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The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour: Ask questions. Yep, it's great

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Forget the title. Ask questions. Such as: How good is the film?
Good. Very good.
Virgil Films' Don't Ask Me Questions: The Unsung Life of Graham Parker and the Rumour is an entertaining and heartfelt look at the career of the iconic, never-say-die British rocker. Parker has recorded and performed nonstop for more than 35 years. Refusing to compromise, he has always marched to his own drum. The film is available on video-on-demand now and will be on DVD 5/20.
Together with his passionately remembered band the Rumour, or on his own, Parker created such classic songs as "Local Girls," "Temporary Beauty" and "You Can't Take Love for Granted." He was a heroic inspiration for artists who followed him such as Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson and admired by the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
But in the end he defied the new wave movement that he had helped spark. As the music business continued to change beyond recognition, he remained true to his musical vision. But in Don't Ask Me Questions, we see that Parker, at age 59, has had a slight change of heart: He just may be ready to go a just a little commercial. Leaning on his publishing company to place his music in ads and TV shows, Parker attempts to sell without selling out.
The film, from acclaimed documentarian Michael Gramaglia, recounts Parker's long career up to the present, revealing his independent spirit and defiant optimism while celebrating the sincerity of his music and his delightful, self-deprecating wit. Appearing in Don't Ask Me Questions are, among others, Bruce Springsteen, musician and record producer Nick Lowe and filmmaker Judd Apatow, who cast Parker as himself in the hit comedy This Is 40.

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