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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man2006

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SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN is a rare glimpse into the creative world of the most enigmatic figure in rock history, and will trace the undeniable impact he has had on popular music through casual interviews with some of his biggest, highest profile fans. We explore his fascinating trajectory, from jobbing bass player on LA's Sunset Strip, to his domination of the British pop scene that began in the swinging summer of 1965, to his transformation into a composer of true genius; an uncompromising and serious musician working at the peak of his powers. At age 63, over the course of 2005, he went into the studio again, working on what could be his greatest artistic statement yet, and we were invited to document part of this process, a privilege no filmmaker has ever been granted.

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This movie is a rare thing: a true creative biography. If you're not familiar with Scott Walker and you read the phrase "rock history" in the synopsis, you're likely to be misled. Walker was a huge figure on the British and American pop scenes in the 1960's who has managed, surprisingly, to reinvent himself as an avant-garde composer with the help of a few well-placed admirers. If you hear his voice and music and think "Bowie" or "Ferry," it's Scott Walker who did it all before they did and went on to do arguably more significant work. (David Bowie executive-produced this film.)

Great footage both of young teen-idol Scott singing the hell out of Jacques Brel tunes and older Scott working with producers and studio musicians to create his late-career nightmare visions. Some interesting animations accompany the samples of Walker's compositions late in the film, and Walker speaks for himself quite a bit, which apparently is a rarity.

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This movie is a rare thing: a true creative biography. If you're not familiar with Scott Walker and you read the phrase "rock history" in the synopsis, you're likely to be misled. Walker was a huge figure on the British and American pop scenes in the 1960's who has managed, surprisingly, to reinvent himself as an avant-garde composer with the help of a few well-placed admirers. If you hear his voice and music and think "Bowie" or "Ferry," it's Scott Walker who did it all before they did and went on to do arguably more significant work. (David Bowie executive-produced this film.)

Great footage both of young teen-idol Scott singing the hell out of Jacques Brel tunes and older Scott working with producers and studio musicians to create his late-career nightmare visions. Some interesting animations accompany the samples of Walker's compositions late in the film, and Walker speaks for himself quite a bit, which apparently is a rarity.

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yah he was all about drama and big sound-scapes with that voice

which is why I always loved the Walker Bros. and that big sound-stage kinda like Phil Spector, great pop music! Ferry and Bowie certainly owe him, a very complex man and intelligent tho' I must admit his solo projects mostly leave me cold, very bleak. not exact;y easy listening lol!

I enjoyed this film. Fascinating look in to the work of Mr Walker. The pace of the film never drags. Recommended to music fans looking for something outside the conventional.

Never heard of Scott Walker or the Walker Brothers before seeing this film... what a fabulous discovery!

always loved the Walker Bros., that voice and great songs the huge sound-scape reminds me of Phil Spector, however his solo projects mostly leave me cold, innaresting character and a story well told thanx fandor