Ya know somethin’ creeps there are few things in this world that the ol’ Ouija board kid Daniel XIII digs on more than the ol’ glam rock (well, there’s horror flicks ‘natch…and I like things like eatin’ and sleepin’…fang it, ya know what I mean…)Anyway, I’m a fan of the genre for sure, but it always amazes me when I hear of an artist that I ne’er even knew existed; like the subject of this here film I’m about to review JOBRIATH A.D.
JOBRIATH A.D. is a doc that explores the ups and downs of a musical prodigy by the name of Jobriath (go figure). This was one talented cat; painting, singing, composing…this dude could do it all, and do it well, but there was an area that he excelled at beyond even what he could do artistically, and that was reinventing himself. This proved to be slightly problematic as time wore on.
Ya see, ol Jobraith (or as he was born Bruce Campbell!!!) was never comfortable just being himself. The doc shows that this could have been for any number of reasons; everything from familial strife to being openly gay, but when he stumbled across the character of Jobriath his life changed. Set up to be the biggest thing since Bowie (whom music fans and critics oft times unfairly compare him too…believe me these dudes are apples and oranges albeit they work in a set musical genre) by a Svengali figure named Jerry Brandt whose hype of Jobriath attains such preposterous levels that no one, no matter how talented, could ever hope to live up to. And alas, Jobriath couldn’t. After his fall from the public good graces, Jobriath re-invents and renames himself time after time, but none of these attempts truly stick.
I’m not going to give away the whole story here, because I want you to experience the man’s story for yourself, as well as discovering his incredible music (made easier by the fact that the film comes packaged with an album of Jobriath’s tunes created for a lost musical entitled POPSTAR). I can’t recommend this film highly enough, especially to those that dig glam, tales of the rock n’ roll life, or those that appreciate true artistry created by a master of his craft.
Head here and pick up Jobriath A.D. today!