Rowdies

I tried seeing John Scheinfeld‘s Who Is Harry Nilsson? once more a couple of weeks ago, but I could only make it up to the point when he finishes 1971′s Nilsson Schmillson, after which it was all downhill.

I just can’t stand watching people destroy themselves. And yet for some reason these John and Harry pics, taken during their infamous Troubadour fracas on 3.12.74, always bring on the chuckles. Famous and gifted people getting all primitive and sandbox. The baser the emotions, the funnier it seems.

Scheinfeld’s doc opens at the Cinema Village on 9.12, or smack dab in the middle of the Toronto Film Festival — great timing.

21 thoughts on “Rowdies

  1. I’ll def see this as I thought his life story to be interesting. Oh the perils on the downfall of being a geniuis. Too many thoughts that turn into demons and imbibe to quiet those demons down. Plus I really am also a fan of Harry’s music. How can us film lovers forget Nilsson’s Jump Into The Fire while Ray Liotta’s driving frantically all coked up in Good Fellas.

  2. I’m looking forward this – big Nilsson fan. And since I’m a music nerd in addition to a film nerd, I must point out the that follow-up to “Nilsson Schmillson” (snarkily titled “Son of Schmillson” by Harry) is actually quite good. It was after THAT album that it all started to go to shit. It is a shame though how he faded away (or drank it away, as it were) – very talented fellow, Nilsson.

  3. I literally stumbled into him one night as he was coming out of a place called Home on the upper east side when I was a teenager. He patted my shoulder as I mumbled an apology and stammered about loving his music, I never felt so awestruck and embarrassed and giddy in all my life. Sigh.

    And I can totally see Mel Gibson partying with him during his LA period.

  4. “I’m looking forward this – big Nilsson fan. And since I’m a music nerd in addition to a film nerd, I must point out the that follow-up to “Nilsson Schmillson” (snarkily titled “Son of Schmillson” by Harry) is actually quite good. It was after THAT album that it all started to go to shit. It is a shame though how he faded away (or drank it away, as it were) – very talented fellow, Nilsson.”

    Actually, Harry made a great creative comeback with 1977′s Knnillssonn, but Elvis died upon its release, and RCA threw all of its marketing efforts into dealing with the passing of the King–and Harry’s album was left out to dry.

  5. Amateur Seasalt Gatherer wrote:

    Actually, Harry made a great creative comeback with 1977′s Knnillssonn, but Elvis died upon its release, and RCA threw all of its marketing efforts into dealing with the passing of the King–and Harry’s album was left out to dry.

    Apparently Iggy Pop and David Bowie met the same fate with Iggy’s THE IDIOT album that year.

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