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Are Stillwater a real band?

02 Jan 02 - 01:03 PM (#619944)
Subject: Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

A friend of mine saw the movie "Almost Famous". He was asking me if the band Stillwater who are portrayed in it are a real band and if so was there role historically accurate? I was quite into the Rock of that era and I think I recall having heard of them, but I can't be sure.

Thanks in advance.

Steve


02 Jan 02 - 01:15 PM (#619951)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Homeless

From IMDB.COM...

The film is director Cameron Crowe's semi-autobiographical account of life as a young Rolling Stone reporter. The actual group that Crowe first toured with was The Allman Brothers. (Gregg Allman was the one who distrusted him and kept asking if he was a narc.) Crowe's real-life near-fatal plane crash happened while traveling with The Who. The character of Russell Hammond charcater is based on Glenn Frey of The Eagles.
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Later, we see a black-and-white photo of the fictional band Stillwater that echoes the Allman Brothers' famous Live at the Fillmore East album cover.

While there was a band named Stillwater in the 70's, the band in the movie was not supposed to be them.


02 Jan 02 - 01:29 PM (#619958)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

Thanks Homeless.


02 Jan 02 - 01:34 PM (#619960)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

By the way, is the movie any good?


02 Jan 02 - 01:44 PM (#619965)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Phil Cooper

I liked it.


02 Jan 02 - 01:50 PM (#619968)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: DougR

I thought it was very good.

DougR


02 Jan 02 - 02:07 PM (#619973)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Jerry Rasmussen

Yeah, I liked the movie, and they've released it on DVD now with a CD of seven or eight songs by the fictional group.

Jerry


02 Jan 02 - 02:59 PM (#619994)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Clinton Hammond

I love that movie...

Also, if ya check out the end credits you'll read that "Penny Lane" is also based on a real character...

It's stuck in my head for some readon, that movie.. I intend to own it and keep it on the shelf beside Spinal Tap, The Commitments and Rock and Rule...

;-)


02 Jan 02 - 03:14 PM (#620001)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

Clinton,

Tell me more about Rock & Rule, I've never heard of it.

Steve


02 Jan 02 - 03:57 PM (#620024)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Clinton Hammond

Rock and Rule is a really cool cartoon about Moc... this David Bowie/Mick Jagger lookin' guy (his songs are voiced by Loo (sp?) Reed) who's trying to raise a demon with music... The perfect voice comes from a girl in a small town band... (voiced by Debra Harrie)

It's cheesy, and love conquers all in the end, but I like it a lot!


02 Jan 02 - 04:18 PM (#620031)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

Clinton,

I'll have to give it a watch. However, I think the next one I'll see is "Almost Famous".

Steve


02 Jan 02 - 04:33 PM (#620036)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: UB Ed

Clint, you don't have a copy of the Rolling Stone's "Gimme Shelter" covering the '69 tour ending at Altamont? That's a must have!

Ed


02 Jan 02 - 04:36 PM (#620038)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

I'd like to have Mad Dogs & Englishmen, The Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert, High Fidelity in my collection along with Spinal Tap & the Commitments. Maybe even Woodstock.

Time for a new thread?


02 Jan 02 - 05:05 PM (#620065)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Peg

Well I love all those and also think Velvet Goldmine is an excellent film.


02 Jan 02 - 05:11 PM (#620067)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

I'd also like to have Johnny Winter's Pieces & Bits & Rory Gallgher's Irish Tour '74.


02 Jan 02 - 05:26 PM (#620073)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Lonesome EJ

The Band's The Last Waltz. What a great rock flick!


02 Jan 02 - 05:26 PM (#620074)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Dani

Great movie. Lots of memories....

Dani


02 Jan 02 - 05:41 PM (#620079)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Blackcatter

I just got Woodstock on DVD - it's the "directors" cut - they've added about 40 minutes of more stuff - mostly good music - bringing the time to 3:40. It's terrific.

I love almost famous too, though the Penny Lane love interest was hard to enjoy - but that's a personal thing.

Spinal Tap is classic as is Gimme Shelter and The Commitments. For traditional Celtic DVD/video - I must recommend the Chieftains' "Water From The Well" which is pretty easy to find for sale.

pax yall.


02 Jan 02 - 06:19 PM (#620095)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: UB Ed

Peg, was Velvet Goldmine on Lou Reed? Did it get to the Rock N Roll Animal phase?


02 Jan 02 - 09:21 PM (#620155)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: 53

i'd like to have a copy of the beatles concert at shea stadium, that would be awesome. BOB


03 Jan 02 - 09:04 AM (#620315)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: Lepus Rex

I liked Almost Famous. I saw it... I think 5 times when it was in theaters.

But it's no Phallus in Wonderland, GWAR's first movie. And they're a REAL band. >:)

---Lepus Rex


03 Jan 02 - 10:09 AM (#620335)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: guinnesschik

Velvet Goldmine was somewhat about the whole David Bowie/Lou Reed/Iggy Pop phenom. A really good movie, but Hedwig and The Angry Inch was more fun, and I thought the music was better. See 'em both as a double feature.

I loved Almost Famous, and anyone who likes the rock'n'roll genre movie should definately see Rock'n'Roll High School with the Ramones.


07 Jan 02 - 02:39 PM (#622807)
Subject: RE: Are Stillwater a real band?
From: GUEST,Steve Latimer

I rented "Almost Famous". I enjoyed it. I wonder how much of it is autobiographical.