daddio', we want to contextualise the importance of RSM and showcase his music to audiences that are unfamiliar with him. We will provide a full biography of the artist, using interviews and archival footage to present a comprehensive and chronological overview of his life, creativity and career, as well as first-hand footage of RSM today.

Baby Stevie in the early 60s sporting all white
Baby Stevie in the early 60s sporting all white
It's 1972. Stevie's hiding in a record store. Oh sweet adolescence!
It's 1972. Stevie's hiding in a record store. Oh sweet adolescence!
WFMU in 1980, experimenting with hair colour, the New Wave era.
WFMU in 1980, experimenting with hair colour, the New Wave era.
Kind to sunflowers.
Kind to sunflowers.
Early home-recordings with the obligatory Elvis guitar
Early home-recordings with the obligatory Elvis guitar

During our weeks with Stevie in NYC in Nashville, we tried to explore some recurring themes in his life and career, in particular the lack of commercial recognition he's had and his inability to compromise. RSM admits he has been an obstacle to his own success, but despite this he remains desperate for fame and recognition. Although his recent rise in popularity has changed Stevie's career in an unexpected way, it has also never brought a real revolution to his day-to-day. RSM may have toured all over the world yet he still resides in the same suburban house in Madison, TN. 

We were also the first film crew who managed to talk to Stevie's dad about his son on camera. A complicated relationship with Bob has been an important element to Stevie’s life and career. Bob Moore was a long-time sideman for Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison and highly successful Nashville A Team bassist, producer, and orchestra leader. A difficult childhood meant that Stevie distanced himself from his family, Nashville and – one could make the leap - maybe even notions of similar mainstream success. Interviewing Bob made an invaluable contribution to our film, and was an incredible privilege. 

18th Birthday, Stevie and Bob Moore entertaining the Bunnies
18th Birthday, Stevie and Bob Moore entertaining the Bunnies

Despite our limited resources, we have been self-funding this project and fearlessly dedicating ourselves to working on this film. So far we've accumulated over hundred of hours of footage with Stevie as well as rare interviews with musicians, friends, his father, and tons of archival clips and home videos. And if you are even remotely familiar with RSM, you'd know that that's a lot.

Many faces of RSM
Many faces of RSM

Unfortunately, at this point we need some very necessary financial backing in order to finish the film and provide a full, comprehensive story of R. Stevie Moore. We will not be able to do it without your help!

We have calculated that we need at least £9,000 to complete the project. Firstly, we need to return to the US to capture some key footage and interviews in both LA and NYC.

 The rest of the money will be spent on:

  • music and video licences 
  • full post-production process including: additional editing, sound mixing, colour correction 
  • artwork and graphics
  • renting additional equipment

We have carefully set out a goal with the bare minimum needed to finish the film. Providing we reach the goal, all the money pledged over £9000 will be spent towards promoting our documentary and applying for film festivals.

How proud will you be to know you helped make it happen? 

PLEASE consider how much you can contribute, look over our fantastic rewards, and become part of helping RSM's story and music reach a wider audience.

We tried to be very careful with the rewards we offer and to not make any promises that we can't fulfil. We plan to deliver all rewards by Autumn 2016 but will do our best to get them all to you sooner if possible. 

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For those of you who are particularly generous with the pledges - R. Stevie has agreed to virtually meet, perform, give a tour of his house and WRITE A SONG - now that's what we call a treat!

Apart from the limited "Cool Daddio" merchandise - posters and tote bags, we also have some very special rewards including RSM signed vinyls and exclusive re-prints of past RSM concert posters designed by David Shrigley signed by both the artist himself and R. Stevie Moore. 

