Eagle Vision [Release date 23.06.17]
“Mad Dog with Soul” is the feature length documentary that is the first to really delve into the whole Joe Cocker story. Originally broadcast on Sky Arts, and made with the co-operation of the late singer’s family, this DVD covers the life and career of Cocker in depth.
More than ever over the last couple of years we have heard the term legend mentioned when a musician, actor or sports star has passed but there are few that deserve the praise more than Joe Cocker.
The former gas fitter was catapulted from his native Sheffield to world stardom thanks to 1969’s Woodstock Festival, where the blues and soul singer delivered his cover of The Beatles’ “A Little Help From My Friends” – a song that, over the years, he really made his own (some could argue that his version is actually the definitive version of the song).
Whilst nobody can be in any doubt about Cocker’s immense talent, “Mad Dog with Soul” also looks at the more turbulent side of his life, his battles with drink and drugs and his resurgence as a singer. Featuring interviews with friends, family, colleagues, live footage and archive interviews with the man himself, this is THE documentary to watch if you want the full Joe Cocker story.
There is also an additional 30 minutes of interviews that were unseen in the original broadcast within the bonus features of the DVD. ****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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