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Woodstock, NY (June 2017) - On Saturday, July 8 at 9pm, the Woodstock Film Festival will present a special screening of the new Joe Cocker documentary JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL at Upstate Films in Woodstock. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director John Edginton, as well as Michael Lang, the co-creator of the 1969 Woodstock Music & Arts Festival, and Joe Cocker's manager, plus other surprise guests.

John Edginton’s feature-length documentary portrays the turbulent life and unique talent of the late Joe Cocker who died from cancer at the age of 70 in Dec 2014.

With a voice that could rage, bellow, rasp, screech, or – if circumstances demanded – be unexpectedly yearning and vulnerable, Joe Cocker was capable of taking any song and making it his own. His pain-wracked voice pulled at the emotions of his audiences.

Joe Cocker began his career in the early 60s singing in the pubs of Sheffield. He was catapulted to world stardom in 1969 at Woodstock with his legendary performance of the Beatles song,"A Little Help from My Friends". This was followed by his 1970 “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour of America - now seen as a milestone in rock history. But as his stardom increased, the pressures mounted. In the 1970s, Joe Cocker’s inner demons nearly killed him.

Yet, in spite of his long-time inability to refuse drinks or drugs, Joe’s career was hallmarked by an astonishing ability to stage comeback after comeback. With chart hits in the 80s, never-ending tours in the 90s and a triumphant performance at the Queen’s Jubilee concert in 2002, Joe Cocker was responsible for one of the greatest comeback stories in rock history.

“John Edginton’s film… does create a marvelous tribute to a singer who, like James Brown, left it all onstage every night– hundreds of stages, thousands and thousands of nights." Movie Nation

 “An uplifting story that focuses on redemption and reinvention. Three years gone, the film reminds us that Joe should be up where he belongs in the pantheon of great vocalists and performers." Record Collector magazine

John Edginton’s film style combines Joe Cocker's words from old radio interviews and electrifying performances with rare, unseen pictures from his family to create a comprehensive portrait of the singer's life on and off the stage.

Michael Lang accepts  2011 Spirit of Woodstock Award

Michael Lang accepts
2011 Spirit of Woodstock Award

John Edginton is a documentary film producer, director and writer. Aside from JOE COCKER: MAD DOG WITH SOUL, he has worked on other musician's documentaries including Robyn Hitchcock: I Often Dream of Trains. A Concert FilmPink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were Here and Genesis: Together and Apart.

Michael Lang, one of Joe Cocker's former managers, will be in attendance at the screening. Michael Lang co-founded and promoted the original Woodstock music festival and had never managed an artist before managing Joe Cocker. He appears in the documentary offering another perspective on Joe Cocker's life and career. Michael Lang is the 2011 recipient of the Spirit of Woodstock award given by the Woodstock Film Festival.

Both John Edginton and Michael Lang will take part in a Q & A session after the screening.

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