Alex’s Funeral, The Big Chill

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Alex's funeral

This may seen out of place in the timeline but I start with it because in the Introduction to The Story of Rock and Roll I use it to explain just how powerful great music can be and how it can transport you from terrible lows to incredible highs.  It’s all about the big chords coming through all that fucking morbidity. When I saw this movie for the first time I got goose bumps , I still get them everytime The Stones fire up ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ which is exactly why this clip is so important.  Hilton Bennet who was a great mate and has a bit part in TSORR got me into this movie and I am forever grateful for that

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I would urge you to see this movie, it’s very dated now but it was very cool in the day.  The sound track was fantastic and it had an amazing cast, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, William Hurt, Glenn Close & Tom Berenger all went on to do very well in Hollywood.  It’s included here because of this scene, the whole funeral thing can be very depressing but if you leave a funeral, get in your car, crack a beer and put on ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ you should start feeling glad to be alive.  Good music and emotional guitar solo’s always give me a Big Chill, I get goose bumps and my arm hair stands on end.  Many people I know feel like this and it is a wonderful thing.

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James Daubeney
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