Synopsis by Mark Deming
Paul Westerberg became a cult hero in the 1980s as the leader of the Minneapolis punk band the Replacements. Balancing the cocky swagger of a rock & roll reprobate with the introspective soul of a poet, Westerberg developed a reputation as one of the best rock songwriters of his day, but the Replacements' scrappy but heartfelt music never won a mainstream following, and Westerberg's first three solo albums received a mixed reception from critics and fans and failed to make an impression in the marketplace. After a three-year layoff, Westerberg returned to record stores and the concert stage in 2002 with a new album, recorded by himself in his home studio, and a low-key concert tour featuring just Paul and his electric guitar. Paul Westerberg: Come Feel Me Tremble is a documentary which combines concert footage (some shot by fans with camcorders), behind-the-scenes glimpses of life on the road, interviews with Westerberg as he discusses his work, and a peek at his low-tech recording process. By the way, Otto Zithromax, the film's co-director, is actually Westerberg, working under a pseudonym.
backstage, behind-the-scenes, interview, rock-music, rock-star