Anyone Can Play Guitar by Jon Spira (2009)

In the New British Cinema section

A documentary on the Oxford music scene. A phenomenon is presented on the sample from the 1980’s until present. The film was made in 2009 and features a combination of live events coverage, interviews with band members of numerous bands that got created in Oxford and either raised to fame (Radiohead, Supergrass, Talulah Gosh) or fell into the abyss of always being beaten by other big stars (like the unfortunate band who released their album at the same time as Nirvana’s “Nevermind” – The Candyskins).

The two big absent are Andy and Thom Yorke. Their names are mentioned multiple times throughout the film but neither of them appears on screen in a different context than gigs coverage or photos. Members of their bands talk about them but the two are excluded from the documentary.

This is a very interesting film for both those who know the history of the Oxford music scene and those who don’t. The former will learn something new and the latter will indulge in what they knew already.

It is a long film (over 120min), therefore drags a little towards the end, but that could be because the screening I attended started well after 10pm.

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