John Otway, who has made a career out of being Rock And Roll’s Greatest Failure, is the subject of a new DVD and we have three copies to give away.
He came through the punk era with Wild Willy Barrett and is still going strong - recently playing a nationwide tour, including a date at The Greystones in Sheffield.
In Rock And Roll’s Greatest Failure: The Otway Movie, a movie funded entirely by his fans, UK’s cult legend returns to his old school to give a course on survival in the music industry.
In the midst of Britain’s 1970s punk revolution and after a momentous TV appearance where five and a half million viewers watched him land painfully on his testicles, Otway was high in the charts.
His next hit was to come 25 years later.
John Otway’s career is an educational, yet magical, lesson in self-promoting. Recruiting his fans for endless manipulative, over-the-top projects which, among others, garnered him status as The Nation’s 7th Favourite Lyricist in a BBC poll, secured him a Top Ten hit for his 50th birthday and a feature movie for his 60th.
Failure has its rewards. It’s kept Otway in the spotlight for 35 years.
The film, distributed by Odeon Entertainment, charts the all too frequent lows and spasmodic spectacular highs of this one man’s ongoing reach for stardom.
The movie premiered at Leicester Square Odeon. It then made a big impact at 2012’s Cannes Film festival before going on to play at Glastonbury Festival and over 50 cinemas across the UK.
Financed by his fans, it was deemed unanimously to be a triumph.
Featuring classic archive film and TV footage plus interviews from family and antagonists, universal in their estimation of his talent, it shows just how much can be made out of just how little.
Analysing the disastrous decisions that led to 25 years out of the limelight before returning once again to the top, it demonstrates all too well the pitfalls of the rock ‘n’ roll dream.
Otway The Movie follows in a great tradition of rock films from Spinal Tap and Performance onwards, but its frank and very funny - a no holds barred portrayal of one of rock’s most likeable characters, which makes it an unreserved, must see, stand alone, self-assured hit.
For more visit www.otwaythemovie.com.
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