Hired Gun

A documentary film about session and touring musicians that are hired by well establish and famous bands and artists. These people may not be household names, but are still top notch performers!


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  • ★★★½ review by Kevin Doree on Letterboxd

    Stories of amazing players playing just outside the spotlight. Often underpaid, underappreciated.

  • ★★★½ review by Michael on Letterboxd

    Interviews with and about A-list session and touring musicians who back up star performers. Plus some great performances featuring these musicians. The director has been a long-time concert photographer and videographer who's worked extensively with some of the musicians featured in the movie and HIRED GUN really digs into some of their stories and explores their careers, their successes and failures, their mistakes, their lucky breaks, and their feelings about their profession. There's a lot of information presented so the musical interludes are a welcome break giving the audience time to digest what we've learned.

    It's fun to see the lists of bands each player has worked with; some stick to particular niches, some back up artists in a variety of styles.

    Great stories. Great music. A rewarding experience.

  • ★★★★★ review by Matt Barca on Letterboxd

    MIFF 2016 Film #11 - Really great.

    Excellent interviews with music luminaries like Rob Zombie & Alice Cooper, highlighting the efforts of the super talented but unknown musicians who's job security is often non-existent.

    Some critical attention paid to Billy Joel's band, who appear to have been royally screwed over by Billy after he was taken for millions by his manager & lost faith in pretty much everybody, if you believe their characterisation, which I do.

    Apparently Billy is planning to sue.

    A great film highlighting interesting musicians who's paths were not what they originally intended, yet successful nonetheless.

  • ★★★½ review by MikrosBeethoven on Letterboxd

    wanted to headbang most of the time

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