Music plays a vital part in everybody’s adolescence and, 20 years on, Almost Famous celebrates that like no other movie. Loosely based on Cameron Crowe’s own young-adulthood working as a music critic, the coming-of-age story follows 15-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) on his journey across America with the fictional up-and-coming band Stillwater. Even today, it provides a euphoric road trip that perfectly captures the self-destructive behaviour of touring musicians in the ’70s – the director showcasing the ‘sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll’ attitudes of the era – while also acting as a moving love letter to music and what it means to each individual. Because, what is rock and roll? Long hair and bellbottom jeans? Free love and road trips? Or something else?In Almost Famous, it’s a feeling. It’s at once the warm embrace of Penny Lane – the leader of Stillwater’s “Band-Aids” (not to be confused with groupies) – and, in another moment, it’s the community that comes from blasting “Tiny Dancer” and singing along with your bandmates after an argument. It’s a sound that’s equally comforting and invigorating. In the words of Stillwater’s frontman, Jeff Bebe, played by Jason Lee, rock and roll is: “A voice that says here I am,… Read full this story
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