As all of you fiendishly faithful readers of my work on this here site will well know, I am a HUGE fan of Adam Ant (just look here and here if ya don’t believe me)!Well imagine my excitment when I had the opportunity to check out the new doc from MVD Entertainment (available now!) called Adam Ant “The Blueblack Hussar”!
Ol’ AATBH is an insanely intimate view of the hardships; mental, physical and professional, faced by Adam as he embarked on revitalizing his career with the recording of (and subsequent touring for) his album The Blue Black Hussar Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter. You’d be hard pressed to not be in total admiration of how honest Ant is and his willingness to show his fans the foibles of a pop-superstar who in truth is a man like anyone else (via the direction of documentarian Jack Bond).
Fiercely intelligent with a true admiration for history and pop culture in equal measure (and a total genius in the way he marries the two), Adam marches to the beat of his own drum (or two) as he carries on the way he sees fit; society be damned (for instance he dresses not unlike a brigand of old mixed with Johnny Thunders to this day). But he just doesn’t still look the part, he has the true talent and drive to support his aesthetic (i.e. he still delivers the goods), and this film highlights that fully…but it isn’t afraid to show you Adam falling off a stage or beholden to his own vices (smoking and drinking are featured).
Additionally, it is no secret that Ant has had his fair share of mental health issues of which he is open and honest in the media (which is as much of an inspiration to me as his art), and the ravages of such are in this work as well just below the surface.
All-in-all this is a perfect fan for Ant People or those just interested in seeing the flip side of the glamorous rock n’ roll lifestyle glamorized by the media. Highly recommended!!!