Born to Boogie (1972)

Genres - Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Concerts, Music History, Vocal Music  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Glam rock superstars T. Rex and their flamboyant frontman, Marc Bolan, were at the height of their fame in the spring of 1972, thanks to a string of hit singles and the smash album Electric Warrior, when former Beatles drummer and budding filmmaker Ringo Starr approached Bolan with the idea of making a movie about the band. Starr filmed a pair of T. Rex concerts at the Wembley Empire Pool, shot a jam session featuring T. Rex, Ringo, and Elton John tearing through a handful of rock oldies in the studio, and included some eccentric comedy bits for texture (including a sequence in which a Mad Hatter-styled Bolan plays a medley of T. Rex hits backed by a string quartet while a group of nuns feast on hamburgers). The result was Born to Boogie, a suitably frantic document of Great Britain's collective bout with "T. Rex-stacy," and the definitive record of Bolan's strutting charisma. Songs include "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," "Jeepster," "Hot Love," "Telegram Sam," "Baby Strange," "Children of the Revolution," and more.

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British, concert-footage, music-scene, musician, rock-music, studio-session [music], tribute