R. Stevie Moore - Ariel's Pink's Picks, recently reissued by Personal Injury
R. Stevie Moore - Ariel's Pink's Picks, recently reissued by Personal Injury
 
Delicate Tension originally released in 1978, reissued on vinyl by Personal Injury
Delicate Tension originally released in 1978, reissued on vinyl by Personal Injury
Glad Music original release date 1986, the record sleeve's design is a tribute to the UK version of The Beatles' album A Hard Day's Night
Glad Music original release date 1986, the record sleeve's design is a tribute to the UK version of The Beatles' album A Hard Day's Night
Poster for RSM 2008 show at the Cake Shop, designed by David Shrigley
Poster for RSM 2008 show at the Cake Shop, designed by David Shrigley
Poster for RSM's show at Nice'n'Sleazy in Glasgow, also designed by David Shrigley
Poster for RSM's show at Nice'n'Sleazy in Glasgow, also designed by David Shrigley

Risks and challenges

Providing we manage to reach our Kickstarter goal we are aiming to finish the film by Spring 2016. Although film production is certainly a lot of fun, it is also a lengthy, arduous process and unexpected obstacles aren't unheard of. We keep in mind that our interviewees keep very busy schedules and timing might prove difficult. Fortunately, a big part of the film has already been shot and we've also gathered most of the archival material. This leads us to believe we are definitely capable of finishing the film on time.

We will keep all of our backers updated about our progress. We have set out a 'safe' rewards delivery deadline for September 2016 so even in case our final deadline is postponed by a couple of months, we will be able to deliver rewards on time.

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    THANK YOU, you're great and in case you didn't know it we'll put it into writing in a personalised email expressing our appreciation and eternal gratitude.

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    You will get a digital photo album of our time making Cool Daddio, full of juicy details, memories and many photos of Nashville and NYC. What about the above mentioned thank you email? We like you a lot so you'll get one too!

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    COOL DADDIO is yours! You get an exclusive digital download before the film is officially out.
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    COOL DADDIO is yours! You get an exclusive Kickstarter supporter digital download of the completed film.
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    Bundle 1:
    - a digital version of COOL DADDIO
    - a photo album of the making of the film
    - an A3 Cool Daddio film poster
    - and a digital download of one of RSM's albums

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    Bundle 2:
    - a digital version of COOL DADDIO
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    - an exclusive Cool Daddio tote bag,
    - and a digital download of one of RSM's albums

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    EXCLUSIVE DELETED SCENES
    Things are getting real…you'll get:
    + Bundle 1 or 2
    + exclusive deleted scenes and behind the scenes footage
    + your name will appear in the final credits! because you deserve it..and you can tell your friends

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    A copy of "Glad Music" on vinyl shipped to your home and signed by R. Stevie
    + all of the above

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    A copy of 'Delicate Tension" on vinyl shipped to your home and signed by R. Stevie
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    A copy of 'Ariel Pink's Picks" x 2LPs on vinyl shipped to your home and signed by R. Stevie
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    Want to know everything about the filmmaking process? We'll meet you if we happen to live near you or Skype you
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    Come to the premiere!
    This film will have its premiere in 2016 in the Greater London area, you'll receive an invitation to this exclusive event and it will be fun. We'll be there so you can meet us - super exciting!
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    An exclusive poster designed by David Shrigley.

    You'll get a copy of one of the RSM posters designed by Turner prize nominee David Shrigley signed by the artist himself and by RSM.
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    Hello... you can meet RSM!! Well via Skype. Talk to the man for 30 mins, tell him about your dreams, and ask him some good questions (think about them, he doesn't like to discuss everything)

    You'll also get:
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    An exclusive tour through RSM's house via Skype, with the man himself as your guide

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    Now this is super SPECIAL - you write lyrics to a song and RSM will write the music and record it!

    A once in a lifetime opportunity!
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    He might not be touring, but RSM will serenade you over Skype. A rare opportunity to experience an exclusive performance just for you
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    Become a CO-PRODUCER on the film. Get:
    + an IMDB credit and our eternal gratitude
    + dinner with the directors, on us
    + come to the premiere and get a very special shout-out for this incredible contribution
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