The Glamour & The Squalor

  • Directed by Marz Evans
  • United States, 2015, 82 mins.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame disc jockey Marco Collins became a radio star in the 1990s, serving as the inaugural music director at Seattle’s commercial alternative station, 107.7 The End, and helping to launch world-renowned acts like Nirvana and Beck. Identifying with punk rock in his teens, he found his way to radio just as the grunge movement was beginning to emerge. Numerous musicians, including Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), credit him for helping launch their bands into the mainstream consciousness and establish Seattle as a world music center. Gay at a time when the music scene wasn’t quite as accepting as it is today, Collins plunged from his golden era on radio into a less-glamorous world of odd jobs and stints in rehab. In Evans’ stirring portrait, he emerges bloodied but unbowed, a true Northwest music hero.

Genres: Music, Documentary