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'Almost Famous'

By Julie D. Griffin

 He puts one hand up against the glass just before her plane takes off.  And as one tear glides down her cheek, she sees him.  She was your biggest fan, and you threw her away.  And I love her.
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"One last note to Senor W: Should you feel moved to make any pantywaisted cuts or tasteful edits of this open-channeling, from darkest oblivion we will summon and visit upon you horrors that even the evil in their frothing at the mouth and pescular eruptive nightmares could not possibly conceive." Jack Nicholson writing about Hunter S. Thompson, A Very Fine American, Rolling Stone, Issue 970, March 24, 2005

"A place apart from." He said he liked Iggy Pop and Credence just because they know how to drink and remain themselves. A rock journalist he explains he gets no pay, free records, girls or otherwise and the bribe of drugs to write patronizing stories. Honest and some good L.A. friends, the writer of the about 1973 stories who lies about his age as a fifteen-year old boy to get an adult writing position at the Rolling Stone he goes to the top. And at the last moment top bottoms back down. Straddling a New York minute, a split second later, goes to the top of the writing chart. His anger over the way a band-aid, groupie girl, gets thrown aside for the wife of Willie after the tour of the band ends, culminates with her asking why he didn't love her. Besides, the verdict clear, the dark headed wife admits she slept with every last single one of his band members after the small craft plane they fly from one gig nearly goes down. So, while Penney Lane, or Lady Goodman, the real and concealed name of the girl truly loved Mr. Miller, and the real wife of that particular rock star represented the poster child for loose loving woman of the year. One scene, before Lady (Kate Hudson) driven to overdose on qualudes and alcohol due to the immediate rejection of the man after his wife finally makes an appearance, no doubt everyone watching would completely agree that Willie should ditch his wife and marry Lady. "I need to see you face-to-face. Let's say all the things we never said. I'm coming to you this time," He finally said. ~ Willie

A vinyl film production of a Cameron Crowe film, Frances McDorman and Kate Hudson, the daughter of Goldie Hawn stars in the 2001 film based on the true story of the director of the film. A young boy fakes his age in order to write for the Rolling Stone magazine. He rubs his hand over the surface of Led Zeppelin, and the top of a Bob Dillon record album. "An entire generation of Cinderellas," entices one radio announcer at the opening of the large concert hall. To use the kinds of words that insinuate the world of rock music as a hobby, the writer admits, "I'm a journalist, I'm not a groupie." And although both job categories satisfy the justification of professional, one inspires and the other writes about that. As one older media worker promises the young boy and girl, "If you want to be a true friend, be honest and unmerciful," not to themselves. The members of the band of course as the journey of a thousand better groans takes the crew of the starship road concert around the country, Penney Lane and Stillwater, a film made band end up at the end, she in tow with Humble Pie, at a continental house on Sunset Strip. Speaking of the world, I am going to live in Morocco for one year. Do you wanna come? If you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and find your friends.

Swill merchants, though the others assure the boy. And as the Almost Famous Tour 73' rolls on down the road, a writer learns just by watching. The group buys a gate after one band member electrocuted by a lazy stage set-up zaps him. It only happens sometimes, but it is the concert hall who is at fault, he later advises one of the band members of the legal endemnity. But William Miller whose professor mother constantly advises the calm, mature together boy who does not get involved with the drama or party life of the band, just keeps to himself portrays himself as a young man who loves honest writing so much that he does not want to become the lawyer his mother wants him to become. Beth, the original band-aid from Denver shows up at about this time. "You have to be depressed to write a sad song. You have to be in love to write a love song." Less cliche' than that, the weakest link of the band, felt so because the leader of the band lied to him to make him feel bad at the pep talk, and told him more or less that his looks were going down. Later that night at a private local party, he yells out as if to deny the claim himself, "I am a golden god." Russell, the man at issue here does take some of the young journalist advice to work on those last words. But before the return trip to the hotel, the musician jumps from the house roof and into a waiting swimming pool. Why most films like this feel compelled to make a singer or musician smack cold water with clothes on every time also remains a mysterious and strange analogy. As a result, that the band sings the song on the way to another place while everyone joins in make Blue jean baby and seamstress for the band make a lot more sense.

Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand

Jesus freaks out in the street, handing tickets out for God. Turning back she just laughs, the boulevard is not that bad. Piano man he makes his stand, in the auditorium. Looking on she sings the songs, the word she knows, the tune she hums ~ Back at the newspaper, the editor barks that friendship is just the booze they feed you to get you to write a good music critique about them. At the same time, the complaint that it is all written on napkins, old stomped on envelopes found floating around on the street and bits and pieces of torn and ragged paper. The professor mother back at her college who raised her kids alone and with no dad after he died, lectures the students there about how when you meet someone, sometimes you just feel like you can't live without them. It's a part of the collective conscience from a past life. Suddenly she bursts out with the terror and fear statement that rock stars have kidnapped her son. While the real writer of the story here and the story he worked on wrote at the paper at the same time as Hunter S. Thompson, the mother also lectures that it is not too late for rock star Russell to become a person of substance. He worships you. ~ In Boston, three lovely ladies in the custody of Humble Pie, every one trying not to go home. Nobody wants to say goodbye. And as Robert Plant sings about crowds of people with flowers in their hair, nobody does just yet. The writer holds Penney Lane in his arms and just before she falls to the floor, he calls her his wife and pledges to go where he is the only man who has ever gone there before now does. Mojo and the cover of the magazine mean only one thing the year the film depicts. Eighteen slow minutes per average copy page of writing. The message loud and clear. Write what you want. He follows her down the runway of the airport after she almost dies of an overdose and as her plane hydroplanes just before takeoff, so does he. He puts one hand up against the glass just before her plane takes off. And as one tear glides down her cheek, she sees him. She was your biggest fan, and you threw her away. And I love her.

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