A new wave of jam bands on YouTube reminds this Deadhead of the film that launched a thousand grooves
You know the old Twilight Zone episode, when Burgess Meredith plays a bibliophile survives an H-bomb attack only to shatter his glasses? Well, my current situation is hardly that dire – even living so worryingly close to New York City’s Covid-19 epicentre, Elmhurst hospital. But there is considerable irony that my social calendar has been erased just as my ability to concentrate for anything longer than a haiku is shot.
I have access to as much high-investment/high-reward cinema as I could ever stream. But let’s be real: it ain’t happening. The link to the recent Lav Diaz film shall remain unclicked, as will the one for An Elephant Sitting Still. Now isn’t the time to finally chomp into Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz and it’s definitely unwise to revisit Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, as I was planning to do just a few weeks ago. What has been filling the hours, in reality, has been concert footage from jam bands.