Reel Music 31 – THE GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SWINDLE

Great Rock

“To be bad is good. To be good is simply boring.”—Malcolm McLaren. The urge to self-mythologize is written into rock’s DNA. In 1978, the Sex Pistols’ story—who did what for whom and why—was still up for grabs. THE GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SWINDLE is manager Malcolm McLaren’s attempt to write himself into history as the band’s creator, manipulator, and ideologue and to steal back from the music industry what he felt it had stolen from rock and roll. Julien Temple’s bizarre and hilarious fictional documentary charts the rise and fall of punk’s most notorious band through the eyes of its calculating manager. Mixing animation and live footage of some of the Pistols’ most electrifying performances, the film presents the band’s success as an elaborate scam perpetrated by McLaren to make “a million pounds” at the expense of record companies, outraged moralists, the British royal family, and even the fans and band members themselves. (103 mins.)

THE GREAT ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SWINDLE screens Thursday, October 17 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

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