Saturday, 15 August 2015

Rogue music

Nicolas Roeg celebrates his birthday today, the great man is 87 years old, quite an incredible age. I was thinking of Roeg recently - I stumbled across something about his 2007 folk-horror Puffball and discovered that the film includes music by experimental outfits Coil and Nurse With Wound, which immediately made me want to see the film. Roeg has never been a celebrated record-raider like Scorsese or Tarantino but throughout his career he has used existing music (often leftfield) to dazzling effect - Stockhausen (Walkabout), Stomu Yamashta (The Man Who Fell To Earth), Keith Jarrett and Tom Waits (Bad Timing), Wagner (Eureka), Kate Bush (Castaway) John Lennon (Track 29)... I put Performance aside because I suspect Cammell and Jagger had a greater hand in the music for the film, but elsewhere Roeg intersects with the world of music in many interesting ways - he photographed The Grateful Dead for Petulia, he filmed a number of acts for the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre documentary (ironically, he missed Bowie's dawn slot!) and Roeg's name is listed in the acknowledgements note on the Hounds of Love album. Happy Birthday, Nic, pleasant listening...

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