Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove
Directed by Joe Nick Patoski
The story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musicians' musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm & blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin in before forming the Tex-Mex supergroup The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas music.
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★★★★ review by Neil Sarver on Letterboxd
There's a whole generation of these music documentaries that feel like they should be a bonus feature on a CD box set or something. They're never a ton deeper than a Wikipedia article, but they're fun to watch because they have some good footage and put just enough context on all of it to justify itself as a documentary.
I'm actually kind of a fan. There's clearly a lot more a person could explore about Doug Sahm's career than could be contained in a movie of this length, but it's fun to see it as a kind of highlight reel and watch a lot of it unfold and hear the feelings of those who were there.
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