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An intimate portrait of an artist who seemed to be headed for the top, but refusing to compromise a single bit to get there - never got there.
An intimate portrait of an artist who seemed to be headed for the top, but refusing to compromise a single bit to get there - never got there.
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THE FOCUS: Graham Parker has recorded and performed non-stop for the last 35 years. Refusing to compromise, Graham marched to his own drum. Together with his passionately remembered band the Rumour, Graham was the inspiration for artists that followed him such as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson. But in the end he defied the movement that he helped spark. And when the music business continued to change beyond recognition, he remained true to his musical vision. A modern troubadour, Graham releases new music almost on a yearly basis, while touring small clubs around the country to a die hard fan base.

THE TWIST: Graham, at 59 years old, has had a slight change of heart. He just may be ready to go commercial. Leaning on his publishing company to place his music in ads and TV shows Graham makes his last attempt at selling while not selling out. The film documents the history of his independent spirit and defiant optimism, celebrates the sincerity of his music and delights in his self-deprecating wit.

THE INTERVIEWEES: Martin Belmont, Steve Goulding, Bob Andrews, Nick Lowe, Joe Jackson, Dave Robinson, Ian Hunter, Pete Thomas, Black Francis, Jesse Malin, The Figgs, Meg Griffin, Alan Pepper, and others.

WHAT WE NEED: This project has been a labor of love funded by my credit cards which are now, maxed out. We need to cover the expensive responsibility of showing Graham at his pinnacle with his band the Rumour for all the unfortunates who never had a chance to see them. The many clips we have compiled, are costly. The project splits the profits with Graham 50/50. The lower the recoverable costs the sooner Graham might benefit from his patience with me....(We've been working on this film for about 4 years.)

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    All of the above plus 12 Vinyl original records of Grahams, singed by the maestro himself. To see a list of which titles, go to the updates tab and scroll down.

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