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Elton John: My Life in 20 Songs

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Cameron explores 20 songs with Elton John that encapsulate his legendary career in this Rolling Stone article from this past October.

Elton John: My Life in 20 Songs

Cameron Crowe explores Elton’s journey from Reginald Dwight to technicolored pop sensation to rehab and back

“You don’t mind if I play it loud, do you?”

It’s morning in Las Vegas, and sunlight fills the condo that serves as Elton John’s home during his latest run of shows at Caesars Palace, part of the residency known as “The Million Dollar Piano.” Wearing a white terry-cloth robe, he moves to the stereo system like an athlete, arms swinging crisply at his sides. Soon, he’s locked and loaded his latest album, The Diving Board. Many who’ve just spent the past year and a half working on arecording might then leave the room, allowing the listener his own experience. Not Elton John. He sits down on a small sofa in front of the speakers, closes his eyes and listens along with you. And yes, it’s loud.

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Jan 22, 2014

Archives: Greatest Rock Movies Ever

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Cameron shared his Greatest Rock Movies Ever with Premiere magazine back in March, 2004. With recent docs like The Swell Season and new films such as Inside Llewyn Davis coming out soon, it might be time to revisit, but let’s check it out.

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Nov 7, 2013

The Union: Blu-ray and DVD Update

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One of the most often asked questions received by readers of The Uncool is “When will The Union be released on DVD and Blu-ray?”  We hear you and want to see it released as well! While attention is now turned to “Untitled Hawaii”, we hope to give The Union its proper due in 2014. We will keep you posted on our progress, so please stay tuned.

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Aug 29, 2013

Archives: Favorite Soundtracks

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Happy Friday! Cameron shared a few of his favorite soundtracks with Entertainment Weekly back in 2001. It’s great to see the Trouble Man mention, especially with the recent 40th Anniversary release.

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Aug 2, 2013

The Union – HBO Debut Tonight

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The wait is over in North America as HBO will debut Cameron’s documentary, The Union tonight at 9pm (EST/PST). This behind the scenes film follows the reunion and collaboration of Elton John and Leon Russell. Let us know what you think.

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Feb 2, 2012

Cameron On The Union

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Cameron chats about The Union in this video interview. Topics include the origin of the documentary, the magic of capturing Elton John and Leon Russell in the studio and much more. The Union will debut Thursday, February 2nd at 9pm (EST/PST) exclusively on HBO.

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Jan 30, 2012

The Union: HBO Debut Set For February 2nd!

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The Union will make its HBO debut on Thursday, February 2nd . This behind the scenes look at the historical collaboration between Elton John and Leon Russell will run on HBO throughout the month. To celebrate, here’s a few never before seen stills from the film.
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Jan 10, 2012

Inquire Within: Missing “Mandalay Again”?

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Welcome to another edition of Inquire Within… Through your submissions, Cameron will answer your questions in his own words. The goal is to have a new question and answer posting every week or two leading up to the releases of Pearl Jam Twenty and We Bought a Zoo this fall and The Union early next year.

James Clark: Like your good-self, I am a huge Elton John fan and cannot wait to see your new documentary The Union.  I’m so grateful to you for giving fans like myself an opportunity to see Elton (and Leon) doing ‘their thing’ in the studio. Why was “Mandalay Again” left off the main release?  It’s such a beautiful song I actually think it’s one of Elton and Bernie’s best… ever!  I’m assuming here that you were privy to the conversations that lead to it being left off the album and was hoping that you may be able to shed some light.  I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the song.

Cameron: Like all of us who worked on the film, we loved “Mandalay Again.” LOVED the song.  It was a surprise to us when Elton John decided that it didn’t quite fit in the specific tone of The Union.  I think his reason was that it was a little too much in the “classic” vein of Bernie and Elton’s later work, and maybe not necessarily representative of the Union sessions as a whole.  Glad he decided to release it as part of the deluxe edition of the album.  We also loved the demos for many of the “Union” songs, and use “Never Too Old” in demo form quite liberally in the finished film.  Nice question.  To paraphrase Steely Dan, only a true fan could ask that.

The Union doc debuts on HBO in January.

Please send in your questions for Cameron and maybe yours will be part of a future installment of Inquire Within…

 

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Jul 25, 2011

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