Scott Walker: 30 Century Man | Chicago Reader

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

A singular vocalist but a protean songwriter, Scott Walker became a teen idol in the 60s with the Walker Brothers, embarked on an ambitious series of solo albums, and then dropped out of sight in the 70s, emerging every few years with a record more radical and off-putting than the last. For this engrossing 2008 documentary, Walker invited director Stephen Kijak into the studio to interview him and watch him record The Drift, and the brooding mystery man turns out to be a surprisingly open, clearheaded fellow who simply wants to be left alone to pursue his own ideas. Kijak also interviews some of Walker's famous fans�David Bowie, Sting, Lulu, Johnny Marr, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn, Ute Lemper�and some of their most revealing comments come as they simply react to Walker's tunes playing in the background. The movie is hardly immune to Walker's mystique�it begins by likening him to Orpheus�but Kijak, like his subject, is admirably focused on the music. 95 min.

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