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Directed by Paul Kendall, Jack Kendall

United Kingdom 2013 90 mins.

Bob Dylan described Missouri-born country boy Gene Clark as one of the three best songwriters in the world. The original front man for one of the most iconic and influential bands of the ‘60s, The Byrds, he made records that remain both folk and country rock classics. Yet mysteriously, his public recognition lags far behind that of peers such as Gram Parsons. Since his death in 1991, at 46, artists ranging from Robert Plant to Yo La Tengo have covered his songs and he has been hailed as a key influence to musicians as diverse as Tom Petty, Primal Scream and Fleet Foxes. Drawing on interviews, including fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, a wealth of great music, and previously unseen archival material, the Kendalls weave a compelling story of musical magic and moving madness.