Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Still Bill Withers

The documentary Still Bill follows the life of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 70's ("Lean on Me," "Grandma's Hands," "Ain't No Sunshine," "Use Me"), who's also a guy that enigmatically decided to pack it in over 20 years ago but not fully give up on music. Among other places, it's playing at the IFC Center in New York City. Withers appeared at two of the screenings tonight and will be at two of them tomorrow night too, while the film will be continued to be screened at IFC.

I taped Withers as he appeared afterward at one of the screenings for a Q&A session, sharing some revealing information about his life and his work.

Bill talks about how the film was made:

BW talks about the film-makers:

BW describes the Ali/Foreman fight (Zaire, 1974) and flying out to Africa to perform for it:

BW talks about recent songs that he's done and the possibility of a new album

BW talks about what inspired him to write his songs


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