SAT NOV 19
Venue: Jackman Hall (AGO)
6:00 pm – Who is Lydia Loveless? (110 minutes)
Director Gorman Bechard believes in rock and roll; he’s been proving it on screen since
his fan-centric Replacements documentary COLOR ME OBSESSED. Follow-ups on the
Archers of Loaf and Husker Du’s Grant Hart (EVERY EVERYTHING) respectively
captured the power of live performance and the intricacies of a creative mind. Bechard’s
latest does both, while tackling a complicated question: “Who is Lydia Loveless?”
Rather than taking a reverent look back at an established artist, Bechard’s new film serves
as an introduction of sorts to a musical life in progress, diving deep into the evolving
career of a gloriously foul-mouthed former Ohio farm girl and the bandmates behind her.
Lydia & co. may be on a familiar and oft-repeated journey––from tour van to rock club to
recording studio and repeat––but theirs is a singular version thanks to the talented,
charismatic woman at the wheel.
Though the movie spends some time on Loveless’s past, from her musical upbringing to
her younger days in family-filled bands, its focus is on the now: recent footage from a
fierce, frenetic live show mixes with a revealing peek inside the studio as the quintet
works on their next record. Interspersed are candid interviews touching on issues that
many bands face, including the tricky economics of being a working musician, and
sexism in modern-day music media. Lydia’s blunt, incisive responses and her band’s
special take on what she calls “indie-alt-country” may help answer the question posed by
the title, but you’ll leave wanting hear more songs and find out for sure.