Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Garland Jeffreys’ Extraordinarily Joyful Music Film “The King of In Between” Opens DocNYC Tonight– Stream It (Info Here)


New Yorkers know Garland Jeffreys as a hometown hero.

A rock star since the mid 70s, Garland — who went to Syracuse University with Lou Reed, his buddy — became a legacy musician with his single, “Wild in the Streets” in 1977.

He went on to make a dozen or so albums and had an early 80s hit with “Matador” and a cover of “96 Tears.” His songs are about storytelling, art, and poetry set to his own brand of R&B.

“The King of In Between” is a spectacular documentary about his amazing career, and it’s one of the opening night films at DocNYC Nov 8th. It’s also available streaming via the website. The movie is named for one Garland’s later albums, a kind of mini masterpiece. The title is a reference to the singer’s successful struggle to straddle so many worlds of color and music.

There are lots of special guests in the film including Little Steven van Zandt (and possibly Bruce Springsteen, who loves Jeffreys). Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson are featured, as well as Harvey Keitel, another old friend. But it’s really all about Garland, an American and New York original whose infectious sense of humor is shown off as well his musical and theatrical chops.

Claire Jeffreys produced and directed. No one knows the subject better. She’s been married to him for decades. This film is so good it should be on American Masters. Hello WNET, PBS.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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