A Documentary film currently in production for release in 2019.
Produced by Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett, Directed by Paul Lamont
Eric Andersen is widely regarded as one of the most poetic songwriters that sprang from the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960’s. As a musician, he defies categorization. His artful mélange of love, despair, hope and stirred memory has earned him a passionate international following and the respect and admiration of artists ranging from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen to Lou Reed and Wyclef Jean. The Songpoet offers a look into the mind, soul and creative process of this multifaceted, complex and singularly driven artist whose early career saw great expectations waylaid by misfortune.
For Andersen, every big break seemed to be followed by crushing disappointment. The premature death in 1967 of his newly acquired manager, legendary Beatles’ mastermind Brian Epstein, took a toll. But six years later, one of the most baffling events in the history of contemporary music occurred—a career-changer that still haunts Eric from the shadows. In 1973, during a corporate shakeup at Columbia records, 40 master recording tapes for a highly anticipated release mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared. Never before or after has a record company lost a complete album. Although the tapes resurfaced 16 years later, his career had been forever altered by the event—no plausible explanation has ever been given.
From the Beats and Greenwich Village folkies to The Netherlands where Andersen now lives, The Songpoet follows his remarkable 50-year journey that continues today. With unprecedented access to Andersen and his personal archives, the film is a study on the culture of fame, the fragility of an artist’s career and the integrity of the artist as it reveals the indestructible energy that drives Eric Andersen – The Songpoet.
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